England, currently dividing my time between university in Guildford and home just outside Reading
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Sturmey-Archer trigger won't stay in gear
I've been using a traditional SA trigger shifter on my folding bike for more than a year, and recently it's started slipping out of first gear. The slipping seems to be mostly caused by road vibration, but I've had it happen a few times on perfectly smooth roads. The finger lever thingy (technical term) also rattles quite a lot, which is annoying, and I think the two problems are linked. Is this a common problem? If so, is there a fix, or do I need a new shifter?
Those trigger shifters are bombproof and last forever, but once in a while you'll get a bad one. I bought a NOS '70s shifter that rattled and hung up between 2nd and 3rd. I finally replaced it after putting up with it for a year. It cost me all of $12.