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Narhay 08-16-20 08:54 AM


Originally Posted by gster (Post 21640410)
It's hard to tell from photos the true condition.
I've got this hercules for sale
The rims are great
https://www.kijiji.ca/v-view-details...dId=1507673970
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...b7e3769c07.jpg
It's currently out on a movie shoot but should be back on the w/e
I'm in Parkdale

Do you rent your bikes out to movie shoots? I had a director friend and he said it is a good way to make money but never lend out anything you care about because it will likely get damaged in some way.

gster 08-16-20 09:03 AM


Originally Posted by Narhay (Post 21643831)
Do you rent your bikes out to movie shoots? I had a director friend and he said it is a good way to make money but never lend out anything you care about because it will likely get damaged in some way.

Your friend is correct.
I sold a 1950's Flying Pigeon to the same production.
This bike has been working just fine for 65 years.
The propsmaster called me yesterday to say to say
the rear wheel wouldn't turn.
I asked if an actor had touched the bike and
he said yes....
Actors have a strange and unique ability to break
anything they touch.
You could hand an actor a rock as a prop and it will
come back broken....

Commando 08-16-20 07:06 PM


Originally Posted by Narhay (Post 21640391)
I drove to Aurora to see the $35 sports. Rims were quite bad, flaking chrome, rust everywhere. If I had a spare set of wheels i would have considered it but it just wasnt worth my time even at $35.

Aurora, my home town! Last time I visited from Australia, went for a ride with my uncle and baby brother (who was 6 when I moved to Toronto, and 16 I left Canada). I led them through so many 'hidden' paths and trails they didn't know about, I amazed even myself with my memory. Years and years of living on my bicycle in that town left me with a permanent mental map of the quickest and/or most fun way of getting around.

ascherer 08-17-20 08:14 PM

"One man gathers what another man spills" It was time to pass the baton. Last winter I built a version of a Sports on a Raleigh international frame - 8-speed Sturmey hub, Velo Orange Tourist handlebars, 35c Paselas with fenders, my trusty B66 and racks with a Wald basket up front. It's light, fast and fits me much better. My 10-year affair with my 1966 Sports has come to an end, and it has fittingly been picked up by a young man starting his adulting here in NYC. It was clearly love at first sight, and I was delighted to bid farewell knowing it was going to someone that will appreciate it as I have. And I want to acknowledge the many forum members here that contributed to my understanding and love for these great machines.

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...3111595349.jpg
James and his new 1966 Sports

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...ecea3c5f23.jpg
My International Sports

gster 08-18-20 03:29 PM


Originally Posted by ascherer (Post 21646727)
"One man gathers what another man spills" It was time to pass the baton. Last winter I built a version of a Sports on a Raleigh international frame - 8-speed Sturmey hub, Velo Orange Tourist handlebars, 35c Paselas with fenders, my trusty B66 and racks with a Wald basket up front. It's light, fast and fits me much better. My 10-year affair with my 1966 Sports has come to an end, and it has fittingly been picked up by a young man starting his adulting here in NYC. It was clearly love at first sight, and I was delighted to bid farewell knowing it was going to someone that will appreciate it as I have. And I want to acknowledge the many forum members here that contributed to my understanding and love for these great machines.

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...3111595349.jpg
James and his new 1966 Sports

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...ecea3c5f23.jpg
My International Sports

Good to see some younger riders who appreciate a well made bike.
The sad truth is, if taken care of, they'll outlast all of us......

ascherer 08-18-20 07:56 PM


Originally Posted by gster (Post 21648077)
Good to see some younger riders who appreciate a well made bike.
The sad truth is, if taken care of, they'll outlast all of us......

Oh yes, he was lit up by it. I told him they were built to last 100 years, so it's got another 50 left in it. This one showed all the signs of making it.

Ged117 08-19-20 08:53 AM


Originally Posted by ascherer (Post 21648530)
Oh yes, he was lit up by it. I told him they were built to last 100 years, so it's got another 50 left in it. This one showed all the signs of making it.

I just turned 30. My three-speed turns 71 in January. I'm hoping to hand it off to my kid in the future as you have. They're still really good city bicycles. I see quite a few three-speeds in various guises and levels of decrepitude rolling around Ottawa in regular use. With a little bit of maintenance every now and again they're sturdy and dependable. Give the AW / AG a rebuild every 20 years and you're set.

nlerner 08-19-20 09:19 AM

Just picked this one up from a local CL ad. Not a 3-speed, but with 590/EA3 wheels. Those plus the prestube minor rear rack makes me wonder if Raleigh just took Sports frames and slapped a different rear wheel and Huret shifting bits on them:

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...b18553519.jpeg

jackbombay 08-19-20 09:45 AM


Originally Posted by ascherer (Post 21646727)
"one man gathers what another man spills" it was time to pass the baton. Last winter i built a version of a sports on a raleigh international frame - 8-speed sturmey hub, velo orange tourist handlebars, 35c paselas with fenders, my trusty b66 and racks with a wald basket up front. It's light, fast and fits me much better. My 10-year affair with my 1966 sports has come to an end, and it has fittingly been picked up by a young man starting his adulting here in nyc. It was clearly love at first sight, and i was delighted to bid farewell knowing it was going to someone that will appreciate it as i have. And i want to acknowledge the many forum members here that contributed to my understanding and love for these great machines.

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...3111595349.jpg
james and his new 1966 sports


❤️❤️❤️

ascherer 08-19-20 01:48 PM


Originally Posted by Ged117 (Post 21649198)
I just turned 30. My three-speed turns 71 in January. I'm hoping to hand it off to my kid in the future as you have. They're still really good city bicycles. I see quite a few three-speeds in various guises and levels of decrepitude rolling around Ottawa in regular use. With a little bit of maintenance every now and again they're sturdy and dependable. Give the AW / AG a rebuild every 20 years and you're set.

Good plan! To be clear, this smart fellow is not my son. My own son Jacob never rode a bike as a kid but when I bought the Sports the seller also had a BSA version I bought hoping to tempt him into riding. It worked until he started college in Manhattan, and we sold that one. He's since graduated and lives in Brooklyn. I gave it to him this Spring and he rode it for a few months. He likes the whole 3-speed vibe but lives three narrow, twisty flights of stairs up in an old house, so it wasn't long before he asked for something lighter. Now he's tooling around on a lovely 1972 Super Course that I found for him and he's just as smitten with it.

ascherer 08-19-20 01:50 PM


Originally Posted by nlerner (Post 21649258)
Just picked this one up from a local CL ad. Not a 3-speed, but with 590/EA3 wheels. Those plus the prestube minor rear rack makes me wonder if Raleigh just took Sports frames and slapped a different rear wheel and Huret shifting bits on them:

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...b18553519.jpeg

A Sprite with 26"? Why the 'ell not?

gster 08-20-20 08:16 AM


Originally Posted by ascherer (Post 21649809)
A Sprite with 26"? Why the 'ell not?

That chain guard looks a bit out of place as well.
I've mostly seen them on Raleigh's Glider bikes.

clubman 08-20-20 10:25 AM


Originally Posted by gster (Post 21650970)
That chain guard looks a bit out of place as well.
I've mostly seen them on Raleigh's Glider bikes.

I've seen that same 5 speed setup before, with the same chainguard, Huret long shifter with Alvit RD. I had a ~'71 Glider version with dropbars.

Ged117 08-20-20 10:38 AM


Originally Posted by gster (Post 21650970)
That chain guard looks a bit out of place as well.
I've mostly seen them on Raleigh's Glider bikes.

I usually see lots of these for sale on Kijiji, usually with the derailleur. I check these listings to see if the bike has the Sturmey S5 5-speed hub gear. I missed one here not long ago. I want one of those hubs for...research.

jackbombay 08-20-20 03:49 PM


Originally Posted by Ged117 (Post 21651268)
I usually see lots of these for sale on Kijiji, usually with the derailleur. I check these listings to see if the bike has the Sturmey S5 5-speed hub gear. I missed one here not long ago. I want one of those hubs for...research.

My Townie is 5 speed Sprite with an S5, I love it! I gave it a full on patina/resto-mod build.

I wish the S5 hubs were more plentiful, they come up on Ebay here and there but they aren't cheap...

nlerner 08-20-20 06:17 PM


Originally Posted by gster (Post 21650970)
That chain guard looks a bit out of place as well.
I've mostly seen them on Raleigh's Glider bikes.

Looks like Raleigh did that model for a couple of years in the late 1960s. Here’s the 1969 catalog page:

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...5f95438bd.jpeg

bluesteak 08-20-20 07:14 PM

Sprite
 
I have a similar bike. Same color same chain guard, same chain ring, but mine is a sprite 27. I used the wheels for my bluestreak project, and replaced them with a 700c Shimano nexus 3 speed setup. It is my go to everyday bike.

bluesteak 08-20-20 07:17 PM

???
 
I used to be able to post photos. What am I doing wrong???

thumpism 08-22-20 06:41 PM

Nice Superbe.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...04853376900215

https://scontent.fric1-1.fna.fbcdn.n...4f&oe=5F6740DA

W.L.SOON 08-24-20 04:54 AM

What year is this Raleigh Sports
 
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Black-Raleigh-Bike-Brooks-Seat-Dyno-3-Sturmey-Archer/283988255461?hash=item421f04e2e5:g:D90AAOSwJsVfQrDi

Hi guys. Just wondering what year is this Raleigh. The second last photo does show some numbers,but I am not sure what I am reading. Can someone make it out? This is a Sports,right?

Thank you and all the best to you all.

W.L.SOON,Malaysia

gster 08-24-20 05:54 AM


Originally Posted by W.L.SOON (Post 21657705)
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Black-Raleigh-Bike-Brooks-Seat-Dyno-3-Sturmey-Archer/283988255461?hash=item421f04e2e5:g:D90AAOSwJsVfQrDi

Hi guys. Just wondering what year is this Raleigh. The second last photo does show some numbers,but I am not sure what I am reading. Can someone make it out? This is a Sports,right?

Thank you and all the best to you all.

W.L.SOON,Malaysia

I would date it mid 1950's.

nlerner 08-24-20 06:11 AM


Originally Posted by W.L.SOON (Post 21657705)
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Black-Raleigh-Bike-Brooks-Seat-Dyno-3-Sturmey-Archer/283988255461?hash=item421f04e2e5:g:D90AAOSwJsVfQrDi

Hi guys. Just wondering what year is this Raleigh. The second last photo does show some numbers,but I am not sure what I am reading. Can someone make it out? This is a Sports,right?

Thank you and all the best to you all.

W.L.SOON,Malaysia

Rear hub looks to have a 1948 date code.

W.L.SOON 08-24-20 06:25 AM

Thank you guys! 😁👌

gster 08-24-20 07:56 PM


Originally Posted by nlerner (Post 21657768)
Rear hub looks to have a 1948 date code.

Good eye.

W.L.SOON 08-25-20 06:47 AM

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-1...oAAOSw4CFfRO0I

Very old-school Sturmey Archer 3-speed shifter?


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