Vintage 3 Speed English Bicycles


22T Cog Review

I’ve been running a 22T rear cog on this bike for the past week or so and quite like the change in gearing. More time is spent in 3rd gear and 1st is only used for the last leg of a hill. I’ve put a 20T on a similar bike and will give that a road test as well.


My only complaint/concern is the new cog and chain combo has pushed the rear wheel back a bit and there was some wheel/fender interference that needed to be addressed.


4 responses

  1. sykerocker

    A 23t Shimano (Sturmey-Archer doesn’t make one) cog conversion is standard equipment for all my 3-speed builds. Effectively, it takes the original third gear and turn it into second, takes second gear and turns it into first, and turns first gear into something that can really climb hills. I’ve found it effective on anything from my Raleigh Twenty to my Raleigh DL-1 Tourist.

    September 3, 2017 at 9:12 am

  2. sykerocker

    And it turns the Sturmey 5-speed hub into an absolute tree-climber, by the way.

    September 3, 2017 at 9:13 am

  3. Bazil Smith

    I’ve put 80kms on my aluminum rim set with continental city ride tires and a 21t sprocket.
    I normally ride with a 20t on my superbe (schwalbe delta cruisers)
    The 1st gear is a nice bonus for the last leg of a hill, but I order the cadence in 3rd of the 20t, so it’s my preference.

    September 3, 2017 at 2:17 pm

  4. I think a 20-22T rear cog is the key to making these bikes more useable and enjoyable. The 18T x 46 is too high for most riders and doesn’t really suite the terrain in these parts. Like skyrocker, a 22T is a standard upgrade on almost all single to three speed bicycles I work on. I’m currently riding a 40×22 Sturmey-Archer two speed kick-back on a path racer and absolutely loving the gearing. All the best!

    September 4, 2017 at 6:16 am

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