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Brynley 06-13-16 04:19 PM

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I picked up this brown beauty for $35 at a flea market over the weekend. The stamp on the Sturmey Archer says it's a '69. It mainly caught my eye for the saddle, bag, and pump which I was planning on using for restoring my Rudge. There's some rust on the fenders but I think it will clean up nicely. I enjoy the way 23"s ride.

3speedslow 06-13-16 04:22 PM

Congrats on the nice pick up @Brynley !

That will clean up great. Or did you say you were stripping it for a Rudge? Large frames are hard to come across.

gster 06-13-16 05:12 PM


Originally Posted by clubman (Post 18839164)
Sorry to hear it. I lived on Tyndall Ave for a year. Parkdale is still the Wild West of Toronto.

I lived at Queen and Jameson in the 80's and lost 4 bikes in 2 years.....
Parkdale is better now, but there's still trouble.

gster 06-13-16 05:15 PM


Originally Posted by Narsinha (Post 18841230)
Regarding stealing bicycles, not about old vintage bikes, but i found this hilarious:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yTFiP_co0U

I will be watching my bicycle very closely, i like it very much and too much work to let it be stolen


Not much progress with my DL-1, so few time. Will see whether i can do a bit this evening ..

A good social experiment.

gster 06-13-16 05:18 PM


Originally Posted by Brynley (Post 18842893)
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I picked up this brown beauty for $35 at a flea market over the weekend. The stamp on the Sturmey Archer says it's a '69. It mainly caught my eye for the saddle, bag, and pump which I was planning on using for restoring my Rudge. There's some rust on the fenders but I think it will clean up nicely. I enjoy the way 23"s ride.

The seat bag is worth the $35.00!

PalmettoUpstate 06-13-16 06:16 PM

Can these crimp on cable ends be purchased?
 
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I was wondering if these crimp-on ends for a Sturmey Archer shift cable can be purchased somewhere. Or, alternatively, if anyone can recommend a suitable replacement for this small part.http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=527223http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=527224

Loose Chain 06-13-16 06:28 PM

Being as this is the vintage forum, I am for breaking them on a wheel and letting crows peck their eyeballs out. Until bicycle theft is taken serious with serious penalties it will go on. I guess I had a couple of bikes stolen that would be C&V had they not been stolen back when they were new. Oh well.

BigChief 06-13-16 06:36 PM

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Originally Posted by PalmettoUpstate (Post 18843140)
I was wondering if these crimp-on ends for a Sturmey Archer shift cable can be purchased somewhere. Or, alternatively, if anyone can recommend a suitable replacement for this small part.http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=527223http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=527224

One way is to buy some 3/32" brass tubing (easy to find on places like amazon) and use JB Weld to attach it to the cable. I use a sharp 3 cornered fine file to saw the tubing to length. I used to silver braze these, but I have found much easier to use JB Weld to be totally reliable.
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=527226

3speedslow 06-13-16 06:38 PM

I can't believe it happened with you so close by ! Salt in the wound @gster

really sorry to read this.

Loose Chain 06-13-16 06:53 PM

The brass tubing can usually be found at hobby type stores and even hardware stores.

clubman 06-13-16 06:56 PM


Originally Posted by gster (Post 18843002)
I lived at Queen and Jameson in the 80's and lost 4 bikes in 2 years.....
Parkdale is better now, but there's still trouble.

Maybe Igor Kenk got a few of your bikes. When I get back to Toronto, let's have a barley sandwich and I'll tell you about the swat team bursting through my front door, running past me and kicking their way out the back door. Ah, Parkdale, good times...

gster 06-13-16 07:15 PM

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[QUOTE=clubman;18843224]Maybe Igor Kenk got a few of your bikes. When I get back to Toronto, let's have a barley sandwich and I'll tell you about the swat team bursting through my front door, running past me and kicking their way out the back door. Ah, Parkdale, good times...[/QUO
The cops used my apartment for a stake out a couple of times...
my apt.
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PalmettoUpstate 06-13-16 07:49 PM


Originally Posted by BigChief (Post 18843187)
One way is to buy some 3/32" brass tubing (easy to find on places like amazon) and use JB Weld to attach it to the cable. I use a sharp 3 cornered fine file to saw the tubing to length. I used to silver braze these, but I have found much easier to use JB Weld to be totally reliable.
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=527226

Good tip; thanks. IYO would copper 3/32 with the same inside diameter [0.06575 inches] do just as well? The brass 3/32 seems to have an inner diameter of 0.066 inches. Right now on Amazon Prime I can get a 36" length of the copper tubing here for a mere $3.45 delivered.

https://www.amazon.com/Copper-Seamle...2+brass+tubing

BigChief 06-13-16 08:05 PM

I suppose it would work just as well. Copper might be a bit softer. A 3 pack of brass tubes would be around 3 bucks. It does stink to pay 5 dollars to ship 3 dollars worth of stuff. But...you'll be set for life for shifter cables and you'll never be reduced to using pinch bolt adapters!

gster 06-14-16 04:55 PM

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[QUOTE=3speedslow;18843193]I can't believe it happened with you so close by ! Salt in the wound @gster

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Thank you, I've moved on.
gster

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gna 06-14-16 07:05 PM


Originally Posted by BigChief (Post 18843187)
One way is to buy some 3/32" brass tubing (easy to find on places like amazon) and use JB Weld to attach it to the cable. I use a sharp 3 cornered fine file to saw the tubing to length. I used to silver braze these, but I have found much easier to use JB Weld to be totally reliable.
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=527226

I use a crimper to crimp the brass, then solder it. I may take up JB Weld, though.

BigChief 06-15-16 03:49 AM

I've been adding a single crimp to the brass before the JB Weld sets for good measure, but not too much. I want the barrel adjuster to spin freely on the cable without binding.

PalmettoUpstate 06-15-16 08:32 PM


Originally Posted by BigChief (Post 18846251)
I've been adding a single crimp to the brass before the JB Weld sets for good measure, but not too much. I want the barrel adjuster to spin freely on the cable without binding.

Good point. My copper tubing gets here tomorrow. I once fixed an exhaust manifold on a Honda Del Sol belonging to my daughter with one of the JB Weld products - sort of a high temp liquid metal - and the stuff held... Pretty amazing IMO.

SirMike1983 06-15-16 09:07 PM

I really like the long days this time of year. I had a chance to complete the 1948 Dawn Tourist project.

https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HiyVFUiuE...615_194359.jpg

https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KG7-Zet7X...615_194407.jpg

gster 06-16-16 06:25 AM

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Someone here in Toronto thinks this butchered Superbe "Fixie" is worth $300.00, brooks saddle not included. You would think at that price that some handle bar grips would be included.
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cokyvandas 06-16-16 06:30 AM

get wondering man?:thumb:http://laissezachats.net/206/o.png

clasher 06-16-16 06:49 AM

That's a damn shame. I'd give 'em 30$ bucks for the frame.

JohnDThompson 06-16-16 08:51 AM


Originally Posted by PalmettoUpstate (Post 18843140)
I was wondering if these crimp-on ends for a Sturmey Archer shift cable can be purchased somewhere. Or, alternatively, if anyone can recommend a suitable replacement for this small part.http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=527223http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=527224

Some small-diameter brass tubing and a crimping tool works:

http://www.os2.dhs.org/~john/cable-crimp.jpg

Otherwise, the modern SA shift cables work without the crimped piece:

http://www.os2.dhs.org/~john/sa-shift-cable.jpg

PalmettoUpstate 06-16-16 09:28 AM


Originally Posted by JohnDThompson (Post 18849506)
Some small-diameter brass tubing and a crimping tool works:

http://www.os2.dhs.org/~john/cable-crimp.jpg

Otherwise, the modern SA shift cables work without the crimped piece:

http://www.os2.dhs.org/~john/sa-shift-cable.jpg

Nice crimping tool; looks like a "legacy" tool from a Ma Bell's tool bag. My copper tubing arrives today; I'm gonna try that instead of brass. One thing I need to do so that the crimped end rotates smoothly inside the screw-on housing is to be sure that the actual crimps aren't "flattened" so much that they affect said rotation... And, do it so that the crimp job holds for another 40+ years.

The OEM SA crimped-on tube appears to have been crimped with a heavy duty crimping tool which put four crimps in at a time; wish I could get a close-up of it; it looks like an absolutely bulletproof job. I'm gonna have to use something more mundane.

FWIW, I don't like the modern setup with the pinch bolt as much because it adds a little bit of clutter to the bike's appearance.

DQRider 06-16-16 11:38 AM

Do You Walk/Push Your English 3-Speed Up Steep Hills?
 
As many of you know, I ride a recently-restored Raleigh DL1 rod-braked roadster. This bike weighs between 50 and 60 lbs, depending on what I'm carrying on any given day. I have added a 24t sprocket to my Sturmey-Archer AW hub in order to successfully climb most hills, but the grade on some hills is just too much. I have had to walk/push this bike up some very steep hills, and I feel rather foolish when doing so. But I also know that this was common practice, back in the day. I remember walking bikes up hills with no shame whatsoever back in the 1960s and `70s. But it seems now that things have changed.

Has anyone else experienced this?


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