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    Sturmey Archer AW3 question.

    Pardon if this has been asked before, but googling brings up nothing but SS conversions.

    Way back when, many moons ago, I had the opportunity to attend the Schwinn Authorized Mechanics school (dealers were required to have at least one factory trained mechanic at every store).

    One of the things that was taught to us, but has been lost to me, was a method of locking an AW3 hub into a specific gear. This was not cross threading a spoke into the axle key, and bending it over. The instructor did something specific to lock the hub into 1st and 2nd gear. I believe one method was to flip the clutch over to stick the hub into 2nd gear? Can someone verify this, and / or know the other method of locking the hub?

    My reason for asking is that I am volunteering for a non-profit that has a lot of bikes that need fixing, and a severe shortage of specific parts (cables / indicator chains / etc). It would be nice to put some back out on the road if I had another method of gearing them down other than the spoke method.

    Best regards,
    GregG

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    Quote Originally Posted by ggroth9 View Post
    Pardon if this has been asked before, but googling brings up nothing but SS conversions.

    Way back when, many moons ago, I had the opportunity to attend the Schwinn Authorized Mechanics school (dealers were required to have at least one factory trained mechanic at every store).

    One of the things that was taught to us, but has been lost to me, was a method of locking an AW3 hub into a specific gear. This was not cross threading a spoke into the axle key, and bending it over. The instructor did something specific to lock the hub into 1st and 2nd gear. I believe one method was to flip the clutch over to stick the hub into 2nd gear? Can someone verify this, and / or know the other method of locking the hub?
    Yeah, I remember that trick, too, from Schwinn School. I think you have the trick correct: flip over the clutch (HSA117) and it stays in 2nd gear. No bent over spokes needed.

    I hope you've looked over Sheldon's Sturmey-Archer pages: http://sheldonbrown.com/sturmey-archer/aw.html

    FWIW: I went to Schwinn School in 1980 in City of Industry, California. Jim Parrott was the instructor and one of my classmates was Richard Cunningham, later of Mantis Moutain Bikes and Mountain Bike Action magazine.
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    Thanks for the reply so I know I'm not crazy. Any idea on how to get it to stay in first? From playing around with one, all I can think of is to remove the one set of pawls from the driver. Went to Schwinn school back in the late 80's at their warehouse in the Chicago suburbs. Can't remember the teacher's name, he worked at the factory when it was still around, and was probably close to retirement 20+ years ago when he was teaching the school. Doubtful I could track him down at this point.

    Thanks again.
    GregG

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    Intriguing; I wish I knew the answer. I'd try on the C/V forum as well. When you find the answer, post it here!

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