To the listmember who uses 3-speed hubs on his work bike:
I deleted your message by mistake, but I wanted to ask what your point is. Are you suggesting in a round-about way that we woud all put our axle breakage problems if we too rode 3-speed hubs, or are you suggesting that your luck with three speed axles has some bearing when it comes to the expected axle durability of screw-on freewheel hubs? Or is it something else altogether? I don't have any idea how remarkable your luck with three speeds has been. I know very little about three speeds, other than that there are wierd twisting forces on the axle. If the axles last forever it doesn't surprise me, because like casette hub axles and track hub axles, three-speed axles are supported by bearings close to the dropout. Cassette and track axles almost never break. The topic at hand is breakage of axles on hubs equipped with screw-on (5, 6, 7, 8 speed) freewheels. It's a pretty specific situation.
Tom Dalton Bethlehem, PA
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