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Old 01-30-18, 08:50 AM
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Sturmey Archer S5 project

Good morning BF!

I scored a delapidated women's Raleigh Sprite 5 speed including original shifters, hub, and cool looking crank for $10. I hope to eventually build a club racer type build once I find a decent Raleigh frame to utilize. Currently I have too many frames that need building so that search will go on the back burner.

In the meanwhile, though, the hub on this is a a bit of work. The bike looks as if it was put away for storage in a vat of salt water. I have seen a fair amount of Sturmey hubs and have never seen one with as much rust on it as this one.

I have not attempted to clean it in any manner, but will be looking to do so to try to get some additional information about the year of manufacture and the like. I do have some questions:

- Can I soak a hub in evaporust? Should I just soak the shell? What options for refinishing the shell do I have as I am not sure it can be salvaged?

- do any shops specialize in overhauling SA hubs? I did a quick search before work, but only see shops in the UK!

- from my limited research, it seems that though there is some value for the shifters, that they are not very functional. Am I limited to one downtube and one 3 speed SA thumb shifter as my best option?


Thanks all in advance. Any and all info regarding hub or overhaul/cleaning/rust would be appreciated.
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Any rust treatment will only remove the rust or substitute an anticorrosive coating. No treatment will restore the chrome on the shell, so you would have to use chrome paint or re-plate. The hub should be disassembled before treating.
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do any shops specialize in overhauling (IG)hubs?
Seattle , Aaron Goss, Aarons bike repair Aaron's Bicycle Repair, Inc.
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Thanks guys!

Also was able to do some more research:

it appears that an AW hub shell will work on the S5. I will need to do some additional research on this, but instead of painting/rechroming a beat up hub, this sounds like a much easier and cost effective option.


thanks for the link for Aaron's! I plan on a terrible photo shoot when I get home for documentation purposes anyway.

I'm a bit intimidated on trying to overhaul a IGH myself. I don't have a lot of experience w/internals and would be afraid of losing something that would be expensive or hard to find a replacement for.


Anyone else w/feedback on shifting options?


Thanks again all. I love this forum.
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I have a '68 Sprite W/S5 and broke the original 1st gen plastic shifter. I ended up finding 2nd gen metal ones on ebay. they're hard to come by. The 3 speed and downtube is the most common work around or 2 - 3 speed shifters. the hi/lo really only has to move the bell crank.

https://thecabe.com/forum/threads/19...rite-s5.79513/

https://thecabe.com/forum/threads/twin-shift-5.94625/

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Originally Posted by dedhed View Post
I have a '68 Sprite W/S5 and broke the original 1st gen plastic shifter. I ended up finding 2nd gen metal ones on ebay. they're hard to come by. The 3 speed and downtube is the most common work around or 2 - 3 speed shifters. the hi/lo really only has to move the bell crank.

https://thecabe.com/forum/threads/19...rite-s5.79513/

https://thecabe.com/forum/threads/twin-shift-5.94625/

http://www.sturmey-archerheritage.co.../pic-104.1.jpg

Sturmey-Archer Heritage :: History

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https://hadland.wordpress.com/2012/0...turmey-freaks/
I appreciate all of the links. I have come across some of the same info but it is greatly appreciated!

I lucked out and have the 2nd gen metal shifters (along with some free rust) that appear to be in decent Nick sans the corrosion. I have read that they don't work very well though. What is your experience with them?
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