I fell a bit behind with the updates for the 3-speed hub restoration project! Long story short, the bike is back on it’s feet (wheels?) and it’s great to be riding again!
After I got the hub cleaned up, lubricated, and re-assembled, I purchased some new spokes. However, as I was re-building the wheel with the old rim… it did not go so smoothly. Even though I purchased the same length spokes, some now seemed too long? This was the first time I had ever attempted to build a wheel, so I wasn’t sure what was normal and what wasn’t. Back to Bikechain! Upon their advice, I purchased a new rim as well. The old rim was dented and bent, and had a little rust. New rim in hand, the whole “building a wheel for the first time” project went pretty well!
The new rim is great. Still looks good and not out-of-place on the old bike, since it is simple shiny metal. No fussy logos or anything. Bonus: modern aluminum rims do better in the rain than steel rims when it comes to braking. Of course, the real star of the show is that old 3-speed hub. It’s practically good as new.
As soon as it was ready, I couldn’t wait to start commuting to work by bike again. Since my transit commute involved multiple transfers (bus – subway – subway – bus – walk), biking is actually faster. Still a long commute though! About an hour each way. Through the joy of Google Maps, I found a lovely route to get from the Yonge and Eglinton neighborhood to the Birch Cliff area and back. About half of the trip is spent on park trails that cut diagonally across the city, following some of Toronto’s many rivers and streams.
Working on this hub and wheel build has certainly whet my appetite for bike building again! Now it’s just a matter of saving up the money to start the next project…