Sturmey Archer Drum Brake service

A quick guide to opening up and cleaning out the Sturmey Archer drum brake hub…

Nothing wrong but you feel like opening them up anyway?

After a year commuting ten miles a day, I couldn’t help but feel that the Sturmey Archer X-FDD (click for in-depth review) drum brake on the front of my new utility bike must be in need of a routine service.

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A little over 2,000 miles and wearing in nicely!

Fortunately, if you don’t need to replace the brake shoes (which have a really long lifespan – probably longer than most people keep a hub), opening and servicing Sturmey Archer drum brakes is a piece of cake.

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