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Archived: English Roadsters







ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Early Rudge sports brake cables posted by: James on 10/25/2004 at 8:00:39 AM
This is for owners of early Raleigh Sports - 1940s, what have you guys done with the brake cables? - the ones with sodered barrels on both ends. Using later calipers is an option, as is finding NOS cables, are there any other possibilities? Has anyone tried anything else?
And what exactly is the exterior of the cable housing made out of? Painted cloth?
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Early Rudge sports brake cables posted by Smity on 10/26/2004 at 1:16:45 AM
I have seen the early cloth looking cable housing. They were still in the box and looked like they would still work if installed (covering not fall apart ) I made a cable up for my wifes lenton sport useing a old tig welding tip. Chuck it up in a drill turn it to the shape of the old end drill out the hole in the center install and crimp to the end of cable. Then solder it on with a large iron. I used it till I found a new one.
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Early Rudge sports brake cables posted by Smity on 10/26/2004 at 1:17:37 AM
I have seen the early cloth looking cable housing. They were still in the box and looked like they would still work if installed (covering not fall apart ) I made a cable up for my wifes lenton sport useing a old tig welding tip. Chuck it up in a drill turn it to the shape of the old end drill out the hole in the center install and crimp to the end of cable. Then solder it on with a large iron. I used it till I found a new one.
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Early Rudge sports brake cables posted by Smity on 10/26/2004 at 1:21:19 AM
Sorry that old cable I saw was not mine. It is not for sale
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   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Early Rudge sports brake cables posted by Edward in Vancouver on 10/26/2004 at 3:06:07 AM
Harris Cyclery has got these cable ends made for the older style cables. They slide on and are fixed with a tiny hex key, I've got one on the rear brake of my '54 Superbe. They work good and are not noticeable. Best of all they allow you to use modern cables and housings. BE AWARE: The performance difference between modern and 50 year old cable housings is like night and day, like a quick trip home with soiled underwear, or a pleasant 2 hour ride....
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   RE:RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Early Rudge sports brake cables posted by Tim on 10/28/2004 at 9:25:04 AM
I make up cables using an old brass spoke nipple soldered on to the end of the cable and filed to shape. Never had one fail yet.

Regrds.
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WANTED:   Endrick 26" 1-3/8" rim or rim/wheel...still searching posted by: Kurt K on 10/24/2004 at 2:56:15 PM
Just to let you all know, I'm still looking for that 40 hole, Sturmey-Archer Endrick 26" 1-3/8" rear rim. At this point, I'm willing to buy the whole wheel...email me at cudak888@aol.com if you've got one you'll part with. No Westricks, or Dunlop Endricks, please.

Take care,

Kurt

P.S.: PLEASE - no emails telling me to convert to the "superior" Westricks, because the Endricks are garbage yakkata yakkaya yakkaya...
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WANTED:   DL1 Parts posted by: Todd on 10/24/2004 at 2:01:25 PM
Looking for a clean set of fenders for a 1964 DL1, Black, original paint and decals, reflector as well. A set of rims with good chrome would be nice, too...
Thanks-
Todd
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AGE / VALUE:   RALEIGH COLT posted by: Kevin K on 10/23/2004 at 4:47:32 PM
Hi All. I just bought a nice 1959 Raleigh Colt. Paint and decals are intact. Need info. Please tell me about it. Thanks, Kevin
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   RALEIGH COLT posted by Kevin K on 10/23/2004 at 7:04:27 PM
As a treat I just discovered that the dyno hub and ALL the lights works. WOW.
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   RALEIGH COLT posted by Dick in FL on 10/25/2004 at 5:43:31 AM
Congratulations on your Colt. I have a his-and-hers pair myself. These were top of the line Raleigh bicycles finished to the full standard of the Sports. That is, Raleigh patent wheels ("Westrick"), brazed fender stays instead of the cheaper bent wire (fewer rattles), and brazons where the lower eschelon models used clamps. The Colt was intended for juveniles and came with 5.5 inch cranks (difficult to find). The boy's model had a distinctive curved top tube. If you found one with a dynohub, it must have some provenance .... Prince Charles, perhaps. (He would have been about 10 in 1959. )

Colts strike me as an extravagance for their time. To provide such an expensive bicycle to a kid who would likely neglect or abuse it until he outgrows it panders to "conspicuous consuption". Nonetheless, you have a 'Faberge egg' there; enjoy!
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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   RALEIGH COLT posted by Kevin K on 10/26/2004 at 1:08:59 AM
Wow. Dick,thanks for the kind words. As I detail and polish up the Colt I cannot believe it is a 1959. Other than the Kenda (UH!) tires and the Chinese seat the bike is 100% OE. I bought it as a present wife's mom. Her dad collects vintage aircraft so I guess she can cruise on her vintage Raleigh. The bike will be in good hands. Thanks, Kevin
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ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Raleigh Sports Pedals posted by: Brian on 10/23/2004 at 4:17:22 PM
I'm looking for a pair of Raleigh Sports pedals for a 1954 model Sports. Anyone have a good set sitting around that they'd sell me? I'll pay top price for a nice pair. Picture of the pedals a must!
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ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   1961 All Chrome Rudge Sports posted by: Ron Arbour on 10/23/2004 at 10:49:00 AM
I've recently purchased a Rudge Sports. It's all chrome. The Sturmey Archer hub reads 61 3. The frame# is 90194 OL. The rear wheel is an original Raleigh P11 and the front wheel is a Schwinn S6. I'm looking for another front wheel to match. Also would a Miller light set be appropriate for that year bike? And finally has anyone ever seen an all chrome Rudge Sports before? Is it military issue? Thanks Ron


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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: 1961 All Chrome Rudge Sports posted by James on 10/23/2004 at 9:45:00 PM
I'm curious do you live in Portland? I've seen two all chrome sports here, apparently purchased from a guy in Vancouver, WA who has hundreds of old bikes, even Pashley roadsters, have yet to figure out who this person is unfortunately.
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   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: 1961 All Chrome Rudge Sports posted by Ron on 10/24/2004 at 4:18:56 PM
No, I'm not the guy from Portland but the guy from Herkimer, NY. Still looking for a matching wheel Raleigh P11 though.
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   RE:RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: 1961 All Chrome Rudge Sports posted by Edward in Vancouver on 10/27/2004 at 2:03:04 AM
Actually, I have seen a Chrome Sports before in Vancouver Canada. They are rare, but not custom-made-one-off rare. I remember one particular thread on this very discussion board a few years back, and it was Chris who said that chrome bikes were popular in Africa, where it was reserved for village chiefs and other dignitaries. I also remember getting a hoot out of a chrome plated "pie plate" or chaincase cover that was offered on e-bay a year back or so. The chrome pie plate was a genuine n.o.s. Raleigh replacement part, complete with a parts # tag, and the seller is well known for having an uncommonlly large stash of n.o.s. Raleigh parts that he doles out from time to time. But I digress, you've got a great bike, enjoy it!
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WANTED:   Reverse brake levers posted by: Randy on 10/23/2004 at 1:54:24 AM
The Humber posting below reminds me that I haven't asked about reverse brake levers for a while. I am looking for a pair of steel ones for a project. I do have a pair of the modern aluminum Dia Compe levers, but that's just not the same. I've almost resigned myself to fabricating a pair from scratch. Does anyone have any leads on where I can buy a pair? Thanks.

Randy
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   RE:WANTED: Reverse brake levers posted by James on 10/23/2004 at 5:07:12 AM
Maybe you should ask the vintage french bicycle people, reverse brake levers were more of a french thing, right?
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   RE:RE:WANTED: Reverse brake levers posted by James on 10/23/2004 at 6:40:45 AM
I've revently discovered a new type of bicycle to lust after, the Porteur, the french roadster/cargo bike with reverse brake levers and SA drums http://www.blackbirdsf.org/bikes/images/motobecane/motobecane.jpg
http://www.blackbirdsf.org/bikes/images/porteur.jpg
This the owner of these images is a messenger who uses a bike with an AW hub, and it's got 90K miles on it.

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   RE:WANTED: Reverse brake levers posted by Randy on 10/24/2004 at 12:25:42 AM
Thanks for the replies, yes, I know about the Porteur bikes but have no idea of where to ask about the brake levers. I live east of the San Francisco Bay Area and have, over the years, asked all the established bike shope with no success. I know that motorcycles also used reverse levers in the old days but that also has not been a productive search.

This is for a Dursely-Pedersen "semi-replica", and I have seen an original (unrestored) Pedersen once but unfortunately lost the digital photos I took. The "restored" Pedersen I had also seen used aluminum Mafac reverse levers, totally inappropriate.

I think that since I now have a small CNC milling machine that my best course is to machine my own levers, although from what I have seen the old ones were pressed steel sheet rather than cast or machined.

Randy
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   RE:WANTED:   Reverse brake levers posted by sam on 10/24/2004 at 3:22:18 PM
Do a serch on the french moped Solix(is that the correct spelling)Anyway they are again selling them in the us and they used them at one time---maybe the importer can get them---sam
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   RE:WANTED: Reverse brake levers posted by Randy on 10/25/2004 at 2:41:12 AM
Sam, thanks for the tip. I found quite a number of pictures of Solexes with the reverse levers. I left an inquiry at http://www.mopedworld.com who say they have or can get parts for many old mopeds, including Solex.

Randy

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AGE / VALUE:   tandem posted by: sam on 10/22/2004 at 3:09:13 AM
With the help of Ian and Ebay I finally got a set of cranks and sprockets(williams) that will couple for a 1936 Russ tandem.Lots more to do on this one--sam
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AGE / VALUE:   humber on ebay posted by: sam on 10/21/2004 at 1:03:35 AM
Is the top tube slopping on this Humber?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=7298&item=7108816734&rd=1
And it's on our side of the pond too!(no relation to seller)Just glad to see one on our side ---sam
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   RE:AGE / VALUE: humber on ebay posted by Warren on 10/21/2004 at 2:18:43 AM
Something's funky with that bike...rod brake on the front only and what is with those bars? And is that a modern Diacompe reverse mount brake lever? How does that activate the brake? Is that a cable running down to the rod brake?

It's nice to see a smaller (21 inch") frame on a roadster but I'm not sure how complete this puppy is...
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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: humber on ebay posted by James on 10/21/2004 at 3:29:47 AM
I nearly bid on that the last time it was on, I've never seen a frame like that before. It looks like the brake cable or rod runs on the inside of the handlebar, like the set up on a french Porteur bicycle.
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   humber on ebay posted by sam on 10/21/2004 at 12:07:49 PM
I've seen that reverse hand brake lever on Sunbeams,having only the front brake makes me beleave this is a coaster brake model.I don't see any shifter.Some rod brakes did have a cable,most were used on bikes fitted with palco springs or webbs forks---sam
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   humber on ebay posted by Tom on 10/21/2004 at 1:31:22 PM
The pedals on the bike are Gibson which are made by or for CCM bikes. They were only a CCM bike option that I know of. The bike being a rear coaster model makes me believe it may have been made for the Canadian market. Most of our bikes up here were coaster brake bikes. I had an early Raleigh mens bike with a coaster brake. I have seen many other British bikes with coaster brakes.
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   humber on ebay posted by Matthew on 10/21/2004 at 9:33:28 PM
Turn the handlebars over and fit them to a much shorter stem and you have a clubman's cycle. Not neccesarily what may technically be a clubman model but just the sort of bike that pre or post war would have been ridden to work all week and time trialed at weekend. The sloping top tube gives a similar riding attitude to more modren sprint cycles. This type of machine doesn't appeal to me but I do hope it gets a sympathetic new owner.

Wrap up warm, ride in Damart, on Sheffield steel.

Matthew
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   humber on ebay posted by Matthew on 10/21/2004 at 9:33:59 PM
Turn the handlebars over and fit them to a much shorter stem and you have a clubman's cycle. Not neccesarily what may technically be a clubman model but just the sort of bike that pre or post war would have been ridden to work all week and time trialed at weekend. The sloping top tube gives a similar riding attitude to more modren sprint cycles. This type of machine doesn't appeal to me but I do hope it gets a sympathetic new owner.

Wrap up warm, ride in Damart, on Sheffield steel.

Matthew
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MISC:   Looking for a copy of an LA Times article. posted by: VVVintage Vintage Bicycles, Inc. at OldRoads.com on 10/20/2004 at 12:56:43 PM
I've been told our company was mentioned in an article in the LA Times written by written by Valli Herman on September 23, 2004.
It is titled "Banana Seats and Sissy Bars".
If anyone has a link to the article, or a copy of the article, please let us know.

Thanks,
Vin - VVVintage Vintage Bicycles, Inc.
http://OldRoads.com

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   RE:MISC:   Looking for a copy of an LA Times article. posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 10/20/2004 at 10:30:22 PM
Oh gee... doggone... uhh... lemme check around... one of my colleagues that works in our Vernon facility actually sent me a copy of that via interoffice.... I read it and passed it along to one of the velo-heads at work... I just can't recall whom. Let me ask around... if it's not yet been trashed, I will try and snag it back... yes, VVVintage WAS mentioned!!!!

Later!

Larry "Boneman" Bone
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   RE:MISC:   Looking for a copy of an LA Times article. posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 10/20/2004 at 10:45:52 PM
http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/latimes/711739211.html?did=711739211&FMT=ABS&FMTS=FT&date=Sep+23%2C+2004&author=Valli+Herman&desc=Cover+story%3B+Banana+seats+and+sissy+bars%3B+The+beach+cruiser+was+born+here%2C+and+now+it%27s+back+as+bike+companies+catch+up+with+L.A.%27s+vintage+enthusiasts.+Sure+you+get+from+Point+A+to+Point+B%2C+but+it%27s+really+about+enjoying+the+ride.


OK.... there's the link... but they want some dough fer the full article... hope that helps.

Later!

Boneman
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ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Raleigh Clubman posted by: James on 10/20/2004 at 8:17:47 AM
We haven't had a Raleigh Clubman thread in weeks, so here it is. I finally got one, a blue 51 with AW hubm, 27" light dunlop rims and B17 and I've gone down to the basement twice in the last hour to look at it.

Feel free to add any Clubman related ramblings and/love poems to this thread



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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Raleigh Clubman posted by Jeff R on 10/20/2004 at 11:56:56 AM
What kind of fenders, mudguards does it have? My 1948 Clubman has cream colored Brittiania mudguards. The 48 does not have chrome on the lower part of the front forks. The lamp bracket on the 48 mounts on the left fork leg as opposed to the right leg on later models. My B17 seat is on the shelf and I coat it with Proofhide monthly to try and bring it back to life. When I use it, it turns my butt brown. The leather is very , very dry. I am using a Wrights seat that has almost the same shape as the B17. I ride mine almost every day. The color is polychromic green. It has Dunlop EA1 rims. Right now I am using EA1/Schwinn S6 tires. I would like to find the proper EA1 tires as they have a narrower profile.
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   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Raleigh Clubman posted by James on 10/20/2004 at 7:42:10 PM
Mine has the cream coloured mudguards, a bit warped, hopefully I can set them up right, I'll need to straighten or replace the fender stays.
My Hercules clubbike also has schwinn tires, the seem a bit ballonish for a clubbike.
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   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Raleigh Clubman posted by P.C. Kohler on 10/21/2004 at 4:09:49 PM
I have all three of the main Clubman models: a 1948 Lenton Clubman, a 1949 Raleigh Clubman and a 1951 Raleigh Clubman.

A full history of these lively and lovely models is in the Retro Raleighs site. Despite their short production run, there were quite a few variations between models. The 1950 Clubman was very different from the previous ones of course with chromed rear triangle, Reynolds 531 fork etc. Second only to the RRA in quality. Wonderful bike.

Tyres: no Clubman should ever be ridden on those 'orrible Schwinn tyres! Yuck!! Sheldon Brown stocks the excellent Schwalbe 26 x 1 1/4 tyres which are the best made for this size. Not a racing tread but nice profile and proper contours for this size (unlike the balloonish Schwinns) and they handle wondefully. The other option is to order via the UK and get the Raleigh branded 26 x 1 1/4" tyres. I have these on my '49 Club with the wonderful alloy Dunlop rims. More of a racing tread. Excellent ride and quality.

I love my Clubmans but admit the 22" frame size is just a tad small for me and I find I don't ride them as often as I used to.

Anyway, check out the Retro Raleighs article:

http://retroraleighs.com/clubman-kohler.html

P.C. Kohler
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Raleigh Clubman posted by Smity on 10/23/2004 at 5:12:29 AM
I just love these club bikes. I had to biuld my own frame since a 24 inch club frame that uses EA-1 rims is hard to find. The Dunlop Alloy rims are nice and light but I like the looks of the chrome steel (Ya know what I mean) I use the Schwalbe tires and ther woods valve tubes. Ther valve is a very modern version it does not use tubing for the seal and each tube comes with a presure gage.This valve can be installed into a Dunlop woods stem. I did get rid of ther plastic caps for some period chrome ones. They are very easy to inflate with my Bluemel frame pump with no air loose at all. I use a presta adapter screwed into the schrader thread on my Silca floor pump. I got them from SJS in england. I am still looking for some GB comfortbars and stem (they seem to be rare) . After that I want to get a GB brake set. I posted note on Light Wgt. about a frame I am trying to identify, it is a pre war club frame. Any help would be great.
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ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Brooks Saddle Leather Re-Dye and Data posted by: Steve on 10/19/2004 at 11:19:28 PM
I purchased an older brown Brooks B66 for $15 (good deal) to use on my son's bike. The latter was black, so the saddle had to be redyed. After discussing this with folks at Leather Factory, I bought some Fiebings finish remover, black alcohol-based dye, and top finish, all costing perhaps $15 in total. The old finish came right off with the solvent-based stripper, leaving the original leather more or less natural in color. The new black dye penetrated very well in one coat. Once dry, I overcoated it once with the new polymer topcoat and then proofed it. We'll see how it performs.
According to emails from Brooks, all Brooks saddle leather is of British origin but is vegetable tanned at a Belgium tannery known as Tannerie Massure Dhallian SA. Color dyes are applied using a method known as “drum-dyeing” which causes them to penetrate the leather quite thoroughly. I do not know what they use for a top coat, but it is oil permeable for the Proofide.
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Brooks Saddle Leather Re-Dye and Data posted by Edward in Vancouver on 10/21/2004 at 1:49:51 AM
Interested to see how it performs in wet weather. So far I've had no problems with dye rubbing off on a new B66, an ancient beat-up B-72, and a twenty year old N.O.S. (well it was n.o.s. before I bought it..) Brooks professional. Vancouver is an ideal testing ground for this experiment...
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MISC:Is there any need/market for cotter presses? posted by: Mark Stonich on 10/19/2004 at 6:56:37 PM
I’m trying to find out if there are enough potential buyers to have a short run of cotter presses made.

Park Tool's press has been out of production for a few years, so I recently made myself one.

http://bikesmithdesign.com/pix/Alpha/CotterPress1.jpg
http://bikesmithdesign.com/pix/Alpha/CotterPress2.jpg

I showed it to a couple of bike nut machinists and asked the price of running off a small batch. Selling them for $50 + S&H my break even point would be 10 units. Between Classic Lightweight, British Roadster, and Antique bike lovers, I’m hoping this is possible.

If you think you might want one, please contact me off list. mark@bikesmithdesign.com

"Production" units would have 1/8" radii on the inside corners. (Instead of the large radius at the top corner & the stress riser relieving hole at the other corner.) They will also be a bit prettier, I used a band saw, they'll use a CNC milling rig.

Bolts would be shorter, as this one is too long, making it a bit awkward to use. I’ve now found a source for full thread bolts, so I can modify these instead of making them, as on mine. Thread is bigger than the Park, 1/2" x 20 vs 7/16" x 20. Nice thing about using 1/2" is that either 3/4" or 19mm wrenches work fine.

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   RE:MISC:Is there any need/market for cotter presses? posted by James on 10/20/2004 at 6:40:23 AM
Funny you should post this, I'm in the process of making one using the body of a c clamp. If this project doesn't work out I'd be interested in one of yours.
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ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Touch up paint posted by: Bonnie on 10/17/2004 at 1:57:30 AM
Does anyone know where I can buy touch up paint for a blue Raleigh Robin Hood vintage 1969 bike?
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Touch up paint posted by James on 10/17/2004 at 8:58:50 AM
touch up paint for that bike was probably hard to find in 1969, I got a $20 Robin Hood with paint that was 90% shiny and scratch free, but with a few rough areas, thought I would overhaul it, fix the paint and sell it. Never found anything close, but in your area you might have some automotive stores with a better selection of touch up paint, you might find something this is close to the robin hood's paint.
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Touch up paint posted by P.C. Kohler on 10/18/2004 at 7:46:32 PM
If it's that blue that Raleigh used for everything: Robin Hoods, LTD-3, Sports etc.... try VW (current model) Blue Lagoon. It's very close indeed and easy to find. Folks on eBay sell touch-paint for cars.

P.C. Kohler
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Touch up paint posted by Mark Stonich on 10/19/2004 at 7:03:56 PM
Can anyone suggest a good match for the Olive Green and Medium Grey Raleigh Sports of the early '70s?
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Touch up paint posted by Steve on 10/19/2004 at 11:18:59 PM
The various Raleigh olive greens are tough to find. If you are respraying, your best bet is to match to an auto paint store catalog (DuPont Centari or PPG Omni paints are both good acrylic enamels available in a wide variety of colors). Touch up paints are made in limited selections: try an auto parts store for the closest match.
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   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Touch up paint posted by P.C. Kohler on 10/21/2004 at 4:12:46 PM
Best match for the 1970s Bronze Green: Ford Pinto metallic green. Sorry, folks but it's true.... your beloved Raleigh in Pinto paint. Sob.

P.C. Kohler
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MISC:   Bulb for Dynohub on Superbe posted by: Clyde on 10/16/2004 at 3:19:34 AM
Well I finally finished one of my long-term bike projects – a green Raleigh Superbe.

It began when I saw a Dynohub mounted in 26x1-3/8 rim on LL Bean Hybrid at nearby hardware store. Knowing this was the wrong wheel, I mentioned to owner that I would swap a correct wheel for the Dyno. Much to my surprise, he offered me the whole bike (had rusty Westrick rims and was missing rear mudguard); so I repaired his LL Bean bike, then bought and mounted 700C tires on it.

Over the multi year project, I obtained;

S-5 hub from LBS I
Stainless spokes from LBS II
B-66 Brooks leather seat from Wallingford
Alloy rims from Sheldon Brown
Headlight/taillight system from VVVintage want ads
Mudguard swap with David Poston
Fork Key cut at local locksmith from code stamped on the lock face
Fender clips and indicator chains from colleague in England

I mounted 90 psi blackwall Kenda tires. But, is that a misprint? Most Kendas I’ve previously owned are rated in the 55 to 60 range.

The HiLo range is accomplished with a left hand friction thumbshifter a la Sheldon recommendation.

Now I need a Headlight bulb. The “original” probably stock, burned-out one is labeled as Miller 6v 0.2 Amp.

Most other bulbs in my bottle generators are labeled 6 volt 2.4 watt, also the main type available at LBS.

Radio Shack only has 6.3 V 150 mA and 6.3 V 75 mA.

OK, I had to pull out my Ohm’s Law/Power formulas (E=P/I) to try to figure out an equivalent bulb, but still need to know what other Dyno users have found to be the optimal bulb. Reflectalite as source shows up in previous posts. Yes, I need to locate my multi-meter to determine my Dynohub output. But, does anyone know of a stateside source for the proper bulb?

Cheers,
Clyde

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   RE:MISC:   Bulb for Dynohub on Superbe posted by Edward in Vancouver on 10/16/2004 at 3:38:18 AM
Stateside-no. But there is a Co. called "Reflectalight" in England that specializes in halogen bulbs, and has a halogen bulb especially designed for S/A dynohubs. They do put out a cleaner, brighter, whiter light, wehich can be further enhanced if you replace your tailight with a blinking l.e.d.
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