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    Hub strangeness: Where's that gear gone?

    Hello. Can anyone please help me with this problem? My bike should have three gears but only has two. When i try to switch to the first gear it goes into the third gear again. It is a peugot, thirty years old with internal hub gears. The wheel is new though. Regina is the make.

    Is this problem simple to repair and if so how do i go about it? (If it's tricky i will bring it to a bike mechanic.)

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    Assuming the wheel is working right.... probably u need to add some tension to the cable. Do you know how to adjust the thingy that is attached to the wheel??? it has a cable that goes to the gear lever, if the tension is off the gears wont work right.

    The second option is that the cable is getting stuck somewhere. Is pretty simple to find out, move the lever or have somebody to move the gear lever and the cable will move and the thingy (which i forgot the name in english) will move also, of you notice that the cable kind'a bulge somewhere and the the cable doesn't move or the thingy doesn't move, then you found the problem. Obviously that if the cable is all rusted that could be your problem also.

    Just look how it works and see why is not doing what it suppose to do. Again, I'm assuming is not a problem in the hub ok?

    Not rocket science.

    Good luck.

    ps: u said "The wheel is new though", u mean the whole wheel is new? the tire is new?? I believe to change those wheels u have to deattach the cable thingy that goes in the wheel and re adjust aftwer wards, i believe thats all u have to do.
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    Here u have a picture... sadly could not find anything else and maybe is not like yours but it will help because all those things are pretty similar.



    To the right there is a chain, the chain is attached to the cable and use like a screw, thats what might need to be adjusted, u can add tension or release tension so you have to figure it out ok? If doesnt look like in the picture the concept is the same ok? U have to figure it out.

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ultraman6970 View Post
    Assuming the wheel is working right.... probably u need to add some tension to the cable. Do you know how to adjust the thingy that is attached to the wheel??? it has a cable that goes to the gear lever, if the tension is off the gears wont work right.

    The second option is that the cable is getting stuck somewhere. Is pretty simple to find out, move the lever or have somebody to move the gear lever and the cable will move and the thingy (which i forgot the name in english) will move also, of you notice that the cable kind'a bulge somewhere and the the cable doesn't move or the thingy doesn't move, then you found the problem. Obviously that if the cable is all rusted that could be your problem also.

    Just look how it works and see why is not doing what it suppose to do. Again, I'm assuming is not a problem in the hub ok?

    Not rocket science.

    Good luck.

    ps: u said "The wheel is new though", u mean the whole wheel is new? the tire is new?? I believe to change those wheels u have to deattach the cable thingy that goes in the wheel and re adjust aftwer wards, i believe thats all u have to do.
    Thank you Ultraman! Yes that does sound simple. I will give it a go tomorrow.

    Is this something that i'd need a friend to help me with? It sounds straightforward but just adjusting the saddle turned out to need two of us.

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    Oh, forgot to say. Yes the wheel is new. It had to come from France and was a big deal to get so i really hope the hub is ok. Getting parts may be tricky. Don't know about the tire i will have to ask. I only recently inherited it.

    The diagram is great! Very clear. I really appreciate your help.

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    Is it a Sturmey Archer hub? Those are easy to adjust -- the shoulder on the indicator rod should be flush with the end of the axle when the hub is in 2nd gear.

    Shimano hubs use a bell crank with an indicator window. Again, with the hub in 2nd gear, adjust the tension so the "N" and/or index line is lined up in the window on the bell crank.

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    Thats even better

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    Regina is the make
    that would be a freewheel, I believe..

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    Ultraman, I wish you worked at my LBS. You have a gift when it comes to communication. Something I think most bike mechanics could work on.

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    My English is darn bad man but i'll take it as a compliment thanks!

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    Thank you for all the posts guys!

    I have some bad news. I showed it to a mechanic. It seems that there is a piece missing and that this is the problem. He says it looks much older than thirty so God knows if i'll be able to replace it. I'm to bring it back on Monday when their old bike expert from Mongolia will examine it and offer a diagnosis.

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    You should post a picture because we have no idea what wheel or hub are u talking about. Those hubs are available.

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    That's a good idea about the pictures thank you Ultraman. I will wait and see what this Mongolian mechanic says first. If he knows what to do then i will leave it in his hands as i wouldn't want to try doing anything other than simple repairs.

    I'm relieved to hear that parts are available. I hope they don't cost too much.

    The mechanics that i showed this to looked at this bike like i'd brought in a sick dodo. They were dubious about getting parts but you all seem to know a lot more than they do. I'm worried about the cost of this though. I may ask if getting a conventional /derailler system would be better/cheaper.

    Thank you so much for your help again. You've been great!

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