End of Driveway finds

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  1. jayblok

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    Saw an ad on craigslist "End of driveway scrap,going to recycle center in the morning if not picked up by tonight,please call for address if interested " :banana:
    I called,then away i go,20 minutes later i loaded up.
    The result of the scrap:
    His and hers L.L. Bean 26 in multi speed cruisers,the men's has an internal geared rear hub,tried switching gears,dead gears,probably a rusted/loose gear cable.
    A woman's 26 inch multi speed schwinn cruiser.
    A woman's 24 in multi speed roadmaster mountain bike.
    And some mixture of 24 and 26 rims and tires,all in great shape :thumbsup:
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    That's a sweet score! Never knew L.L.Bean sold bikes.
     
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    Nice haul!

    I'm trying to figure out what kind of 3 speed hub that is.
     
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  5. jayblok

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    Looks about right.
    Here's a picture from the left rear side,i haven't had time to clean the hub to make out the branding. @Wildcat I'll post here as soon as I find out for sure what hub it is officially :thumbsup:
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    I like the "Camelback" look of the purple bean.
     
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    @RustySprockets You were right on the money !
    It's a Shimano Nexus Inter - 4 hub :thumbsup:
    This is my first Nexus hub,i wonder if it will fit on my fat rims-26x4? :eek:
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  8. RustySprockets

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    I don't see why that couldn't be laced into your wide hoops, provided they both have a matching number of holes. Shorter spokes may be required, though, due to those high hub flanges. I'd make sure the hub is complete and fully-functional before contemplating any ambitious swaps.

    Something to keep in mind is the fact that the INTER-4 is a purely overdrive hub--it has no traditional 'low' gears. Therefore, it isn't exactly a hill climber. One can work around this condition with appropriate cog selection, but it's an important consideration when making your plans.
     
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    Interesting... so the idea is to start with a small front sprocket and a large rear one and let the gearing take it from there? I've never seen one of these hubs in the wild. What kinds of bikes were they found on? I'm guessing not so much Target or Wal-Mart, but more likely step-up chain stores like ....'s Sporting Goods?
     
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    That's it exactly. First gear is direct-drive and everything else is a multiplier. Cogs up to 24-tooth are commonly available, but I'm not sure what came as 'standard equipment.'

    Considering their branding, those bikes may have been exclusive to L. L. Bean stores. They look a little like re-badged K2 cruisers.
     
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    On my Schwinn cruiser 4 with Nexus hub and 26" wheels:
    Stock 46 t front chain wheel (original) and 22t rear sprocket (original)
    1st gear (direct) 46tooth/22tooth= 2 wheel revs per crank rev x 26"= 52 gear inches
    2nd gear (1.244 overdrive) 52 gear inches x 1.244 = 65 gear inches
    3rd gear (1.500 overdrive) 52 gear inches x 1.500 = 78 gear inches
    4th gear (1.843 overdrive) 52 gear inches x 1.843 = 96 gear inches

    It was pretty tall geared so on my first build I used a 36 t front chain wheel from a junk kids 20" China Schwinn and the 22t rear sprocket (original)
    1st gear 36tooth/22tooth= 1.63 wheel revs per crank rev x 26"= 42 gear inches
    2nd gear = 52 gear inches
    3rd gear = 63 gear inches
    4th gear = 77 gear inches

    When I swapped the wheels into the second nicer frame, I swapped the 36 tooth front chain wheel for a 49 t front chain wheel (from Ross 26") and 22t rear sprocket (original) at that time I also added 1/2" longer crank for more torque (I am not a spinner).
    1st gear 49tooth/22tooth= 2.23 wheel revs per crank rev x 26"= 58 gear inches
    2nd gear = 72 gear inches
    3rd gear = 87 gear inches
    4th gear = 107 gear inches

    With this gearing, steep hills are tough but doable for me now, great on flat roads though.
     
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