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gster 03-30-21 05:43 PM


Originally Posted by Ghostknife (Post 21991445)
I had the axle lock nuts on the wrong side of the dropouts, no wonder it wouldnít fit lol

Live and learn...

Ghostknife 03-30-21 07:33 PM


Originally Posted by arty dave (Post 21992495)
Looking sharp! Are the whitewalls Shwalbes?

Michelin world tours, couldnít find any other white walls in stock anywhere. Got them from chain reaction

paulb_in_bkln 04-01-21 09:24 AM

Although not so visible in the photo, the steel near the fork crown has a shiny coppery cast. I wonder if it's corrosion I didn't sand off or a film of the original brazing filler? Anyway, looks neat. Maybe discoloration from the brazing heat?

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...f8bcc31b79.jpg

gster 04-01-21 03:39 PM


Originally Posted by Ghostknife (Post 21992075)
Yup, whoops! Sheís all done and ready to roll, time to move on to the old Schwinn for my wife.

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...7b9f5b2a7.jpeg

Looks good!

gster 04-01-21 03:41 PM

They're At It again (the Canadians)
Posted for sale
1966 Dunelt @$500.00!
https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...61d404e619.jpg

clubman 04-01-21 06:03 PM

Bunch of arsepicks. I'll bet that stem would fly off the bike at the first big bump.

thumpism 04-01-21 06:08 PM

Not mine.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...99927240832118

https://scontent.fric1-1.fna.fbcdn.n...99&oe=608B2163

vintagebicycle 04-01-21 06:21 PM

I picked up a '78 Raleigh Sports last weekend, it came with one new Kenda K103 tire mounted and one loose, marked 37-590, 26x1 3/8"

Here's the mounted one vs. an original on the right. They're not even as wide as most older 27x1 1/4" tires.

Both tires have 55 psi in them on Raleigh Westrick rims.
They look small, and likely won't provide much rim protection.
Time for some Michelins I guess.


https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...1dd3926a99.jpg

thumpism 04-01-21 06:27 PM

Not mine. Several for sale.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...49972860117242

https://scontent.fric1-1.fna.fbcdn.n...02&oe=608D0D5F

cudak888 04-01-21 09:00 PM

Quick observation. I'm sure someone else has noticed it by now - and maybe I noticed this long ago - but it dawned on me that the S3C-equipped models, even those made after 1974, omit the top tube cable guides.

This one (presently on eBay) has been tinkered around with at some point, but I just verified it against some other factory S3C examples, and it checks out.

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...865b7dad60.jpg

Seems like a fair amount of effort. Double the frames to stock and warranty if necessary.

-Kurt

P.S.: Love the fact that Raleigh paid proper homage with this color in the catalogs. Humber Blue. Not quite the same as the 1950's stuff, but I'm not going to reject that sort of fanservice either.

vintagebicycle 04-02-21 02:37 PM


Originally Posted by thumpism (Post 21996350)

Those have been listed for a long time, he seller has renewed that ad quite a few times over the past year or two.
Those bikes are really rough looking in the pics. I seem to recall messaging the seller a long time ago and not getting any reply.
I sort of figured there may be enough parts in the whole lot to make one decent bike but none are complete.

Even nice one's don't sell here, I've watched a few really nice examples just sit for months. I picked up a '78 Sports last week that really only needed tires and a basic service and relube. Not hardly a scratch on it an no rust. It was listed for months at $100. The same seller had four bikes listed, I bought all four for $120.
They had been listed all last summer, the seller told me he didn't get a single email, but they were pictured with flat tires and standing in front of a pile of trash and a rusty row of Walmart bikes. The seller was all to glad to 'get rid' of the funny looking English bikes, but wanted $400 each for the Walmart junk.
I really sort of figured I'd get there and there would be nothing but Walmart bikes but I left with two Raleigh Sports, a Robin Hood, and a 50's Schwinn Traveler.

Unca_Sam 04-02-21 04:46 PM

Re: 3 speed prices
1964 Original Owner Schwinn Racer 26” Bike - bicycles - by owner -... (craigslist.org)https://images.craigslist.org/00B0B_...pO_600x450.jpg
I reached out to this seller, complimented their bike, and shared a few pictures of my Racer Deluxe from the same period. I was impressed with the paint, chrome, and the original seat (those black ones didn't seem to survive!) The seller responded and mentioned that they thought that they were asking too much, because there was no interest.
I tried to tactfully confirm that $399 for a pristine Schwinn 3 speed was likely too much, locally. Even with the aftermarket Miller Dyno light kit in gorgeous condition. I suggested relisting for $225, and hoping to get $180+ for it. For the right person, $400 might be right. I have a feeling it'll sit on the market for a while though.

gster 04-02-21 05:53 PM

Another Toronto Listing
This one for an amazing $30.00
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...8bce0376ad.jpg

Unca_Sam 04-02-21 06:26 PM

And a superbe no less!

gster 04-02-21 06:29 PM


Originally Posted by Unca_Sam (Post 21997834)
And a superbe no less!

The metal cable clips alone are worth the price...

thumpism 04-03-21 07:05 AM

Raleigh time. Two ladies' 3-speeds and a basic 10-speed with a Brooks saddle. $150 for all.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...95911514899363

https://scontent.fric1-1.fna.fbcdn.n...30&oe=608EF3AC

cudak888 04-03-21 07:22 AM


Originally Posted by thumpism (Post 21998231)
Raleigh time. Two ladies' 3-speeds and a basic 10-speed with a Brooks saddle. $150 for all.

Green one is an S5-equipped, 1967/8 Sprite (pre-27" with the unique "5 speed" logo on the downtube). Very eclectic collection.

-Kurt

thumpism 04-03-21 07:22 AM

Ladies' 23" in very nice condition.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...50375099535130

https://scontent.fric1-1.fna.fbcdn.n...20&oe=608F6A96

gster 04-03-21 07:43 AM

A nice pair of Tourists for sale in Ottawa..
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...b6f9a0f182.jpg
$500.00 the pair.

Ghostknife 04-03-21 08:02 AM

Question for you English 3 speed Guruís. I have the original seat bag for the Sports but both leather straps for closing the top were brittle and broke off.

Is it worth it to get some new straps sewn on or just get a new bag?

paulb_in_bkln 04-03-21 10:03 AM


Originally Posted by vintagebicycle (Post 21997535)
I bought all four for $120.

I've noted this before, but here in Glorious NYC $120 wouldn't get you the one.

paulb_in_bkln 04-03-21 10:07 AM

I don't imagine there's an easy way to shift the crown race on my Rudge fork up a couple inches, but I figure it's worth asking. (So I could raise the chrome cap to paint over the rusted spots.)

thumpism 04-03-21 10:08 AM


Originally Posted by Ghostknife (Post 21998287)
Question for you English 3 speed Guruís. I have the original seat bag for the Sports but both leather straps for closing the top were brittle and broke off.

Is it worth it to get some new straps sewn on or just get a new bag?

Man, this could be worse than a tire thread. If the bag is in good shape it would be worth a little trouble and expense to make it usable again. Others will say toss it, and others still will suggest you toss it their way.

Ghostknife 04-03-21 11:32 AM


Originally Posted by thumpism (Post 21998455)
Man, this could be worse than a tire thread. If the bag is in good shape it would be worth a little trouble and expense to make it usable again. Others will say toss it, and others still will suggest you toss it their way.

lol I donít need to start a big debate, just looking for honest opinions. Hereís the bag, in good shape, thinking a couple new straps and I would be good to go. Guess Iíll get some quotes.


https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...ee27ebb9c.jpeg
https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...f4dc91e7a.jpeg
https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...5713a2ad3.jpeg
https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...96375bdaa.jpeg

Also took it out for the maiden voyage this morning. Need some adjustment on the shift cable tension.


https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...5aecf3b98.jpeg

FBOATSB 04-03-21 02:27 PM


Originally Posted by Ghostknife (Post 21998561)
lol I donít need to start a big debate, just looking for honest opinions. Hereís the bag, in good shape, thinking a couple new straps and I would be good to go. Guess Iíll get some quotes.





I would just take that bag to my local shoe repair shop and get it fixed. While I wait if they're not too busy.

Edit: LOL or just send it my way:lol:

dweenk 04-03-21 03:17 PM


Originally Posted by FBOATSB (Post 21998739)
I would just take that bag to my local shoe repair shop and get it fixed. While I wait if they're not too busy.

Edit: LOL or just send it my way:lol:

That is actually a damn good idea. I just had my wifes 3-pin cross country ski boots fixed at a local shoe repair/tailor shop. I have a bag that needs repair and I think I'll ask them for a price.

cudak888 04-03-21 04:08 PM

This thread is dangerous. I'm already really considering @Ged117's Superbe to finally pacify my fetish for a green 1950's full-chaincase Superbe, and now all these early 1980's Sports showing up make me want to modernize another one.

Incidentally, has anyone ever seen a 1980's Sports with a 25 inch frame? The '80 and '81 catalog show both 24" and 25" frames as part of the lineup. I've seen a Sprite from this era in that size, but not a Sports.

-Kurt

thumpism 04-03-21 04:49 PM


Originally Posted by cudak888 (Post 21998862)
This thread is dangerous. I'm already really considering @Ged117's Superbe to finally pacify my fetish for a green 1950's full-chaincase Superbe, and now all these early 1980's Sports showing up make me want to modernize another one.

Incidentally, has anyone ever seen a 1980's Sports with a 25 inch frame? The '80 and '81 catalog show both 24" and 25" frames as part of the lineup. I've seen a Sprite from this era in that size, but not a Sports.

-Kurt

I have not perused the catalogs but have never seen a Sports larger than 23" (and I have one gents' and one ladies'), and I have seen the taller Sprites.

gster 04-03-21 07:38 PM


Originally Posted by Ghostknife (Post 21998561)
lol I donít need to start a big debate, just looking for honest opinions. Hereís the bag, in good shape, thinking a couple new straps and I would be good to go. Guess Iíll get some quotes.


https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...ee27ebb9c.jpeg
https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...f4dc91e7a.jpeg
https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...5713a2ad3.jpeg
https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...96375bdaa.jpeg

Also took it out for the maiden voyage this morning. Need some adjustment on the shift cable tension.


https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...5aecf3b98.jpeg

I've got an old bag around here that could use some fixin'.

Ghostknife 04-03-21 07:39 PM


Originally Posted by gster (Post 21999120)
I've got an old bag around here that could use some fixin'.

.... Iím not gunna touch that one.... lol


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