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1968 Robin Hood 3 Speed

Reader Samuel S. has sent some photos of his Robin Hood restoration in progress.

 It is a work in progress, I just ordered some parts from Harris Cyclery, and have been polishing up the chrome while I’m waiting. So far its cleaning up nice, I will get some pics together once the parts come in. Your site is great thanks!

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 Here are some photos of the 1968 Robin Hood, It was a gift from Shawn Granton, the founder of the Society of Three Speeds here in Portland OR. He is a gentleman and a scholar! I have started cleaning some of the rust off the chrome with water and tin foil, seems to work like magic. I took the old break pads off and have some Kool Stop Continentals to put on. So far I ordered, a Sturmey Archer Trigger, a S.A. 3 Speed shift cable, cork grips, and Kenda Black wall tires, some tubes, and a new 1/8″ chain. I plan on looking for some “rat trap” style peddles at the local bike co-op. I want to install new break cables as well. I have no experience working on three speeds and limited experience with bike mechanics in general, so this will be a good/ fun learning experience. I have really enjoyed exploring your website. I will send more pictures as this project progresses.

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2 responses

  1. Diarmuid considine

    Nice project you have.
    3 speeds are relatively straight forward to work on .its second gear that fails because it’s most commonly used.nine times out of ten it’s caused by sticking pawl springs that refuse to engage with the hub.youtube so the place to look at over hauling .

    November 10, 2016 at 5:42 am

  2. Looks like a fun project. Once you get to know these bikes, they’re quite easy to get apart and work on. The original parts are all high quality and generally just need a good cleaning and a bearing repack to get them back in order.

    November 10, 2016 at 6:02 am

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