Now AAA members are eligible to have their bicycle transported by AAA in WA, OR, ID and BC BELLEVUE, Wash. (June 26, 2012) – On July 1, AAA Washington will begin providing its more than one million members in Washington and northern Idaho emergency bicycle service. AAA members now have membership benefits that cover them on their bicycle in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and Idaho. AAA Washington’s new bicycle service works exactly like its emergency road service for vehicles. A member with a disabled bicycle due to mechanical failure calls the AAA hotline (800-‐AAA-‐HELP) and AAA will dispatch service. The member and their bicycle will be transported to a safe location within the distance their membership level allows: Classic – 5 miles, Plus – 100 miles, or Premier – 200 miles. “We are excited to extend our legendary emergency road service to bicycles,” said John Milbrath, vice president of Member Services for AAA Washington. “People who live in the Northwest are avid
I ride cruisers and my xcross in the winter here in alaska and I find my brakes and deraileurs freeze up when it gets below about 15degF. I have two frames I am going to rebuild into coasties. I think the most important thing is the hub. There is no such thing as a high-performance coaster brake hub, so I am going with an old bendix coaster, thinking the old steel will probably stand up better. The other bike is getting an old Sturmey-Archer internal 3 spd w/ coaster brake. All coaster brake hubs have high rolling resistance, but I have heard a Czech company called "Velosteel" makes a design that is more like an internal drum brake. I think they will be fun and low-maintainance. NYCBikes.com sells complete 700c wheelsets for 170 bucks if you don't want to build them yourself, but they are on new, less durable shimano hubs. I would put some front brakes on your coastie if you live in a hilly area, because coaster brakes will HEAT UP and FAIL CATASTROPHICALLY if you lean on 'em too long. Godspeed!ReplyDelete
I am ordering a case of Velosteel hubs direct from the factory to the USA. I will be reselling them when they come in for about $35 - just trying to spread the shipping costs and help out. If someone else had stepped up, I'd have bought one from them!
Anyhow, I'm posting them on the Bike Forums' singlespeed area when they get here. Should be in the next few weeks.
Hey Muttley, I'd get involved with the Velosteel hub order. What sizing (O.L.D & axle length) and style (thread cog or lockring)? Spoke holes?ReplyDelete
shoot me an email, and thanks for posting it.
The Velosteel coaster hubs are in! I got one or two threaded-cog hubs, the rest take standard coaster/internal-gear splined cogs. Each hub includes an 18t cog and the chainstay clip. They are beautiful pieces. I'm selling for $30 each + $10 shipping USPS Priority Mail, I can get several hubs into a box for the same shipping costs.
Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org ,you can take out "nospam".
OK, the Velosteel coaster hubs I ordered have sold out. Thanks for the interest.ReplyDelete
it looks lika a velosteel is about the same as a "Favorit" coasterbrake, which are (or perhaps were) pretty common here in the netherlands.ReplyDelete