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Commando 03-02-12 12:48 AM

Sweet! Will give that a go tonight. Thanks!

Mos6502 03-02-12 02:16 AM


Originally Posted by Commando (Post 13917461)
Thanks Guys,

Mos6502, I reckon the fork crown is the key, quite unique. It looks like some late 50's or early 60's BSA's but other features don't match up, could be a bitsa.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7206/6...dea8069fe8.jpg
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7062/6...aaabbf92d3.jpg

The SA AB hub is dated 57, so there's another piece to the puzzle.

I think it is a BSA too. The lugs are odd, but the crown and dropouts indicate 1950s BSA. If that were the case though it should have BSA stamped into the bottom of the bottom bracket though.

gmt13 03-10-12 09:10 PM

Thought I would post some pics of a 1970 Hercules that I bought last month. Disassembled, polished, relubed, and put some new tires on it. The AW hub wasn't healthy so I tore it apart and ended up replacing some pawls and springs.



https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-o...20Side1-sm.jpg


https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-h...20Side2-sm.jpg

Hmm, something's not quite English, though.

-G

noglider 03-10-12 09:59 PM

Very nice, gmt13. And now the hub is good for another 42 years!

Sixty Fiver 03-11-12 12:34 AM

Feels like spring is here and have been doing a fair amount of pootling around on the Twenty which likes puddles... have been off the bike for almost two weeks and was not riding much before that to let my ankle heal up so it actually felt like work.

Joyous work.

:)

cobrabyte 03-11-12 08:50 AM

Figured I'd share some recent pics of my 1973 Raleigh 3 speed Sports

It gets commuted on very regularly and is one of my favorite bikes

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7004/6...34a359b4_z.jpg
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7142/6...923ae88d_z.jpg

markk900 03-11-12 09:28 AM

I just did a women's version of the 73 Sport for my sister.....I had not realized how lovely the colour was until I got one.....yours is just glowing!

(Are those alloy rims? If not, how are the koolstops on the steel rims?)

Mark

wahoonc 03-11-12 10:09 AM


Originally Posted by markk900 (Post 13957966)
I just did a women's version of the 73 Sport for my sister.....I had not realized how lovely the colour was until I got one.....yours is just glowing!

(Are those alloy rims? If not, how are the koolstops on the steel rims?)

Mark

I use the Kool Stops on my steel rims and they are almost too good, they pointed out the fact that there is a bad bump in the rim and cause pulsating when braking, now I am going to upgrade to alloy to get smoother braking ;)

Aaron :)

cobrabyte 03-11-12 10:38 AM

Thanks, yes Aaron is right, they stop in a dime, even in wet wether. Now, my rims are original, and the sidewalls are "machined" and have a great braking surface. I've seen many Raleigh 3 speeds with a smooth sidewall, and this is where I believe most people are dealing with poor braking. Mine even stopped just fine with the original brake pads, they were pretty dry though so I changed them to the kool stops.

photogravity 03-11-12 07:43 PM


Originally Posted by gmt13 (Post 13956877)
Thought I would post some pics of a 1970 Hercules that I bought last month. Disassembled, polished, relubed, and put some new tires on it. The AW hub wasn't healthy so I tore it apart and ended up replacing some pawls and springs.

Hmm, something's not quite English, though.

-G

Looks like the bike cleaned up VERY nicely atmo! I have DF and STF 73's that I only hope clean up half as nicely as yours did. :) Are the tires Kenda K40-HP's? If they are, I like them quite a bit and have a pair on my 1956 Hercules Royal Prince. The K40-HP's allow you to pump up to 90 PSI which can be useful at times.

photogravity 03-11-12 07:47 PM


Originally Posted by cobrabyte (Post 13957868)
Figured I'd share some recent pics of my 1973 Raleigh 3 speed Sports

It gets commuted on very regularly and is one of my favorite bikes

Hey cobrabyte, she's a nice looking creature indeed! I can see why you like it as much as you do. The brown on those bikes adds a richness to them that some of the other colors didn't quite attain atmo.

cobrabyte 03-11-12 09:50 PM

Thanks photogravity! Yes, i too love the tone of the brown paint. I had another Sports in the same color, but too small for me (has been sold), who's finish had dulled over the years, this gave it a nice character too. My current Sports must have lived indoors for many years because the finish just shines like new, especially with a thin coat of wax :)

I have also always liked the grey color option as well: (not my bike, but stunning)
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3508/3...cc010358_z.jpg
Raleigh Sports by protorio, on Flickr

gmt13 03-12-12 07:15 PM


Originally Posted by photogravity (Post 13959821)
Looks like the bike cleaned up VERY nicely atmo! I have DF and STF 73's that I only hope clean up half as nicely as yours did. :) Are the tires Kenda K40-HP's? If they are, I like them quite a bit and have a pair on my 1956 Hercules Royal Prince. The K40-HP's allow you to pump up to 90 PSI which can be useful at times.

Thanks and good eye - the tires are Kenda K40-HPs. They mounted easily and look pretty good. I kinda wish the sidewalls were a bit less yellow, though.

Nice score on the Royal Prince, BTW

-G

noglider 03-12-12 10:35 PM

I have Kool Stops on my Rudge. In dry weather, they are excellent. I couldn't ask for better brakes. I have the original steel rims.

In wet weather, they work adequately AFTER I dry them, and I dry them by pre-braking, so to speak. But all of this means it's not really good for emergency stops. If it were my primary bike, I'd change the rims.

jrecoi 03-13-12 09:29 AM

Another source of Sturmey Archer hubs and parts
 
Has anyone dealt with these guys?

http://www.mtnbikes.net/hubs.aspx

They seem to be pretty similar to SJS, in parts offering and in price.

garage sale GT 03-13-12 06:22 PM

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Here's a couple of three speeds that are getting a new lease on life. The mens model is marked '74 on the hub and the womens is marked '77.

I may be looking to get rid of the womens' model if anyone is interested.

auchencrow 03-13-12 06:30 PM


Originally Posted by garage sale GT (Post 13968405)
Here's a couple of three speeds that are getting a new lease on life. The mens model is marked '74 on the hub and the womens is marked '77.

I may be looking to get rid of the womens' model if anyone is interested.

Raleigh Tourists I assume - :thumb: - Drive side pics please!

http://www.bikeforums.net/attachment...5&d=1331684446

garage sale GT 03-13-12 06:44 PM


Originally Posted by auchencrow (Post 13968433)
Raleigh Tourists I assume - :thumb: - Drive side pics please!

It's just a couple of old AWs which are still coated in oil blackened dust.

wahoonc 03-13-12 07:26 PM


Originally Posted by garage sale GT (Post 13968492)
It's just a couple of old AWs which are still coated in oil blackened dust.

The bikes are the Tourist model, yes they have AW hubs. The rod brakes and the geometry are the give away. What is the date on the hubs? I am guessing late 70's to early 80's. They were discontinued in 1984, IIRC.

Aaron :)

garage sale GT 03-13-12 07:38 PM


Originally Posted by wahoonc (Post 13968630)
The bikes are the Tourist model, yes they have AW hubs. The rod brakes and the geometry are the give away. What is the date on the hubs? I am guessing late 70's to early 80's. They were discontinued in 1984, IIRC.

Aaron :)

'74 and '77.

Noah Scape 03-13-12 08:05 PM

I recently picked up this 1966 Raleigh RSW. I’m not sure what to do with it. I figure it'll make a great bike to loan out to visitors for short rides downtown, etc. I'd like to ride it too, which may be a tall order. So far, I’ve made a couple of changes to try to get it to accommodate my freakish 6’6” frame. I added a longer seatpost and modified the handlebars to bring them up several inches. But it still seems a bit small.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/e...s/IMG_3724.jpg

rhm 03-13-12 09:02 PM


Originally Posted by Noah Scape (Post 13968783)
I recently picked up this 1966 Raleigh RSW. Iím not sure what to do with it. I figure it'll make a great bike to loan out to visitors for short rides downtown, etc. I'd like to ride it too, which may be a tall order. So far, Iíve made a couple of changes to try to get it to accommodate my freakish 6í6Ē frame. I added a longer seatpost and modified the handlebars to bring them up several inches. But it still seems a bit small.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/e...s/IMG_3724.jpg

That looks great! And the original carryall on the back, that's true unobtanium. My wife has one of those, the deluxe model with dynohub and the headlight built into the front fender, very cool. At 6' I can ride it well enough, but the cockpit is short.

b.b.kendall 03-14-12 07:50 AM

Restore my Dad's Ramsey
 
New to this, I hope I have the wright space. I'm looking to have my Dad's 3speed Ramsey bike restored I live in Indpls'IN. Thank you

Noah Scape 03-14-12 08:24 AM


Originally Posted by rhm (Post 13969017)
That looks great! And the original carryall on the back, that's true unobtanium. My wife has one of those, the deluxe model with dynohub and the headlight built into the front fender, very cool. At 6' I can ride it well enough, but the cockpit is short.

Thanks. I'd love to see a pic of your wife's deluxe RSW! I am really intrigued with the 1960s compact bicycles. I've recently found myself overcome by a desire to pursue a Moulton Stowaway and I think my neighbor has one... help!

British actor, Barbara Shelley on the RSW Deluxe, circa 1966.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2684/...a1d28f5a_o.jpg

garage sale GT 03-14-12 08:29 AM


Originally Posted by b.b.kendall (Post 13970228)
New to this, I hope I have the wright space. I'm looking to have my Dad's 3speed Ramsey bike restored I live in Indpls'IN. Thank you

I hope you don't ride it until then. I have often found the grease dried out in the hubs of old bikes. Loose, wobbling hubs or pedals mean you can damage the internal parts if you ride it because the ball bearings are poorly adjusted.

Roll-Monroe-Co 03-14-12 09:52 AM


Originally Posted by Noah Scape (Post 13970385)
British actor, Barbara Shelley on the RSW Deluxe, circa 1966.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2684/...a1d28f5a_o.jpg

Gosh!

wahoonc 03-14-12 05:04 PM

I have a 1968 Compact RSW, had to add a 400mm seat post so I could ride it. :P I don't use mine much, just the occasional Sunday ride to the pub. I have several other bikes that I really prefer.

Aaron :)
http://inlinethumb17.webshots.com/40...500x500Q85.jpg
http://inlinethumb24.webshots.com/45...500x500Q85.jpg

photogravity 03-14-12 06:32 PM


Originally Posted by cobrabyte (Post 13960312)
Thanks photogravity! Yes, i too love the tone of the brown paint. I had another Sports in the same color, but too small for me (has been sold), who's finish had dulled over the years, this gave it a nice character too. My current Sports must have lived indoors for many years because the finish just shines like new, especially with a thin coat of wax :)

I have also always liked the grey color option as well: (not my bike, but stunning)

When it comes to English light roadsters, one of the combos Raleigh had that I like quite a bit are the two tone paint jobs. I think they only had them a year or two in the early 60's and some even had "spearpoints". In any case, old roadsters are just too cool though, as much as I hate to admit it, I'm pretty taken with this lady lately. ;)

photogravity 03-14-12 06:38 PM


Originally Posted by gmt13 (Post 13964146)
Thanks and good eye - the tires are Kenda K40-HPs. They mounted easily and look pretty good. I kinda wish the sidewalls were a bit less yellow, though.

Nice score on the Royal Prince, BTW

-G

I agree with you that the Kenda's K40's are pretty yellow, while the Michelin World Tour are just a tad too orange. As far as either of these tires is concerned, and despite the weird colors, they are great tires for the money atmo.

I'm pretty happy with the old Hercules to say the least. She's one of my favorite bikes, despite the smallish frame!

PatrickZ 03-14-12 08:55 PM


Originally Posted by photogravity (Post 13972678)
When it comes to English light roadsters, one of the combos Raleigh had that I like quite a bit are the two tone paint jobs. I think they only had them a year or two in the early 60's and some even had "spearpoints". In any case, old roadsters are just too cool though, as much as I hate to admit it, I'm pretty taken with this lady lately. ;)

The Norman Rapide is a beautiful bike! Did I miss a thread on this one? What type of hub does it have?


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