Posted by: Amanda TITLE: MIDDLEWEIGHT: 3 Speed shifter
i have a 1970s Schwinn Breeze w/3 speed. When i pedal even on the easiest speed setting it is extremely hard to get going. it this just the way bikes were made then, for flat plane riding only, or could it be the shifter or back tire hub? any response is welcomed
Posted by Ken
Take it to your local bike shop, Amanda.
Posted by John Metz
There should be a definate difference in perceived effort. The pedals should spin faster and easier in the lowest setting. Check to see that the little chain entering
the rear hub actually moves when the shifter position is changed. The problem is likely ni the shifter or cable but
in rare cases the pawls inside the hub could be stuck especially if the bike has sat idle for an extended period.
There should be an oiler cap on the hub. Put a few drops of lightweight oil in and ride some to see if it frees up.
If it does follw up with a few drops of 30w moter oil. Hope this helps. Check out www.sheldonbrown.com for more
info on three speeds. I beleive you want to click on the old bikes page. Good luck! 95% of the time it is the cable or shifter so..........
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