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rhm 05-29-11 11:42 AM

My Lambert is now a three speed!

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2605/...ff93c3b1_b.jpg

soonerbills 05-29-11 03:54 PM

Ok it's not English but for a USA made bike it still is a very "English" wannabe! I saved this from certain death at the local flea market. It was in very bad condition but a brass brush, some Mother's and a bit of elbow grease and she came back nicely! I'm always impressed with how well old chrome can withstand Mother nature's wrath.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...lls/004-30.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...lls/007-23.jpg

ftwelder 05-31-11 02:50 AM

My daily driver. Rudge Deluxe. It's a sports model with GB drops, stem, Weinmann brakes and Stronglight cranks.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2759/...607a0bf1c6.jpg
27 107 by barnstormerbikes, on Flickr

auchencrow 05-31-11 04:39 AM


Originally Posted by ftwelder (Post 12716913)
My daily driver. Rudge Deluxe. It's a sports model with GB drops, stem, Weinmann brakes and Stronglight cranks.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2759/...607a0bf1c6.jpg
27 107 by barnstormerbikes, on Flickr

:thumb:
I really like the looks of these club-style bikes. This one is very appealing indeed.

noglider 05-31-11 08:31 AM

Hmm, I should put drop bars on a three speed and see how it handles. I probably won't keep it that way, but I'm curious.

What gearing are you using? The chainwheel looks nice and small. You'd need that to handle the hills in Vermont.

rhm 05-31-11 08:49 AM

I'm going to guess Frank has a 42 on his. My Lambert has a 48.

Velognome 05-31-11 11:17 AM


Hmm, I should put drop bars on a three speed and see how it handles. I probably won't keep it that way, but I'm curious.
Don't be so sure. Remember the old Sports hanging in my basement? Let me drag one out that I've been working on.....pics. in a few moments.

Velognome 05-31-11 12:02 PM

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When I aquired it was missing it's fenders and chain guard and it's saddle was rotting away. So it got built with inverted Northroads, nice but the cockpit was too small but it was a blast to ride.
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=204169So, inspired by members of the Forum, I collected some bits and put together this which seems more in character with the original.
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=204170 It's a 23" fame with about a 1" drop to the bars. Very comfortable indeed!

FT- I like your fenders;)

Sixty Fiver 05-31-11 12:40 PM


Originally Posted by noglider (Post 12717612)
Hmm, I should put drop bars on a three speed and see how it handles. I probably won't keep it that way, but I'm curious.

Drop bars on a 650A Sports is a nice set up... friend has one while my Sports is running 700c wheels and handles very nicely.

robertob 05-31-11 12:54 PM

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Hey guys, I'm a certified English 3-speed fan. I haven't had one for many years, in College (UC Berkeley) i would drive down to my grandmother's place in Silicon Valley and buy up old bikes, clean them up & sell them to other students for extra cash. Anyway, I kept the English ones for myself because they were so cool!

I had a Phillips Rod-brake 26-inch roadster, a Dunalt 28-inch single-speed rod-brake roadster (with the most awesome rack you have never seen, was made of what looked like angle iron), a Moulton M2 Deluxe, which was really a 4-speed but which was the best rider out of all of them. Also had two Raleigh 20s, a stock folder (stolen) and a non-folder that I built new wheels for (so it would stop).

Unfortunately after college I moved back to LA and caught the derailleur sickness (LOL) and sold all the old English stuff. Now I have an 80s investment-lug Trek with all low-end Campagnolo (newer Victory mostly) and many thousands of miles on it.

Until Sunday when I bought this Raleigh:http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=204175

Now I'm jazzed to have another one, despite not having small wheels or rod brakes

noglider 05-31-11 02:12 PM

I'm sure it rides well with drop bars, but I like upright bars for short trips and city riding. I like drop bars for long rides. My Rudge is my city/errand bike. I don't think I want to build a long distance rider out of an English three-speed.

Velognome 05-31-11 02:24 PM

[QUOTE][I don't think I want to build a long distance rider out of an English three-speed. /QUOTE]

That's the point! no thinking went on here..:lol:

Six jours 05-31-11 06:53 PM

I have drop bars on my lightweight.

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a1...Brittourer.jpg

It's not an English frame, exactly, because I built it in my garage in Southern California. It's copied from Brit lightweights typical of the 1940s, though, with NOS 531 (domed and slotted!) and fitted with an S-A FM 4 speed. It's the most comfortable bike I own and is utterly perfect for flat to rolling century rides, etc. It's only out of its element in truly mountainous terrain...

Velognome 06-01-11 05:58 AM


It's the most comfortable bike I own and is utterly perfect for flat to rolling century rides, etc. It's only out of its element in truly mountainous terrain...
+1, Mine is a Raleigh Sport ( Deluxe?) converted to dropbars; so smooth and relaxed around town and on small rollers. Took it on a group ride a few weeks back, as soon as we hit some serious hills, I was in pain. Not sure extra gears would have helped. Yours is very sweet indeed, sounds and looks every bit as nice as an original English Lightweight!

noglider 06-01-11 05:50 PM

six days, that's gorgeous.

markk900 06-01-11 07:07 PM

Velognome and robertob: nice bikes! I thought velo's headlight was some kind of extra large rarity, but there it is on robertob's new ride......

Mexican Street Dog 06-02-11 05:10 AM

Hey all, here, hopefully is a picture of my Rudge Mustang. A great little bike. SA TCW III coaster brake, from '64. Twist grip shifter that is so smooth. This bike has some sweet details, A hand lettered name on the front fender and a Montclair, NJ bike licence from '68 bolted to the rear fender. The seat post has been cut and welded to move the seat forward. I haven't run it yet, I've got lots of other bikes to work on. http://http://www.flickr.com/photos/...in/photostream
Cheers

Mexican Street Dog 06-02-11 05:13 AM

WTF? I'll try again when Amy gets home.

Mexican Street Dog 06-02-11 05:18 AM

http://www.flickr.com/photos/carl_br...in/photostream

neocaligatio 06-02-11 09:34 AM

Here you go:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3247/...6cd59e6cf8.jpg

You need to copy the image link, not the web link (if that makes sense!)

Mexican Street Dog 06-02-11 10:53 AM

Thanks, I'll get the hang of this stuff afore long. Newfangled computer machines.

Also, a bit off topic, why does everyone use an alias?

Mike Mills 06-02-11 11:33 AM


Originally Posted by Carl Brill (Post 12729298)
Thanks, I'll get the hang of this stuff afore long. Newfangled computer machines.

Also, a bit off topic, why does everyone use an alias?

Alias? Who uses an alias?

rhm 06-02-11 11:55 AM

Alias? Well, I use my initials. I rather wish I had adopted an alias, though, when I joined. Would have been more fun.

Those of us who read the forums and post while at work, and who should (in theory) be working, may wish to be discrete about things that are not, strictly speaking, work.

auchencrow 06-02-11 12:11 PM


Originally Posted by Mike Mills (Post 12729497)
Alias? Who uses an alias?

Most ex-dictators prefer it.

Fenway 06-02-11 12:17 PM


Originally Posted by Carl Brill (Post 12729298)
Also, a bit off topic, why does everyone use an alias?

Keeps the crazy stalkers or thieves from breaking into our homes to steal our sweet bikes:eek:; which we've posted pictures and inordinate amounts of information on here.:love:

Amesja 06-02-11 05:14 PM

What Alias? I never liked that show...

bikeyboy 06-02-11 07:02 PM

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I cant stop, started with a Raleigh DL1 roadster, then got a Superbe, but I swear this is the last one. Its a 1966 RSW. Still needs a good cleaning, but i do have her running, and pretty much in order.http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=204491

auchencrow 06-02-11 07:12 PM

I just took apart a 1953 AW Sturmey Archer hub completely, and cleaned all the bits.

I have only done one SA hub previously, and that one just far enough to do the bearings.

Now I know you really have to love English three speeds to go all the way with a Sturmey Archer hub (- that, or be crazy.)

I cleaned every little part Ė (there are lots of them!) and afterward struggled to remember which side was right-side-up when it came time to put it all back. :twitchy:

One hard lesson I learned is that itís better to use caged bearings when servicing these hubs. Last time I got away with using all loose balls, but because there is enough space between the axle and the bearing race, I had a couple balls fall into the left side of the hub!

Luckily - I was able to fish them out, but I ended up reusing the old bearing cages (because the instructional You Tube video did not forewarn me.:mad:)

Next time, Iíll have spare bearings from Harris Cyclery before I even begin such a project.

Miraculously
, everything went back together though, and I got the cones adjusted alright too.

Velognome 06-02-11 07:48 PM

Carl Brill, I dub thee "Brillopad"

Impressive bit of work Auchencrow (if that's who you really are) I've got a '48 FW hub coming my way. I'd like to completely clean and service the hub but I'm a bit intimidated.

Mexican Street Dog 06-02-11 07:58 PM

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3247/...6cd59e6cf8.jpg

HA! Gotcha that time! (I hope! LOL!)


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