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I’ve experimented with 3 speeds for a while. On the SA I have on my red menace I found 44-17 to be awesome. Gives you 2 really usable gears in 1 and 2 with 3rd as a real overdrive gear great for riding downhill or with a tail wind. I originally set it up 44-22 but I hadn’t ridden bikes for years.

Since 2nd is the most efficient of the 3 gears it makes sense to gear it for the majority of your riding.

I have had many nexus 3 speeds and like them too. They do shift nicer that the SA’s. I’ll be experimenting with a nexus on the early Electra rat rod I’m picking up this week.
 

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today it was time get some colour onto the new frame.

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Red base Coat

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Candy coat on.

I don't know why, but as soon as a get paint on a frame, I want to get it together. Wet paint makes assembly so much harder.

I stripped bits from the old frame and moved them straight across. Only change being a single crank set, to replace the triple I was using.

I tried a few different colours for the fork.
(Ran out of candy red).
Settled on good old gloss black.
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I’ve experimented with 3 speeds for a while. On the SA I have on my red menace I found 44-17 to be awesome. Gives you 2 really usable gears in 1 and 2 with 3rd as a real overdrive gear great for riding downhill or with a tail wind. I originally set it up 44-22 but I hadn’t ridden bikes for years.

Since 2nd is the most efficient of the 3 gears it makes sense to gear it for the majority of your riding.

I have had many nexus 3 speeds and like them too. They do shift nicer that the SA’s. I’ll be experimenting with a nexus on the early Electra rat rod I’m picking up this week.
I really want to try an Alfine hub next. Happy with the Nexus so far, Alfine is supposed better again?
I live in a hilly area, so this build will benefit with the lower gearing. I agree 2nd should be your normal cruising gear. Trying something a bit different on this one.
 

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View attachment 185635today it was time get some colour onto the new frame.

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Red base Coat

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Candy coat on.

I don't know why, but as soon as a get paint on a frame, I want to get it together. Wet paint makes assembly so much harder.

I stripped bits from the old frame and moved them straight across. Only change being a single crank set, to replace the triple I was using.

I tried a few different colours for the fork.
(Ran out of candy red).
Settled on good old gloss black.
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Mate, that thing looks awesome. nice work!
 

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I really want to try an Alfine hub next. Happy with the Nexus so far, Alfine is supposed better again?
I live in a hilly area, so this build will benefit with the lower gearing. I agree 2nd should be your normal cruising gear. Trying something a bit different on this one.
I like all the nexus hubs i have. 3 x 7 speeds, 1 x 4 speed, 2 x 3 speeds. The 7’s and the 4 are my favourites. The 3’s are ok but you need to experiment with them with different rear sprockets. The key is to gear second like your favourite single speed bike but you also need to consider the weight and style of the bike. I like a ratio for second around 2.5-2.6. I don’t have any experience with the Alfine hubs.
 

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I really want to try an Alfine hub next. Happy with the Nexus so far, Alfine is supposed better again?
If you were buying new, you can get a Nexus optioned out to be the same as an Alfine. If you are looking at older used, the Alfine used to be the only way to get disk compatible hub, which also had the beefier axle. The Alfine used to have better seals than the Nexus and got roller bearings before the Nexus hubs did as well.
 
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Fender clearance was too tight, mud and rocks getting jamed up in there, making all sorts of horrible noises. So go rid off the rear, and moved the front, back to the rear, plus giving it some extra clearance at the same time.
Just something to keep the crud from the underside of the Brooks.
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