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.