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Old 06-21-10, 09:15 PM   #1
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S/A 3 spd. adjustment

So, I took my 'new' Bickerton downtown to show it off and was pleasantly surprised at the comments. Many positive comments, even had wedgie riders smile or nod at me, which rarely happens when I'm on my 'bent. I happened across a local riding club going on their newbie rider ride and rode with them for a couple of miles before turning back to go home. No problem riding with them.

It supposedly has 25 miles or so on it and it shifts ok, as far as I can tell, but after I'd ridden it for about 5 miles or so, I noticed trouble with second gear. It doesn't feel as firm when it moves into or out of second, and when in second, it would sometimes freewheel sort of or clatter until in adjusted it in to third or back down to first. When I first had been riding it, it would change into second and stay there even under pedal pressure, but after the short ride, it wasn't as happy staying in second, especially when I would try to bear down some on the crank.

I have no idea of the operation and adjustment for the 3spd internal hubs.

Any suggestions? Just do a google search on adjusting S/A 3 spd hubs and follow the
bouncing ball?

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Old 06-21-10, 10:43 PM   #2
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Leo - Some of us have 40 year old eyes and your font selection makes your posts difficult to read.

Sheldon Brown has some great advice on how to set up an SA three speed.
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Definitely Sheldon Brown:
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... and this modest thread.

The bods over in Classic and Vintage seem to know about 3-speeds too.

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