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Wanted urgently, one rear hub

January 12, 2013
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I had a setback today.   The rear hub broke while I was truing up the spokes.  If anybody has a spare hub available immediately, please send me a note via the comments button.  

Here are the details:

Distance between flange centers:  3.562”

40 spoke holes

spoke hole centers 2”

freewheel threads: 1.625” x 24tpi

The old one was labeled British Hub Co.  No. 2 MOTOHUB 

Anything similar would be greatly appreciated.British Hub Co No 2

 British Hub Co

18 Comments leave one →
  1. January 12, 2013 11:59 pm

    Reblogged this on The Bridge Club Too and commented:
    Hub appeal.

    • January 13, 2013 9:48 am

      thanks! I’m checking with friends in the UK and down under. If all else fails, I can make one from a big lump of steel. But it will take time.

  2. Anonymous permalink
    January 13, 2013 2:35 am

    Sorry Pete, I have nothing even close to this in my pile ‘o bits. Better to have found this weakness now rather than some where down the road.
    Alan in Vancouver

  3. January 13, 2013 2:37 am

    ahhhhh. thats not good. no time to fix it pete?

  4. Doug Lyon permalink
    January 13, 2013 3:55 am

    Oh Bu99er! You must be heartily pi55ed off now, but better it goes now that after it’s built up.Unfortunately I don’t have one. I can only suggest silver solder the broken part back in and come up with a couple of spreader crescent rings for either side on the same PCD drilled for half a dozen spokes to spread out the load. It wont do your plating much good but would keep it rolling for a while until you can make another hub. The crank on the spoke end would need to be a bit deeper, but that’s easily accomodated. I have seen some sidecar hubs on E-Bay recently that would have suited once the 24tpi thread had been turned on the boss, but sadly didn’t win them, otherwise you could have had one of those. Best of luck, and hope you find something soon.

  5. John permalink
    January 13, 2013 4:20 am

    Damn, I feel for you, so near and then a set back.

    However, look at it like this, better it fail now on your bench rather than whilst you are riding it. If I had one I would gladly send it straight away but alas I dont. I am sure someone els will be along soon with something you can use.


    • January 13, 2013 9:47 am

      That was the first thing my wife said too! I guess that I’m glad that it broke on the bench, and not on the road. But I’m still too mad to be grateful…

  6. January 13, 2013 5:56 am

    I wish you the best of luck! I know trying to find a good workable rear hub is a tall order.

  7. Bob Braun permalink
    January 13, 2013 2:12 pm

    I think a bit of brazing would do the job and give it that working man’s bike look.


  8. Anonymous permalink
    January 15, 2013 5:56 pm

    Hey bro sorry to hear that happen to your hub intill you find a replacement I would Mill that busted ring off bro go to a bicycle shop and find a use freewheel 40 hole steel hub cut that good ring off of that n weld to your old hub

  9. Louis poleete permalink
    January 15, 2013 6:28 pm

    This might work for you bro check out ebay item number 230909427798

  10. Anonymous permalink
    January 15, 2013 7:00 pm

    Take it back to the dealer and have it replaced under warranty!

    I went through my junk pile, nothing even close. It looks more of a bicycle hub than motorcycle.

    Bruce Farren

    • January 15, 2013 8:27 pm

      Hi guys. Thanks for checking for me. I’m still looking for a hub, and keeping very busy building the rest of the bike. It is a peculiar design, too big for a bicycle, and very small for a motorcycle. The axle is 5/8″ if I recall correctly. Super big for a pedal bike… But I might either make up a new hub, or repair this one as a temporary fix.

  11. Roberto permalink
    January 19, 2013 11:28 am

    Try Peter Cox here in the UK. I will try and get his number for you but because of the snow wont be able to chase it till next weekend. Good luck anywho!

  12. Anonymous permalink
    January 26, 2013 1:43 am

    Pete, i’d try repairing. Here’s what i’d try; put the missing piece back (silver solder), turn the flange diameter down close to the spoke holes, fit and solder a high spec steel ring to replace what was turned off.

    Sten vW

  13. January 26, 2013 11:26 am

    Hi guys. I didn’t find a hub yet, but I made a new flange for the broken hub and pressed it on. The wheel is now laced up and ready to mount on the bike. fingers crossed that it doesn’t fail! I’d still be open to buying a nice hub…

    • Louis poleete permalink
      January 26, 2013 6:26 pm

      Thats good to here bro !!!! I just hope you tig or mig it in a few spots or fully welded it . after I read a few peoples post on here I would never silver solder a hub!!!!! It will fail big time!!!! Ttyl n gb n pce

  14. Jim Abbott permalink
    January 26, 2013 7:16 pm

    Pete: Is it other than just a press fit (British definition of press fit: Medium Hammer). Looking forward to the Spring Opener! Jim A.,Tucson, AZ

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