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nlerner 05-28-11 06:13 AM

^ "This item is out of stock"

auchencrow 05-28-11 12:36 PM


Originally Posted by auchencrow (Post 12705412)
The Soma Lauterwasser Handlebar CrMo is not currently available. Please contact us (Soma) for availability of this item.


Update today from Soma:

"Sorry the bar is unavailable. Check back in 3 months. Thanks."

Velognome 05-28-11 12:52 PM

^ :lol:Ka-ching! The value of mine just jumped. Wonder when the ebay rally begins?

auchencrow 05-28-11 01:39 PM


Originally Posted by Velognome (Post 12706901)
^ :lol:Ka-ching! The value of mine just jumped. Wonder when the ebay rally begins?

It was $49 when I scooped one of the last ones a few days ago - $73 now from the same seller.

Six jours 05-28-11 02:11 PM

When I click on the Rene Herse link, it shows the item "in stock" and lets me put it into the basket.

nlerner 05-28-11 02:28 PM

^ Wow, they must have re-stocked since I last clicked on the link this morning. There go your Internet spoils, Vgnome!

Neal

auchencrow 05-28-11 06:06 PM

Perhaps you are all already aware of it, but I just happened across this site.

Some very interesting tidbits are contained therein.

curbtender 05-28-11 06:25 PM

This guy is working the SF CL... Does he look like someone in here?
http://i983.photobucket.com/albums/a.../Bicycle-1.gif

Sixty Fiver 05-28-11 06:54 PM


Originally Posted by curbtender (Post 12707766)
This guy is working the SF CL... Does he look like someone in here?
http://i983.photobucket.com/albums/a.../Bicycle-1.gif

Awesome !

kingfish254 05-28-11 07:44 PM


Originally Posted by auchencrow (Post 12707718)
Perhaps you are all already aware of it, but I just happened across this site.

Some very interesting tidbits are contained therein.

Very cool site. Thanks.

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.


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