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Old 08-31-11, 07:27 AM   #1
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WANTED: vintage Sturmey Archer grip shifter

I have been working on a 1970 Raleigh Sports "all gold" edition for about a month. I put it back together this past weekend and noticed that the gears were not shifting quite as smooth as I wanted them to, so I attempted to replace the cable in the Sturmey Archer grip shifter. Well, when I unscrewed the two screws holding it together, the thing popped open and apparently there was a tiny "diameter ball" and a spring that popped out when it opened. I looked everywhere for them on the floor and can't find them. Now I have this awesome bike that has 2 unusable gears, all because I had to try to get it perfect. If anyone knows where I can get one of these, I would greatly appreciate it and thanks for taking the time to read this. (and to top it all off, the cable was not a standard brake cable, so that didn't even get accomplished)

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Old 08-31-11, 07:36 AM   #2
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI...5196&hlp=false

Such things are on ebay all the time.
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Old 08-31-11, 07:40 AM   #3
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Do you mean one of these?

http://www.amazon.com/Sturmey-Archer.../dp/B001IOT11G

Used ones which will have more of a vintage look can be found on eBay, or from some LBSes that handle old stuff (in Chicago I'd try Uptown Bikes first), doubtless some parts boxes belonging to members here.
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I'd opt for a standard "thumb" trigger shifter, they're easier to find, and they work better IMHO.
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Old 08-31-11, 07:56 AM   #5
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I need one of the ones in 20grit's post. I got a good deal on the bike, put a lot of work into it and it makes me sick that I may have to pay nearly twice what I paid for the bike, to replace the shifter, just because a ball the size of a BB and a spring flew out when I was checking out the shifter. I will probably just buy one of the shifters, like the one in Chicago Al's post before I will pay $90 to keep it original. I don't plan on selling it. Just sucks.
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