New Departure coaster brake

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Nice old things.
Very durable.
But the metal on metal of the braking discs produces a lot of heat,
so the grease gets toasted.
(If you’re going to service one, check the thermal rating on your grease. And Shimano makes a fine hub grease.)

Not for going down a lot of hills.

Depending on use, of course, get it serviced every thirty to sixty years, whether it needs it or not.
But not cheap.
Unless you want to keep the bike original, consider buying a new wheel, or even a new hub and have us build a wheel.

But then again, no one makes anything likes this anymore. Took even more time to make than to overhaul.

So if you need one serviced, now you know where.


Been in there; done that.

Feel free to stick questions in the comments, and I’ll answer best I can. -dz

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Rebuilding an Italian bottom bracket

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Working on old bikes has certain joys.

Dirt and old bent parts suck.

But finding just the right part and building it up right delights.

Italian 36 mm by 24 tpi on a Gios frame,
cups, bearings, and spindle all from stock.
It turned out nice.

If you need one, we’ve got at least on more pair of nice cups in stock, and can get more.
Or we can get you a nice modern part to replace all that greasy stuff.

But some of us like grease.