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Elgin, JC Higgins, J.C. Higgins, They're All Sears bikes, and all freaking awesome!!  I love that the Firestone bikes are all the same frames too... It's too bad there isn't more information out there about these bikes as they totally kick ass.  Yes, they're not quite as good quality as a Schwinn, but they're absolutely serviceable and personally I find they fit taller riders a bit better.  One really could ask why AREN'T these bikes ruling the world about now?!?

Manhattan Rides Again!

by Bryn — last modified Sep 11, 2006 11:37 AM
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My new rear hub is installed, I once again have brakes...

I killed my Sturmey AWC rear hub doing too many skids under the Burrard street bridge a few months ago. I (stupidly) ordered a replacement hub online - took 2 months to get here. Turns out I could have just walked in to Ride On and gotten the same hub for half as much as I paid online. Go figure...

My new hub is a Sturmey SRC3 (sometimes also called an S30). This is a new aluminum-shell version of the AWC and is made by the 'new' Sturmey Archer, a division of Sun Race. Sun Race is a Taiwaneese company with considerable experience with bike parts - here's hoping the hub will last a little longer. I've heard the coaster is the first thing to go on the SRC3's, usually due to overheatnig so definitely NO skids for this one.

Brake issues aside the shifting and everything in the SRC3 feels really good - I'd almost venture to say better than my Nexxus 7 on my Felt. It feels SOLID. I'd almost bet the non-coaster versions of this hub are going to last pretty well - I think Sun Race has revised a few things over the pre-2000 Sturmey hubs, there's a few slight differences in how it behaves that tell me what's inside isn't the same. Anyhow it's a nice riding hub, hopefully it lasts longer than my last one did...
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