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09-10-20, 09:11 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,245
Posted By BigChief

That's an absolutely stellar job you're doing...

That's an absolutely stellar job you're doing here. Very fortunate that this bike came into such capable hands. I'm sure I have a frame mounted guide wheel. I'll hunt for it after work and PM if I...
08-04-20, 07:06 PM
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Posted By BigChief

I didn't know you had this one. Nice Rudge. Good...

I didn't know you had this one. Nice Rudge. Good year too. 53 or 54? I like these. Still the early style frame but lighter 20-30 tubing.
08-02-20, 12:38 PM
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Posted By BigChief

I'm only familiar with English bikes, mostly...

I'm only familiar with English bikes, mostly Raleigh. They have 15/16" diameter bars while most other bikes seem to be 1 inch. I only know this because anytime I wanted to use a modern stem for a...
07-21-20, 05:49 PM
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Posted By BigChief

Grade 25 is good. The headset uses 25 5/32"...

Grade 25 is good. The headset uses 25 5/32" bearings in each race. You should always have some on hand when taking a Raleigh headset apart. It is well known that these bearings vanish into a parallel...
07-17-20, 04:46 PM
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Posted By BigChief

I think the wheel bearings are a bit too tight. I...

I think the wheel bearings are a bit too tight. I like adjusting with the wheel mounted on the bike. I just loosen the left side axle nut and reach in there with my two Sturmey Archer spanners and...
07-09-20, 02:40 PM
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Posted By BigChief

Interesting bike. The B66 is out of place on a...

Interesting bike. The B66 is out of place on a drop bar bike though. It looks to be in good shape. It would be the perfect saddle for that early 50s Rudge Sports a few posts back.
07-08-20, 04:19 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,112
Posted By BigChief

I've never seen anything like this on a Raleigh....

I've never seen anything like this on a Raleigh. I don't think it's the correct part.
07-06-20, 08:15 AM
Replies: 23,139
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Posted By BigChief

I like this one. Always had a soft spot for...

I like this one. Always had a soft spot for Rudges. I don't see a 20-30 sticker on the seat tube, so I'll guess it's pre 1954. I have one just like it. My old legs didn't get along with the tall...
07-06-20, 08:01 AM
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Posted By BigChief

Nice! That's an early one. Possibly even pre war....

Nice! That's an early one. Possibly even pre war. What date is stamped on the hub? Amazing that it has the original handlebar grips. Or at least the correct short style these bikes came with...
07-06-20, 04:41 AM
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Posted By BigChief

I have those Conti Tour Rides on my DL-1. Bought...

I have those Conti Tour Rides on my DL-1. Bought them because they claim to be puncture resistant. An important feature for these bikes! I'm happy with them.
07-05-20, 01:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 192
Posted By BigChief

I've seen these 3 cog Cyclos used with SA 3 speed...

I've seen these 3 cog Cyclos used with SA 3 speed hubs often. That would mean they were designed for the usual 1/8" cogs used on IG hubs.
07-03-20, 02:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 913
Posted By BigChief

Looks like this is going to turn out to be pretty...

Looks like this is going to turn out to be pretty nice. Far nicer than a usual 'round town beater. Good year too. Still has normal brake levers and the full pattern chain ring. I see you have Mark's...
06-29-20, 02:11 PM
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Posted By BigChief

I never thought of the heat shrink tubing. Great...

I never thought of the heat shrink tubing. Great idea. I do have a time saving trick that works well making these cables. I cut the length of 3/32" brass tubing with a file. Then I use JB Weld to...
06-29-20, 07:21 AM
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Posted By BigChief

I hope you find a good home for it. It is a...

I hope you find a good home for it. It is a museum piece. I have never seen a pre-Raleigh Rudge for sale here in the U.S. Hard to value something so rare.
06-28-20, 10:20 AM
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Posted By BigChief

I look at it this way. Every time I make an old...

I look at it this way. Every time I make an old English roadster useful again it pushes it's life span up another 10 or maybe even 20 years into the future. They might even be picked up and boosted...
06-26-20, 04:29 PM
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Posted By BigChief

That's a crazy amount of wear. That would explain...

That's a crazy amount of wear. That would explain why the sun gear got crunched. Maybe the hub was run bone dry for a lot of miles sometime in it's life. Or maybe the gears weren't properly hardened...
06-21-20, 04:09 PM
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Posted By BigChief

I've been considering getting my 69 Bonnie back...

I've been considering getting my 69 Bonnie back on the road. I haven't ridden it in years because I don't have any friends to ride with anymore, but I'm so bored these days that a solo ride around...
06-19-20, 03:07 PM
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Posted By BigChief

One thing I've learned recently is that oil...

One thing I've learned recently is that oil migrates around inside the hub more than I thought possible. It even gets to the wheel bearings. I didn't have any 1/4" bearings on hand when I took apart...
06-15-20, 07:14 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 903
Posted By BigChief

Something odd about this hub. Looks like a...

Something odd about this hub. Looks like a regular Raleigh hub but there's no shoulder on the axle for the fixed hub to bottom out on. That design won't work without one. What happened here is the...
06-09-20, 02:06 PM
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Posted By BigChief

Repaint??? That would be terrible. This is one of...

Repaint??? That would be terrible. This is one of the most original pre war roadsters I've seen in a long time and the finish is in excellent original condition for it's age. Even the painted rim...
06-06-20, 08:25 AM
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Posted By BigChief

Yikes. Rod brakes on Endrick rims seems like a...

Yikes. Rod brakes on Endrick rims seems like a very bad idea to me. I wouldn't consider it rideable. Seems like a lot of money for a repainted mid 50s Rudge with the wrong wheels, a Hercules crank...
06-03-20, 02:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 290
Posted By BigChief

Since the threads look good, I'll guess somebody...

Since the threads look good, I'll guess somebody lost the original screws and tried to replace them with screws that were close, but not exactly the correct thread. British threaded screws are next...
06-02-20, 04:28 PM
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Views: 420
Posted By BigChief

Looks great. Nice work.

Looks great. Nice work.
05-24-20, 11:50 AM
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Posted By BigChief

And a brake. Rod actuated here, but it seems like...

And a brake. Rod actuated here, but it seems like the original Rudge factory was experimenting with different types of calipers. All that ended after Raleigh bought out Rudge during the war years.
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05-23-20, 06:10 PM
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Posted By BigChief

From the 1939 catalog... Looks like original...

From the 1939 catalog... Looks like original pedals. Incredibly rare.

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05-23-20, 06:01 PM
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Posted By BigChief

Wow! This is a pre-Raleigh Rudge. Late 30s I...

Wow! This is a pre-Raleigh Rudge. Late 30s I figure. I'll poke through some catalogs and post what I can find. Great find!!!
05-20-20, 12:58 PM
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Posted By BigChief

I don't have a problem with Kendas. I prefer the...

I don't have a problem with Kendas. I prefer the look of a plain black tire on vintage roadsters to tires with colored lettering and reflective strips. I think they perform reasonably well for the...
05-19-20, 03:58 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 567
Posted By BigChief

The most important thing to know about AW hub...

The most important thing to know about AW hub cable adjustment is that there is a neutral spot between 2nd and 3rd. You just need to have the cable slack enough to engage 3rd and tight enough to...
05-14-20, 08:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 361
Posted By BigChief

This sure is a nice one. Somebody did replace the...

This sure is a nice one. Somebody did replace the mudguard stays. These new ones use a dual bolt back plate clamp and are superior to the originals that had a loop formed into the wire that held a...
05-13-20, 02:13 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,383
Posted By BigChief

There's so many different opinions when it comes...

There's so many different opinions when it comes to the preservation /restoration /modification aspect of these hobbies and every project has it's own challenges. My preference is to preserve...
05-10-20, 10:03 AM
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Posted By BigChief

That's my problem too. I have a bunch of bikes I...

That's my problem too. I have a bunch of bikes I need to get rid of. And now that the covid has axed all of my music projects, I have all that useless stuff too. I expect it will be a long long time,...
05-09-20, 04:33 PM
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Posted By BigChief

Yes, mid 50s lugs, top tube mounted guide wheel,...

Yes, mid 50s lugs, top tube mounted guide wheel, original dual quill pedals, very nice. 1955-56 I figure. It would be better to have the original color on the mudguards. Or perhaps the originals were...
05-07-20, 04:09 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 876
Posted By BigChief

Vitus 172 is a chromoly of some sort. Feels...

Vitus 172 is a chromoly of some sort. Feels exactly the same as a 531 frame to me. It has forged dropouts too. Those GTV Luxe derailleurs are very nice. The bike weighs in at a very respectable 25...
05-07-20, 10:33 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 876
Posted By BigChief

I think I see a Vitus 172 label. If it is, you're...

I think I see a Vitus 172 label. If it is, you're in luck. I think it was around 1975 they upgraded the GT from Hi-Ten to Vitus.
05-07-20, 07:01 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 876
Posted By BigChief

I bought a Moto GP new in 1976. I rode a lot back...

I bought a Moto GP new in 1976. I rode a lot back then. It was only to hold me over until I saved enough to buy a high end touring bike. I ended up liking this ride so much that I never bought the...
05-02-20, 06:43 AM
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Posted By BigChief

Nice one! ...

Nice one!


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05-01-20, 08:59 AM
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Posted By BigChief

You could also add a caliper brake to the rear...

You could also add a caliper brake to the rear wheel.
04-25-20, 06:41 AM
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Posted By BigChief

This whole bike is very well done. The seat post...

This whole bike is very well done. The seat post seems like a perfect adaption for your height too.
04-17-20, 06:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 275
Posted By BigChief

Here's a catalog picture of this model from 1950....

Here's a catalog picture of this model from 1950.

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04-16-20, 07:35 AM
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Posted By BigChief

Very interesting bike. I don't know as much about...

Very interesting bike. I don't know as much about Birmingham bikes as I do Raleigh, but I can date the Sturmey Archer trigger shifter to the mid 50s. There should be a date stamped in the rear hub...
04-13-20, 04:49 PM
Replies: 23,139
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Posted By BigChief

I like the little Sturmey Archer cone wrenches...

I like the little Sturmey Archer cone wrenches too. Most of the cone wrenches out there are too thick for SA hubs and you end up having to grind them thinner. I always do the cone adjustment with the...
04-12-20, 03:22 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,383
Posted By BigChief

Unlike a regular Raleigh front wheel, the Dyno...

Unlike a regular Raleigh front wheel, the Dyno hub has lock nuts on the axle so the wheel can be mounted either way. At least my 1951 does. Not sure about later DynoHubs. This is the only one I've...
04-11-20, 05:21 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,383
Posted By BigChief

Sometime in the early 50s, Raleigh changed Rudge...

Sometime in the early 50s, Raleigh changed Rudge rims from Westrick to Endrick. My 55 had Endricks. My 51 has Westricks. Raleigh had an unusual method of lacing wheels and both of these wheels are...
04-11-20, 03:42 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,383
Posted By BigChief

That's a good one. Lots of original features...

That's a good one. Lots of original features still intact. The original finish is plenty good enough to preserve and end up with classy patina. Down tube and seat tube and rear mudguard transfers are...
04-08-20, 06:53 PM
Replies: 23,139
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Posted By BigChief

Am I remembering correctly? Didn't we find this...

Am I remembering correctly? Didn't we find this model in a Humber catalog in club trim with drop bars and celluloid mudguards?
04-08-20, 05:38 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,383
Posted By BigChief

These are very nice bikes and well worth fixing...

These are very nice bikes and well worth fixing up. To me, the 1950s were a high point for English roadsters and examples from this time are getting harder to find.
04-08-20, 02:31 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,383
Posted By BigChief

Rudge is my favorite of the Raleigh built...

Rudge is my favorite of the Raleigh built roadsters. I've owned a few over the years. Here's my '51 full dress roadster. The next is a 1955 made from a rust bucket into a stripped down, repainted...
04-04-20, 07:31 PM
Replies: 23,139
Views: 2,649,762
Posted By BigChief

The reflector in the catalog picture appears to...

The reflector in the catalog picture appears to be similar to the Lucas rubber case reflectors used on Raleighs. For a 1960 bike, you would want one 2 inches across. That's including the case. They...
04-03-20, 01:24 PM
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Views: 2,649,762
Posted By BigChief

That is a nice one. A lot of work, but very well...

That is a nice one. A lot of work, but very well worth the effort.
04-03-20, 01:15 PM
Replies: 23,139
Views: 2,649,762
Posted By BigChief

+1 on the 22 tooth cog. The 72 DL-1 will have a...

+1 on the 22 tooth cog. The 72 DL-1 will have a 46T chain ring and came standard with a 16T cog on the hub. Way too tall for me. Gearing it down made all the difference for me.
What I used was one...
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