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Sludhound (RIP)         Featured Bike! on 12/21/2009

Bike tags: Commuter | 4-speed | air zound | coaster | cold | more tags >>
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Aluminum Miele hybrid frame. Earlier non-winter incarnations shown as well.

Straight bars with extensions, everything big enough for mitts.

Stock fork, Cane Creek headset.

36-spoke, nothing fancy.

36-spoke, again nothing fancy, with 4-speed coaster hub.

An old 10-speed's 170mm crankset, now set up with an improvised bash guard. 3-piece cup-and-cone BB.

Once again, nothing special, just a comfy foam saddle off a Giant hybrid.

Throwaway KMC UG-50 chain I expect to replace every spring.

Used a 4-speed Shimano Nexus coaster hub with a friction shifter lever. Bad idea, and i never shift out of low gear anyway.

Pros:
- Seems to handle nicely through different sorts of snow, slush, ice and slud (slush + mud).
- Coaster brake actually useful when rims get slippy from slush.

Cons:
- Slow as hell.
- Using a friction shifter for the hub gear was a bad move. But the 4-speed Nexus hub is discontinued and i'm not going to bother tracking down a grip shifter for it.
- Air Zound horn gets clogged with blowing snow and stops working.

Future improvements for next winter will likely be:
- 36t chainring instead of the 40.
- A new wheelset, comprising a 5 speed Sturmy-Archer hub with front and back drum brakes, as well as an appropriate shifter. No more friction shifter on hub gears! Grindy sound = BAD!
- The 3-piece BB ought to be replaced with a more weatherproof cartridge BB, except I can't seem to get the fixed cup out.
- Maybe some wider pedals to fit winter boots.
- Never use the front pannier rack, might as well take it off.
- Recable with continuous lengths of housing from the handlebars to the brakes and gears, so water can't get in at the cable stops.

UPDATE 2011: This bike has long since been dismantled, remantled, given away, and is now believed to have been scrapped. The main triangle was aluminum and rear triangle was steel, and some vicious-looking rust had begun forming where the chain stays met the bottom bracket shell. THE SLUDHOUND IS DEAD, LONG LIVE THE SLUDHOUND

People who friended this bike Mandrake, van, latron, alex aka fresh, deiseldog706

Quite the bomber

Definitely appreciate what you're trying to do -- keep at it! When the time comes to recable, these look pretty interesting. Also suggest a massive front mudflap. You'll be amazed at how much cleaner it keeps your drivetrain and feet.

All suggestions excellent.

Soon I'll get around to uploading some of my other winter bikes. I have taken the extended mudflap idea to heart.

Quonset Slut!

Quonset Slut!

See you in the hut!

See you in the hut!



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