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Old 11-15-15, 10:08 AM
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Which gears?

I've just picked up a c1938 tandem (BSA). It has a 3 speed Sturmey archer? Trivolex? rear hub with a Sturmey Archer handle bar mounted changer but because the hub was slipping the previous owner had a 3 speed 'Cyclo' derailleur fitted with a top tube lever changer. I can't upload the pictures I've taken at the minute so will add a couple of generic ones if I can.

My question is.. Is it worth fixing the Sturmey Archer hub or just keeping the derailleur in terms of authentic value?


EDIT: Now I'm confused the sales brochure for the bike is attached.... Which gears is it even supposed to have????

aaaaaah confused....
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Old 11-15-15, 03:29 PM
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I wish I could answer your question, but that is one cool derailleur! I had never seen one that bolts to the seat stay.

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Your brochure indicates that the gear changer should be the Cyclo with top tube shifter. Perhaps the prior owner installed the Sturmey-Archer in order to add some gears. What kind of freewheel is mounted on the S-A?
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I think it would nice to get the SA working so you would have a 3x3 gearing setup which was somewhat common on bikes of this vintage. There is a good chance it came with the double shifter setup from the original dealer.
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