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1974 Raleigh Tourist rear sprocket choices.

Old 08-25-14, 04:21 PM
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1974 Raleigh Tourist rear sprocket choices.

The rear sprocket on my 1974 3 speed Sturmey Archer AW is 16 tooth. I find that for my riding, I’d really like to lower the whole range (I never use third). Are larger sprockets available to fit these? If so, any recommendations on where to buy one?

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Available all over the place - I have a 22 on the back of one bike and a 20 on the back of another. 16T is very small!

Sturmey-Archer Spare Parts from Harris Cyclery

Sprockets - Hub Gear products from SJS Cycles

To name a couple of sources.
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I would stick a 22 or 23 on that one. They're a standard type three spline sprocket, so any decent bike shop dealing with older bikes should have some. Harris, Bike Smith Design, and Ebay are all options.
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Shimano sprockets are also clones.
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Thanks guys. I ordered a 22t along with a new chain (116 link). My next step is to get a rear rack and new brake shoes. What a great bike!!

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Let's see some pics.
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I have 2-3 Tourists, and they all seem to come with larger chainwheels (48T) and smaller sprockets (16T) than the Sports models. With the larger wheels, the Tourists come with incredibly high gearing, even recognizing the longer cranks. (I installed larger sprockets too.)

Have you found rear racks that fit 28" wheels?
I found one at a used bike shop in Philadelphia, but it would be nice to have a more convenient source.
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Both of my DL1s got bigger sprockets and they are much nicer to ride now. I recall trying to use a Shimano sprocket on one but it was just a very tiny bit thicker than the SA and the snap-ring did not engage very well.

I would also like to find a rear rack to fit.
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Thanks for all the info guys. I’m not quite sure what to do about the rack. I’ll look for one that can be modified if nothing shows up.





Here is the Bonneville Salt Flats sprocket



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PS: Raleigh Tourist restore thread….

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...t-rebuild.html
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Got the 22T sprocket over the weekend…





And installed it along with a gold chain



This really transformed the bike. I went for a 16 mile ride on it and was able to climb hills with much less effort only needing to get off the saddle twice. I also noticed the big jump from 2nd to 3rd. I might experiment with a 24T and see how it is to ride the flats in 3rd and use 1st and 2nd for hills.

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