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Old 12-14-17, 01:00 PM
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3 speed shifter for vintage Shimano intl gear hub

hello all,
i have a old dept store bicycle that I tuned up (Sears Free Spirit) that my daughter loves to ride (it's surprinsingly comfy). The problem is the 3 speed IGH shifter is cracked (brittle plastic) and I'm looking for a suitable replacement. Not looking for an "original" part, rather something that is more modern but classic looking.
Any ideas?
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I assume that the shifter mounts to the handle bar? I have a top tube mount shifter that was common on 20" wheel bikes that you could have, but if there is a bike coop in your area they should have some.
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Are current Shimano 3 speed shifters compatible with the older hubs. Sheldon makes it seem like they've been majorly redesigned, but I don't know whether the pull ratio is the same.

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I took a 3 speed shifter from a triple on a mtn bike, and the pull looks to be pretty similar...only trouble is that is goes on the LH side, which is not the worse thing really.
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A guy near me has NOS Shimano twist grip 3-speed shifters in stock, and may have the trigger-type shifters also.
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It is not difficult to friction-shift a 3-speed hub, either. (Been there ... done that with a Sturmey Archer.)
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John E for some reason the Shimano shifters are harder to find than SA shifters which are plentiful. Roger
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