Society of Three Speeds on Gypsy by Trade

Our friend Nicholas over at Gypsy By Trade (member no. 18) talks about Mark Yoder’s (member no. 39) modernized New London three-speed. He also gives mention to the Society. Demerits for his breaking of Rule #2, but Chris Harne (member no. 38) comes to the rescue!

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Mark’s New London 3-speed is enlivened with (retro-) modern parts, including alloy rims and cranks, a new saddle, alloy fenders, and durable tires.  Feeling that the bike is not as great as the sum of its parts, he seeks a new frame to replace the gas-pipe tubing of this old English klunker.  This old Trek road frame might have worked well as a host for his parts, but it wasn’t meant to be.  There are countless other candidates within reach.  Many older road frames with average tire clearances will do– too tight, and the 38mm tires will rub the chain stays, too wide and the caliper brakes will not reach the rim.  The considerations for a 700c to 26 x 1 3/8″ conversion (622mm to 590mm) are much the same as a 650b conversion.  A 26 x 1 3/8″ wheel is also referred to as 650A, and at 590mm…

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