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Old 10-13-21, 05:28 PM
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Took it for a long slow roll around the neighborhood after giving the hub a drink of oil. Shifting was adequate.

Nothing is stuck and easily adjusted to my fit. Being a non English model has me thinking on changing a few things to make it better while still keeping the proper attitude. Might even switch in a few real Raleigh components in there.

Now for a much needed Saddle decision!
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Old 10-13-21, 06:12 PM
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From a Raleigh USA catalog:

Model designate is R-32, came in ultra black or flamboyant red. Described as an English styled touring bike.
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Circa 1970, given the platform pedals. Worth $100 on the best day imo.

But a Gordie Howe elbow to the face? Priceless! He was as skilled and dirty as the day is long.
The Gordie Howe Hatrick was a goal, an asist, and a fight...lol
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The Gordie Howe Hatrick was a goal, an asist, and a fight...lol
When I was a kid, the Mahovlich family lived on our street in Etobicoke and on Halloween, gave out hockey cards
instead of candy...
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And it is red.



So, where was it built?
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Good question! I have not checked the serial# yet. First letter should be an indication. Today is tear down and clean, relube day.

Putting the calipers to it shows me the parts are modern standard sizes. Makes the idea of switch outs easier to achieve. Rims are 36 hole.

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When I was a kid, the Mahovlich family lived on our street in Etobicoke and on Halloween, gave out hockey cards
instead of candy...
Do you still have any of them?
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow View Post
Do you still have any of them?
Sadly, no.
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Looking at the S# today I saw a faint M so Malaysia would be my answer. I’ve had one other Raleigh from that part of the world.

Tear down was limited to cleaning the frame, lubing the HS and wheels. Unfortunately it looks like the PO put grease in the hub. Might be why the shift change is so-so. The HS was a crisis moment when the 3 indent lock ring refused to come off. The cheap reflected bracket had messed with the threads. Trying to get the lock ring off only made it worse! Out came the Dremel tool. Saved the day but have empty space to fill. The front wheel did not have the set cone only on one side so was easy to clean and put together. Typical, one side had grease the other was burned.

The flamboyant red colour really shows when in the sun. My black Carradice bags will be perfect for this machine. I also have just gotten a nice Sella Italia city saddle from a BF member so it will start for me on this bike.

Pics when I make the bike roadworthy!
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Really, really need to get a cotter crank tool!
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One day I was goofing around, about 1967, with darts and put some holes in 5 of my brother's hockey cards.
Might still have the rookie Bobby Hull card. Value went from $800 to zero, and that was the value 20 years ago.
5 years ago I sold a bunch of 1960s collectables, only got $85. CFL cards from cereal boxes got 7.5 cents each.
About the same for Jello prizes, plastic circles with 100 airplanes and cars.

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Really, really need to get a cotter crank tool!
I broke down and bought one from treatland(?) or some such thing. It has taken some improvising to make it work well but I'm a newb at cottered cranks so maybe that is normal? I just reassembled the cranks on my Raleigh with the tool and all went well since I have figured out a few "tricks". PM me if you have questions about the tool.

PS - no, I haven't touched the Sears bike yet. Many projects and trying to focus on a few so they get done-ish. I have an old Bianchi city bike (~1955) that I am going to spend WAYYYYY too many Lira on to get it purdy.
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow View Post
Really, really need to get a cotter crank tool!
Just for fun I bought and repurposed a chain tool from Harbor Freight I mean it was only like $16.00

$16 Cotter Press - Bike Forums

I am also on the waiting list for one from Bikesmith Design & Fabrication.

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Originally Posted by 3speedslow View Post
Really, really need to get a cotter crank tool!
Like RustyJames, I also got one from treatland.tv (Link-Cotter Press).

In order for it to work on my Raleigh cranks I had to grind the end of each "C" down about 1/8", otherwise it hits the chainring before clearing the pin. After that it has worked great on several bikes.
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To all,

Thanks for the suggestions. Have always set my sights on the bikesmith DF. Maybe one day. I also did the harbor freight one a try and eventually destroyed it on a few stubborn cranks. Never heard of the treatland choice. Hit or miss as well with the C clamp and sprocket attachment.

Not without though.... I have a friendly LBS with an old fashion Park Tool cotter press and he actually lets me use it out of shop. But it’s time to buy my own!
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Like RustyJames, I also got one from treatland.tv (Link-Cotter Press).

In order for it to work on my Raleigh cranks I had to grind the end of each "C" down about 1/8", otherwise it hits the chainring before clearing the pin. After that it has worked great on several bikes.
I still need to do that and on the NDS I found that if you place the box end of a ~10mm wrench over the head of the cotter, the tool will have enough clearance over the cup so it sits square.
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Coaster brake not braking

Soooo….I took my 1965 Raleigh Sport for its maiden voyage (since I bought it) after doing a bit of deferred maintenance and the front brake works well but the coaster brake is basically non-existent. (TWC hub). I haven’t done anything to the hub other than put some oil in it. Is tear down next or do I just get to live with it? In other words, was braking always terrible?
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I've been having an issue with my front brake. The 1970s brakes are different from earlier brakes (not sure of the cutoff year). It employs a threaded bolt, with a threaded shoulder (rather than one that is not threaded, as on the older brakes) on which the caliper arms move. That shoulder was worn to the point that the caliper arms would flop about, resulting in noisy braking which could not be adjusted out. The threaded shoulder spacer is a good idea (as long as its not worn), as it makes the brake a lot easier to adjust.

I tried to install an older front brake but the brake cable is entirely different. Its also incompatible with the newer brake parts. Since I've been running Weinnman brake levers, this meant the older style cable was incompatible with them as well. My solution was to create a new brake using Weinnman and Raleigh parts, creating a bit of a Frankenstien, since the Weinmann caliper was a rear, not a front. Turns out the Raleigh threaded bolt at the heart of the brake can be used with the Weinnman brake arms with a very minor bit of convincing. The threaded shoulder was still used, but the worn bit that supported the original brake arms was removed, resulting in a threaded spacer. It has a groove on its backside meant for the brake spring- I used that and the Weinnman spacer to hold the spring in place, preventing the brake arms from being squished too hard when the whole thing got tightened down and also mount to the front fork and accommodate its radius. On the backside of the fork I simply used the original Raleigh nut and washer.

In this way I didn't have to do much to the brake cable. I'd have preferred to use the Raleigh brake, being a bit of a completest, but that threaded shoulder spacer thingy is a bit of an obscure part to find on its own. The result of all this is that I have most of the same hardware mounting the brake, with different brake arms and no more braking sounds since the brake arms no longer shift with the braking pressure.
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow View Post
Took it for a long slow roll around the neighborhood after giving the hub a drink of oil. Shifting was adequate.

Nothing is stuck and easily adjusted to my fit. Being a non English model has me thinking on changing a few things to make it better while still keeping the proper attitude. Might even switch in a few real Raleigh components in there.

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Soooo….I took my 1965 Raleigh Sport for its maiden voyage (since I bought it) after doing a bit of deferred maintenance and the front brake works well but the coaster brake is basically non-existent. (TWC hub). I haven’t done anything to the hub other than put some oil in it. Is tear down next or do I just get to live with it? In other words, was braking always terrible?
Is it better in first gear?
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Is it better in first gear?
Hmmm…didn’t try that. Is that a thing? This is new territory for me.
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Originally Posted by RustyJames View Post
Soooo….I took my 1965 Raleigh Sport for its maiden voyage (since I bought it) after doing a bit of deferred maintenance and the front brake works well but the coaster brake is basically non-existent. (TWC hub). I haven’t done anything to the hub other than put some oil in it. Is tear down next or do I just get to live with it? In other words, was braking always terrible?
The TCWIII can have an outstanding brake... I have one that will lock up or just modulate as required. If you're adventurous then it might be worth the trouble to open up and see what's cooking. The biggest problem with the Hub is the brake not engaging when you are between gears
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The TCWIII can have an outstanding brake... I have one that will lock up or just modulate as required. If you're adventurous then it might be worth the trouble to open up and see what's cooking. The biggest problem with the Hub is the brake not engaging when you are between gears
I am adventurous so I may poke around a bit until things get uncomfortable. I’ve seen exploded view diagrams but maybe the problem will be self apparent before I have a table with bits everywhere.
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Hmmm…didn’t try that. Is that a thing? This is new territory for me.
IIRC in later years (l1980s?) they fixed that but in most of the older coaster brake hubs (even the German Sachs Torpedo) the braking was always better in 1st gear.
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1979 Raleigh Roadster

Took the old knurled seat post out and cleaned it up some. Put the micrometer to it again and was given more reliable reading around 25.79 Gave me an idea. Went to the bin and pulled out a Kalloy Uno 25.8 microadjusting SP to see about the fit. Slip in there with not much effort. A clean of the seat tube should have me a lighter, better holding saddle post! Small things make me happy sometimes.
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Is it better in first gear?
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Hmmm…didn’t try that. Is that a thing? This is new territory for me.
The problem with the TCW brake is that it was actuated through the internal gearing; IOW, in 3rd (high) gear, the mechanical advantage of the brake was decreased (when you likely would need increased mechanical advantage). In 1st gear (low) the mechanical advantage was increased, so if you took care to shift into low gear when you apply the coaster brake, you would not have problems.
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