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Old 07-28-12, 09:04 PM
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Sturmey FM (four speed)


And a 1964 (iirc) Raleigh with Soma bars

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I have ground up really steep slopes on the old 68 AW, I guess thats not recomended.

As long as the hub is properly adjusted, stand mash or spin; the're kinda tough.


Also a little info on a Pre-war Raleigh Record Ace. It sold on our local CL earlier this year, I missed it by less than an hour! Anyway it ended up at the LBS for some work...... very light 21" frame weighed something like 24lbs but they side the frame was very whippy. I understand it ended up at Via cycles....don't know if it's for sale, on display or if it's even still there....just in case someone is hunting down a classic
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This is a nice place to go to look at similar creatures https://www.flickriver.com/groups/138...l/interesting/
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Great link (as usual). Thanks much; that's some inspiring stuff.
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My '38 Raleigh Golden Arrow. (The bars and rims are new replacements.)

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hey, I know the thread is a bit old, but I just put drops on my IGH. (nexus 7) The J-tek shifter works a lot better on the drops than it does on the bullhorns I had previously. I am still tweaking the fit of the drops, but so far the bikes rides much better with the original drops than it did with the more modern bullhorns I had on it. Looks much better too.

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The thread isn't too old. This is the C&V section with old stuff, isn't it. And is that matching leather bar wrap to go with a nice leather seat? Either way, I agree, it looks good with the drops. How do you like the hub gearing/gear-spacing? I was thinking of maybe buying a newer hub with more gears if I decide I like it with the 3 speed.

So many of you have such nice bikes in this style. I'm starting to worry that I'm gonna end up spending a lot more on this bike than I planned for a 7+ geared hub and leather seat and bar wrap. Then after that I'll be watching for a nice tubular wheel-set. Then... This might be a problem if I decide I like the IGH road bike.
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rhm, where is the picture of this after it was cleaned it up?
THIS is the cleaned up picture!

Seriously, lots of nice chrome, paint and drops displayed in this thread, but on an old 3spd, patina rules IMHO. rhm, with the only mechanicals cleaned and greased; keeping the ratty bar tape and stained fenders....this would be one "way cool" Beater!
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Originally Posted by clubman
Great C&V picture Tom...nice legs!
Yeah, it amazes even me. I'm built kinda like the main character in the movie The Triplets of Belleville. I even have the big nose!






bianchigirll, it's a Bell Biker, the first bike helmet Bell ever made. In fact, I think it was the second helmet ever marketed as a bike helmet.
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Originally Posted by Velognome
THIS is the cleaned up picture!

Seriously, lots of nice chrome, paint and drops displayed in this thread, but on an old 3spd, patina rules IMHO. rhm, with the only mechanicals cleaned and greased; keeping the ratty bar tape and stained fenders....this would be one "way cool" Beater!
Yeah, well, I cleaned it up. 700c wheels with a correct 1951 FM hub (so it's not a three speed any more), nearly correct dynamo in front, and it's mechanically sound (always a plus!).

In the mean time it has changed again; Neal gave me a headlamp that says "Lenton" on it, so I switched those. And I found an exact replacement for the original crank (which was bent). New photos are needed!
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Originally Posted by 3speed
The thread isn't too old. This is the C&V section with old stuff, isn't it.
I submit, we create new forum section for classic and vintage threads. As I am sure we all agree the horizontal top tube and steel construction of the late seventies threads were the best.

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And is that matching leather bar wrap to go with a nice leather seat?
Not really. It is Deda Elementi "leather" tape. I think "leather" refers to the color, as it is in no way leather.
https://www.dedaelementi.com/index.ph...mid=94&lang=en

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How do you like the hub gearing/gear-spacing?
Well, I love it, but I am coming from a single speed so I may not have the most informed opinion on gearing. I might like it to have larger jumps between gears, as I am often switching up two or three gears at once. I think a five speed with 400% gear range would suit me best. I think the nexus 7 is 270%, and I am mostly on the top, bottom, or very middle gears. Maybe I should switch to three chainrings and a single cog?? Nah, I like the IGH. Shifting at a stop and the clean lines of a missing derailer are, in fact, the bees knees. The nexus 7 is very smooth and quiet. The perfect balance between fixed gear heaven, and touring bike versatility. The hub is a little hesitant to shift if you have pressure on it, but not a huge problem. I compare that to my car's transmission, which would, of course, completely bust if I tried to shift under power without a clutch. (new idea: twist grip clutch for IGH like on motorbikes) I think the hub is light enough. I am 230lbs, so suffice it to say, I am not worried about weight saving coming from the bike. I also have a huge 38c Armadillo tire on the rear, which seems to add a bunch of weight, and the rim seems to be made of lead. However, it all makes for a nice cush ride.

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So many of you have such nice bikes in this style. I'm starting to worry that I'm gonna end up spending a lot more on this bike than I planned for a 7+ geared hub and leather seat and bar wrap. Then after that I'll be watching for a nice tubular wheel-set. Then... This might be a problem if I decide I like the IGH road bike.
Do it! peer pressure: Its hard to find someone on a bike forum opposed to spending more money on a bike. But I can say that IGH road bike is not a contradiction, rather it is a very nice thing indeed.

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Originally Posted by noglider
Yeah, it amazes even me. I'm built kinda like the main character in the movie The Triplets of Belleville. I even have the big nose!



bianchigirll, it's a Bell Biker, the first bike helmet Bell ever made. In fact, I think it was the second helmet ever marketed as a bike helmet.
Here ya go. Fixed up that picture for ya.

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Yeah, well, I cleaned it up.
Clean and repaired is nice too.
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Originally Posted by Dan Burkhart
Originally Posted by noglider
Yeah, it amazes even me. I'm built kinda like the main character in the movie The Triplets of Belleville. I even have the big nose!



bianchigirll, it's a Bell Biker, the first bike helmet Bell ever made. In fact, I think it was the second helmet ever marketed as a bike helmet.
Here ya go. Fixed up that picture for ya.

Great stuff Dan!
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My 1979 Ross Compact 3 speed converted to drop bars. It is way too small for me, but I want to build a bigger one as it is a good riding experience.








Here is another one that I saw. It is a Sprinter that is made in Germany.


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2012 Windsor TimeLine from BikesDirect that I had my local shop convert to three speeds with a Sturmey-Archer SRF3. Such a fun bike to ride! It’s running 46x18, so 52/69/92 GI. It’s ideal for NYC.
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I put sturmey archer aw hubs on many kinds of bikes. I don't however run drop bars anymore. My neck can't take it. However the bikes that get the aw hubs used to have drop bars. 73super course.

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Why, yes I do!


'72, or thereabouts, Humber. Was set up originally like a Sprite 5, and has gone through a number of build variations, but I like it this way the best.
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I do remember looking through this thread over a decade ago and thinking, "I'll never build one of those--- (because I was living in the NH mountains and a SA-AW just can't make the grade)!

Fast forward, and here I am, the end of 2022, living on a pancake flat coastal island, converting a 1975 Schwinn Voyageur II into a 3-speed utilizing a 1951 SA-AM hub! Go figure!

Still, lots of work to do!
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Originally Posted by pastorbobnlnh
I do remember looking through this thread over a decade ago and thinking, "I'll never build one of those--- (because I was living in the NH mountains and a SA-AW just can't make the grade)!

Fast forward, and here I am, the end of 2022, living on a pancake flat coastal island, converting a 1975 Schwinn Voyageur II into a 3-speed utilizing a 1951 SA-AM hub! Go figure!

Still, lots of work to do!
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'81 Mike Melton custom w/ pre-War AW, '63 Dynohub™️.

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In 2012, noglider wrote:
The AW hub annoys me with its gears so far apart.
Well, there is a three-speed trade-off: shorter steps = narrower total range. The AW step size compromise seems to have been standardized with the K-series hubs just after WWI, and has been used on three-speed hubs by Sturmey, Fitchel&Sachs/Sachs/SRAM and Shimano pretty much ever since.

Sturmey did build some 3-speed hubs with smaller steps (and narrower overall ranges) back in the golden age of IGH. Smaller step (and narrower total range) Sturmey AM hubs are not uncommon on eBay if you've got a jones for that sort of thing.
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Yes - some riders who tend to push harder and are more particular about cadence will like the AM medium ratio. If you have to have it even closer together, the rarely-seen AC close-ratio hub is another option. Another possibility is the FM four-speed medium ratio, which has fairly tight gearing but an extra speed.
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@pastorbobnlnh, I like that you went with that beautiful cottered crankset. Looks good.
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