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SirMike1983 02-22-22 09:30 PM


Originally Posted by BigChief (Post 22418167)
I'm using Nicelite NL432 front and NL437R rear LED bulbs in my 51 Rudge's Dynohub system. I highly recommend them. Since the 437R is actually red, it makes up for the faded plastic lens on the rear lamp. Quite bright too. I didn't install a capacitor to smooth out the strobe effect. It's not noticeable at speed, but walking the bike up a hill on a dark country road at night can be a bit...trippy.

That's the one, it's the NL432 bulb I'm using as well. I ordered it through the Reflectalite bulb finder.

http://www.reflectalite.com/LEDpage.html

Lumpy Jones 02-25-22 02:23 PM

My old bike!
 
hey nlerner,
did you buy that from me?
do you know where it is now? Iíd love to have it again.
thanks


Originally Posted by nlerner (Post 21812410)
I can confirm that both bikes have EA3--26 x 1 3/8" wheels (with the men's rear, at least, not original) with Dunlop tires all around. Perhaps the originals?!

I find it interesting, too, that while the men's frame certainly has more slack angles than later models, they are still a fair amount more upright than an early 1930s Sports that I had for a while:

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...be8ef72753.jpg


nlerner 02-25-22 03:29 PM


Originally Posted by Lumpy Jones (Post 22421189)
hey nlerner,
did you buy that from me?
do you know where it is now? Iíd love to have it again.
thanks

I had a two different 1930s Sports right around them. One came from a local friend, and the other I bought from a CL seller in NH. Was that you?

Lumpy Jones 02-25-22 03:52 PM


Originally Posted by nlerner (Post 22421251)
I had a two different 1930s Sports right around them. One came from a local friend, and the other I bought from a CL seller in NH. Was that you?

ya, that was me. Who has it now?

retroman57 02-25-22 04:13 PM

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...207bbb21e0.jpg
Rex Classique


I bought these maybe 15 years ago new in the box. 1974 date code on the SA rear hubs. Unusual, in that they were built for 27" wheels. The tall one is mine. 25" frame.

1989Pre 02-26-22 06:01 AM

Retroman57, they are in such great condition. Are those saddles Brooks Flyer S?

bluesteak 02-26-22 02:54 PM

Elswick
 
Just took the Elswick light roadster out for a spin. Thought I would take some photos while I have it out in the sun.

A shout-out to SirMike. The Chain case fits and really dresses up the bike.

bluesteak 02-26-22 03:00 PM

Here are some photos.
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...97d363be42.jpg
https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...c21e23d982.jpg
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...7b103cc2ef.jpg
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...7d4d4e8f43.jpg
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...0e305d688b.jpg

SirMike1983 02-26-22 10:03 PM

Glad it fits. Looks like it came together as a really nice bike.

retroman57 02-28-22 11:26 AM

Wrights saddles

aoeuidhtns 02-28-22 12:42 PM

I've got a late '70s Raleigh Sports with its original black rubber pedals. One of them has a bent pedal spindle. I got a set of modern pedals to replace them (VO Sabot), but when I install them, the threaded portion of the pedals are longer than the thickness of the crank arm, and thus a bit of the pedal axle sticks out beyond the inside of the crankarm. This bit clips the chain guard on the right side and makes the bike unrideable without badly bending or removing the chain guard. Does anybody know of some sort of spacer that would correct for this imbalance, or am I stuck either grinding the pedals down or just sticking with the stock Raleigh pedals?

Salubrious 02-28-22 01:01 PM


Originally Posted by aoeuidhtns (Post 22424095)
I've got a late '70s Raleigh Sports with its original black rubber pedals. One of them has a bent pedal spindle. I got a set of modern pedals to replace them (VO Sabot), but when I install them, the threaded portion of the pedals are longer than the thickness of the crank arm, and thus a bit of the pedal axle sticks out beyond the inside of the crankarm. This bit clips the chain guard on the right side and makes the bike unrideable without badly bending or removing the chain guard. Does anybody know of some sort of spacer that would correct for this imbalance, or am I stuck either grinding the pedals down or just sticking with the stock Raleigh pedals?

Modern pedals are often sold with washers (spacers) for exactly this purpose. If you can find a set of those you'll be all set.

FBOATSB 02-28-22 01:20 PM


Originally Posted by Salubrious (Post 22424117)
Modern pedals are often sold with washers (spacers) for exactly this purpose. If you can find a set of those you'll be all set.

Beat me to it. I would also check the chain guard to verify it is not bent outward a little bit. Those VO pedals are nice, shouldn't have to grind them.

aoeuidhtns 02-28-22 06:16 PM


Originally Posted by Salubrious (Post 22424117)
Modern pedals are often sold with washers (spacers) for exactly this purpose. If you can find a set of those you'll be all set.

Pedal washers acquired, and problem solved! I feel like a bit of an idiot for not realizing that I could use a washer. I appreciate the advice!

bluesteak 02-28-22 07:09 PM


Originally Posted by retroman57 (Post 22424020)
Wrights saddles

Is the above intended as a question for me?

Actually the saddle on the Elswick is a Brooks b66s, old style, no laces. Which was pretty dear, more than the rest of the bike.

I have a Wrights on another Roadster, thatís rideable but pretty uncomfortable. What are the options for restoring it?
https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...59888a48bf.jpg
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...a399d6b397.jpg

clubman 02-28-22 08:56 PM

Wrights
 
Twas an answer to post 25761

Salubrious 03-01-22 11:59 AM


Originally Posted by bluesteak (Post 22424519)
I have a Wrights on another Roadster, thatís rideable but pretty uncomfortable. What are the options for restoring it?

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...a399d6b397.jpg

Talk to Rudy (rhm) www.rhmsaddles.com He does fabulous work.

dirtman 03-02-22 01:53 PM


Originally Posted by dedhed (Post 22414107)
Got it. Rather than a "battery pack" you modified them to insert in the D battery slots and just remove & recharge.
I did put in a screw base LED flashlight bulb in one but as you say the directionality doesn't make good use of the reflector and voltage. I basically use it for the "vintage accessory look" and a "be seen" light and mount a magicshine when riding at night where I need to actually see.

I went ahead and made up a pair of battery adapters for the Elite battery powered light.
I used two lengths of 1" PVC conduit and two pieces of schedule 10 PVC in the middle with two 12mm extentions set in some rubber hose to make a pair of 18500 batteries fit lengthwise.
Light wise, with the homemade LED bulb its no brighter but the run time is seemingly forever. I left it on all day yesterday and all night and it was still lit this afternoon. The batteries were barely down any at all. Both batteries were still over 3.9v. (They came off the charger at 4.2v).
No matter what though, the light is brighter now than with the original bulb and two D cells, and its longevity is a lot better but the bulb really isn't taking advantage of the reflector.

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...a3a66a2496.jpg
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...e69900352b.jpg
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https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...8507dcf99a.jpg
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...a43934fe09.jpg

SirMike1983 03-03-22 02:36 PM

Looking for a chainguard or chaincase for a Raleigh DL-1: 28 inch wheels. Looking for the guard in Superbe Green (dark green - kind of like "British racing green").

Color:

https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-43ze51qtE...506_133332.jpg

Willing to purchase or trade (I have mostly old 3-speed parts for Raleighs and Schwinns).

thumpism 03-04-22 04:52 PM

Overpriced but cool, and Jerry approved.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...79885979805573

https://scontent.fric1-1.fna.fbcdn.n...Zw&oe=62275562

vintagebicycle 03-05-22 07:35 AM


Originally Posted by thumpism (Post 22428593)

I've got a similar bike in the basement waiting for me to get around to it. I picked it up along with a pair of Raleigh's. I think mine is older, maybe 1974 or so.
One of these days I'll get around to going over it. I did ride it a few times, its geared low and its light compared to most 3 speeds. Surprisingly I can ride it fairly easily just by raising the saddle up about 4" or so. Mine has a longer stem, alloy bars with the old white plastic levers and grips that came on the UO-18 models then.

I was going to give it a set of 27x1 3/8" tires, full length fenders, and a rear rack and make it sort of a spare or guest bike.

52telecaster 03-05-22 05:56 PM

I gave this to a friend and when the gears were too tall for him we changed the rear sprocket and crank. Cottered Stronglight with a 42 in front and 20 in the rear.
https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...c66dd75414.jpg
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...4a2485bc92.jpg
A cotter press was so useful on this.

vintagebicycle 03-06-22 06:38 AM

With 44/20 gearing in low that thing probably pulls like a tractor.
I set one up with a stock 46t and a 22t rear cog for a friend years ago, and that felt as if the new second gear was lower then the original first gear.
With the 22t I seem to recall having to raise the chainguard a bit too.

52telecaster 03-06-22 11:37 AM


Originally Posted by vintagebicycle (Post 22430022)
With 44/20 gearing in low that thing probably pulls like a tractor.
I set one up with a stock 46t and a 22t rear cog for a friend years ago, and that felt as if the new second gear was lower then the original first gear.
With the 22t I seem to recall having to raise the chainguard a bit too.

The gear inches work out to 41-55-73 which suits him well in a hilly town. My 3 speed super
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...d16719ee4f.jpg
course is set up 42-21 with 700c wheels so 40.5-54-72. you sacrifice top end but I'm in no hurry. If I am I take another bike. This way I can climb easily from the riverfront to the bluff where I live.

52telecaster 03-06-22 05:45 PM

My triumph pulls stumps as well.
https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...82a45b1998.jpg

swampyankee2 03-06-22 06:01 PM

Did some more cleaning up and derusting on Bob the 72 Raleigh Sports today. Front rim cleaned up not to bad but there's nasty patch of pealing chrome on the brake shoe side. I may end up having to source some better rims. I have a pair from a Robin Hood parts bike but they are Endrick style rather than the Westwood style on the Raleigh.
It's funny how some bits rusted badly in its 30 odd years in a dank cellar, while other bits escaped relatively unscathed. The bike won't be a perfect restoration by any means but hopefully it'll function as it should and look respectable going down the road.

52telecaster 03-06-22 06:05 PM


Originally Posted by swampyankee2 (Post 22430605)
Did some more cleaning up and derusting on Bob the 72 Raleigh Sports today. Front rim cleaned up not to bad but there's nasty patch of pealing chrome on the brake shoe side. I may end up having to source some better rims. I have a pair from a Robin Hood parts bike but they are Endrick style rather than the Westwood style on the Raleigh.
It's funny how some bits rusted badly in its 30 odd years in a dank cellar, while other bits escaped relatively unscathed. The bike won't be a perfect restoration by any means but hopefully it'll function as it should and look respectable going down the road.

I love when they show age. I really love when they are being used. The perfect bike is not a museum piece. I bet yours will look plenty good.

thumpism 03-07-22 10:44 AM

$25 Fleet Wing in DE. Beach location might mean corrosion.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...77605179749717

https://scontent.fric1-1.fna.fbcdn.n...Kw&oe=622A5DAD

Wiel 03-07-22 02:43 PM

This looks like a very lonely bicycle. It will need a lot of Tender Loving Care to feel better.

bikamper 03-08-22 08:53 PM

The newest/oldest member of the 3 speed fleet.
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...9be413ee_z.jpg
The badge says Huffy but the frame says Raleigh Sports. It has a weldment for a chain case and a BB oiler, so that dates the frame to early to mid fifties. Wheels are replacements from god knows when, though the AW is date 5/65. The chain guard and front fender are off an American built Huffy Sportsmen my dad pulled out of the trash.

This is what it looked like when I got it.
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...90a61881_z.jpg


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