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Im sure I remember reading that the Japanese version of the Sturmey Archer 3spd is better than the original. I only have the Brit versions, though. There is some talk they can slip in high which, if you are standing over a high toptube on an accent can be.......'octave raising'. See 'Sheldon Browns' website.
So many bikes, so little time.......
I'll just throw this out there - it might be worth considering.
Sturmey Archer's 8-speed internal gear hub is fairly inexpensive and lends itself well to 20" wheel bikes. I have the idea that they intended it for folders, like Dahon. Where most internal hubs use 1:1 ratio in the middle, S-A's 8-speed has 1:1 in first gear, and all ratios go up from there. So, with the typical Schwinn 46T chainring, you would have a speed range comparable to a typical road bike, but on a Stingray. So far, it only comes with a twist grip shifter, so you'd still be in luck there. The no-brake version (if you use rim brakes) can have an OLD down to 120 mm, IIRC, but the drum brake version is out at 135 mm, requiring respacing. Any way you look at it, it would be trick, and you could probably embarass the occasional roadie by keeping up with him...
I have the idea that this is what I'm going to use on my '69 Fastback, especially since the original 3-speed hub is busted and the shifter is missing...
it''d certainly be painful. it happens through neglect & stupidity regarding cable adjustment, not an inherently poor design.
most, if not all, new SA 3 speed hubs are NIG anyway, which compensates for slapdash maintainance
for sturmey archer & english 3 speeds....
IIRC, you can find them on Amazon. $140 for the regular version, $160 for the drum brake.
Sure, but going to Amazon and looking in the hub section of the bicycle parts section isn't tough...
Anyway, the listing says that the hub is 135 mm OLD. But see the stack of lock nuts on the non-drive side? S-A says that you can narrow the spacing by removing the redundant nuts. At least you can for the no-brake version; you can get it down to 120 mm.
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