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gster 04-13-15 06:11 PM


Originally Posted by markk900 (Post 17716497)
Those of us who grew up with Canadian Tire all must have done the same thing - flipping through the bike accessory section of the catalog over and over again - dreaming of saving enough paper route or allowance money to buy stuff for our bikes. Like you, had a 3-speed banana bike but moved up to a "real" 10 speed when I was 11 or 12 - wanted to be a "real racer" so none of those english 3-speeds for me! Though I did like to take my mom's glider out for rides in the neighborhood - just to see how bad it was (it wasn't!).

I've got some of those old catalogues around and will try to scan a few pages...they did have a good selection of accessories.

Narhay 04-13-15 10:42 PM


Originally Posted by gster (Post 17716122)
Looks brand new!

Thanks! Certainly a far cry from the "Free Raliegh" ad I responded to a couple years back. I wasn't even the first to respond. He just left it on his lawn and told me where it was. That free bike has cost quite more than expected and stuck around longer than I had thought. But I think it is deserving of it.

gster 04-14-15 06:22 AM

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Here's a 1967 5 speed Sprite for sale in Niagara Falls, Canada. It's got the cool throttle shifters.. Price is a little high @ $525.00 but then again $500.00 isn't that much these days.
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=444978http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=444979http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=444980http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=444981http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=444982http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=444983http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=444984http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=444985http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=444986

forestine 04-14-15 12:48 PM


Originally Posted by Narhay (Post 17715077)
I've put some more work into my 1978 Raleigh Superbe.
http://i1037.photobucket.com/albums/...psjc3hvckf.jpg

Wow! It looks fantastic!

PalmettoUpstate 04-14-15 06:11 PM

1969 Gold Edition Sports Matched Pair
 
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They have 45+ years of dings etc. but they'll clean up nicely. Suggestions on decent white saddles appreciated.

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=445088

michaelz28 04-14-15 06:42 PM


Originally Posted by markk900 (Post 17716497)
Those of us who grew up with Canadian Tire all must have done the same thing - flipping through the bike accessory section of the catalog over and over again - dreaming of saving enough paper route or allowance money to buy stuff for our bikes. Like you, had a 3-speed banana bike but moved up to a "real" 10 speed when I was 11 or 12 - wanted to be a "real racer" so none of those english 3-speeds for me! Though I did like to take my mom's glider out for rides in the neighborhood - just to see how bad it was (it wasn't!).

i still have one ..http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...psffcfbdc7.jpg

gster 04-14-15 07:06 PM


Originally Posted by michaelz28 (Post 17720025)

Red Lines?

Chesterton 04-14-15 10:18 PM

What kind of rear racks do you folks like on your 3-speeds? There's a Raleigh Sport locally that I'm considering picking up as a backup bike for my roadster (which is having IGH problems right now), but I would need to put a rack on it to use it as a commuter. What's readily available but period and stylistically appropriate?

Narhay 04-15-15 12:25 AM


Originally Posted by forestine (Post 17718933)
Wow! It looks fantastic!

Thank you. I take it to work every now and then but usually end up in a collapsed pile on the side of the road halfway up some of the hills I have to traverse. It wants another lower gear even with the larger cog but it is great everywhere else. It is very relaxed to ride and I feel like I've done the right thing by putting it back in service.

forestine 04-15-15 09:33 AM


Originally Posted by Narhay (Post 17720673)
Thank you. I take it to work every now and then but usually end up in a collapsed pile on the side of the road halfway up some of the hills I have to traverse. It wants another lower gear even with the larger cog but it is great everywhere else. It is very relaxed to ride and I feel like I've done the right thing by putting it back in service.

Think when these were new people had stronger legs? Or did they only ride them in flatland? I've been wondering about that, too.

noglider 04-15-15 02:56 PM


Originally Posted by forestine (Post 17721619)
Think when these were new people had stronger legs? Or did they only ride them in flatland? I've been wondering about that, too.

England is extremely hilly, and the roads date back to before switchbacks were invented. Walking your bike up a hill was a common thing. Nowadays, people want to pedal up all hills.

It still doesn't explain why gears were quite so tall. They were very, very tall. Maybe they didn't believe in cadences over 60 rpm?

Salubrious 04-15-15 03:45 PM


Originally Posted by Chesterton (Post 17720546)
What kind of rear racks do you folks like on your 3-speeds? There's a Raleigh Sport locally that I'm considering picking up as a backup bike for my roadster (which is having IGH problems right now), but I would need to put a rack on it to use it as a commuter. What's readily available but period and stylistically appropriate?

Plestcher. If you look at a coop bike shop you might find one for only $5-$10.

michaelz28 04-15-15 03:58 PM


Originally Posted by gster (Post 17720078)
Red Lines?

not for the straight stingray . that's a stik/shift model which got you hand brakes and the shifter . the stingray got just a plain slik in back . the krate bikes got the red line tires . that the original date coded tires on the bike ( feb 69 ).http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...pshaeg6prh.jpg http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...pscjm7wcos.jpg

gster 04-15-15 05:37 PM


Originally Posted by michaelz28 (Post 17722870)
not for the straight stingray . that's a stik/shift model which got you hand brakes and the shifter . the stingray got just a plain slik in back . the krate bikes got the red line tires . that the original date coded tires on the bike ( feb 69 ).http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...pshaeg6prh.jpg http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...pscjm7wcos.jpg

Very nice..

forestine 04-15-15 05:55 PM

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Anybody know anything about the Halfords Catkin? I came back to my bike to find one parked next to mine. Isn't that a UK store? It's a three speed with brass (?) fenders and super frilly 70s decals. Where's the heart eyes emoji when you need it? If I had some paper I would have left a note. "I am in love with your bike." Here's a similar one from pinterest.
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=445297

PalmettoUpstate 04-16-15 03:28 PM


Originally Posted by Salubrious (Post 17722830)
Plestcher. If you look at a coop bike shop you might find one for only $5-$10.

Second that.

They were OEM on some Raleighs - Sprite 27's come to mind - and it seems from what I've gleaned that they were a popular dealer-installed option. Then again, you might get lucky and find the correct pressed steel rack that came OEM on Superbes in the right color on the big auction site.

thumpism 04-16-15 04:46 PM

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Saw this one parked at the curb today and went back for a pic.
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=445530

desconhecido 04-16-15 05:00 PM

Strange Raleigh 3 speed
 
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So, what makes this strange is not that somebody is trying to sell a FUBARSports for $300 (about $250 too much), but the head badge, rims, and brakes on this bike. http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=445526 http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=445518http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=445519http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=445520http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=445523 All original, according to the ad, except seat and grips. Original brushed on orange paint, I guess. Bars don't look typical to me and neither do the brake levers, but that doesn't mean they might not be. Original lack of fenders, lack of chain guard, lack of pump. "good condition". I'd hate to see bad.

Brakes, I have learned through the intertubes, are a very early dual pivot by GB. Either GB Synchrons or the Altenberger copy of them. The head badge, apparently, was used during the 60s and early 70s, but it was new to me and I don't recall seeing it in this thread on any of that era's Sports or Superbes. Probably an AW hub in the rear and a Dynohub in the front (without the original, or any, light). Appears to be 32/40 spokes but the rims aren't the typical Raleigh rims, seem to be narrower, and they don't show to be rusty, which is different from everything else on the bike. I'm not sure that the rims are 590 instead of 597, which were used on some Raleighs way back when.

So, if the brakes and rims are original, it can't be a Sports, can it? Frame looks small to be a 21" Sports but the ad says 54 cm. I doubt that.

If it's not a Sports, what might it be with that head badge, those rims, those brakes?

Or, maybe it's just a mucked up Frankenbike put together from odd parts.

Here's the Craigslist ad:VINTAGE RALEIGH ROAD BIKE

nlerner 04-16-15 06:09 PM

That is an odd one. It does look a lot like a Sports though I've had a '60s Sprite with the thimble fork crown, so that's a possibility. One of the odder things about that head badge is that it has an extra rivet at the top! It's also the ones found on 60s Raleigh road bikes, so good possibility it's a replacement.

michaelz28 04-16-15 07:01 PM


Originally Posted by thumpism (Post 17726388)
Saw this one parked at the curb today and went back for a pic.
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=445530

poor old girl chained to a pole ...

michaelz28 04-16-15 07:09 PM

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its got the same wheel reflectors as my 74 . after the wheel reflectors were orange and or red http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=445564

desconhecido 04-16-15 07:28 PM


Originally Posted by nlerner (Post 17726606)
That is an odd one. It does look a lot like a Sports though I've had a '60s Sprite with the thimble fork crown, so that's a possibility. One of the odder things about that head badge is that it has an extra rivet at the top! It's also the ones found on 60s Raleigh road bikes, so good possibility it's a replacement.

I thought about the badge not being original to the bike, but it appears that the rivets are not the typical blind rivets that you'd see if someone with a paint brush full of orange paint were installing a head badge. What I mean is that it appears to have been attached with proper rivets.

Looked around a little more to see about those badges and the pictures that turn up all show it to be a three rivet badge. Interesting is this photo which was posted by Pastor Bob in NH back in 2012:http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p...e/P7030015.jpg


That head lug appears to be identical to the one on the orange. Don't know what that means. Bob's photo was of a 68 Raleigh Record and appears in this thread:
http://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...gh-rapide.html

So, I don't know. I've heard that the Record and Sprite shared a frame (from somebody here -- maybe noglider Tom), but don't know if that goes back to the late 60s or not. Could be that the orange bike was a road bike converted to three speed. I have serious doubts that Raleigh would put those brakes on a three speed. Every one I've seen, or seen pictures of, from the late 60s/early70s had steel Raleigh brakes.

I'd like to know what sized rims the bike has, and also if they are aluminum alloy. The tires appear to be a bit skinny to be 650A tires. But, I'm not going to bother a guy when I have absolutely no interest in buying the bike.

forestine 04-16-15 08:13 PM

I'm starting to think I should replace the pedals on my Glider. It has those kind of rounded ones. I was looking at NOS Raleigh pedals but they don't really seem worth it. Anyone know of new pedals that would look right?

nlerner 04-16-15 08:39 PM


Originally Posted by desconhecido (Post 17726813)
So, I don't know. I've heard that the Record and Sprite shared a frame (from somebody here -- maybe noglider Tom), but don't know if that goes back to the late 60s or not. Could be that the orange bike was a road bike converted to three speed. I have serious doubts that Raleigh would put those brakes on a three speed. Every one I've seen, or seen pictures of, from the late 60s/early70s had steel Raleigh brakes.

Yeah, I've had both Record and Sprite frames from the 60s, and they were pretty much identical, but I don't think they had thimble fork crowns. And those Altenburger Synchron brakes always seem very 1960s to me.

adventurepdx 04-16-15 08:43 PM


Originally Posted by forestine (Post 17726927)
I'm starting to think I should replace the pedals on my Glider. It has those kind of rounded ones. I was looking at NOS Raleigh pedals but they don't really seem worth it. Anyone know of new pedals that would look right?

I like MKS touring pedals.
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7245/...d4ca0c8770.jpg

Velocivixen 04-16-15 09:05 PM

I have a question for you all. On one of these pages someone said that the 1940's - 1950's was a "golden era" for the Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub in regard to quality. Question: what was the "golden Era" for the GH6?

I acquired a 1952 GH6 attached to a wheel - don't want the wheel so much. The hub works and I've overhauled it. I also have a 1960 GH6 that works and I've overhauled it.

In in your experience with the GH6 is there a preference for year or decade?

I would like to build up a 3 speed with my 1960's? '70's (no one could narrow it down. No date) AW hub and GH6 Dynamo front. So which GH6? Is it six of one half a dozen of the other? Also would that be just way too much Sturmey Archer on one bike? Would it have to be on an English bike? Like would it be bad form if I built up an early '80's mixte with a 3 speed hub & dyno?

adventurepdx 04-16-15 09:07 PM


Originally Posted by desconhecido (Post 17726813)
I thought about the badge not being original to the bike, but it appears that the rivets are not the typical blind rivets that you'd see if someone with a paint brush full of orange paint were installing a head badge. What I mean is that it appears to have been attached with proper rivets.

Looked around a little more to see about those badges and the pictures that turn up all show it to be a three rivet badge. Interesting is this photo which was posted by Pastor Bob in NH back in 2012:http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p...e/P7030015.jpg

I've seen that same badge on a Raleigh Superbe that I spotted in Anacortes, WA a few years back. The bike appears to be 70's vintage.
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7338/...161f2a4d7b.jpg
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3815/...77bea05ec6.jpg

desconhecido 04-16-15 09:20 PM


Originally Posted by nlerner (Post 17726995)
Yeah, I've had both Record and Sprite frames from the 60s, and they were pretty much identical, but I don't think they had thimble fork crowns. And those Altenburger Synchron brakes always seem very 1960s to me.

Everything I know about those brakes I've learned today. I didn't even know they existed. Saw them on the orange and they look like a Weinmann so I googled Weinmann dual pivot and found them. Apparently, they originated with Gerry Burgess (BG) and were licensed to Altenburger and also to Weinmann. The Weinmanns have a different ID badge but the BG and Altenburger images that show up appear to be identical except for the actual branding text -- design is the same. Seems that some people think they were real good brakes and others say they sucked. There's a shocker.

forestine 04-17-15 09:52 AM

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Originally Posted by adventurepdx (Post 17727003)

Thanks! I was thinking about those or the MKS 3000s (basically rubber block pedals), but they don't have them locally. Then I ended up taking the pedals off and realized the left one was pretty stripped and didn't want to put it back on (but I want to ride my bike todaaaaaaaaay). The crank threads were a tiny bit damaged but not excessively so, which was a relief. Found these Electra ones and they look great. I noticed a lot of times the LBS doesn't have stuff on their site that they actually do have if you dig around in their store. All they seemed to have on their site were clipless and the other Electra ones, which are kind of big and weird looking. But these were buried on the shelf. Hooray! (and they have little hearts on the dust cap. Awww)


http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=445656
Phone seemed to want to focus on the rug that needs vacuuming. Always the way.

arex 04-17-15 02:42 PM

I'm having a very hard time running cables on my Raleigh. What should be standard-sized brake housing doesn't fit any of the places that it should...cable hangers (new Dia-Compe), the brake levers (Shimano 600) or the original cable stops on the frame.

Rather, the FERRULES do not fit...the bare housing fits snugly, but not tightly. I've been told that on brake housings, ferrules are optional, which might be fine except that in a couple instances the lateral force on the housing from semi-tight bends would make the housing not seat squarely in whatever it's fitting into.

Is there another, smaller, possibly older "standard" size of housing and ferrules that would fit like it should?


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