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Jealousy setting in ...Humma Hah
Jun 19, 2002 1:23 PM
... I feared this might happen. I tried to assure the cruiser, Humma Hah, that the Paramount would NEVER replace it, that the old Chicago Canti would remain my main ride and true love, and that the 74 'Mount would be mainly for keeping up with MB1 and Miss M on road rides, and maybe for a crack at a double century or two.

But they met yesterday when I compared their frame colors. And this morning, Humma's coasterbrake started to slip just as I came in to work (where the 'Mount is presently stored). To give you an idea of how rare a malfunction that is, this is only the second time it has happened in 31 years and 25,000 miles.

How can I placate this upset bicycle? Certainly, I'll tear down the coasterbrake, clean and inspect it, and give it fresh Mobil 1 grease. Maybe give it a bubble bath? Some wax? Replace the taped up seat? Everything else is in good shape.
re: Jealousy setting in ...Dave Hickey
Jun 20, 2002 7:46 AM
I'd give her a bath and replace her seat. Sit her down and explain that she's the first and will always be special but as with any new addition to the family, you are now going to have to share your time.
what a spoiled lot bicycles are...Djudd
Jun 20, 2002 9:37 AM
whenever an addition is made the others always demand more attention. share, share that's fair
It's worse than I thought! Humma's brokenhearted ...Humma Hah
Jun 20, 2002 3:25 PM
... the heart of a cruiser is the coasterbrake, and the hub is slipping in the flanges! The coasterbrake hub/flanges is one of the few original parts on the bike besides the frame!

Bummer. I've got an older coasterbrake that I could lace into the rim, but it is a different model and the spokes may not fit (they're pretty special heavy custom jobbies).

Maybe I can get them welded? Sounds like a questionable idea, too close to the bearings. Might be worth a try.