12 December 2007

More on the case of the Breezer Uptown 8 chaincase

Posted by todd under: Breezer Uptown 8; My bikes; Words from cycling sages .

Breezer Uptown 8 with chaincase Here’s an answer from Joe Breeze himself, owner of Breezer bicycles, about whether the full chaincase on the new Breezer Uptown 8 will fit on the older models.

This was a subject of a post yesterday. (Here is the full archive of Uptown 8 posts so far.)

Breeze sent me an e-mail after I asked for permission to publish the message in yesterday’s post. I continue to be impressed by Breeze’s responsiveness to his customers. Here’s what he told me:

I actually was able to shoe-horn a chaincase onto an earlier Breezer (and it already had a bracket hole on the inboard side of the chainstay), but I wouldn’t wish this exercise on anyone. It took all day and results were marginal.

The NEW Uptown8 frame (first available in 2007) is designed specifically for the chaincase. The rear dropouts are such that the axle is on center with the chainstay. The inboard side of the chainstay also has an attachment point for the rear of the chaincase. Early frames had the axle about 15mm lower than the chainstay. Some even had the bracket hole.

In fact, all 2007 Breezer Town (Uptown 8, Villager, Citizen, Freedom) frames have the in-line type of dropouts and bracket hole on the inboard side of the chainstay near the right rear dropout.

I hope that helps.

So I’m sure this after-market modification can be done, but somebody else is going to have to do it. I have enough projects going, plus I’m not a great wrench. Competent, but not great. If it took Joe Breeze all day, it would take me at least twice that long, and I’m pretty sure my results would be far more marginal than his.

If anybody HAS attempted this maneuver, please drop me a note and describe the experience — I’ll be happy to pass it along.

Not to beat this subject even further into the ground, but my next question to Breezer on this subject would be: If somebody does want to try this, how do they get the chaincase, and how much would it cost? If/when I find out, I will let you know.

The bottom line: If you want a full chaincase on an Uptown 8, I’d advise taking the path of least resistance and making sure you get the newer model.

Then again: I heartily advise that the lack of this nice part is no reason to rule out the older model, because the partial chainguard works great as well.

(Incidentally, this whole subject reminds me of Alex Wetmore’s interesting do-it-yourself chaincase story, involving a Trek 400 and a Pashley chaincase.)

[[Find more about the Breezer Uptown 8, including a ride report and more about the bike’s features and benefits.]]

2 Comments so far...

peter fittipaldi Says:

20 May 2009 at 8:27 pm.

My question is: what about changing a flat on the rear with the nexus internal hub? Is this simpler than it looks. Now that I own a Villager, I’m worried about a flat on my way to work. What are your thoughts, suggestions. Thanks, Peter.

todd Says:

28 May 2009 at 12:40 am.

Peter, thanks. My best advice is, you can change a flat without removing the wheel (I have done it a number of times). Leaving the wheel on the bike, release the v-brakes, and use tire levers to pry one side of the tire off the rim, leaving the other side of the tire on the rim. When that one side of the tire is off, all the way around, pull the tube out. Pump it up enough to find the leak. Repair the leak with your patch kit, push the tube back into the tire, and put the tire back onto the rim. This will work on most flats.

Carry a wrench in case you ever do have to take the wheel off the bike. Here are the directions for removing the shifting cable (one of the tough parts).

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