Rick Paulos wrote:
I sure agree those hubs are quite tolerant of just about any lube or lack thereof. Figure on a disassembly, cleaning and relube every 25 years or so. Or keep it lubed yearly. The SA 3 speed hub is such a marvel. It's worth taking one apart, cleaning and reassembling just for the experience.
+++++++++= The first time I took one apart I was 12. Had just bought a Hercules Royal Something at the Police Auction, and wanted to KNOW and get it right. So, somehow I got it right. My memory is that I got it back together again, with three functioning gears -- backwards. I don't see, in retrospect, how that could be, so I guess I just bailed and let the shop fix it... :-)
To me, the S/A is strange. By now, I have no trouble breaking down and reassembling all the ones I have, and try to do it once per quarter century or so. Lot easier to work on than to track the mysteries of power flow in each gear...
harvey sachs mcLean VA