Sunday, January 13, 2008

Three-Speed Play

About an inch of snow fell the other day and so I'm back riding the bike with studded tires. That's the one I recently converted to a 3-speed. It's remained amazingly clean. See the silver chain? Pretty, eh?
I've known for many years that 3-speeds have a bit of play in the chain when you start off pedaling from a stop. I'm sure there's a better term for it than play, but I can't think of it right now. It seems normal on an old Raleigh Sports or Roadster. On those bikes, I've learned to live with it.

I find it's more noticeable on this bike though. I'm sure it's because I'm used to the old way this bike was set up. Someone who is used to fixed gear bikes would really notice it.

I wonder if any other types of 3-speed hubs have less play (the new Sturmey, Shimano, Sun Tour, or Sachs (SRAM)).


Anonymous said...

Did you bend the rear triangle in to fit the SA hub? If so, how?



KM said...

I think its called lash. I have ridden new and old SA as well as Sram and they all have it. You get used to it.

I still have the hub waiting for you.

rigtenzin said...

KM: Lash. Thanks. That sounds like a good nickname.

Meade: The bike's rear spacing was 120mm already. I added a 5mm spacer to each side and it fits like a glove. The axle had enough length to accommodate the extra 10mm. It was a very smooth installation.

lemmiwinks said...

I had a 3 speed hub that was made by Shimano but only labeled 3S (not 333). I don't recall any play or backlash, however sadly I did break the pawls on two and then I ran out of spares so it was back to derailleur gears for me.

I do have a Nexus 8 that I'm mustering the motivation to shoehorn into a bike Real Soon Now.

Anonymous said...

I haven't experienced any 'lash' with any Sturmey hubs that I've ridden. There is a very small amount of side to side play with these hubs, but this is normal.

Eclectchick said...

Wow. What a purty silver chain. Mine is a shameful blackish color.

Bad me.

Thanks for the inspiration of reminding me what a proper chain should look like.

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