Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-25-11, 07:33 AM   #1
bobmathews
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2011
Bikes:
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
New 3-speed guy

I've read many of these posts while doing searches and just registered officially with the site. I'm a casual rider (as in when I get my butt off the sofa) with a mid-80s 3-speed beach cruiser with a Hunter label. Previous posts identified this as a Florida company (not the California Hunter) who imported frames, and this fits sionce I bought it (for a whopping $25) from a guy who used it in grad school in Gainesville FL (I'm in St PEte.) It has the Shimano bell crank three speed hub with the shifter on the LEFT side. (okay, who thought that was a good idea?) Since the thing was shifting hard, I repeated the old mistake of 'a little knowledge is a dangerous thing' since I do tinker with bikes from time to time...completely messed up the shifter/cable assembly, discovering too late that it has the infamous piano-wire sold cable, not braided wire. Other than completely replacing the hub with a RH version, or leaving it as a de-facto one speed, does anyone know of suppliers of this obsolete cable/shifter assembly?

I may just go searching for a good old US old English Sturmey Archer 3-speed (why argue with success) and dump this thing, which weighs a ton. In my old days in Chicago, 20 years and 30 pounds ago, I rode all over town at some fairly fast speeds in an old SA 3-speed and never felt the need for more gears. At age 63 I may not liver long enough to fully understand derailleurs, altohugh I've watch a professional bike mechanic acquaintance do adjustments a few times. So I'm sticking with internal gears! Do you guys have any group for these 3,5,7,8,-gear huib bikes?
bobmathews is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-11, 09:29 PM   #2
gna
Count Orlok Member
 
gna's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: St. Paul, MN
Bikes: Raleigh Sports, Raleigh Twenty, Raleigh Wyoming, Schwinn Le Tour Luxe Frankenbike
Posts: 1,535
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Welcome to the forum. There is an IGH group here and on Yahoo groups.

Several bikes had the left handed bell crank, including the '80s Schwinn Collegiate, so I'd think you should be able to find a cable that works.
gna is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-11, 04:26 AM   #3
wahoonc
Senior Member
 
wahoonc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: On the road-USA
Bikes: Giant Excursion, Raleigh Sports, Raleigh R.S.W. Compact, Motobecane? and about 20 more! OMG
Posts: 16,687
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Which Shimano hub is that? From what I have observed the lright side shift Shimano hubs were free wheel, the left side shift were coaster brake. Pictures would help.

Aaron
__________________
Webshots is bailing out, if you find any of my posts with corrupt picture files and want to see them corrected please let me know. :(

ISO: A late 1980's Giant Iguana MTB frameset (or complete bike) 23" Red with yellow graphics.

"Cycling should be a way of life, not a hobby.
RIDE, YOU FOOL, RIDE!"
_Nicodemus

"Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
Aluminum: barely a hundred
Which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?"
_krazygluon
wahoonc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-11, 07:17 AM   #4
rhm
multimodal commuter
 
rhm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: NJ, NYC, LI
Bikes: 1940s Fothergill, 1959 Allegro Special, 1963? Claud Butler Olympic Sprint, Lambert 'Clubman', 1974 Fuji "the Ace", 1976 Holdsworth 650b conversion rando bike, 1983 Trek 720 tourer, 1984 Counterpoint Opus II, 1993 Basso Gap, 2010 Downtube 8h, and...
Posts: 15,666
Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 31 Post(s)
You can probably fix your hub just by getting a new cable (try ebay). On the other hand, sounds like an opportunity to pick up a real classic (I vote English).

But browse around our forum, we have several threads going that you'll enjoy. "For the love of English Three Speeds" for example.

New guys, such as yourself, often find and resurrect threads that died years ago... which sometimes makes sense, but usually does not. So if you have a new and specific question, it's probably a good idea to post it in a new thread, or put it into an active discussion where appropriate.
rhm is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-11, 07:21 AM   #5
bobmathews
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2011
Bikes:
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks for all your replies. Once I reralized I needed to specify "Shimano Positron" (not Nexus!) I found at least two sources on eBay with old stock and ordered the assembly. So in a few days I should have it back in working order.
It is a coaster brake LH hub as Aaron mentioned. This didn't keep my from adding a set of inexpensive handbrakes form Niagara Bike Works (and fenders) since I was accustomed to hand brakes for years. So I've created some kind of hybrid beach cruiser-commuter-English wannabee vehicle. (Changed the handlebars to "moustache type from the wide cruiser style.) Next step, as RHM suggested, is to just go out and get an old Raleigh and play with that!
bobmathews is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:45 AM.