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Archived: English Roadsters







AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh Sports Touring on Ebay posted by: Wings on 8/10/2000 at 11:40:31 PM
The Raleigh Sports Touring bike, Evay# 398255185 is now over $400. It is a mixt (sp?) frame with HIGH TENSILE STEEL tubing. Very clean bike. Is this bike going for a high price or is this typical for that type of a Raleigh? It just seems a lot for Hi-Ten tubing!


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh Sports Touring on Ebay posted by Keith on 8/11/2000 at 10:47:32 AM
I noticed that one to and something really strange is going on. I recall within the last year a Campy-equiped 531 frame women's Paramount went for only about $175. And really good lightweights often go unbid. I'd peg that particular bike, which looks to be late 70s from the Raleigh-branded Suntour stuff, at about $75 or so for value. Ebay is strange -- prices all over the place, junk selling for lots of money, quality items going for relatively little. Ebay seems to compress the value of things -- makes is seem like everything is worth something, but nothing is worth too much. Anyway, a low-end, plain-steel late 70s women's lightweight is not even collectable IMHO, unless maybe if it's still in the box, and even then $400 would be too high!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh Sports Touring on Ebay posted by Warren on 8/11/2000 at 7:34:23 PM
Absolute junk...there are a number of repeat vendors who get the price up by various methods on "clean" bikes that shouldn't go for more than $15. Fishing for suckers. I wouldn't take it if you gave it to me and that's not being elitist. I don't care how much intrinsic value bikes have, we can afford to be somewhat discreet and try to find something with a little soul. Never mind the deceit of this so called auction...touring bike be damned.

Whew...I feel better!

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh Sports Touring on Ebay posted by Wings on 8/12/2000 at 12:20:31 AM
Thanks for your input!
I feel better now!!!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh Sports Touring on Ebay posted by Keith on 8/14/2000 at 7:21:41 AM
If I saw this bike at a garage sale, and knew my wife or some woman wanted a bike, I'd pay $20 for it. After all, it is a Nottingham Raleigh. Either there's gold coins or other contraband hidden in this one, or someone is up to something.






ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   STENTON GLIDER 1929 posted by: Graham on 8/10/2000 at 11:52:54 AM
my octagenarian friend Lesley, would dearly like some information about his old bicycle, a stenton glider which he bought locally in Longsight, Manchester, ENGLAND U.K.
the bicycle was bought in 1929, lesley is unfortunately wheelchair bound and may well consider a sale .
The bicycle is in good condition and rides smoothly.
Any mail would be very welcome indeed thanks - Graham







AGE / VALUE:   Amazing Roadsters on ebay?! posted by: Jim Cole on 8/10/2000 at 9:04:19 AM
Anybody know anything about this amazing pair of roadsters on ebay (http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=405451330)? Vegans beware!!! These bikes are decked out with lots of leather trim. I'm just curious and don't plan to bid, but someone here might be interested. THANKS!


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Amazing Roadsters on ebay?! posted by phil on 8/10/2000 at 9:22:59 AM
Hey, someone email Donald Trump. Now we know what to ride in Central Park.

Curiously neat, but I would feel a little self-conscious on them, wouldn't you?

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Amazing Roadsters on ebay?! posted by deb on 8/11/2000 at 6:02:12 AM
Maybe what Donald rides in Central Park. I don't. Interesting that there are no labels--eurostyle?!!!!






AGE / VALUE:   AW Small Chain..can't get back in posted by: Paul on 8/9/2000 at 8:04:11 PM
Help!I unscrewed the small speed adjuster chain from my AW hub, and now it won't screw back in and the hub seezed up and won't move. Is there a problem with removing the chain then screwing it back in on AW hubs sometimes?


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   AW Small Chain..can't get back in posted by Fred on 8/9/2000 at 8:26:31 PM
The indicator shaft and chain should re-thread fairly easily unless something has happened to the clutch pin. Sometimes it is easier to thread in if you remove the RH axle nut and lay the bike down on its left side before trying to re-thread the indicator shaft. Gravity will help position the shaft thread so you can twist the chain. Coincidentally, just this evening I disassembled the hub on a Hercules for the same reason. I found the clutch pin that contains the female thread in two pieces.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   AW Small Chain..can't get back in posted by ChristopherRobin on 8/13/2000 at 12:39:02 PM
This lovely little clutch pin is what breaks when you put a deraileur cluster on a threaded driver on a A.W. hub and try to use it. It is ok with a S.W. hub but I do not care for the S.W. myself.






ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Brooks B33 seat posted by: jeff on 8/9/2000 at 6:56:09 PM
I replaced my B66 seat with a B33. I wanted a little more spring under me. My problem is I can't get the seat angle adjusted to my satisfaction. Either the front is just a little bit too low and I slide forward or if I raise it one notch the front is uncomfortably high. There is a micro adjuster you can put on a double rail seat but I can't find one for a triple rail seat like the B33. Can anyone help me with this problem.


   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Brooks B33 seat posted by Warren on 8/10/2000 at 8:53:01 PM
Seat clamps are the among the poorest designs in the vintage bike world. I'm a fairly heavy rider and have had many difficulties with slippage as well as adjustability...as usual the older models are better and they will have Made in England stamped on the face. They generally use better steel and have better "definition" in the contours for mating to each other. I can't say as to whether they have more contours which would allow a finer range of adjustment. If would be great to have an alternative to these soft steel pieces of junk.






ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Sturmey 3 spd and rod brakes posted by: Ben on 8/9/2000 at 4:48:29 PM
Im having probs navigating this site ,anyone who knows anything about Hercules bikes please mail me


   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Sturmey 3 spd and rod brakes posted by Jay on 8/10/2000 at 6:52:34 AM
Look for "Search the archives" in the scrolling list above.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Sturmey 3 spd and rod brakes posted by Michael Toohey on 8/16/2000 at 3:38:22 AM
I once owned a Hercules bicycle, back in New Zealand in the late 70's. The bike itself was probably a 60's model and a light roadster, ie it had 26x1 3/8 endrick pattern rims and a Sturmey Archer AW 3sp hub. More to the point, Herc was a very old firm, making fairly low budget bikes. A Hercules was not as prestigeous as a Raleigh or (especially) a Sunbeam. I once read an article on the (retired) factory manager of Norton motorcycles. He had begun his aprentiship with Hercules in the '30s and related that the factory was a severe place, even by the standards of those times. He quite , having punched his foreman in the place, and went to work for Norton. Thus I guess Hercules was baced in Birmingham, home of the English motorcycle indestry.






ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Hercules posted by: Ben on 8/9/2000 at 4:25:26 PM
I have just salvaged a classic bike from a skip. It is a "Hercules " balmoral, the only thing I know is that Hercules was based in birmingham England, then the company was bought by Raliegh sometime in the late60's - early-mid 70's. if anyone has any information ,pictures or advice please contact me. I have all the origional parts which I'm currently restoring while i ride it to work every day.
Any info welcome ,,,,thanks Ben







AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh Superbe price posted by: Robert on 8/8/2000 at 7:07:53 PM
fellow Raleigh devotees: what's a fair price to pay for a 1969 Raleigh Superbe 3-speed in very good condition with all parts and accessories intact and ready for use. Apparently, the bike was in storage for many years and has seen rather little use. No rust. Very clean. Virtually pristine rims. Original paint and decals still look nice. Color is bronze green. Also, a question about frame size. I am 5'8 1/2". What frame size should I have, the 21" or 23"? Please advise. Thanks much. P.S. Need prompt responses.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh Superbe price posted by Pete. on 8/9/2000 at 5:20:24 AM
Sounds a nice bike, particularly the 'no rust' aspect. In the UK it might make 60 pounds. I was once given a rule-of-thumb for frame sizes - your inside leg measurement to the floor less 9". Works for me. Pete.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh Superbe price posted by Fred on 8/9/2000 at 2:59:29 PM
Look at it this way Robert-what would you have to pay for it if it was being built today. If you would rather have a pristeen Superbe than a contempory bike, pay what it takes. I would in a heart beat.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh Superbe price posted by Warren on 8/9/2000 at 5:45:53 PM
I'm the same height with a 30 inch inseam and ride a 23" Superbe most days but the seat is almost bottomed out and I have to stretch my toes to stay upright when stopped and seated. I have other 21" frames but I like the feel of the bigger bike...one of those intangible things. I wouldn't hesitate to drop a century on a pristine Superbe with the dyno and lights...they can fetch for more than that. How much more is strictly a personal choice...they are very classy bikes.






ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Information sought posted by: Laura Donner on 8/8/2000 at 10:07:38 AM
We recently acquired a raliegh sports bicycle that was made"Exclusively for Marshall Fields and Co" according to a sticker on it. It has a three speed hub shifter and a brooks saddle. Any leads on what year it might be, and/or photos so we can restore it to original condition? Thanks in advance.


   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Information sought posted by Kevin C. on 8/8/2000 at 6:51:06 PM
Check the rear hub. It should have the month and year of manufacture, such as "5 60", i.e., May 1960.






FOR SALE:   Genuine, brand new (old stock) Cables, chain guards, fenders, etc for your English 3-spe posted by: VVVintage Vintage Bicycles at OldRoads.com on 8/8/2000 at 6:07:43 AM
We've got brand new cables, etc. for your English 3-speed. Click on "Bikes and Parts for Sale" at the top of this page.

-Vin







MISC:   THIS WEEKEND! 4th Annual Larz Anderson National Bike Show and Swap posted by: VVVintage Vintage Bicycles at OldRoads.com on 8/8/2000 at 6:06:48 AM
THIS WEEKEND!!!!
Everything from Antique and Vintage Bicycles to the latest hi-tech creations.
This year's theme: "American Frame Builders"

Bike Show/Concour
Peoples Choice Awards for the entrant in each of these categories:
Each category will be devided into both restored and unrestored in most cases.

Antique bicycles
Balloon tire bicycles Crate bikes
Pre-war track racers
Vintage lightweights
Custom models
High tech
Krate bikes (musclebikes)

August 13, 2000
Brookline, Mass.







ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   New Australian Web Site posted by: Rolf on 8/8/2000 at 2:38:55 AM
The world of old bikes has a new web site. This one dedicated to the brand Malvern Star, the largest Australian bicycle manufacturer for the most part of the 20th century. You can find the site at:

http://www.ctuc.asn.au/bicycle/MalvernStar/index.htm#top

Malvern Stars were predominantly fitted out with British componentry. My 1948 example has a SA AW rear hub. Compared to their English competitors the Roadster and Tourist models tended to be lighter while being more robust, even in harsher Australian conditions.

With part of the world's attention about to be turned on Australia for a well known sporting meet, the new web site is worth checking out.







ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Western Flyer posted by: John Berry on 8/7/2000 at 3:53:04 PM
I have a man's Western Flyer Tri-coaster from 1963 or '64. I bought it from the original owner for almost nothing and have invested very little. The bike has the "Made in England" script on the top tube and has the same frame fittings and style as my ladies' Triumph and a couple other junk English bikes I've scrapped out. The bike really is great looking with its chrome fenders, whitewall tires and gold pinstriping. My question is this. Is the bike desirable at all and can anyone give me an approximate value if I should decide to sell the bike. i'm really more interested in middleweight and balloon tires. My tired old butt just doesn't take well to the hard ride of the skinny tired bikes.


   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Western Flyer posted by ben on 8/9/2000 at 5:43:11 PM
It sounds like your bike was made in england.....the gold pinstripe is a dead giveaway, the gold pinstripe was almost a royal seal of approval in the british cycling industry.If you can post more details or mail some photos I may be able to help. As far as valuation goes I dont have a clue but someday even skinny tyres will be sought after.

Look forward to hearing from you

BEN

P.s
Although an Englishman I wouldnt mind one of those over designed, unpractical, overweight things taat peewee herman rode, Heck theyre shiny. Know any dealers in the U.K ?






ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Western Flyer posted by: John Berry on 8/7/2000 at 3:53:04 PM
I have a man's Western Flyer Tri-coaster from 1963 or '64. I bought it from the original owner for almost nothing and have invested very little. The bike has the "Made in England" script on the top tube and has the same frame fittings and style as my ladies' Triumph and a couple other junk English bikes I've scrapped out. The bike really is great looking with its chrome fenders, whitewall tires and gold pinstriping. My question is this. Is the bike desirable at all and can anyone give me an approximate value if I should decide to sell the bike. i'm really more interested in middleweight and balloon tires. My tired old butt just doesn't take well to the hard ride of the skinny tired bikes.







AGE / VALUE:   Hercules info posted by: sam on 8/7/2000 at 5:14:23 AM
I picked up a Hercules 5 speed derailer type but missing the derailer.What type of derailer did Hercules use? I think the bike is from the 60's or early 70s because it has the AMF decal and the pedals don't have reflectors.