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Renngrrl 05-31-17 09:59 AM


Originally Posted by thumpism (Post 19620841)
Judging by the look of the frame I'd say the rack is original to the bike, whatever the hell it is. Crazy bottom bracket junction!


Originally Posted by clubman (Post 19620897)
Looks like a 70's/90's Dutch rack, like on this Gazelle.THats a Thompson style BB typically found on German and Austrian mid level bikes. so @Renngrrl, Germany may also be a source for your rack. There are gazillions of these, no hyperbole.


Originally Posted by Cute Boy Horse (Post 19621452)
Yeah I think there's no chance to ID it on a specific model, ones just like it are sold under dozens of names here.


Originally Posted by noglider (Post 19621989)
@clubman, I think I remember seeing that style BB on Italian folding bikes, too. My mother had such a bike when I was a kid. It had a Torpedo three speed hub.

Winner winner chicken dinner! I knew you folks would know.

A quick google image surf and I've found the racks. I love the bent tubes instead of hinged. Makes it look much more elegant. I hope a rack like this will attach using the existing bolt for the rear fender.

There was someone who was making a version of these for the tourists , a vendor named Red Barn, but repeated emails to him has proven fruitless. Now to find someone willing to part with 2 or three that will fit a 28" wheel or find someone local to bend tubes for me.

Salubrious 05-31-17 10:11 AM


Originally Posted by Cute Boy Horse (Post 19620676)
Aye, but these american "superbes" are fitted with the dynohub lighting set that was meant as an optional extra on bikes not normally equipped so. Superbes everywhere else got the Dyno-three gear hub.

Missing pump, no Dyno-three, no mudflap or gearcase, steel rack instead of brooks saddle bag, cable-brakes only, I imagine they were aiming more for recreational use and cost reducing it to death while they were at it?

More choice of colours though, I'll give you that much.

My bike came with a pump. I still have it (although only as a memento- I replaced it with a newer unit). Are you saying that the Dynohub was an option on the Superbe in the US? I ask because it does not look that way in the catalogs. Personally I prefer the cable brakes although if set up properly the rod brakes are more powerful.

Cute Boy Horse 05-31-17 12:56 PM


Originally Posted by Salubrious (Post 19622100)
My bike came with a pump. I still have it (although only as a memento- I replaced it with a newer unit). Are you saying that the Dynohub was an option on the Superbe in the US? I ask because it does not look that way in the catalogs. Personally I prefer the cable brakes although if set up properly the rod brakes are more powerful.

Nah I'm not saying that it was optional in the US, I'm saying that the US model is using parts that were optional extras everywhere else - on bikes that normally came with nothing. That's what the front wheel dynohub was marketed for, upgrades, and for bikes that had derailleurs.

Thinking about it, the USA "Superbe" seems to be the UK market Trent Tourist with extras added. Not a bad bike but doesn't have the imperialist battleship feeling of a proper Superbe.

mirfi 05-31-17 07:30 PM


Originally Posted by adventurepdx (Post 19527928)
That light looks like an okay "to be seen" light. But I much rather have a "to see" light. Regular bike lights have gotten pretty good the last few years, and you can get a pretty bright (100 lumens) light that is USB rechargable for about $30.

Also, since that Harbor Freight light isn't designed for bikes, and the lantern bracket will mean it will point straight ahead, it may do more to annoy other oncoming cyclists and other road users than anything else...


Well, just had the chance to ride the bike at night and as you said it did point straight ahead, but was easy to adjust lower. But wow, really bright and illuminating. Granted, not as bright as my "Shark" light, but for a free light on my beater, it is impressive.

3speedslow 05-31-17 08:09 PM

[MENTION=459640]Renngrrl[/MENTION] I have a rack quite like the one you have. It came on an Austrian bike. It was attached to an esge plate on the seat stays. I will try and get a pic tomorrow. Might be the lead to find others in US.

BigChief 06-01-17 04:23 AM

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I don't need another scorcher, but I hate not having a project going. So I'm hard at work trying to get this rusty late 60s Sports apart. This bike wasn't just left outside, it was left outside next to the ocean. Just about every bolt has to be sawed or drilled out. So far, the fork, BB parts and frame look good and oddly enough, the little plastic cover on the shifter was still in good condition. This is what's on my bench now. It's grinder, hack saw and drill time!

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gster 06-01-17 05:02 AM

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Originally Posted by BigChief (Post 19623786)
I don't need another scorcher, but I hate not having a project going. So I'm hard at work trying to get this rusty late 60s Sports apart. This bike wasn't just left outside, it was left outside next to the ocean. Just about every bolt has to be sawed or drilled out. So far, the fork, BB parts and frame look good and oddly enough, the little plastic cover on the shifter was still in good condition. This is what's on my bench now. It's grinder, hack saw and drill time!

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I'm with you BC. I too need to have an ongoing project.
I bought a $20.00 tall Glider frame on the w/e and have already pulled it apart. The chain ring and cranks have already migrated over to another project, 1961 Superbe.
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the original heron ring with the stamped eye that has a slight curve on the crank.
Once repaired, it will return to it's original spot.
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BigChief 06-01-17 07:08 AM

That looks like a fun project. I see you got rod brake bars sitting there. Now I gotta know what you're up to. I've been hunting for a 23" Sports that's beyond preservation for a "like new" type restoration, but since the road test of my Rudge, I have no second thoughts about using a 21" for a scorcher type build. That SunLite touring stem worked out perfectly. Besides being long enough to get a good upper body to leg extension balance, it has a neck that gives an extra inch of reach over the Raleigh stem that fits me perfectly. It has a very different feel than a 23". Very fun ride.

clubman 06-01-17 07:16 AM


Originally Posted by Salubrious (Post 19622100)
My bike came with a pump. I still have it (although only as a memento- I replaced it with a newer unit). Are you saying that the Dynohub was an option on the Superbe in the US? I ask because it does not look that way in the catalogs. Personally I prefer the cable brakes although if set up properly the rod brakes are more powerful.

Yes they came with different specs over the years. Some with full kit (except chaincase) and some with the bits as options. The import world was gray, not black and white.

nlerner 06-01-17 07:45 AM

Hmm, this thread, as usual, makes me itch for a new 3-speed project. I've seen lots of possibilities on Boston's CL lately, such as this 23" Sports or this one or this one. Those all look a little too clean and functional, however!

noglider 06-01-17 08:21 AM


Originally Posted by nlerner (Post 19624106)
Hmm, this thread, as usual, makes me itch for a new 3-speed project. I've seen lots of possibilities on Boston's CL lately, such as this 23" Sports or this one or this one. Those all look a little too clean and functional, however!

Funny, they're all from around the same time, they're all tall, and they're all in pretty good condition. And they're all priced too low.

Salubrious 06-01-17 10:33 AM


Originally Posted by BigChief (Post 19623786)
I don't need another scorcher, but I hate not having a project going. So I'm hard at work trying to get this rusty late 60s Sports apart. This bike wasn't just left outside, it was left outside next to the ocean. Just about every bolt has to be sawed or drilled out. So far, the fork, BB parts and frame look good and oddly enough, the little plastic cover on the shifter was still in good condition. This is what's on my bench now. It's grinder, hack saw and drill time!

Kroil is your friend! Its allowed me to save many bolts, stems and seatposts that others thought beyond redemption.

Penetrating-Lubricating Oils

nlerner 06-01-17 01:28 PM


Originally Posted by noglider (Post 19624194)
Funny, they're all from around the same time, they're all tall, and they're all in pretty good condition. And they're all priced too low.

Maybe priced low for NYC, but not for around here. Sure, there are some old Raleigh 3-speeds that local flippers are listing at twice the price (and re-listing every day), but they'll languish. These will likely sell. And those three are priced about twice what I've paid for various Sports, but those tended to need a lot of work.

noglider 06-01-17 01:31 PM

Wow, big differences in the prices in our markets. Do people use 3-speeds for commuting much there? They do in my neighborhood. And they are very theft resistant.

markk900 06-01-17 04:27 PM


Originally Posted by gster (Post 19623816)
I'm with you BC. I too need to have an ongoing project.
I bought a $20.00 tall Glider frame on the w/e and have already pulled it apart. The chain ring and cranks have already migrated over to another project, 1961 Superbe.
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@gster: one thing I have noticed on Gliders is how much (and how badly) the paint fades. My Glider was the same lovely bronze green that yours shows on the steerer tube, but has faded much like yours to a pale, sickly green. I rarely see that type of fade on Raleighs, yet presumably these were made in the same factory. Do you think the Gliders were spec'd with poorer quality paint?

gster 06-01-17 05:50 PM

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Originally Posted by markk900 (Post 19625474)
@gster: one thing I have noticed on Gliders is how much (and how badly) the paint fades. My Glider was the same lovely bronze green that yours shows on the steerer tube, but has faded much like yours to a pale, sickly green. I rarely see that type of fade on Raleighs, yet presumably these were made in the same factory. Do you think the Gliders were spec'd with poorer quality paint?

It's hard to say... Raleigh would have to hit a price point on these bikes. I suspect it's the level of neglect. I have a green Glider (72/73) with very clean and shiny paint. The one on the recent post was clearly left outside for a very long time.
The BB and stem bearings were dry as a bone and very rusty.
The frame and forks are both straight and I have enough parts to put a "Bitsa" together.
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gster 06-01-17 05:56 PM


Originally Posted by BigChief (Post 19624008)
That looks like a fun project. I see you got rod brake bars sitting there. Now I gotta know what you're up to. I've been hunting for a 23" Sports that's beyond preservation for a "like new" type restoration, but since the road test of my Rudge, I have no second thoughts about using a 21" for a scorcher type build. That SunLite touring stem worked out perfectly. Besides being long enough to get a good upper body to leg extension balance, it has a neck that gives an extra inch of reach over the Raleigh stem that fits me perfectly. It has a very different feel than a 23". Very fun ride.

Those bars are just there because they were handy.
We bought another Tourist on the w/e for the TV show I'm on.
Men's with a nice B66 saddle, pump, Raleigh axle nuts and 2 new tires thrown in.... $250.00 CDN.
I've also bought a pile of 22 T cogs to modify.
Pictures to follow.

Renngrrl 06-03-17 12:58 PM

There is a nice Tourist on CL in SF right now. I don't need another but I'm considering buying it because it has the rack /sigh

dweenk 06-03-17 01:48 PM

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I have a Tourist with a full chaincase that I bought a few years ago. I love the idea of owning a Tourist, but I do not ride it very often.

It is easier to hop on my beater Raleigh Sports and run errands, and I leave it unlocked for short periods. The Tourist feels like a museum piece to me. I still ride it, but somehow I don't have the carefree pleasure of riding a bike that I am not worried about losing.

Is this nuts?

arty dave 06-03-17 05:28 PM

So many pages of goodness...some truly beautiful steads. I remember reading the 1st 130 or so pages when I had a Raleigh sports. Now I've read another 100 or so, and am determined to get through it all. There's so much good info!
I have a parts question - The DL-1 I bought is missing the upper rear quarter of it's chaincase. This seems to be a popular item to be removed and not returned to the chaincase. So am I ever going to find this part on Ebay or elsewhere? There are so many parts being sold but this is something I've yet to see.
I think I've made enough postings that I'll be able to post images now...if I can just get my computer to hang in there long enough to do that :) It works fine for about 20 mins and then starts to overheat. It's getting too old for a laptop...2008 model.

arty dave 06-03-17 05:46 PM

[IMG]https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4224/3...313d0beb_k.jpgIMG20170527123228 by arty dave armour, on Flickr[/IMG]

Managed to get one loaded before overheating!

BigChief 06-03-17 06:46 PM


Originally Posted by dweenk (Post 19629251)
I have a Tourist with a full chaincase that I bought a few years ago. I love the idea of owning a Tourist, but I do not ride it very often.

It is easier to hop on my beater Raleigh Sports and run errands, and I leave it unlocked for short periods. The Tourist feels like a museum piece to me. I still ride it, but somehow I don't have the carefree pleasure of riding a bike that I am not worried about losing.

Is this nuts?

That is a handsome bike. It does stand out. I can see how you wouldn't want to leave it alone in town. When I'm up north, it's the other way around for me. It's the Sports that doesn't get ridden much. The roadster is far superior on the rough pavement and unpaved roads here. Poor road condition is where the roadster really shines. So if you live in a place where there's smooth roads you don't really see the full advantage of the roadster. Still, I wouldn't call it nuts. How could any C&V biker not enjoy at least an occasional ride on something as cool as a DL-1

arty dave 06-03-17 08:12 PM

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4271/3...900d665e_k.jpgIMG20170527123432 by arty dave armour, on Flickr

The bikes not in as good condition as some. You can see why I think a mudguard re-paint is called for.
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4247/3...17551339_k.jpgIMG20170527123455 by arty dave armour, on Flickr

Missing chaincase part. I didn't install the front mudguard as I'm needing to tweak the forks into trueness.

arty dave 06-04-17 03:46 AM

I had more of a look over the DL-1 and I guess you could say it's looking a bit shabby. Most of the pin-striping is gone and you can tell that someone has done some rattle can touch ups. What I didn't notice before was where the rust has eaten holes right through the mudguards on the non-drive side :(
On a happier note I did take it for a shake down ride and it is a real pleasure, the hub works well and the drum stops as good as a rear brake can. You can certainly get up some speed with the stock gearing!
I hadn't anticipated the comfort of the uprightness - not something I'd felt before on an upright bike - I'd always felt 'cramped'. But the DL-1 rides like it's powered by it's own Britishness once it gets underway. I had a flashback to when as a kid riding 3 speeds I would pull on the bars to transfer more leg power to the drive-chain; the DL-1 rides just like this.
Big smiles for miles

gster 06-04-17 05:59 AM

State of the Art Paint Booth
 
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I decided to tackle the Green Glider frame yesterday.
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It really was a mess, faded paint, deep rusty scratches and reflector stickers added front and back.
Time for a quick sand and repaint.
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I think I have enough parts in the shed to turn this into to something.
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BigChief 06-04-17 08:00 AM


Originally Posted by arty dave (Post 19630127)
I had more of a look over the DL-1 and I guess you could say it's looking a bit shabby. Most of the pin-striping is gone and you can tell that someone has done some rattle can touch ups. What I didn't notice before was where the rust has eaten holes right through the mudguards on the non-drive side :(
On a happier note I did take it for a shake down ride and it is a real pleasure, the hub works well and the drum stops as good as a rear brake can. You can certainly get up some speed with the stock gearing!
I hadn't anticipated the comfort of the uprightness - not something I'd felt before on a bike - I'd always felt 'cramped'. But the DL-1 rides like it's powered by it's own Britishness once it gets underway. I had a flashback to when as a kid riding 3 speeds I would pull on the bars to transfer more leg power to the drive-chain; the DL-1 rides just like this.
Big smiles for miles

DL-1 parts are pretty hard to find. Been hunting mudguards for mine for a while now. Not considering the new ones from Yellow Jersey. Yours don't look as bad as mine were. If the holes aren't too large, you could Bondo them pretty effectively. Personally, if I were repainting those I would add the white blaze to the rear. I miss that on the later bikes.

BigChief 06-04-17 09:00 AM

Mine is a bit shabby too. The seat and mudguards were toast and I did have to touch up the frame, but the chrome was surprisingly in reasonable shape. There was some rust on the inside of the rims. I wire brushed it out and gave the insides a coat of silver Rustoleum. There's still a couple of stuck spoke nipples. I drip on some penetrating oil from time to time hoping they will eventually free up. The wheels still need a bit of truing. But shabby as it is, it's still one of my favorite rides.
http://i536.photobucket.com/albums/f...ch/69dl001.jpg
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Velocivixen 06-04-17 12:10 PM

This might be a bit blasphemous since my new wheels aren't vintage. I used Rhyno Lite rims, brass nipples, straight gauge spokes. Sturmey archer 70mm front drum with new SA lever, and SA 2-speed kickback with coaster brake rear. Still have to shorten brake cable. Have new chain and black cork "blend" grips, along with a Knog "OI" bell. Found a lightly used Brooks B67 S on CL and bought a new Kalloy seatpost. Rides like a dream.https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4272/3...8137de2d_z.jpgRhyno Lite, Sturmey Archer 2-speed kickback, Brooks, Raleigh Twenty by velocivixen, on Flickrhttps://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4272/3...94d2aa72_z.jpgRhyno Lite, Sturmey Archer 2-speed kickback, Brooks, Raleigh Twenty by velocivixen, on Flickr
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4239/3...f2a3a20a_z.jpgRhyno Lite, Sturmey Archer 2-speed kickback, Brooks, Raleigh Twenty by velocivixen, on Flickr
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4244/3...117ed20e_z.jpgRhyno Lite, Sturmey Archer 2-speed kickback, Brooks, Raleigh Twenty by velocivixen, on Flickr
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4280/3...a7352077_z.jpgRhyno Lite, Sturmey Archer 2-speed kickback, Brooks, Raleigh Twenty by velocivixen, on Flickr
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4233/3...9321ea00_z.jpgRhyno Lite, Sturmey Archer 2-speed kickback, Brooks, Raleigh Twenty by velocivixen, on Flickr
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4233/3...c9993a5b_z.jpgRhyno Lite, Sturmey Archer 2-speed kickback, Brooks, Raleigh Twenty by velocivixen, on Flickrhttps://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4248/3...32319109_z.jpgRhyno Lite, Sturmey Archer 2-speed kickback, Brooks, Raleigh Twenty by velocivixen, on Flickr

BigChief 06-04-17 03:28 PM


Originally Posted by Velocivixen (Post 19630771)
This might be a bit blasphemous since my new wheels aren't vintage. I used Rhyno Lite rims, brass nipples, straight gauge spokes. Sturmey archer 70mm front drum with new SA lever, and SA 2-speed kickback with coaster brake rear. Still have to shorten brake cable. Have new chain and black cork "blend" grips, along with a Knog "OI" bell. Found a lightly used Brooks B67 S on CL and bought a new Kalloy seatpost. Rides like a dream.https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4272/3...8137de2d_z.jpgRhyno Lite, Sturmey Archer 2-speed kickback, Brooks, Raleigh Twenty by velocivixen, on Flickrhttps://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4272/3...94d2aa72_z.jpgRhyno Lite, Sturmey Archer 2-speed kickback, Brooks, Raleigh Twenty by velocivixen, on Flickr
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4239/3...f2a3a20a_z.jpgRhyno Lite, Sturmey Archer 2-speed kickback, Brooks, Raleigh Twenty by velocivixen, on Flickr
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4244/3...117ed20e_z.jpgRhyno Lite, Sturmey Archer 2-speed kickback, Brooks, Raleigh Twenty by velocivixen, on Flickr
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4280/3...a7352077_z.jpgRhyno Lite, Sturmey Archer 2-speed kickback, Brooks, Raleigh Twenty by velocivixen, on Flickr
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4233/3...9321ea00_z.jpgRhyno Lite, Sturmey Archer 2-speed kickback, Brooks, Raleigh Twenty by velocivixen, on Flickr
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4233/3...c9993a5b_z.jpgRhyno Lite, Sturmey Archer 2-speed kickback, Brooks, Raleigh Twenty by velocivixen, on Flickrhttps://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4248/3...32319109_z.jpgRhyno Lite, Sturmey Archer 2-speed kickback, Brooks, Raleigh Twenty by velocivixen, on Flickr

Wow, excellent work. What's the kick back like to ride?

gster 06-04-17 03:28 PM


Originally Posted by Velocivixen (Post 19630771)
This might be a bit blasphemous since my new wheels aren't vintage. I used Rhyno Lite rims, brass nipples, straight gauge spokes. Sturmey archer 70mm front drum with new SA lever, and SA 2-speed kickback with coaster brake rear. Still have to shorten brake cable. Have new chain and black cork "blend" grips, along with a Knog "OI" bell. Found a lightly used Brooks B67 S on CL and bought a new Kalloy seatpost. Rides like a dream.https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4272/3...8137de2d_z.jpgRhyno Lite, Sturmey Archer 2-speed kickback, Brooks, Raleigh Twenty by velocivixen, on Flickrhttps://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4272/3...94d2aa72_z.jpgRhyno Lite, Sturmey Archer 2-speed kickback, Brooks, Raleigh Twenty by velocivixen, on Flickr
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4239/3...f2a3a20a_z.jpgRhyno Lite, Sturmey Archer 2-speed kickback, Brooks, Raleigh Twenty by velocivixen, on Flickr
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4244/3...117ed20e_z.jpgRhyno Lite, Sturmey Archer 2-speed kickback, Brooks, Raleigh Twenty by velocivixen, on Flickr
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4280/3...a7352077_z.jpgRhyno Lite, Sturmey Archer 2-speed kickback, Brooks, Raleigh Twenty by velocivixen, on Flickr
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4233/3...9321ea00_z.jpgRhyno Lite, Sturmey Archer 2-speed kickback, Brooks, Raleigh Twenty by velocivixen, on Flickr
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4233/3...c9993a5b_z.jpgRhyno Lite, Sturmey Archer 2-speed kickback, Brooks, Raleigh Twenty by velocivixen, on Flickrhttps://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4248/3...32319109_z.jpgRhyno Lite, Sturmey Archer 2-speed kickback, Brooks, Raleigh Twenty by velocivixen, on Flickr

That bike looks like it came off the showroon floor!


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