Easier Gearing on Older Three Speeds

Society Of Three Speeds

One frequently discussed problem with vintage three speeds is high gearing. Raleigh et al usually mounted 18 tooth cogs on their rear hubs, which often makes going uphill a chore. The best way to lower the gearing (and make hill climbing easier) is to swap that small cog with a larger one. Nola Wilken of Restoring Vintage Bicycles from the Hand Built Era recounts her experience of doing so on her 1950 Raleigh Sports Tourist:

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