I'm picking up a Sturmey Archer ASC wheel later today for my Carlton Flyer project, and wanted to solicit the lists input on what its like dealing and riding with these hubs. I am picking up a proper ASC trigger, so I do not need to worry about modifying a 4 speed. I am more curious to people's experience riding them, and how they hold up to use and compare to riding a standard fixed wheel. I have been riding fixed for several years, and am very comfortable with it. Can the ASC hold up to back pedaling/resisting while decending hills or tapering speed? I will have front and rear brakes, but would I be a fool to initiate a skid with the ASC? Will I notice the hub while track standing? Etc, etc., I have read Hillary Stone's article on classic lightweights and sheldons page on the asc already.
Eitherway, I am very excited to try it all out, as I have wanted one of these hubs ever since I first heard of them when I initially getting interested in older bicycles and equipment.
San Francisco, CA