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Old 10-13-11, 01:29 PM
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No, the fork is def. not bent; and the front wheel appears to have been original. Maybe the frame isn't bent. Well, the ripple in the tube has that distinctive shape, but the location is wrong; it's like six or eight inches back from the lug. Not the usual location. On butted frames one often finds a ripple of this kind right where the butt ends, which would be a bit closer to the lug. Anyway, this frame is straight gauge 531, very tough stuff.
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Originally Posted by rhm View Post
Yeah, you may be right. The handlebar on mine --of the same vintage, within a month-- doesn't have the long straight section at the top, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything. I can't prove mine is original, I can't prove the other one isn't; maybe they both are, maybe they both aren't. At any rate, here's mine:
I was comparing it to the one in the brochure right below the bike. At that age who knows what is really original and what might have been added at the dealer. I have bought more than one new bike and promptly swapped out components to serve my needs.

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My 1955 Lenton has nearly, if not identical bars... seems like these were in use for many decades and despite the lack of modern brakes and hoods they are very comfortable with those long flat ramps.

Spent my evening tweaking out my winter bike and installed an old fashioned headlight and with a fresh bulb it throws a decent amount of light at very low speed... will look at building up a battery pack to provide a stand light feature and keep me from over driving the bulb.
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Old 10-13-11, 10:23 PM
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Has it started snowing in Edmonton?
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
Has it started snowing in Edmonton?
We might get a skiff of snow this weekend... the winter bike has been pretty much ready since the end of July although I still need to pick up a set of Cascadia fenders tomorrow to finish things off.
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Old 10-14-11, 11:53 AM
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Aberdale & Royal

Thanks everyone for the nice comments on the Aberdale and the welcome. If I can find out any more about it I will be sure to post, and if I can get it into running shape there will be photos. Someone pointed me to Classic Transfers in the UK, who have what looks to be the right fender decal in case anyone needs one, though I think I will leave the original.

Somewhat unsure how to proceed re: the bent fork, I hunted down what may be a better short-term candidate... a 1964 Royal with no apparent frame or fork problems - and the next day or so later Dale Clyde posted the same model!

More spookiness: my gf and I just finished fixing our - her, really - first E3S, a 1974 Sports step-through in cream like jamesj's, though w/o the beautiful additions.

So many similarities... led to a double-take on all those images! It is fun to see & be part of so many having fun with these bikes.
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Old 10-14-11, 01:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
We might get a skiff of snow this weekend... the winter bike has been pretty much ready since the end of July although I still need to pick up a set of Cascadia fenders tomorrow to finish things off.
Noooooooo... on the snow. It seems a tad early even by our standards.
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Hooray, I finally got a good saddle for my Armstrong! Nothing was technically wrong with the Wrights mattress saddle, but it never agreed with my butt.

(As usual, sorry for the crappy pics.)





Shortly after taking these pics, I pulled it back off and gave it a coat of Proofhide, top and bottom. The saddle must have been thirsty, because it went from that "greasy" look to the "waxy" look in no time! (The lighter spots also darkened up nicely.)

I know the thing is old, but I can't find a date code anywhere on the leather or frame. Hmm...

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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
Hooray, I finally got a good saddle for my Armstrong! Nothing was technically wrong with the Wrights mattress saddle, but it never agreed with my butt.

(As usual, sorry for the crappy pics.)

Shortly after taking these pics, I pulled it back off and gave it a coat of Proofhide, top and bottom. The saddle must have been thirsty, because it went from that "greasy" look to the "waxy" look in no time! (The lighter spots also darkened up nicely.)

I know the thing is old, but I can't find a date code anywhere on the leather or frame. Hmm...

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I'd not worry about the actual age of the saddle, but instead the condition. It looks to be in very nice condition and looks plenty comfy. Enjoy it and the bike!
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Old 10-15-11, 09:37 AM
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Great looking Armstrong...and cool orange tabby. The Brooks looks perfect on the bike, as well.
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Old 10-15-11, 05:12 PM
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Black and Orange? Almost time for a Halloween thread...I have three b72's/ 68's... like 'em all and they all ride slightly differently. Age, bike geometry, or saddle angle I guess. Everyone needs a black 3-speed.

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Great looking Armstrong...and cool orange tabby. The Brooks looks perfect on the bike, as well.
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Old 10-18-11, 05:13 PM
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There's a nice looking men's 3-speed for sale in NJ.

https://newjersey.craigslist.org/bik/2640475614.html
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Oh, and does anyone know where (other than Harris Cyclery, which charges min. $8.50 shipping) I can get one of those little oil caps for the S-A hub? My Hercules doesn't have one and I don't want to be leaking oil all over the place.
I ordered a few of the plastic ones from a guy in England a couple of years back. 10 of them shipped to the states cost me less than Harris gets for shipping. Unfortunately I can not find the link. OK, found it but they have gone up a lot, 2.5 english pounds, that is like $4ea. https://oldbiketrader.co.uk/display_S...p?options=gear is the link, scroll down looking for "HSA106 hub shell oil nipple". If I recall correctly he did not charge anything extra for shipping.
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I ordered a few of the plastic ones from a guy in England a couple of years back. 10 of them shipped to the states cost me less than Harris gets for shipping. Unfortunately I can not find the link. OK, found it but they have gone up a lot, 2.5 english pounds, that is like $4ea. https://oldbiketrader.co.uk/display_S...p?options=gear is the link, scroll down looking for "HSA106 hub shell oil nipple". If I recall correctly he did not charge anything extra for shipping.
Good of you to share that link... seems that it is easier to find some parts across the pond than it is here and agree on the shipping costs from Harris, I find them to be a little out of line when it comes to small parts.

Came across a box of odd parts the other day at the co-op and as I like to collect odd little bit bought a box of NOS bottom bracket lock rings... mostly for the lovely little Phillip's box they came in.
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Thanks, I appreciate the link! I asked my bike shop and they said they might have some old hubs and parts lying around, so hopefully they'll get me one. If not, 2 and a 1/2 quid isn't too bad!


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I ordered a few of the plastic ones from a guy in England a couple of years back. 10 of them shipped to the states cost me less than Harris gets for shipping. Unfortunately I can not find the link. OK, found it but they have gone up a lot, 2.5 english pounds, that is like $4ea. https://oldbiketrader.co.uk/display_S...p?options=gear is the link, scroll down looking for "HSA106 hub shell oil nipple". If I recall correctly he did not charge anything extra for shipping.
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Could be my catch of the year... friend tipped me off and will be picking this up tomorrow.

1949 Raleigh Sports... if I tell you how much it cost you will hate me.

Seller's picture... he said he bought it new in 1949 and is giving me a B&W picture of him and the bike so I can copy it.

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Sixty - That's THIS !




The cool 1949 Canadian version in "Flamboyant Electric Blue" with drops!
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Sixty - That's THIS !



The cool 1949 Canadian version in "Flamboyant Electric Blue" with drops!
Indeed...
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Color-coordinated sheathing on the SA shift cable, Sixty? That's over the top!

PS - Looks like the pump mounts are still there - You''ll need a silver pump - and a saddle bag, to complete "the look".
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auchen - I always match the cables on three speeds...

Looking forward to tomorrow.
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auchen - I always match the cables on three speeds...

Looking forward to tomorrow.

Me too - I want to see a lot more pics.
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I love it sixty-fiver! now you'll need to come up with a nice pudgy Miller lamp for that bracket.

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I love it sixty-fiver! now you'll need to come up with a nice pudgy Miller lamp for that bracket.
And the optional dynahub... wonder where I might find one, or three of those ?

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sixty fiver you totally make me sick..
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Sixty Fiver,

I saw the ad. Catch of the year is an understatement. If you hadn't have picked it up I'd be full of anxiety until payday tomorrow.

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