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Raleigh threaded hole in underside of downtube

Old 04-14-15, 10:54 PM
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Raleigh threaded hole in underside of downtube

I am refurbishing a 1983 Raleigh Marathon. I discovered a threaded hole (like the ones for a water bottle cage) on the underside of the down tube. It is higher up that the ones for the cage. What is the purpose of this threaded hole?
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Old 04-14-15, 11:04 PM
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Hmmmm. I don't know. However if it were on top of the downtube I would suggest it was a direct mount for Suntour Symmetric shifters (they were also available as a clamp on). You say there is just one hole? Could it be for some screw on cable stop? Or shifters? How about a photo?



Hey look at post #8 in this link to this forum. Look closely at the cable stops. They look like they're mounted at the bottom of the down tube and I see no clamp.

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...on-thread.html

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Old 04-14-15, 11:12 PM
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Old 04-14-15, 11:14 PM
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There was a Suntour cable stop near there but it is the clamp on type.
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The hole is for a Flick Stand.
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I also have an 83 Marathon. It is for a cable stop. You can just see it in the photo below.

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Old 04-15-15, 06:14 AM
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Yes, flick stand or for the über rare, Suntour cable stop. On my 85, I pluged the hole with the reg WB bolt.
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IIRC, it was first a Flikstand mount which I think then got re-purposed by Raleigh into a cable stop mount.
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I recall seeing a composite cable stop there on a Technium frame, seems it might be susceptible to age-related cracking.
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On the old Raleigh Olympian I flipped last year, it was a FlickStand and a cable stop:






I now wish I had taken a better picture of it for the "Extinct Technology" thread
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Nice Raleigh bikes came out of that marriage.
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I've searched online and can't find those type of stops anywhere. I do like that design better than the clamp on style. I think I will try to make one. I have something in mind. Just gotta get it from my mind, through my hands, and into the steel.
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Plastic/cable stop does not seem to compute very well......Even Flikstands were known to dry up and asplode after some time in the weather.....
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Unrelated question:

what is the triangular thing on the brake pads? (Shown in Lascouxcaveman's pic above.) I could not figure out the purpose they served and was going to discard them, but figured I should keep them just in case.
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Originally Posted by Scratcher09 View Post
Unrelated question:

what is the triangular thing on the brake pads? (Shown in Lascouxcaveman's pic above.) I could not figure out the purpose they served and was going to discard them, but figured I should keep them just in case.
Them ' s wheel guides for quicker wheel changes as it guides the wheels be ween the calipers.....
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