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branko_76 07-10-20 08:26 AM


Originally Posted by gster (Post 21578660)
Yes...
The seller (a friend) says it has a '57 AW hub.......
Not an SW as stated in the brochure.
More evidence that the SW hubs were not popular/reliable.
OT
New shed (not for bikes)

That's not a modest shed. Are those half-lap joints holding the walls together?

...

Bomarc 07-10-20 10:24 AM

Here's a re-build of a rusty 1973 Supercycle I picked up on Kijiji for $30. It was a testbed for powdercoating and to learn how to install decals for an upcoming 68 Superbe restoration. Runs really smoothly so far, once the heat breaks I'll take it on a longer ride to work out the bugs.




https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...bf2a8ae47.jpeg

clubman 07-10-20 12:03 PM


Originally Posted by Bomarc (Post 21579865)
Here's a re-build of a rusty 1973 Supercycle I picked up on Kijiji for $30. It was a testbed for powdercoating and to learn how to install decals for an upcoming 68 Superbe restoration. Runs really smoothly so far, once the heat breaks I'll take it on a longer ride to work out the bugs.




I like the 531 decals :) A Supercycle never had it so good!
And your handle...Bomarc missiles? The ones that killed the Avro Arrow?

Bomarc 07-10-20 01:06 PM


Originally Posted by clubman (Post 21580054)
I like the 531 decals :) A Supercycle never had it so good!
And your handle...Bomarc missiles? The ones that killed the Avro Arrow?

The smaller decals like 531 are pretty easy to install; longer ones on the seatube and downtube not so much. Next time I'll be more patient waiting for them to dry before removing the backing paper. I had a hard time truing the wheels - possibly because I used stainless washers under the spoke heads instead of softer brass? The new Sturmey Archer Fulcrum Clips (HSJ512) are pretty dismal, so hang onto your old ones. Otherwise everything went together pretty easily.

Sorry to disappoint, but Bomarc is just a name with no significance to me - like Steve French from TPB. But if it was pertaining to the missile program I surely would have installed Raleigh Blue Streak decals on the bike!

clubman 07-10-20 02:28 PM


Originally Posted by Bomarc (Post 21580132)

Sorry to disappoint, but Bomarc is just a name with no significance to me - like Steve French from TPB. But if it was pertaining to the missile program I surely would have installed Raleigh Blue Streak decals on the bike!

No disappointment, I'm not pro-missile, I produced a documentary 35 years ago on the history of the Avro Arrow so I have a historical interest. Look forward to the Superbe.

gster 07-10-20 03:51 PM


Originally Posted by branko_76 (Post 21579664)
That's not a modest shed. Are those half-lap joints holding the walls together?

...

Yes, half lap joints
it's a pre cut kit.
All CNC.
It fit together quite nicely with little fuss.
I think it's from Russia....

flypaca 07-10-20 04:05 PM

looking for 590 tires for 3 speed
 
This seemed to be the best shot at finding out where to get the older 26 1 3/8 tires for a conversion to 3 speed on an older Falcon frameset that I have. Without having to rebuild a wheelset. Having the 3 speed wheels already.

gster 07-11-20 09:25 AM


Originally Posted by clubman (Post 21580297)
No disappointment, I'm not pro-missile, I produced a documentary 35 years ago on the history of the Avro Arrow so I have a historical interest. Look forward to the Superbe.

My Uncle Bob was one of the thousands of mechanics that lost his job when the project was suddenly cancelled.
Is this the doc?

clubman 07-11-20 10:24 AM


Originally Posted by gster (Post 21581559)
My Uncle Bob was one of the thousands of mechanics that lost his job when the project was suddenly cancelled.
Is this the doc

Nope, I hadn't seen that one. Mine was 'The Peaceable Kingdom' and was part of TVO's Speaking Out show, hosted by Harry brown back in '84. Not even in their archives anymore. :(

PeterLYoung 07-13-20 11:16 AM


Originally Posted by oldveloman (Post 21568993)
Bought myself a NOS BSA 3-speed hub a few days ago.
The thread on the axle of the original one in my 1954 BSA Tourer was badly damaged when I bought it many years ago, but finally failed completely last month, and nearly lost its nut.
The damage can be seen in the picture below.
So I am pretty happy I found a new one, as these things are very hard to find over here...
As an added bonus: it has a longer axle.

Peter

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...1c7100d453.jpg

Yes you would be very lucky to find a new axle and any other spares for these BSA 3 Speeds, fortunately they are very well made, I have three bikes using this 3 speed, I have overhauled them all and have a couple of spare units, they don't appear much even here in the UK though there must be a lot of old bikes around with them. Could you not get the thread recut, axle is probably fairly hard but you might find someone with the means to do it, even getting it metal sprayed to build up the axle to re cut the thread. DO NOT THINK OF THROWING IT AWAY!!!!!! God luck with it.

bluesteak 07-13-20 12:30 PM

Bsa
 
This past winter I overhauled a New Hudson child's bicycle. I was taken aback by the quality of the BSA parts.

So I concur. Try to find a good home for the old BSA hub and axle.

Salubrious 07-13-20 01:10 PM


Originally Posted by cudak888 (Post 21579590)

165mm vs 170mm. Most Sports cranks were 165mm, but choose what works for your riding style first. I'm 5' 10" and prefer running 170s when possible, but 170mm Raleigh arms aren't easy to find.

-Kurt

I've only seen 170s on rod-brake machines. Usually the caliper brake models have 165s. Crank length should vary with your inseam; the longer cranks can be hard on the knees! Oddly, there is a bit of controversy over this topic, despite none over frame size, seat height and the like. My inseam is about 30" and 170s are the maximum I can handle- I do much better as far as my knees go on 165s.


Originally Posted by W.L.SOON (Post 21579574)
Hello guys. Sorry for bumping in here with this topic;you folks might have covered this before....but please share some info on this:

2)Square cranks / rounded cranks(cross-section)?

Dunelt cranks were often rounded FWIW.

6) Solid cranks and fluted cranks?
Fluted cranks were meant to be lighter- a bit more upscale. If the crank and chainwheel are one part though this won't be the case- its mostly appearance. The fluting was meant to look like cranks that actually had removable chainwheels, which were always fluted.

oldveloman 07-14-20 01:48 AM


Originally Posted by PeterLYoung (Post 21585063)
Yes you would be very lucky to find a new axle and any other spares for these BSA 3 Speeds, fortunately they are very well made, I have three bikes using this 3 speed, I have overhauled them all and have a couple of spare units, they don't appear much even here in the UK though there must be a lot of old bikes around with them. Could you not get the thread recut, axle is probably fairly hard but you might find someone with the means to do it, even getting it metal sprayed to build up the axle to re cut the thread. DO NOT THINK OF THROWING IT AWAY!!!!!! God luck with it.

Thanks, Peter.
Yes, I notice that all (hardened-) parts on the BSA are pretty hard, so recutting is not an option. Building up metal might be possible though...
And no, I never throw ANYTHING away... :lol:

Peter

oldveloman 07-14-20 01:53 AM


Originally Posted by bluesteak (Post 21585209)
This past winter I overhauled a New Hudson child's bicycle. I was taken aback by the quality of the BSA parts.

So I concur. Try to find a good home for the old BSA hub and axle.

Yes, the quality of BSA- parts is to a very high standard.
Hub and internals are boxed and labelled ;)

Peter

arty dave 07-14-20 08:31 PM

I asked for 28 x 1 1/2 tire advice a few posts ago and ended up ordering the continental tour rides. They had some good on-line reviews, Big Chief likes them on his DL-1, and they look to have a tread that will be good for some fire trail/gravel riding. I also ordered a pair of alloy Ryde V38 Westwood rims at US$15.82 each. I think these might be what Pashley uses on their Guv'nors.
The 2 tires, 2 rims & postage (from Germany to Australia) came to US$79. They'll make a wheelset for a 50's roadster using a coaster brake nexus 7 hub, and a sturmey drum up front. I'll possibly strip the powdercoat from the rims and polish the alloy. I've read that gasket remover is a good thing to remove powdercoat from alloy.
They're in the postal system now, it'll be interesting to see how long it takes to get through Aussie customs with the covid backlog.
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...19fd0d08bb.jpg

gster 07-15-20 06:33 AM

Not too much going on here.
I spent a bit of time on this Bitsa Scorcher
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...485b3ab8ed.jpg
Previously equipped with 28" wheels and a coaster brake hub, I swapped in a standard pair of 26" wheels with a 3 speed hub.
It just needs a rear brake caliper.
On another note
A bike I gifted to a young lady several years ago is coming back to me.
A Bridgestone Youngway
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...9deeb57a52.jpg
This one had been stripped of most of it's accessories.
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...14d582585c.jpg
As it would have looked originally.
I have a neighbour that might like it.

gster 07-15-20 11:06 AM

Ye Olde Bike in front
of ye olde bike shed
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...f228b4505a.jpg

thumpism 07-15-20 06:27 PM

$25 Rudge!

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...68757956855390

https://scontent.fric1-1.fna.fbcdn.n...83&oe=5F335074

thumpism 07-15-20 06:29 PM

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...09679079452425

https://scontent.fric1-1.fna.fbcdn.n...32&oe=5F356A51

dweenk 07-16-20 09:27 AM


Originally Posted by gster (Post 21588699)
Ye Olde Bike in front
of ye olde bike shed
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...f228b4505a.jpg

Nice shed!

gster 07-16-20 09:44 AM


Originally Posted by dweenk (Post 21590403)
Nice shed!

Thx!
It's actually an old movie set from a movie we did about the Kennedys
20 years ago.
It was the Hyannis Port gatehouse.
"The Women of Camelot"

dweenk 07-16-20 12:50 PM

@gster I presume you built a replica and did not steal across our secure border to rip the original from its foundation. That would be wrong;)

gster 07-16-20 03:10 PM


Originally Posted by dweenk (Post 21590831)
@gster I presume you built a replica and did not steal across our secure border to rip the original from its foundation. That would be wrong;)

Yes, we built a very convincing facade here in Toronto by the lake.

thumpism 07-17-20 05:23 AM

Austrian, not English, and wildly overpriced. Probably a candidate for the Wacky thread except it appears to be a 1954 bike for sale by the original owner.

https://richmond.craigslist.org/bik/...160599984.html

Vintage J.C. Higgins Men's 3-Speed - $1250 (Chesapeake (Greenbrier Area))

https://images.craigslist.org/01515_...7K_600x450.jpg
https://images.craigslist.org/00606_...7K_600x450.jpg

https://images.craigslist.org/00V0V_...kE_600x450.jpg

bicycle frame material: steel
bicycle type: road
brake type: caliper
condition: excellent
electric assist: none
frame size: 20,5"
handlebar type: riser
make / manufacturer: J. C. Higgins
model name / number: 3 Speed
serial number: 1306*53
suspension: none (rigid)
wheel size: 26 in
Antique J.C. Higgins men's 3-Speed 26 " bicycle was made in 1953. is in outstanding condition at nearly 70 years old.

This well-engineered high quality bicycle was manufactured in Austria as an important part of their economic recovery after WW II.

Includes:
*Rare feature rear carrying rack with two metal storage cases for glasses, goggles, etc.
*Higgins labeled 3-Speed Shifter
*Front wheel generator for headlight and tail light
*Bright, chrome plated nickel St. Christopher Bell
*Excellent tires with chrome hand pump mounted on diagonal frame (not shown in photos)
*Tool bag with essential riding tools
* Authentic J.C. Higgins bike lock

Comfortable ride, shifting smoothly between gears, this bicycle is great looking. fun to ride and very collectable. In my personal experience, it will be a conversation piece where ever you go!

My big Christmas 11 year old Christmas gift in 1954, so I hate to part with it. But I'm too old to ride it now and someone else should enjoy it.

If convenient, can meet in Williamsburg to deliver bicycle. Cash only, please.

Will wear mask, please do also. Thanks!

clubman 07-17-20 06:19 AM

It's a beauty. $500 or so would be almost realistic.


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