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Could indexed shifters work for a Sturmey Archer hub?

Old 02-05-11, 08:02 AM
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Could indexed shifters work for a Sturmey Archer hub?

I've read Sheldon's explanation for how to use a friction shifter for an AW hub. In a nutshell, it involves memorizing the correct position for 2nd (N) gear. All the way forward is 3rd (H) and all the way back is 1st (L).

So I'm wondering what would happen if I attached an indexed bar end shifter to an AW hub or, better yet, to an FW hub. Has anyone tried it? I figure I'd have to count clicks when shifting, and even then the spacing might be completely unworkable; but worth a try? Would an indexed shifter be strong enough to hold a 4-speed hub in bottom gear?
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Wouldn't you lose the advantage of a friction shifter if the indexed pull isn't quite where you want it to be?

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Maybe you'd be better off just buying one of the new-ish Sturmey Archer bar-end shifters that can also be used as a downtube shifter. There is also a dt specific shifter. I think they cost around $15-20.

[edit] Whoops. Didn't see you were working with a 4 speed hub. My bad. Carry on.
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I happily used a Huret friction downtube shifter w/ a coaster brake AW hub for several years, but a 4-speed would be a bit trickier. With the 3-speed, second gear is immediately above first, followed by a wide swath of neutral (very useful w/ the coaster brake), then third as the cable starts to go slack.
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Not sure about an indexed shifter on a 4 speed although I suppose anything is possible. I use an old Simplex friction shifter on my fixed FW 3 speed. The friction shifter does hold the low gear on the FW quite well but you really have to be determined to want to go there.
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