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Old June 27th 03, 06:33 PM
Dave Clary
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I ran across an article on the BikeE recall and it didn't sound too
good (breaking seats). I've seen some notices about some CTs selling
for $369 and they state they are "post recall." Should I believe
that? Did BikeE fix the problem before they went belly up?

One other question. How reliable is the 3-speed hub? Another factor
in buying a bike that will have no warranty.

Thanks,

Dave Clary/Corpus Christi, Tx
Texas P-38 Squadron (Retired)
Home: http://home.stx.rr.com/dclary
Never Forget: http://www.politicsandprotest.org

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Old June 27th 03, 06:43 PM
Ken Kobayashi
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On Fri, 27 Jun 2003 17:33:56 GMT, Dave Clary
wrote:
One other question. How reliable is the 3-speed hub? Another factor
in buying a bike that will have no warranty.


The hub is made by SRAM which is still around, and used by many bike
manufacturers. I've been told that they are "bulletproof" - I've owned
a couple of bikes with this hub and haven't had any problems. Even if
it breaks and cannot be repaired, you can replace it with a standard
hub or with the updated version of this hub (SRAM DualDrive).

Ken Kobayashi

http://solarwww.mtk.nao.ac.jp/kobayashi/personal/
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Old June 27th 03, 06:43 PM
Ken Kobayashi
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On Fri, 27 Jun 2003 17:33:56 GMT, Dave Clary
wrote:
One other question. How reliable is the 3-speed hub? Another factor
in buying a bike that will have no warranty.


The hub is made by SRAM which is still around, and used by many bike
manufacturers. I've been told that they are "bulletproof" - I've owned
a couple of bikes with this hub and haven't had any problems. Even if
it breaks and cannot be repaired, you can replace it with a standard
hub or with the updated version of this hub (SRAM DualDrive).

Ken Kobayashi

http://solarwww.mtk.nao.ac.jp/kobayashi/personal/
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Old June 27th 03, 06:49 PM
rorschandt
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Dave Clary wrote in
:

I ran across an article on the BikeE recall and it didn't sound too
good (breaking seats). I've seen some notices about some CTs selling
for $369 and they state they are "post recall." Should I believe
that? Did BikeE fix the problem before they went belly up?

One other question. How reliable is the 3-speed hub? Another factor
in buying a bike that will have no warranty.

Thanks,

Dave Clary/Corpus Christi, Tx
Texas P-38 Squadron (Retired)
Home: http://home.stx.rr.com/dclary
Never Forget: http://www.politicsandprotest.org



The breakage that I know about, involved the little plastic disk-thingies
between the seat bracket and the frame rail. Keyrings were put over the
discs to keep them from cracking. I have read of the metal seat frame
cracking, but I think that was on older models. Somebody will come along
soon to correct me if I am mistaken . (^:
The 3-speed hub would not concern me, I think they are SRAM, and that
company is going well and that is probably who you would contact for parts,
etc.
Why a BikeE, if you are concerned about this stuff? There are many other
manufacturers that are still in business,including one called the P-38 (^:

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Old June 27th 03, 06:49 PM
rorschandt
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Dave Clary wrote in
:

I ran across an article on the BikeE recall and it didn't sound too
good (breaking seats). I've seen some notices about some CTs selling
for $369 and they state they are "post recall." Should I believe
that? Did BikeE fix the problem before they went belly up?

One other question. How reliable is the 3-speed hub? Another factor
in buying a bike that will have no warranty.

Thanks,

Dave Clary/Corpus Christi, Tx
Texas P-38 Squadron (Retired)
Home: http://home.stx.rr.com/dclary
Never Forget: http://www.politicsandprotest.org



The breakage that I know about, involved the little plastic disk-thingies
between the seat bracket and the frame rail. Keyrings were put over the
discs to keep them from cracking. I have read of the metal seat frame
cracking, but I think that was on older models. Somebody will come along
soon to correct me if I am mistaken . (^:
The 3-speed hub would not concern me, I think they are SRAM, and that
company is going well and that is probably who you would contact for parts,
etc.
Why a BikeE, if you are concerned about this stuff? There are many other
manufacturers that are still in business,including one called the P-38 (^:

-- Rorschandt
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Old June 27th 03, 09:20 PM
AboutHalfBent
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I think Dave explained in an earlier post why he was moving to a CLWB. I
don't recall the details (yes, I'm old), but it seemed valid enough at the
time. :-)

A late model CT should have the SRAM "DualDrive" 8x3. Slightly older models
will have the SRAM "Spectro" 7x3. Between the wife and I, we have one each
in my family. There's very little difference between them, but I do think
the shifters are slightly improved with the DualDrive.

Couldn't agree with you more about the benefits of riding what you're happy
with. Fortunately for me, all my friends ride bikes from WalMart, so my CT
looks pretty darned good. Still, it's not the fully-suspended USS SWB that
I _really_ want, and maybe someday I'll fix that.

I'm glad I didn't pay $695 for it (and probably would not have), but I do
like that new bike smell. Used bikes are (IMHO) a risky business unless
you're a qualified mechanic and get to perform a good inspection before you
buy.

About the only aspect of the CT that I'm unhappy with is the brakes.
Qualifying statement: I'm old, and nobody would call me a serious athlete.
Given a small hill (about all we have in N. Texas), or a good tailwind, the
CT makes 25-mph, and the stock brakes just won't reel that in any time soon.
I hear better brakes are available that fit...anybody know what those would
be?

Thanks,
Craig


"skip" wrote in message
...
I can't help but wonder if you liked the P-38 you had for so long if you
will be happy with a Bike E. A used Rocket would be a couple hundred

bucks
more an might prove to be much more to your liking over the long haul. It
would be more P-38 like than a Bike E.

But to answer your question about the three speed - I assume it is the 7x3
unit. The one I have is about 8 years old and has been ridden a bunch in
the rain and some off road in sand. Nary a problem. I've got a S-A three
speed on a Raleigh Twenty from the 70's and it still works fine.

"Dave Clary" wrote in message
...
I ran across an article on the BikeE recall and it didn't sound too
good (breaking seats). I've seen some notices about some CTs selling
for $369 and they state they are "post recall." Should I believe
that? Did BikeE fix the problem before they went belly up?

One other question. How reliable is the 3-speed hub? Another factor
in buying a bike that will have no warranty.

Thanks,

Dave Clary/Corpus Christi, Tx
Texas P-38 Squadron (Retired)
Home: http://home.stx.rr.com/dclary
Never Forget: http://www.politicsandprotest.org





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Old June 27th 03, 09:20 PM
AboutHalfBent
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Default BikeE Recall

I think Dave explained in an earlier post why he was moving to a CLWB. I
don't recall the details (yes, I'm old), but it seemed valid enough at the
time. :-)

A late model CT should have the SRAM "DualDrive" 8x3. Slightly older models
will have the SRAM "Spectro" 7x3. Between the wife and I, we have one each
in my family. There's very little difference between them, but I do think
the shifters are slightly improved with the DualDrive.

Couldn't agree with you more about the benefits of riding what you're happy
with. Fortunately for me, all my friends ride bikes from WalMart, so my CT
looks pretty darned good. Still, it's not the fully-suspended USS SWB that
I _really_ want, and maybe someday I'll fix that.

I'm glad I didn't pay $695 for it (and probably would not have), but I do
like that new bike smell. Used bikes are (IMHO) a risky business unless
you're a qualified mechanic and get to perform a good inspection before you
buy.

About the only aspect of the CT that I'm unhappy with is the brakes.
Qualifying statement: I'm old, and nobody would call me a serious athlete.
Given a small hill (about all we have in N. Texas), or a good tailwind, the
CT makes 25-mph, and the stock brakes just won't reel that in any time soon.
I hear better brakes are available that fit...anybody know what those would
be?

Thanks,
Craig


"skip" wrote in message
...
I can't help but wonder if you liked the P-38 you had for so long if you
will be happy with a Bike E. A used Rocket would be a couple hundred

bucks
more an might prove to be much more to your liking over the long haul. It
would be more P-38 like than a Bike E.

But to answer your question about the three speed - I assume it is the 7x3
unit. The one I have is about 8 years old and has been ridden a bunch in
the rain and some off road in sand. Nary a problem. I've got a S-A three
speed on a Raleigh Twenty from the 70's and it still works fine.

"Dave Clary" wrote in message
...
I ran across an article on the BikeE recall and it didn't sound too
good (breaking seats). I've seen some notices about some CTs selling
for $369 and they state they are "post recall." Should I believe
that? Did BikeE fix the problem before they went belly up?

One other question. How reliable is the 3-speed hub? Another factor
in buying a bike that will have no warranty.

Thanks,

Dave Clary/Corpus Christi, Tx
Texas P-38 Squadron (Retired)
Home: http://home.stx.rr.com/dclary
Never Forget: http://www.politicsandprotest.org





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Old June 28th 03, 02:55 PM
Paul Milner
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Dave Clary wrote in message . ..
I ran across an article on the BikeE recall and it didn't sound too
good (breaking seats). I've seen some notices about some CTs selling
for $369 and they state they are "post recall." Should I believe
that? Did BikeE fix the problem before they went belly up?

One other question. How reliable is the 3-speed hub? Another factor
in buying a bike that will have no warranty.

Thanks,

Dave Clary/Corpus Christi, Tx
Texas P-38 Squadron (Retired)
Home: http://home.stx.rr.com/dclary
Never Forget: http://www.politicsandprotest.org


I have repaired several broken stays on the BikeE SweetSeats. I talked
with BikeE(when still in business) and received permission(verbal) to
put some brass filler on the breaks. Looks kinda nasty but holds well.
Paul Milner
TE Clone
Welder/Machinist
Backyard Aerodynamicist(Boomerang Maker)
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Old June 28th 03, 02:55 PM
Paul Milner
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Dave Clary wrote in message . ..
I ran across an article on the BikeE recall and it didn't sound too
good (breaking seats). I've seen some notices about some CTs selling
for $369 and they state they are "post recall." Should I believe
that? Did BikeE fix the problem before they went belly up?

One other question. How reliable is the 3-speed hub? Another factor
in buying a bike that will have no warranty.

Thanks,

Dave Clary/Corpus Christi, Tx
Texas P-38 Squadron (Retired)
Home: http://home.stx.rr.com/dclary
Never Forget: http://www.politicsandprotest.org


I have repaired several broken stays on the BikeE SweetSeats. I talked
with BikeE(when still in business) and received permission(verbal) to
put some brass filler on the breaks. Looks kinda nasty but holds well.
Paul Milner
TE Clone
Welder/Machinist
Backyard Aerodynamicist(Boomerang Maker)
 




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