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01-01-24, 02:10 PM
Replies: 248
Views: 48,389
Posted By Johno59

O come all ye faithful

The bike manufacturing industry in the UK has been defunct for nearly 50 years. Most of the old codgers who were a bit funny about what constitutes a classic or vintage bike are dead and buried. On...
01-01-24, 01:18 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 13,162
Posted By Johno59

Ti warranty

My LBS worker bought a very expensive TI framed bike that he hoped would last a lifetime. Unfortunately it did not. The frame cracked just forward of the BB shell. They repaired it (rather than...
12-02-23, 05:37 AM
Replies: 2,819
Views: 1,154,778
Posted By Johno59

I've since changed the bars. Those 'boy racer'...

I've since changed the bars. Those 'boy racer' swallow bars just don't suit this kind of bike. By this stage (1950s) Raleigh had bought out all the British marques such as Robin Hood and kept the...
12-02-23, 05:06 AM
Replies: 2,819
Views: 1,154,778
Posted By Johno59

Taking in the rays then......

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Relaxing after the harvest taking some rays with my 1936 Sports when two noisy...
12-01-23, 04:40 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,263
Posted By Johno59

1903 Corn

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This is a 14,15,17 corn cob on a AX IGH Four speed with a Resilion 'Red Star'...
11-18-23, 01:32 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,251
Posted By Johno59

A long way from cap to insidebearing g

Grease applied via a cap nipple would have difficulty reaching the crank side bearing- where most of the load is. Some heavy grease and emulsifier from time to time keeps everything smooth. Oil...
11-16-23, 01:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 788
Posted By Johno59

Two pack grease

Back in the day grease used to harden so rather than strip the bearing and repack it with new grease you just squitted in a few drops of oil to keep the grease moist. We are talking once a year...
10-19-23, 06:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 796
Posted By Johno59

Check your rim

If you have a 700c rim, stand it next to the rim you are having problems with and see if there is a 4mm difference in height.
British sprint rims haven't been manufactured for nearly 40 years so...
10-18-23, 05:34 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,635
Posted By Johno59

Brooks intransigence

Brooks refuse to sell leather skins. They sell everything else as spares except the important bit.
The metal bridge is a feature on the Swallow model. In the photo I used a piece of aluminium and...
10-13-23, 03:00 PM
Replies: 28,222
Views: 4,706,043
Posted By Johno59

DAMMMIITTT!!!

DAMMMIITTT!!!
10-13-23, 02:52 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,635
Posted By Johno59

Balls of steel

If you file them enough you won't have a problem. However Brooks do sell the copper rivets that are 18mm in diameter for the nose. They smooth the ride for those that have the money but not the...
10-13-23, 02:14 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,635
Posted By Johno59

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A metal bridge is better as it doesn't rely on old leather to tighten up...
10-13-23, 01:39 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,635
Posted By Johno59

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Use a nickel to spread the load
10-13-23, 09:48 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,635
Posted By Johno59

If you can tighten more on the nose, slacken off,...

If you can tighten more on the nose, slacken off, drill three or four holes on the rear end thru the back end of the metal skirt that rolls back and near vertical beyond the rear rivets (these are on...
10-13-23, 06:41 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,635
Posted By Johno59

Drilling leather

Eehh... I would strongly advise not to drill leather. The drill bit just tears a hole rather than punches. I'm assuming you are lacing it as the leather has stretched beyond the maximum adjustment on...
10-11-23, 12:33 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,370
Posted By Johno59

Terrible Terry

Those old canvas/plastic spring seats are terrible to sit on- Terry, Brooks, ping-pong whatever- they were all bad. Put a nice leather seat on it.
10-11-23, 12:26 AM
Replies: 28,222
Views: 4,706,043
Posted By Johno59

White Grease

I purchased some well recommended white silicone based grease that wasn't cheap and I had the same hardening problem mentioned above. I used it everywhere( coz it was so good) on the bike and after a...
10-10-23, 12:28 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,370
Posted By Johno59

Chaincase

The chaincase has a flat much heavier metal insert to act as the chainstay on the drive side. The chaincase itself is made of tin and as such any repair (if using metal) must be soldered. I use fiber...
10-03-23, 07:41 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,055
Posted By Johno59

Stepping out

You can get brake pads that step down to accommodate. modern rims on older frames. Also as mentioned above you can purchase or fabricate an extension that lowers the entire caliper so the normal pads...
10-03-23, 04:45 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,370
Posted By Johno59

Sunbeam

The S in the serial number places it in the 1940s at the earliest. John Marston sold the business to ICI before WW2 and the bicycles were essentially rebranded BSAs as they were made with BSA parts...
09-23-23, 02:58 PM
Replies: 22,067
Views: 3,313,328
Posted By Johno59

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Gettimg the train i n Lyon for the Rugby World Cup
09-22-23, 05:13 PM
Replies: 28,222
Views: 4,706,043
Posted By Johno59

Very nice

The.leather seat really make these bikes. The switch to vinyl really killed Raleigh bikes. Brooks still refuses to replace the leather and a new one doubles the price of these old bikes. People buy...
09-22-23, 04:33 PM
Replies: 28,222
Views: 4,706,043
Posted By Johno59

Plastic pain

Treat the kid with a leather saddle. I know the sprung vinyl was issued but they are terrible and we're one of the reasons Raleigh went broke. They are simply awful and errant springs have ripped...
09-08-23, 01:18 AM
Replies: 1,073
Views: 489,193
Posted By Johno59

It is interesting when you start on these...

It is interesting when you start on these bullhorn equipped bikes that you can feel the bars flexing. It is something I always found alarming if there were no spares available. Folks still claim you...
09-07-23, 02:16 PM
Replies: 28,222
Views: 4,706,043
Posted By Johno59

If you do the WD-40 flush method the very light...

If you do the WD-40 flush method the very light WD-40 solvent will remove any excess grease that may have soiled the pawls when it drains out overnight.
09-07-23, 12:15 PM
Replies: 28,222
Views: 4,706,043
Posted By Johno59

If you have already screwed the pooch i.e. ...

If you have already screwed the pooch i.e. foolishly put grease in it, too heavy oil or water based crud there is a hack. Get a can of WD-40 (relax,relax hear me out!) Squirt the WD -40 into ...
09-07-23, 07:50 AM
Replies: 1,073
Views: 489,193
Posted By Johno59

"...vast amount of work, as you have proven.....!...

"...vast amount of work, as you have proven.....!
Not really.
Once a year the local bike club holds various long distance races around here on a Sunday. I believe 12 and 24 hour time trials is a...
09-07-23, 03:04 AM
Replies: 1,073
Views: 489,193
Posted By Johno59

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Can't remember if I posted my funny bike.Done over 25K on this beast. Columbus...
09-06-23, 02:22 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 8,037
Posted By Johno59

I have six 1920-30s Sunbeams, all with Westwood...

I have six 1920-30s Sunbeams, all with Westwood rims. In 1918 they cost a normal worker 6 months salary to buy.You pull the brake lever at the end of WW1 (1918) and the bike stops at the beginning of...
09-06-23, 10:11 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 8,037
Posted By Johno59

Wow! You mean to say you don't carry a 9/64...

Wow! You mean to say you don't carry a 9/64 Whitworth allen key in your tool-kit? How do you survive?
09-06-23, 09:19 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,303
Posted By Johno59

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Go big or go home alone
Check the girth on that sucker!
09-06-23, 08:34 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 8,037
Posted By Johno59

Nothing new under the sun

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And you thought things were simpler back in the 1920s? ...
09-06-23, 08:20 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 8,037
Posted By Johno59

AX and Delta

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My 1984 Holdsworth 'Italia'.
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02-05-22, 03:25 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,227
Posted By Johno59

Wow, that is so nice. Can't wait until you polish...

Wow, that is so nice. Can't wait until you polish it up.
08-23-21, 08:34 AM
Replies: 28,222
Views: 4,706,043
Posted By Johno59

The Alpha Cycle Company was located in Birmingham...

The Alpha Cycle Company was located in Birmingham 174 Corporation St in 1910 (now a hair-dresser) and in 1932 / 34 on Morville Street Birmingham. The Veterans Cycle Club's Library has 1910, 1930 and...
08-13-21, 12:12 AM
Replies: 22,067
Views: 3,313,328
Posted By Johno59

Red Dawn here and there

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This sunrise this morning reminds me of Afghanistan. I know it's not...
08-05-21, 07:48 AM
Replies: 22,067
Views: 3,313,328
Posted By Johno59

Golden harvest

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If this dry spell keeps up this crop is coming in.
08-04-21, 12:05 PM
Replies: 228
Views: 24,292
Posted By Johno59

Bars behind bars

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Dawn in the UK
06-16-21, 12:33 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,122
Posted By Johno59

Not so funny

My daughter was commuting in London peak-hour, got to near the bottom of a steep hill, applied brakes .... nothing. Sailed thru intersection screaming and some quick-thinking pedestrians grabbed her...
06-14-21, 12:30 AM
Replies: 452
Views: 54,359
Posted By Johno59

Dawn in East Anglia

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0500 on the way to work
06-04-21, 10:10 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,733
Posted By Johno59

lock the bike in the garage as well. Welcome to...

lock the bike in the garage as well. Welcome to the ranks of the C&V paranoid .
06-04-21, 07:41 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,733
Posted By Johno59

If you did nothing and left the bike outside in...

If you did nothing and left the bike outside in the rain maybe in ten years you'd have a problem. As it stands there is nothing to concern yourself with. When you're happy with the look polish it up...
06-03-21, 01:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,733
Posted By Johno59

Gorilla glue?

Keep the glue it's great for bonding - not sure for painting. Just sand until it's reasonably solid then do the converter. Get some of those tablespoon size paint tins in auto shops. They are made...
06-03-21, 11:36 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,733
Posted By Johno59

Where does it end.

You have to make certain all the rust is exposed. A box cutter is good to gently scrape off the paint (is it paint or powder coat?)until you get paint on rust free metal. That can be an alarming...
05-28-21, 11:03 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,097
Posted By Johno59

You can't spend enough on lights

I ride all weathers on 60mph plus roads. I would have been killed many times over the last 20 years without good lights - day or night.
Next time you're out on a sunny day watch what happens when a...
05-24-21, 12:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,128
Posted By Johno59

Debonair 1955

I believe your bike to be a 1955 Debonair. The lack of a bracket on the fork for a lamp counters my POV but there were some Dawes ala 1955 without said bracket- albeit not Debonairs.
The position of...
05-23-21, 09:03 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 14,773
Posted By Johno59

Oval steel, keep it real.

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Put the magnetic tool holder to show it's steel...
05-17-21, 08:30 AM
Replies: 28,222
Views: 4,706,043
Posted By Johno59

Minature knarps source

Tap this description into Ebay.
'universal adjustable cable barrel clamp adjuster bike motorcycle lawn mower new'
It's a French company. They ship worldwide. The website offers a huge selection of...
05-16-21, 09:04 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,338
Posted By Johno59

Bitd

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This saddle is 111 years old....
05-16-21, 06:07 AM
Replies: 28,222
Views: 4,706,043
Posted By Johno59

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Once set up they are surprisingly maintenance free.
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