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What parts to save from British and British flavored 3 speeds?

Old 09-30-22, 09:21 AM
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What parts to save from British and British flavored 3 speeds?

While I somehow keep pushing past Peak N+1, I am coming to terms with the idea that there are bikes in my attic that I am never going to fix up and no one else will either. Starting at the bottom of the basket, I have a three pretty far gone 3 speeds with Sturmey Archer hubs. Ones a Raleigh, one a Sears "Sportsman"? and the other a Columbia. I was going to pull the 3 speed hubs and shifty bits, and the headset and bottom bracket from the Raleigh, but was wondering what else to strip before scraping the frames?
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When you say "shifty bits" are you including all of the shift and brake clamps & pulleys? I would save wheels/rims in decent shape, Raleigh nuts, good handle bars and grips, good brakes and levers, hard to obtain cables, good cranks and crank arms, and decent frames. In the end you probably have the same number of bikes, only dis-assembled.
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Originally Posted by dweenk View Post
When you say "shifty bits" are you including all of the shift and brake clamps & pulleys? I would save wheels/rims in decent shape, Raleigh nuts, good handle bars and grips, good brakes and levers, hard to obtain cables, good cranks and crank arms, and decent frames. In the end you probably have the same number of bikes, only dis-assembled.
So don't chop up the Raleigh... The Sears bike is a full rust bucket. I'm not sure if its made in Brittan for the usa market, or just has a SA hub and shifter.
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I would save all the non-ISO standard stuff: headsets, bottom brackets with cups, Sturmey Archer cables, Raliegh branded axle nuts, etc. I might toss at least 2 of the 3 speed hubs. There's more hubs around than anyone wants, but the small bits are a PITA to find.

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What I'd keep -

rear hub and shifters, including the pulley

saddle (if it's a good one) and (possibly) seat post

handlebars, brake levers & stem

frame & chain guard

fenders (if condition is worthy)

Yep, that's most of the bike.

What I'd ditch is -

steel rims
rusty spokes
crappy brake calipers
old, rusty cables.
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