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DaytonaMike 07-07-14 06:48 PM

John,

Yes, the cylinder with the window. Its a separate piece that screws on after the axle nut is installed.

JohnDThompson 07-07-14 07:49 PM


Originally Posted by DaytonaMike (Post 16917478)
Yes, the cylinder with the window. Its a separate piece that screws on after the axle nut is installed.

Out of curiosity, what's the date code on your hub?

DaytonaMike 07-07-14 09:15 PM

1 Attachment(s)
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=391880

The date code is 73 which fits with the decals and adjustable brakes so I think its a 1973 bike.

gna 07-08-14 01:23 PM


Originally Posted by Lo2w (Post 16893883)
http://i.imgur.com/HEK9eHw.jpg


Finally found a 23" 3 speed - 63-64 Raleigh Sports.

Self adjusting brakes put it post-'73. Looks mid '70s based on color and decals, maybe a '74.

DaytonaMike 07-08-14 03:33 PM

The 1973 catalog on the head badge site shows the self adjusting brakes and the decals, not to say they were not on later models.

Lo2w 07-08-14 06:13 PM

The hub date had 63-64 before I started looking through catalogue sites. Thanks for the catch, either way it's what I've been looking for.

SirMike1983 07-08-14 10:56 PM


Originally Posted by Jawihan (Post 16915103)
Yes, It's a nice bike SirMike . Does that bike have pump pegs and if not, what did you use?. I have several old Raleigh 3 speeds, some have pump pegs, some do not.
James

It did not come with pegs. I got a set of chromed aftermarket clamps.

PalmettoUpstate 07-09-14 06:23 PM

Got to point my Droogies at this one:

Vintage 1960 RARE Men's Hawthorne 3 Speed Cruiser Collector Condition!

Enjoy!

auchencrow 07-10-14 02:45 AM


Originally Posted by PalmettoUpstate (Post 16924178)

Thanks for counting me among your droogies, @PalmettoUpstate...That's really different - and that chain guard sure looks fast! (Seller did a nice restoration too).

http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/h...ps03bb3730.jpg

PalmettoUpstate 07-10-14 05:10 PM

Hmmm, it's still for sale and I have a sister and bro-in-law traveling out in Colorado right now....


Originally Posted by auchencrow (Post 16924985)
Thanks for counting me among your droogies, @PalmettoUpstate...That's really different - and that chain guard sure looks fast! (Seller did a nice restoration too).

http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/h...ps03bb3730.jpg


PalmettoUpstate 07-10-14 05:12 PM

What is?
 
This appears to be a Sears & Roebuck bike but I can't tell who actually made it.

Anyone know?

Vintage 3 speed men's 26 inch for restore

Narhay 07-10-14 09:09 PM

Have any of you replaced the brake levers with something more modern? Mine have a tendency to rattle and squeak. Perhaps something that looks period correct...

BFisher 07-10-14 09:13 PM


Originally Posted by PalmettoUpstate (Post 16927041)
This appears to be a Sears & Roebuck bike but I can't tell who actually made it.

Anyone know?

Vintage 3 speed men's 26 inch for restore

This looks like a Puch, Austrian made. I could be wrong, but that's what it looks like.

NormanF 07-10-14 10:02 PM


Originally Posted by BFisher (Post 16927582)
This looks like a Puch, Austrian made. I could be wrong, but that's what it looks like.

One of those rare Sears house brand bikes worth acquiring.

hillikus 07-11-14 04:19 AM


Originally Posted by NormanF (Post 16927690)
One of those rare Sears house brand bikes worth acquiring.

Are Sears bikes really rare? I passed up one the other day at an online auction, last I saw there were no bids and it was starting at $1. My cousin runs the auction house so for me it's about 1500 miles away but I was tempted to ask her to hold it, or have my other family pick it up for me. Maybe she still has it...

-H

markk900 07-11-14 05:15 AM

I think he meant its rare that the house brand bike is worth acquiring.....don't you love the English language?

Lo2w 07-11-14 12:44 PM

http://i.imgur.com/DQfyhQM.jpg

Back from the shop:

Wald front basket
650b Col de Vie
Front drum/dynamo
Lumotec front light

NormanF 07-11-14 01:53 PM

No. Department store bikes are ubiquitous but a Puch/Steyr made bike is a real find!

arex 07-12-14 10:39 AM


Originally Posted by NormanF (Post 16929677)
No. Department store bikes are ubiquitous but a Puch/Steyr made bike is a real find!

My parents still have a couple Sears bikes from the early '70s. I should have another look a them.

unworthy1 07-13-14 12:43 PM

sort of a thread hi-jack, but...anybody need a pair of 26 x 1-3/8" tires,(E.A.3) NOS Bell "street" tread with reflector stripe sidewall, wire bead?
Hit me with a PM and meantime I'll try to take pics and do a proper thread in the For Sale subforum...but this seems like the right place to start.

DaytonaMike 07-15-14 05:13 AM

Does anyone have any experience with these rims?

Weinmann Metal Products Co., LTD

I have heard about the CR-18 rim but have read here that they are much narrower than the stock steel rims. I need 26x1-3/8 590 rims and I was wondering how these would work. Thanks!

arex 07-15-14 06:09 AM


Originally Posted by DaytonaMike (Post 16939416)
Does anyone have any experience with these rims? I have heard about the CR-18 rim but have read here that they are much narrower than the stock steel rims. I need 26x1-3/8 590 rims and I was wondering how these would work. Thanks!

Weinmann Metal Products Co., LTD

Dunno about the Sun CR18's, but a lot of people seem to really like them. I'm using Sun Rhyno Lite rims, which are fairly wide, but I don't know offhand if they come in 26x1-3/8.

NormanF 07-15-14 07:06 AM

Alloy rims will make that All Steel Bicycle more pleasant to ride. And it will stop better in the rain.

You could lighten it with alloy parts. The crank and hubs would lighten it most if they were alloy.

wahoonc 07-19-14 05:26 AM


Originally Posted by DaytonaMike (Post 16939416)
Does anyone have any experience with these rims?

Weinmann Metal Products Co., LTD

I have heard about the CR-18 rim but have read here that they are much narrower than the stock steel rims. I need 26x1-3/8 590 rims and I was wondering how these would work. Thanks!

I have Weinman rims on several of my bikes, they are decent quality. I would say on par with the Sun. I think one reason a lot of people go with the Sun are because they are available in the 40 hole drilling needed for the older Raleighs. They are also available in a high polish. FWIW most of the Weinman I have are the ZAC 20 series rims, which are a bit wider than the CR-18.

Aaron :)

JohnDThompson 07-19-14 07:40 AM


Originally Posted by DaytonaMike (Post 16939416)
I have heard about the CR-18 rim but have read here that they are much narrower than the stock steel rims. I need 26x1-3/8 590 rims and I was wondering how these would work. Thanks!

The CR-18 rims are much narrower than the stock steel rims, but 26 x 1-3/8" tires work just fine on them nonetheless.

DaytonaMike 07-19-14 04:12 PM

Aaron and everyone else, thank you for the replies.

jjhabbs 07-20-14 04:57 PM

I finally joined the 3speed club.
http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/...ps987111b8.jpg
http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/...psa13deb72.jpg
http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/...pse0c27d95.jpg
http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/...psf8d66e9b.jpg

noglider 07-20-14 07:58 PM

I recently became a bike shop employee again. Someone brought in a 1974 ladies' Sports and asked us to overhaul the bottom bracket. These bikes are such a pleasure to work on, provided they're not abused. This one was abused but not beyond hope at all. The BB overhaul went well. I was able to adjust the much-too-tight headset, too. The rear fender gave a lot of trouble. My boss has been a bike mechanic for about 50 years and agrees that the Sports is really the best bike ever. We worked on the rear fender together. For some reason, it is too close to the wheel in the middle of the run, i.e. not at the back end or front end of the fender. The eyelet on the dropout might have been drilled too low. We got it working.

I love knowing what I'm doing with these bikes. They just work, dammit, even with this apparent manufacturing defect. 1974 was not their best year.

noglider 07-20-14 07:59 PM

@jjhabbs, that's an incredible specimen, and it looks like it's from around 1974. :lol: Don't worry; be happy.

jjhabbs 07-20-14 08:14 PM

If you cant tell by the picture its a Superbe.


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