I like 3 speed bikes

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thom

Look Ma, No Hands!
May 29, 2009
46
western nc
My "collection" of bikes includes all kinds. I have decided , however,to concentrate on 3 speed bikes . I enjoy riding and tinkering with them . I will still buy other bikes if I find some like I have in the past couple of weeks , like the $300-400 Mountain bikes I bought for $10 each, but am going to seek out more 3 speeds.I plan to dissassemble a 3 speed hub and put it back together , just so I know how. Anybody else into them? If so, what do you especially look for in a 3 speed bike, not that I'll pass up any of them if the price is right.Thanks:D
 

JLarkin

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Aug 6, 2008
522
Nashville, TN
I like 3 speed coasters. All my bikes except the Suburban and the Collegiate are 3-speeds, original or retrofitted with them. They are plentiful, cheap, and easy to adjust. Shimanos are the easiest. Sturmeys take more fiddling. Plus the internal gearing keeps the look of a stock rear hub. My newest obsession is twist grips. I have to figure out how to change the colors of the grips though; they all seem to be off white.
 

Strings-n-Spokes

I live for the CABE
May 23, 2008
1,124
Bozeman, United States
Shimano, Nexus and Sturmey Archer The 3 speed power trio

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here is my Sturmy (still needs a front rack)

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This guy has a Nexus

And I have an 80's 27" World Tourist w/ a Shimano 3 Speed can't find a pic right now.
 

OldRider

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jul 2, 2009
3,082
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
This is my Sturmey Archer 3 speed, an early 70's Eatons RoadKing Villager. The thing I really hate about these hubs is the finnicky gears. Everytime you need to patch a tire or remove the rear wheel you have to adjust the shifter screw all over again.
 

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sam

I live for the CABE
May 24, 2006
1,479
San Antonio, United States
and some 3speeds look like this!

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kz1000

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Apr 11, 2008
516
Templeton, MA
and some look like this, Dana 3 speed transmission
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JLarkin

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Aug 6, 2008
522
Nashville, TN
Isn't that technically a 9 speed (3 front x 3 rear)? On that Dana, is that a push/pull arrangement? I see two cables on the twist grip.
 

kz1000

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Apr 11, 2008
516
Templeton, MA
Yes it is a push pull type, it is not with the 3 speed wheel anymore, so the Dana is still only a 3 speed
 
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drabe

Look Ma, No Hands!
Aug 3, 2009
84
Houston, Texas
I'm mainly into middleweights and balloon tire bikes, but recently I picked up a '75 Columbia Sport and a '79 Schwinn Collegiate (both 3 speeds) at an estate sale. Their condition and price was too good to pass up, so I bought them to flip. I'm in the middle of restoring both (currently waiting on a brown box w/tires, etc..., no picks loaded yet).
Should have them both done by the end of the week.
 

vincev

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 2, 2008
13,259
crown point<indiana
this is one of my 3 speeds.Its a 1938 Schwinn New World.Heres another:Raleigh with rod brakes
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thom

Look Ma, No Hands!
May 29, 2009
46
western nc
Sam, tell us more about that 3 speed. Is it a 5 speed with 2 removed? More info please. Thanks.:cool:
 
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drabe

Look Ma, No Hands!
Aug 3, 2009
84
Houston, Texas
Finally got some pics

Here's my Columbia Sport 3 speed
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and my Schwinn Collegiate
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Both are Sturmey Archers and both still need shifter adjustments
 

sailorbenjamin

Finally riding a big boys bike
Mar 3, 2008
453
Ryderwood, United States
This is my Sturmey Archer 3 speed, an early 70's Eatons RoadKing Villager. The thing I really hate about these hubs is the finnicky gears. Everytime you need to patch a tire or remove the rear wheel you have to adjust the shifter screw all over again.
You can leave the little lock nut in the right place and it will tell you how far to screw in the barrel adjuster.
 
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