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Archived: English Roadsters







AGE / VALUE:   Outrage posted by: Robert N. on 7/5/2002 at 3:27:21 AM
I am posting this here because I know this group's dedication to bicycles as transport.
A few days ago here in Houston two cyclists were struck and killed while riding on a major street in my neighborhood. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene and has not been apprehended. The cyclists were riding in the right lane within a designated, marked bike lane. This is bad enough, but some letters, in particular one, that appeared in the editorial section of the Houston Chronical on the 3rd of this month. In this letter a person named D. Teer stated that "cyclists do not have the same roadway use rights as vehicle drivers do." This claim is based on the argument that it is more expensive to operate a motor vehicle than a bicycle, i.e., cyclists pay no gasoline taxes, do not carry insurance, do not have to have bikes registered, inspected or buy licenses. To quote further,"Until bicyclists have to pay for these things, they should not claim the same rights as motorists." Needless to say I wrote a fairly hot letter that I hope will be printed. I would hope that others on this site would be moved to protest this line of thinking which is more prevalent than might be expected. E-mails can be sent to viewpoints@chron.com. Letters must have name , address and telephone #s. Thanks.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Outrage posted by Robert N. on 7/5/2002 at 3:59:44 AM
The proper name of the paper is the "Houston Chronicle" My apologies.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Outrage posted by David on 7/5/2002 at 11:13:16 AM
I'm sure that even Texas has laws that state explicitly that bikes are subject to the same traffic laws and have the same rights of way that cars do. Perhaps a more useful effort would be to get some official statement in the paper to that effect. Your letter might appear to be just another opinion; and from a Commie bike rider, no less.






ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Fixing flats posted by: David Poston on 7/5/2002 at 1:01:01 AM
Alas,

I was hoping I could go for a nice afternoon ride on today's holiday, but my rear tire is flat after yesterday's ride. And I've only had my Rudge for a total of two days...

Is it necessary to remove the entire back wheel to take off the tire, or should I leave it on? I'm also wondering whether I can get the gear cable and chain tension re-adjusted properly again. Might just go back to the shop...

Should I go with new tubes or fix the ones I have? As far as I know, the tyres and tubes are original and 30 years old.

Thanks all,
David.


   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Fixing flats posted by geo on 7/5/2002 at 3:27:09 AM
David, It's yur old pal geo. Physics dictates that it is impossible to remove a tire without removing a wheel from the frame, if you think about it. You should replace the tubes and the tires as well, given the age. Good rubber is one of the most important safety feature on your bike. This is something you should attempt to do yourself, otherwise you will go broke at the bike shop. You should start by undoing the shifter cable from the small chain at the rear hub and removing the back wheel. Get a set of tire spoons at the bike shop $3 - $5. Release the air from the tire. Pull the tire off using spoons. Replace the tire and tube. Be careful on the front tire. Look between the front fork and the wheel on each side and you will notice that one side has a cone that is notched on both sides and the other side is smooth. On the side that is notched put a piece of tape on the fork, remove the wheel replace the tire and tube and be sure to put the side with the notches back on the same side you took it off . Otherwise the foward motion of the rolling wheel will tighten the cones and sieze your front end, it takes about 15 to 20 minutes. I made that faithful mistake myself on the first Raleigh I had ever fixed. Get your hands greasy, do-it-yourself, save alot of money and get the feeling of satisfaction by turning the wrenches on your own bike as much as you can.

   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Fixing flats posted by David Poston on 7/5/2002 at 4:24:40 PM
Yes, I realize you need to remove the tire from the bracket; what I wanted to know is whether I should remove the gear cable on the left side. You see, I could loosen both nuts, pulling the wheel backward but not all the way off, and then I could slide the tire over the right bolt, leaving the gear cable on. I was asking about this b/c I am worried about readjusting my gear cable. My manual says something about "leaving the wheel on." This doesn't mean leaving it in place, but loosening the nuts and pulling it backward, where you can then slide the tire off the right side...

I tried initially taking my wheel off, but then I ran into the gear cable thing, so I think I'm going to take it back to the shop, for the reason that they can show me how to do things properly and will not charge me much, if anything at all, since I just got it back from them. They are very patient and helpful. I also have a couple of other minor questions to ask them.

I'll let you know how it goes...







ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Whitworth sized wrench for your English bike posted by: David Poston on 7/3/2002 at 9:15:54 PM
I think there was a thread a few days ago on this topic, but I'll go ahead and post here so we don't have to spend our time scrolling down (they really do need to upgrade this forum)....

Somebody had asked about where you can get an all-in-one cycle wrench for Raleighs. I have the same question. What are you guys using for common things, like handlebar and seat adjustment, wheels, fenders, etc.?

Here is a wrench I saw on e-bay not long ago. What would it be good for?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2114386828


   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Whitworth sized wrench for your English bike posted by Ian on 7/4/2002 at 9:39:48 AM
David there are two different ways of going about this. The recent thread was about the spanners originally supplied in cycle tool kits which were usually stamped out of steel with a whole lot of different sized holes in them to suit all the nuts on your bike. These were usually only really suitable for road-side repairs and light maintenance as they could relatively easily be distorted by hard use. I have had a couple of replies to my offer to find and mail some of these. The other alternative is a set of proper whitworth ring and open end spanners which are still available here in New Zealand. I have previously mailed a couple of sets of these to the U.S. German made ones are very nice but very expensive and the Japanese ones are plenty good enough for the job and reasonably priced. A good tool wholesaler might be able to find some for you. Email me if you want me to get some of either type and send them to you. Regards, Ian.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Whitworth sized wrench for your English bike posted by David on 7/4/2002 at 11:27:14 AM
There are several suppliers of WHitworth wrenches in USA; mostly old sports car and motorcycle supply outfits. You probably don't want a whole set. Two or three sizes would take care of all the sizes that aren't close enough to SAE or metric.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Whitworth sized wrench for your English bike posted by Warren on 7/4/2002 at 1:37:21 PM
On a more general note, you will want to gradually acquire full set of both metric and SAE wrenches as well as a selection of bicycle tools based on you need. There are some tools/jigs that can be made (headset-press, truing stand). English roadsters need fairly rudimentary tools...if you start acquiring lightweights and other bikes you will need to buy many more...the right tool for the right job. It would be helpful to buy a decent bicycle maintenance book to get things going.




   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Whitworth sized wrench for your English bike posted by David Poston on 7/5/2002 at 1:00:05 AM
What common sizes do I need for Whitworth? I won't be messing with my headset or bottom bracket...I'll leave the every-so-often overhaul to the mechanic....

All I really need is a tool for removing my front wheel and back wheel (for fixing flats, also please see my thread above), handlebar adjustment, seat adjustment...If you can think of any other common uses, please tell me.

Since I currently don't have a set of metric or SAE wrenches, a full set of Whitworth wouldn't hurt, b/c I can't see any other application for wrenches at the moment...

Ian, how much would a decent set of Whitworth wrenches cost me?

I do have a rudimentary "Cycle Maintenance" book, one which I quoted from in other threads:

http://photos.yahoo.com/bc/constantine_dmitrich/vwp?.dir=/David%27s+Vintage+Bicycles&.dnm=cycle+maintenance+handbook+front+cover.jpg&.src=ph&.view=t&.hires=t

However, some of the terminology I am unfamiliar with, and it does not tell you what kind/size of tool you need to perform certain repairs.


   RE:RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Whitworth sized wrench for your English bike posted by Warren on 7/5/2002 at 3:11:05 AM
You don't need Whitworth wrenches to fix a roadster. I don't have any and I've completely overhauled dozens. Get a better manual and just start doing it. Read Sheldon Browns website for adjustment advice. Don't worry about emergency repairs on the road...just get good at doing them at home. As they say..."How do I get to the Met...?"

And please do take the wheel off to change a tire.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Whitworth sized wrench for your English bike posted by Matthew on 7/5/2002 at 7:34:10 PM
Hello Chaps,
Whitworth spanners are a bit of a pain but please do buy yourselves a set, especially if you are starting to collect older, i.e. Pre-WW2 cycles. Metric and AF sizes are a good approximation of Whitworth but, as any British car fanatic will tell you 1/4 Whit is not 12mm, 13mm or 1/2" AF, it is 1/4 Whit! (British cars used to have 1/4 Whit battery terminal bolts) A good fit on a tight nut will get it undone when a poor fit won't. I know I have the skinned knuckles and ruined bolts to show for it. You must have auto-jumbles in the states and I know you have yard sales, not something we see much of over here. So buy that old bag of spanners and pay for that rusty tool box full of stuff you don't recognise or can't read the sizes on. You will be amazed what you find.
The pressed steel spanners are okay to look at or for dire emergencies but hopeless for real maintenance. Rear wheel punctures are a ten minute job start to finish and you just need to be shown how to adjust the gear cable once and you'll wonder why you were worried about it. Go ahead and try, you'll be so pleased once you have accomplished your own repair, and the friendly bike shop will still be friendly, 'cos they wont have to keep mending your punctures. Have fun, ooops, mind your knuckles! Matthew

   What sizes do I need? posted by David Poston on 7/6/2002 at 3:41:27 AM
Matthew,

I agree, I need and want the real thing. I just don't know where to begin. What sizes should I be looking for to worn on my vintage Raleigh made bicycle? If I get the whole set intended for a car, I probably won't use half of them, especially the bigger sizes.

Thanks,
David.

   RE:What sizes do I need? posted by Ian on 7/6/2002 at 9:09:40 AM
David, you can probably get away with about 4 sizes, 1/8, 3/16, 1/4 and 5/16 Whitworth. These would do all the usual bike nuts except for the big steering head ones. The bottom bracket can be done using the special bike spanners (pressed steel type discussed earlier) if you do want to have a go at them. There is nothing too difficult about servicing any part of an old roadster except perhaps the rear hub internals and there are plenty of good books on how to do it (fix your bike that is) which should be available in second hand book shops. Because of the time difference we were already in to the weekend before I got your email but I will check the cost of new ring & open end spanners on Monday. If memory serves me correctly when I got a full set for Lenny last year they were under US$30 plus postage. I will email you Monday night. Regards, Ian.






AGE / VALUE:   Happy fourth to you posted by: Chris on 7/3/2002 at 3:18:22 PM
Grab the bikes, strap a picknick basket onto the rear rack, blanket, bug spray, cell phone and grab your lady friend or guy and go see the fireworks. Put the kids in the kid trailer and tow them along or they are on their own bikes.
Now when it's all over, and there is this huge line and while everybody else is stuck there waiting to exit just ride past them all on your way home.

I only hope that she behaves this year and isn't all crabby again. I hate having my evening spoiled especially after all the planning,cooking, time invested and whatever. May your 4 th be happy and fun and most of all, safe.
Get out, go see and do and taste and enjoy and live. Where is that party at? There is swimming, biking, flying the radio controled plane, beaches, amusement parks. Life to live, people to meet, things to do. We never could replicate the 4 th parties we have had years back, times have changed. Those fireworks! Not these days you don't!
I sat on the porch like a fool and didn't speak up, didn't tell her how I felt about her. I let those magical moonlit summer nights slip away. It was still good. But it could have, should have, probably would have, been way better.
Go for it, take that chance, stick out that hand, say your name. All they can say is "No" and if that happens, you go strike up a conversation and introduce yourself to somebody else, it's a numbers game! Believe it or not, somebody out there is gonna think you are "Way Cute", say "Yes!" and treat you well. Keep looking, they ARE out there! I chased him down and gave my number and eventually got that bike. It's a real gem. This does work with people too. You just gotta have the nerve and go after it. I hope whomever you find is a gem worthy of you and still has all their decals intact with nothing bent, out of true, slipping or missing.
The summer of our lives is slipping away.
Tell them how you feel and don't be afraid to live.
Happy fourth to you all.







AGE / VALUE:   I love things like this! Take a look posted by: Chris on 7/3/2002 at 2:58:45 PM
E- bay item #2118942682 Lucifer Rear mudguard stay/ rear lamp.

This is a way cool little item! Swiss, Alloy and it takes the place of a rear mudguard reflector. It lites up!

The cool little bike trinkets like this are part of why I love old British bicycles. The name on the product is "Lucifer" too.
They made some of the coolest lights but I don't care for that name. This is why I watch to see what the grand master himself, Hilary Stone is offering from time to time. The best bike stuff comes from Hilary!

Lucifer was the angel dude who guarded God's throne until he wanted to be better than God and rebelled with 1/3 of the angels. They got evicted and now his name is Satan, and they are still running about messing up people and Gods creation.But not for too much longer. Talk about screwing up!


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   I love things like this! Take a look posted by Assistant Archangel on 7/5/2002 at 3:52:34 AM
You're right, he's still out there, though he's not hiding his face. More and more are falling for him. Note how many shaven heads, goatees and tatoos are out there.

The pendulum is swinging, and the worse it gets out there, the more I rejoice knowing that it's going to swing toward us again.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   I love things like this! Take a look posted by Stacey on 7/5/2002 at 10:31:46 AM
Jesus, protect us from your followers!

C'mon guys... this is a bicycle board. Direct your pseudo-christian dogma to the boards at ilovejesus.com F

or the record his name is STILL Lucifer, no horns, no pitch-fork, no hell. Just a fallen angel. Satan was created by the same folks that gave you that wonderful flood, the 'evil' serpent and the begats. The best selling fantasy story ever.

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   I love things like this! Take a look posted by AA on 7/5/2002 at 9:25:22 PM
You don't have to like it. You don't have to slam it either. All your choices, do what you like.






AGE / VALUE:   I love tings like this! Take a look posted by: Chris on 7/3/2002 at 2:58:45 PM
E- bay item #2118942682 Lucifer Rear mudguard stay/ rear lamp.

This is a way cool little item! Swiss, Alloy and it takes the place of a rear mudguard reflector. It lites up!

The cool little bike trinkets like this are part of why I love old British bicycles. The name on the product is "Lucifer" too.
They made some of the coolest lights but I don't care for that name. This is why I watch to see what the grand master himself, Hilary Stone is offering from time to time. The best bike stuff comes from Hilary!

Lucifer was the angel dude who guarded God's throne until he wanted to be better than God and rebelled with 1/3 of the angels. They got evicted and now his name is Satan, and they are still running about messing up people and Gods creation.But not for too much longer. Talk about screwing up!







ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   My new Rudge posted by: David Poston on 7/3/2002 at 4:46:34 AM
I finally got my Rudge home from the shop tonight. After about an hour and a half talking to the mechanic and going over everything with a fine-tooth comb, my machine is in perfect running condition. It is just beautiful; the sound of the SA hub going tick, tick, tick as a coast along...I haven't had a smoother ride in my life. I snapped on my Elite battery headlamp and went for a ride tonight. I just couldn't stop riding. Round and round my neighborhood I went, dinging my bell at whim. Unfortunately, it was too dark for many people to see me. Too bad...

Next step is to clean up the chrome and polish the paint. Then I'll look to the old, worn B-72 saddle. Since I prefer my saddle low, it was quite a hard ride. Probably end up getting a brand new B-66; then this machine will look in tip-top shape. Other than that, it looks magnificent and complete with all the accessories I've put into it: Brooks saddle bag (came with the machine), rear rack, front Elite headlamp, NOS Lucas bell, NOS Lucas cyclometer (still waiting for that to arrive).

I know I'll be dreaming of my Rudge tonight, praying it's still safe in my garage.







ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Rudge Photos Posted posted by: P.C. Kohler on 7/3/2002 at 4:14:40 AM
For those of you not thoroughly sick of hearing about this machine, I have posted some pix of my 1949 Rudge after her initial restoration in my Yahoo Group "Roll Britannia". See Photos: Album: My English Cycle:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rollbritannia/

P.C. Kohler


   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Rudge Photos Posted posted by Mark R. on 7/3/2002 at 2:02:39 PM
WOW! You ought to be proud of the job you did on the bike bro'! I was thinking of buying that same bike, and passed:-( But I'm glad to see someone who knows how to treat a ladie got it!
BRAVO!






ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Mercury Cycle gent's bike posted by: Clark on 7/3/2002 at 2:38:55 AM
Anybody familiar with this english bike? It's brown over black primer with gold pin-striping and stamped serial #FD 6120. There's a decal on the seat tube saying "Guaranteed Chromium Plated". It's got Dunlop Roadster 28"x1 3/8" tires on chrome steel wheels, a Sturmey Archer 3-speed AW 48 3 rear hub, Sturmey Archer hub drum front brake and a "Warranteed" centre pull rear rim brake. There are fenders but no chain guard. The handle bars are modelled after a long-horn steer and the seat is about the size of one off a lawn tractor. It came with a "Lastwel Apex Inflator" pump and a really neat "Stewart Warner Cadet" 50- mph speedometer/odometer. Its rideable but definitely a project!


   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Mercury Cycle gent's bike posted by Mark R. on 7/3/2002 at 2:04:11 PM
Pictures Clark, PICTURES!

   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Mercury Cycle gent's bike posted by Clark on 7/4/2002 at 1:29:02 AM
Thx for the reply Mark. It'll take me awhile to access a digital camera but will send pictures as soon as I'm able.






ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Raleigh Gazelle posted by: Bill G on 7/3/2002 at 1:25:16 AM
Scored old Gazelle with rod brakes and in pretty good condition.Has the original "Gazelle" on the sides of pedals.Also seems to be mostly bolted together,as opposed to welded.Seat is niot original,nor is the kickstand.Oh, the chain-guard is not there.Did it come with one? The rear hub has "STURMEY-ARCHER" In capitol letters followed by "patents applied for" with two capitol letters WO. Vin suggested I post this and I would sure appreciate any input as to the year. Thanks, Bill G


   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Raleigh Gazelle posted by chris on 7/3/2002 at 4:35:13 PM
Now Gazelle could be any number of bikes. You said Raleigh Gazelle so I'm thinking that this is like mine. I was told 1949/50. The Raleigh Gazelle name was getting confused with the Dutch company Gazelle so Raleigh changed the Gazelle to Robin Hood. So Raleigh made Gazelle bikes are before Robin Hoods came out.
Does your crank have a R and a I in it? This stands for Raleigh Industries. It is a unique crank seldom seen. Later on, Raleigh bought up Gazelle of Holland and just recently sold it. The Raleigh made Gazelle would have had a basic hockey stick chaniguard and if there is a raised circular spot in the chainstay with a threaded hole drilled, it could take a enclosed chainguard and so some of these were offered with the enclosed oilbath type guard.
Rod brakes mean it is worth more than a cable brake bike. Mine is a 24 inch sports type machine. The fork is unique too not just a common Raleigh tubular fork crown type with diffrent decals but a diffrent unique to this machine type fork.

Do you have little "Sir Walter" fork decals? Thats a Raleigh bike. We would love to see a picture as there is some confusion until we can see it. Like I mentioned Gazelle in Hollanbd made bikes too and many of those were rod brake. The way you describe that hub sounds like it was made in and imported from, Holland. Did Raleigh offer a rod brake bike after they bought up Gazelle? Probably. We need to see it.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Raleigh Gazelle posted by Geoff Rogers on 7/3/2002 at 5:25:25 PM
You're right, Chris: Gazelles can be any of a number of bikes from a number of manufacturers. I have a 1940 Stoddard Special Gazelle Sports, which was undoubtedly made by Phillips. The BB and headset have Phillips-style holes instead of flats for a wrench (okay, spanner), it has Phillips-style lugs, with integral bottom headset bearing cup (not replaceable) and Phillips fenders with the characteristic little oval metal pieces to anchor the braces.

Bill,
Before the war Sturmey Archer used only the last digit of the year the hub was made for identification. Thus my 1940 Stoddard Gazelle, which has an AW hub, has a small stamping of "AW 0", and I might add the "0" is stamped very lightly. Maybe S-A didn't do a good job of stamping the "A" on your bike, so the "W" and the "0" did get done properly, which would make your machine a 1940, like mine.
Let us know some more details about the bike. It sounds like a neat ride. Is there a badge? Does it say England? Nottingham usually means Raleigh, Birmingham usually means Phillips.
Best of luck,
Geoff

   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Raleigh Gazelle posted by Chris on 7/5/2002 at 5:11:09 PM
Sturmey Archer hubs from the 1940's just say "Sturmey Archer A.W. patent" with no "O" or any other type of date. These sometimes have the black finished screw type removable ball cup. So this varied between years. I've never seen or heard of a hub as described but that doesn't mean anything really as this is full of twists and turns and surprises.

   RE:RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Raleigh Gazelle posted by Geoff Rogers on 7/9/2002 at 5:03:10 PM
I own two 1940 AW hubs. Both have a "0" stamped right next to the "AW" . It seems as though Bill's has this same feature.
I have heard that early postwar AW hubs did not have date stamps. My Superbe came with one stamped, "11 47", but maybe this is one of the first postwar units to carry dates.
Those Sturmey people enjoyed a good mystery, I think. Who'd have ever thought in 1946 that anyone would care about this stuff, 50 years later?!
It's fun, though.
Geoff






MISC:   VISIT MY BICYCLE PHOTO ALBUM posted by: Mario Romano on 7/3/2002 at 12:24:47 AM
Guys,
Recently I built an all-new homepage with some photos taken from two of my six bicycle collection. The photos are from an 1986 Caloi Cruiser chopper modified and from an 1952 Rudge Club custom english roadster. The page is all writen in english.

WWW.CIGANOBIKE.CJB.NET

p.s.: access the "home" section of my webpage by clicking on the right place when you are there...

Mario Romano
brazilian bicycle collector







ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   New Yahoo! Photo Album posted by: David Poston on 7/2/2002 at 9:17:22 PM
Feel free to check out my new Yahoo! Photo Album entitled "David's Vintage Bicycles."

http://photos.yahoo.com/bc/constantine_dmitrich/lst?.dir=/David%27s+Vintage+Bicycles&.src=ph&.done=http%3a//photos.yahoo.com/bc/constantine_dmitrich/lst%3f%26.dir=/David%2527s%2bVintage%2bBicycles%26.src=ph%26.view=t&.view=t







ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Sports model wheels c. 1970: Stainless steel or alloy? posted by: David Poston on 7/2/2002 at 5:50:49 PM
This might be a dumb question, but would my rims be stainless steel (chromium plated) or alloy?

Thanks,
David


   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Sports model wheels c. 1970: Stainless steel or alloy? posted by David on 7/2/2002 at 6:13:26 PM
Chrome-plated NON-stainless steel - that's why they rust!

   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Sports model wheels c. 1970: Stainless steel or alloy? posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 7/2/2002 at 7:16:16 PM
There were stainless steel rims in this pattern and size but they were rare and they disappeared long before 1970.






ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Cycle maintenance: Lubrication revisited posted by: David Poston on 7/2/2002 at 5:38:56 PM
I think there have been threads on lubricating your cycle before, but here goes...

According to my Raleigh "Cycle Maintenance Handbook" (c. 1960), you should lubricate the following parts on a regular basis with "R.I. All-Purpose oil":

brake swivels
head bearings
front hub
chain
bottom bracket bearings
free wheel
SA hub
pedal bearings

There is a diagram (I'll try to scan it and get it on the web as soon as I figure out this picture posting stuff) that is titled "Where to Lubricate," with the words, "To ensure sweet running and long life of wearing parts lubricate once a fortnight at all points shown on diagram" (basically those parts I described above).

Now, according to my mechanic, the only thing you really need to oil on a regular basis is your chain, SA hub, and maybe some minor parts, NOT headset, bottom bracket, etc., which are parts lubricated by grease. According to him, oiling these parts would wash away the grease and then defeat the purpose of the overhaul.

Anybody care to jump in?

Thanks,
David.


   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Cycle maintenance: Lubrication revisited posted by Chris on 7/2/2002 at 7:20:46 PM
By all means, please get that diagram posted!

I have a mechanic that turns the bike upside down and drips oil in the headset races where it mixes with the grease. I don't think that it washes away the grease either. Your mechanic may be right with his theory. Good question!

Myself, I like to take it apart and do a full overhaul and I replace races and cones when the show wear.

   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Cycle maintenance: Lubrication revisited posted by P.C. Kohler on 7/2/2002 at 8:45:30 PM
David, sounds a good manual. On my old Rudges, you do OIL the bottom bracket and the front races too. English cycles prior to the 1960s loved oil. Lots of it. Or better, little and often. That "RI Multi Purpose Oil" is the same as Sturmey Archer oil; I've seen original tins on eBay. Empty of course. But you can buy SA oil easily. We've talked at length about the merits of "original" SA oil and cheaper, easier to find alternatives. Me, I stick with the real thing.

I have tried to post manuals etc. on my "Roll Britannia" site but Yahoo no longer permits just anyone to view full size images so the text gets lost in the smaller viewing size.

P.C. Kohler, looking forward to his very first Dynohub lit evening ride tonight!


   Just bought some yahoo web space; let the picture posting begin! posted by David Poston on 7/2/2002 at 9:03:36 PM
Here is a scan of "Where to Lubricate" from my Raleigh Industries Cycle Maintenance Handbook, c. 1960.

http://photos.yahoo.com/bc/constantine_dmitrich/vwp?.dir=/David%27s+Vintage+Bicycles&.dnm=Cycle+Maintenance+Handbook+20-21.jpg&.src=ph&.view=t&.hires=t

When I have time, I'll try to scan the whole manual and post it in "David's Vintage Bicycles" on my Yahoo! Photos.

By the way, has this forum thought about upgrading to a more sophisticated system? I mean, there are no url's for threads and pictures. It's a bit tedious scrolling down to read a thread from a week ago.

Rgds,
David.

   RE:Just bought some yahoo web space; let the picture posting begin! posted by David Poston on 7/2/2002 at 9:09:11 PM
Peter,

For your Yahoo! group, you might consider actually upgrading to premium service. I don't know if you pay money or not, but you get what you pay for, as in the rest of life. As far as I know, there isn't any problem with viewing pictures full size in my yahoo! photo album. I just paid $2.95 for one month with a 50 mb limit. I haven't tried a Yahoo! group yet. That'll be my next project.

   PROPER BIKE MAINTENANCE posted by rickey@knowles bicycle shop on 7/2/2002 at 11:28:13 PM
i think if every 60 miles clean the chain & sprockets with mineral spirits dry & lube,i have found at the local wal mart it marvel mystery oil in an aerosol dosen't dry up fast & dosen't colect dirt as bad.. true wheels 150 miles ... pack bearings 500 miles .... adj cables as needed ..... check tire pressure every ride don't over inflate ...... thank you this plan used daily on high end bikes & will prolong the life of your bike enjoy your ride !






MISC:   VISIT MY HOMEPAGE AND SEE MY BIKES PHOTOS posted by: Mario Romano on 7/2/2002 at 4:53:18 PM
FRIENDS,

PAY A VISIT TO MY HOMEPAGE! THE PAGE WAS RECENTLY UPDATED AND REBUILT WITH SOME NEW PHOTOS TAKEN FROM MY BICYCLES, YOU WILL FINALLY KNOWS THE BICYCLES I HAVE (CONTAINS PHOTOS TAKEN FROM TWO OF MY SIX BICYCLES).

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P.S: ACCESS, FROM THE PHOTO PAGE, THE HOME PAGE AND READ MY STORY AND MY BICYCLES STORY...