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AGE / VALUE:   interesting decal posted by: sam on 8/13/2004 at 12:55:13 AM
Check out this decal! http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=22681&item=3693767670&rd=1
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   interesting decal posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 8/13/2004 at 9:28:11 AM
That is cool. I have an olde (1963) ladies Colt that's the same colour but very faded. Too bad as it has an awesome transfer of a "horsie" on the top tube. :-/

Regards,

Larry "Boneman" Bone
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ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   1938 and 1969 Raleighs posted by: Max M. on 8/13/2004 at 12:29:50 AM
1938 Raleigh Golden Arrow club bike 21" Ebay #2262234973
1969 Raleigh Sports Deluxe 23" Ebay # 2262625912


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AGE / VALUE:   26 x 1 1/4 TIRES posted by: Chris on 8/13/2004 at 12:16:47 AM
The Raleigh Lenton Sports arrived on the step. Upon opening the box and inspecting the bike I found that the tires are John Bull and are 26 1 1/4 th size.
Only these look wide and at first glance I assumed that these were 26 X 1 3/8. Really, I did. These are wide and look just like a 26 X 1 3/8 th size.

So these old John Bull tires are a more balloonish type of 1 1/4 th tire.
Interesting.
Anyways, with all the alloy rims I have that are 26 X 1 1/4 size and you know that you can't find tires in that size without special ordering from somewhere.
Anyways,it was awesome to see something in the real thing that so far I only have seen in books the ads for the John Bull tires now I have a set on the bike.

Anyways the bike needs a overhaul before I ride it.

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   RE:AGE / VALUE: 26 x 1 1/4 TIRES posted by P.C. Kohler on 8/13/2004 at 3:40:18 AM
No special ordering required. Unless he's sold out, Sheldon Brown (Harris Cyclery) sells the finest 26 x 1 1/4" tyres on the market: Schwalbe. Not cheap but these ride beautifully.

P.C. Kohler
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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Lenton Sports / 26 x 1 1/4 TIRES posted by Chris on 8/13/2004 at 5:03:21 AM
Yup! I was in a hurry as a was typing. I forgot to mention that Sheldon has new tires in 26 X 1 1/4. If you need a set contact Sheldon.

However, if you don't know about Sheldon and you go try most of the bike shops in your area, they won't even have it in stock and the most of the shops won't suggest that you go online.

Another company I'd love to get the scoop on is, John Bull tire and rubber company. What happened to them?, when they went under?, and what is on the company building site today?
Looking the Lenton Sports bike over, I am very satisfied with the purchase and I have no complaints. Shipping was high, but that's the way it is from Europe.
Still, I want the bike to be brand new, old stock, still in wrappings. The seat post has gone past the point where I'll use it, the finish is gone. I threw it away with a sigh. Oh, no worry I have them. It is the frame and fork and the hubs that are important. Those are lovely!
Now if it was N.O.S. It would not have been offered at all or it would have gone for much higher and it would have been a tougher battle to get it I would have to really outbid and run the bill up ever higher.
Oh it is a beautiful bike! Oh! How I would have dearly wished to see it new back in the day!
The rear rim was interesting also. Every other eyelet is dimpled. Not every spoke hole/ eyelet like I am used to on some rims you see but every other spoke hole. Never seen that before. The other rim, the front, was all plain like the common rims are. Just looking it over and comparing to my experiences.

There is another Lenton Sports up again on e- bay but this one has a basic A.W. hub instead of the F.M. four speed. Replaced fenders and a replaced rear hub. The seller says so.
This bike is as nice as the one I just bought and perhaps I am going to let it go to somebody else and not be crazy to go after another one. Oh baby! I love the Lenton Sports!

How many of you have a used bike and look it over and wish that it was new in the wrappings and that the pedals were new and that the parts were all new and shiny and that if you wanted to, you could go into a Raleigh dealer shop and open up the book with the sales person and order parts or bring a new complete bike home.
The bike is in the living room, I'm happy to have it.
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   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Lenton Sports / 26 x 1 1/4 TIRES posted by sam on 8/13/2004 at 2:47:01 PM
I do admit that at times I do wish some project bikes were just NOS right out of the box,but then I miss seeing all the frame builders secrets hidden under paint and chrome.Where he filled the pump peg holes and moved them to another location,how he added the eyelets to the drop outs,etc----sam


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   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Lenton Sports / 26 x 1 1/4 TIRES posted by Tim on 8/13/2004 at 2:57:10 PM
I have been looking for info on John Bull Rubber Company myself. All I have found so far is that they had a factory in Leicester UK up till 1960 or thereabouts when they were taken over by Dunlop. I have come across a company called Kennings who sold their tyres around about 1960. John Bull made quite a few things including a toy printing set. I have seen these dated 1920 so suspect that they were around then. I have a large box of NOS brake blocks which must be at least 40 years old but still work fine. They made some very good quality tyres as well as I have several on my machines that must date from at least 1960. If I find out more I will post it. There are some records in the National Cycle Archive relating to the company but I have not had chance to look at them yet.
Regards,
Tim.
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   RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Lenton Sports / 26 x 1 1/4 TIRES posted by Edward in Vancouver on 8/14/2004 at 4:44:10 AM
The wishing and the anticipation is the best part, everything afterwards is well, how can I say, downhill?
Kinda like those dreary January days where you get only 4 hours of sunlight, wishing for those wonderfull July nights that seem to on forever.
I tried to make a bike go backwards once. That is, a few years ago, I took a spray painted-up, rusty thing and dreamed it was brand new again: Shiny chromed handlebars, brakes, and cranks; gleaming paint, crisp decals, shiny spokes, a real leather seat... It took me over two years to do it, and I felt like I was cheating time during those years. And now it's done, and there's nothing more to anticipate.
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   RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Lenton Sports / 26 x 1 1/4 TIRES posted by James on 8/18/2004 at 9:17:08 AM
I must be the only British bike nut who doesn't have a roadster or a Lenton. I wasn't able to bid on the green Lenton at the last minute as planned, it went for what $90 or was it pounds, either way a bargain, the only Lenton I've seen for sale over here was one in Arkansa, no photos, no shipping, no info $500. I think I might just give up and make myself a Mercian with an AW hub.
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AGE / VALUE:   Anyone ever try this? posted by: Larry "Boneman" Bone on 8/11/2004 at 9:32:50 AM
Last summer I had come across an old S/A 3-speed equipped Columbia. Ladies frame with 27" wheels. $5 at a yard sale and dummy me passed on it.

Been pondering of late that if I come across another, I will snatch it up as I've an idea at this point that I think will be a pretty neat conversion.

I have an early 70's 5-speed Sprite in the "stable" that is quite nice, HUGE frame... and I'm considering converting it to a 3-speed.

So, I'm seeking out the collective wisdom of the group here to see what pitfalls and issues I may have once I commence the conversion. I'm thinking the chainstays are a bit wide and may have to put a different chainring on to boot. But other than that, what issues may surface that I should know about?

Thanks!

Larry "Boneman" Bone
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Anyone ever try this? posted by David on 8/11/2004 at 12:00:01 PM
Use a gear ratio calculator (there's one at Sheldon's site) and figure out what sprockets will give you the top ratio you want (you probably want the same gain ratio that your other regular bikes have). Two or three teeth bigger on the rear will probably give you what you want.
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FOR SALE:   RALEIGH LENTON SPORTS posted by: JOHN on 8/11/2004 at 8:52:16 AM
All,

For sale on Ebay, Item 2261935648

Raleigh Lenton Sports 1951. In good condition

Regards

John
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AGE / VALUE:   Rollfast posted by: Nick on 8/10/2004 at 1:55:36 PM
Does anybody have any knowledge about a 1969/1970 Lime Green Rollfast Jumbo Jet. Its a three speed with a three speed stick shifter on the frame. There were two jumbi jets on the chainguard but they faded off. I can get the serial number if that helps any. I think this bike is a jumbo jet. Well if you have anything about my bike please post. Thanks

Nick

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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Rollfast posted by sam on 8/11/2004 at 1:29:57 AM
Manny bikes used 3speeds at about this time---the 333 hubs are japan--torapedo is german--sturmey/archer is english
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ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Late 60's early 70's Lenton Sports posted by: James on 8/8/2004 at 9:21:19 PM
I have acquired a late 60's or early 70's 10 speed bicycle from my father. It is in need of work, so I have been trying to find out some more information about it. I have been unsuccessful. I found some information on two bike models by Raliegh, the Lenton Sports and the Robin Hood, but this bike does not match what I have seen very closely. This bike does have a raliegh mark anywhere on it and appears to be branded Lenton Sports with the model being a Robin Hood.

Does anyone know anything about this cycle?
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Late 60's early 70's Lenton Sports posted by David on 8/9/2004 at 12:34:48 PM
You gotta tell us more (and be clearer!)...
Is there lettering on the frame? What does it say and where do the words appear?
What size wheels does it have (read the tire sidewalls)?
Can you take a digital photo and post it here?
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   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Late 60's early 70's Lenton Sports posted by P.C. Kohler on 8/9/2004 at 2:48:12 PM
You appear to have the last of the Lentons marketed in the USA. I am pretty sure this dates to 1962-64 and the frame is made of 2030 steel not Reynolds 531 as were the previous Lentons (Lenton used by Raleigh, Pathfinder by Rudge and Clipper by Humber). The last Reynolds framed Lenton was, I believe, the 1961 Lenton Grand Prix. You have a good basic "lightweight" club bike, most likely it's red or gold (sunset yellow) with 5-speed Huret derailler or maybe the earlier Sturmey-Archer hub gear with Cyclo-Benelux 4 speed "conversion" (this is how the final Raleigh branded 2030 steel framed Lentons came in '62). Should have cream-coloured plastic mudguards.

P.C. Kohler
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Late 60's early 70's Lenton Sports posted by Christopher Barbour on 8/9/2004 at 8:13:14 PM
A few years ago I briefly had in my possession a Robin Hood Lenton Sports. Few of the original components were on the bike, but the frame was equivalent to a Raleigh Record, and in this case, very poorly brazed. It is not a lightweight of any kind, but it can be a good lock-and-leave bike that you don't have to fret about. The headbadge and transfers are rather good.
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Late 60's early 70's Lenton Sports posted by Jeff R on 8/9/2004 at 9:41:20 PM
Does it look anything like this? http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=420&item=2261935648&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Late 60's early 70's Lenton Sports posted by Jeff R on 8/9/2004 at 9:42:37 PM
Does it look anything like this? http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=420&item=2261935648&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Late 60's early 70's Lenton Sports posted by James on 8/10/2004 at 4:30:37 AM
Jeff it does look similar to the bike pictured in your link. Here are some pictures of the bike. ( I hope this link works as I just threw the pictures up on the web in a template)

David, have a look at these pictures and hopefully they will gice you the information you need. I don't have the wheels here, so I can't give you those measurments. In addition to the markings shown in the photos, there is what I assume is a serial number stamped on the underside of the bottom bracket which is 907.

I don't know much about bicycles, so I apologize if I am not too accurate in my descriptions of the bike. I estimated the age based on the gear set on the bike. It has a simplex derailer with plastic components that I had heard was common to the bike boom.


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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Late 60's early 70's Lenton Sports posted by James on 8/10/2004 at 4:33:12 AM
that link didn't seem to work, so try this and click on photos.


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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Late 60's early 70's Lenton Sports posted by James on 8/10/2004 at 4:55:11 AM
One last try. This is my roommate's site, and it seems to be a bit glitchy.


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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Late 60's early 70's Lenton Sports posted by James on 8/10/2004 at 5:02:03 AM
Oh my goodness. I am both annoyed and embarrassed. It turns out that Oldroads is changing the address. Click on the first link I sent at 4:30. It will come up that the page cannot be found. In the address, there is a ' after home.att.net. Change it to a tilday (')and the link will work.

Sorry for all of this mess.
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Late 60's early 70's Lenton Sports posted by David on 8/10/2004 at 3:12:43 PM
It looks like an ordinary Robin Hood Sports with "ten-speed!" equipment substituted for the upright bars and AW hub. Since it's called "Lenton" I guess it came that way from the factory. I'm curious when the "safety levers" first appeared on bikes.
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MISC:   is this guy kidding posted by: ronnie on 8/6/2004 at 4:16:56 PM
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=420&item=2261192681&rd=1

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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   RE:MISC: is this guy kidding posted by Stacey on 8/7/2004 at 11:19:14 AM
Nah, just new & naive.
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   RE:RE:MISC: is this guy kidding posted by ron on 8/7/2004 at 3:29:36 PM
not kidding!!!!!
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   RE:RE:RE:MISC: is this guy kidding posted by Edward in Vancouver on 8/8/2004 at 4:54:56 AM
Now which famous person was it who said: "War is just business speeded up"?
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   RE:RE:RE:RE:MISC: is this guy kidding posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 8/8/2004 at 10:49:06 AM
Dunno.... but I believe it was P.T.Barnum that said "There's a sucker born every minute."

;-)

Regards,

Larry "Boneman" Bone
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   RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:MISC: is this guy kidding posted by Brian Trout on 8/9/2004 at 10:22:20 AM
Hello Edward!
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AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh w Different Wheel Sizes posted by: TimW on 8/4/2004 at 11:32:09 PM
Hi there. I usually post on the lightweights page, but have seen a bike in a local consignment store that I'd like to know more about. I have a range of Raleigh bikes that is starting to become a collection, and I'm wondering about adding this one.

This strange old Raleigh bike has a 26” (I think) rear wheel, and a 20” (I think) front wheel. The bike is an oldster, and looks like a working bike of some sort. The frame has a second cross tube below the top tube, and it has coaster brakes. The fenders are with it, and match the tire sizes, so the wheels are original (not a case of someone replacing with the wrong size tire).

It’s a beauty, and is for sale for Cdn$150. Does anyone know about this style of Raleigh bike? I’ve never seen one before, and while the bike is very intriguing, and fun to ride, I have no idea what it is or what its worth. Thanks for any help.
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   RE:AGE / VALUE: Raleigh w Different Wheel Sizes posted by Stacey on 8/5/2004 at 11:41:46 AM
What yoiu're describing, Tim sounds for all the world like what's known as a "Cycle Truck". They were usually used for Grocer and laundry type of "light" deliveries in an unban environment. Sometimes used in the industrial environment to carry documents and smaller bits about the plant.

The Cycle Truck was popular with American manufactures and I think there's at least one company still making them. However, I never heard of one with a Raleigh brand on it.

150 Cdn? Depends on age, condition and grin index. If the grin index is high, age and condition become less relevant.

If it is a Raleigh, it should have a Sturmey Archer rear hub. Can you locate a date code on the hub?
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh w Different Wheel Sizes posted by David on 8/5/2004 at 1:00:20 PM
Pashley still makes 'em. Here's a link:
http://www.pashley.co.uk/products/work/delibike/splash.html
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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh w Different Wheel Sizes posted by TimW on 8/5/2004 at 8:42:10 PM
That's it, the Pashley bike is very similar, but there's no rack on it. Maybe that was removed. It's got the Raleigh headbadge, so I'm trusting that it is one. I'll have another look at the bike. It's got a very high grin factor for me (esp when I rode it around the block). That doesn't, however, mean it will have the same grin factor for my sweetie when I plop down $150 for another Raleigh ...

So this may be an unusal Raleigh, huh? Funny that is should be in Vancouver (Canadian West Coast).
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh w Different Wheel Sizes posted by sam on 8/6/2004 at 2:17:18 AM
Yes Raleigh did build a cycle truck.The raleigh Tradesman's Carriers came in both low gravity carrier(20" wheel in front) and standard carrier(both wheels 26")If I can get the scanner working in a day or two I'll scan you the pics---sam
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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh w Different Wheel Sizes posted by TimW on 8/6/2004 at 9:55:14 PM
Given that I am just not familiar with this type of bike (never seen one in Vancouver before), please let me know: Other than it's grin value, is this a collectable in any way. I want to pay a reasonable price, but have no idea what a reasonable price is. Thanks for any help.
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh w Different Wheel Sizes posted by sam on 8/7/2004 at 2:40:59 AM
I'd say $150 is in the ball park.$50 is great,$100 is O.K,$150 you won't get hurt,$200 think hard on it--sam
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AGE / VALUE:   European pedal size posted by: Nick on 8/2/2004 at 2:18:01 PM
I have a Sears Spyder 20" bicycle that has an unusual pedal size. I cant find a pedal that will fit in the crank arm. Even the biggest pedal made in the U.S. (mountain bike pedals) wont fit. I dont know the demensions for the pedal but 1/2 inch is way too small. If anyone has any European pedals pls help me out..

p.s. I know the bike is European because on the frame where the crank goes is way smaller on this bike than on an American frame bike. Also there are some weird words underneath the fram where the kickstand mount is... The words are Lizenz Pietscher and there is a code E56E Also the headstock says Kent....

ANyways if you can help me out in finding pedals or information on my bike i will be very pleased..Thanks a alot

Nick
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   European pedal size posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 8/3/2004 at 9:19:29 AM
Hmmm... that is a bit of a puzzlement. Any idea of the age of the bike? Do you HAVE pedals at all for it? Is the crank single piece or are the cranks "pinned" to the shaft going through the bottom bracket?

If you have the original pedals, measure the O.D. of the threads... that should give you a starting point. I'm thinking perhaps it's the same pedals one would affix to a Raleigh of similar vintage.

Hopefully you will be able to find the right pedals for it. Keep us apprised of your progress. Sounds like an interesting machine.

Regards,

Larry "Boneman" Bone
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   European pedal size posted by NIck on 8/3/2004 at 3:27:08 PM
Oh yes i forgot to mention shat i have pedals to fit the bit (the ones that came wth it) but these pedals are differant they arnt a matching pair. Also the rubber on one of the pedals is missing. And yes there is a pin that goes through thre crank arm and into the shaft that goes through the bottom bracket. What does O.D. mean? Outside diamenter?
well thanks Larry for replying.

Nick
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   European pedal size posted by NIck on 8/3/2004 at 3:27:35 PM
Oh yes i forgot to mention shat i have pedals to fit the bit (the ones that came wth it) but these pedals are differant they arnt a matching pair. Also the rubber on one of the pedals is missing. And yes there is a pin that goes through thre crank arm and into the shaft that goes through the bottom bracket. What does O.D. mean? Outside diameter?
well thanks Larry for replying.

Nick
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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   European pedal size posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 8/4/2004 at 12:32:16 AM
Sorry... yes, O.D. stands for "Outside Diameter" or in the case of threads "Major Diameter". Threads are generally specified by major diameter and pitch. i.e. 1/4-20 being a quarter inch major diameter by 20 threads per inch. Metric, the same way, M8-10 would be an 8mm major diameter with 10 threads per... methinks centimeter. Been a long time since I've designed anything with Metric threads. As to Whitworth... well, same thing. Somewhere around here I have a "Machinery's Handbook" that pretty much can identify any thread out there.

But... being a cottered crank and european, I would bet it's a standard Raleigh style crank with threads to match. See if anyone in your area has an old Raleigh or similar bike and maybe you can have a looksee. Could be a match. In which case, I think they have pedals here.

Good luck!

Larry "Boneman" Bone
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   European pedal size posted by NIck on 8/4/2004 at 4:12:29 PM
Cool Thanks a lot larry i will take a look around here and in my area.
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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   European pedal size posted by JimW. on 8/10/2004 at 6:39:10 PM
That sounds weird to me, that it has a Kent headbadge and you refer to it as a Sears Spyder. Kent was a brand name carried by Woolworth's, among other outlets, presumably. Sears carried a lot of Austrian bikes under their own brand (JC Higgins, Free Spirit, etc), most of them 3-speed "English style" but they probably imported other styles as well, especially 10-speeds, and maybe musclebikes. Larger than 1/2" pedal threading isn't that uncommon. Ask at your local bike shop.
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AGE / VALUE:   3 speed sturmey archer coaster brake hub posted by: Nick on 8/2/2004 at 2:08:00 PM
I am looking for a 3 speed sturmey archer coaster brake hub preferably from the late 60's that will fit in a 20" 36 hole rim. This hub will be going on my 1969 Rollfast Jumbo Jet. If anyone has a 20" wheel that has the hub already on i would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for all the help......Nick
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   3 speed sturmey archer coaster brake hub posted by wes on 8/4/2004 at 4:09:28 AM
ive got the hub or ive got the hub and wheel already laced if you still need
thanks wes
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   3 speed sturmey archer coaster brake hub posted by Nick on 8/4/2004 at 4:15:05 PM
Wow! are you serious you have the 3 speed sturmey archer hub all laced up and ready to go in a 20 inch rim? If so pls reply ive been looking for a long time for one. To get a sturmey archer hub and then have a company measure everything will coast me a fortune.
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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   3 speed sturmey archer coaster brake hub posted by JimW. on 8/10/2004 at 6:51:55 PM
That isn't such an oddball combination. I bought one from Vin, here at Oldroads, a few years ago. Almost any 3-speed musclebike from the '60s and early '70s had that wheel and hub combination on the rear. And if not Sturmey, the Shimano equivilent hub.
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ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Wrights Saddles posted by: James on 7/31/2004 at 4:54:51 PM
I just got a nice old Wrights saddle from oldroads.com apparently never broken in, for my Hercules clubbike. What is the opinon on Wrights? A lesser make? Were they bought by Brooks? When did they go out of business?
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Wrights Saddles posted by sam on 8/2/2004 at 5:01:33 AM
The Wright Saddle Company Ltd. was founded by A.E.Holland in 1910.In 1937 it went public,factory was in Bristol Street,Birmingham.By 1958 had a new factory at Selly Oak,Birmingham and was part of the B.C.C.Which merged with Raleigh around 1960---sam
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Wrights Saddles posted by Mark R. on 8/4/2004 at 4:33:57 PM
Exactly as good as Brooks. In fact, some of the Brooks models are old Wrights items.
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Wrights Saddles posted by nick beilby on 8/15/2004 at 7:58:00 PM
I am restoring an old bicycle for my daughter. It has an old Wrights saddle that needs recovering. Do you know who could do this or where I could get a replacement. Thank you Nick Beilby
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FOR SALE:   Ebay parts for sale posted by: David Poston on 7/31/2004 at 4:58:21 AM
Some miscellaneous parts for sale (handlebars, shifters, mudguards, etc.):



David
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   RE:FOR SALE:   Ebay parts for sale posted by David Poston on 7/31/2004 at 4:59:55 AM
The url would help:

http://cgi6.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewSellersOtherItems&userid=pieces_ofthe_past&include=0&since=-1&sort=3&rows=50
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WANTED:   Trying to find Mike Peterson posted by: David Poston on 7/31/2004 at 1:58:00 AM
Hi Mike

I've been e-mailing you about the Rudge but received no response; I hope you're still OK. E-mail me at the address above.

David
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   RE:WANTED: Trying to find Mike Peterson posted by James on 8/2/2004 at 6:19:16 AM
Is he the guy who was also selling a Phillips Stoddard clubbike?
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   RE:RE:WANTED: Trying to find Mike Peterson posted by David Poston on 8/3/2004 at 2:41:41 AM
Not to my knowledge.

David
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ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   bad brakes.... posted by: GMS on 7/30/2004 at 11:08:49 AM
does anybody know how to improve the braking ablity of an old bike with standard caliper brakes? After an incident this morning I realize I need more stopping power
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   bad brakes.... posted by sam on 7/30/2004 at 12:49:16 PM
Lots of ways....from a simple tune up of what you have to changing the type of shoes or to compleate new brakes&wheels.First tell us what you have and how far you want to go with the changes---sam
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   bad brakes.... posted by GMS on 7/30/2004 at 4:00:24 PM
What I have is a 77?? Supercycle roadster...so the value of it is pretty null...its a 10 speed with 26 inch rims.

I have swapped the brake calipers out for some new ones, they seem to work a bit better, but I may swap out my fork for one with V-Brake mounts as this bike is goint to be a rider more than a show piece.
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   bad brakes.... posted by sam on 7/31/2004 at 12:50:57 AM
Modern V brakes work very good with alum rims.Modern 700s would fit ,if you find the right fork--the rear brake could be a short reach off the front of another bike or braze on some brake posts for front&rear Vs.
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   bad brakes.... posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 7/31/2004 at 3:41:13 PM
Had a rear cable completely freeze on one of the Roadsters. I went to a LBS in Binghamton, NY and he hooked me up with a black cable (that matched colourwise anyhow) that had an inner teflon sleeve. I believe it was called a "slick" cable or some such. Put a new set of pads on at the same time. The old pads, while they had plenty of meat on them, were quite simply dried out.

The improvement with just this cable and new pads was incredible. Could quite easily lock the rear wheel under hard braking conditions.

Perhaps that may be something to look into first. It's easy, inexpensive and will not overtly alter the appearance as a modern braking system would.

Regards,

Larry "Boneman" Bone
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   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: bad brakes.... posted by James on 7/31/2004 at 4:51:39 PM
I'm not a fan of new brakes, not only do they not look right but you might have a hard time finding ones that will fit. New alu rims, new pads and new cables or just new cables and orange kool stop pads are the way to go.
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   bad brakes.... posted by Matthew on 8/1/2004 at 2:19:26 PM
Easy period (as in time not full stop - oops no pun intended) answer. Weinmann centre-pull calipers. Set up correctly they will almost match a cantilever and are better than cheap Vee brakes. The alloy calipers have a central cable pull which gives even and firm pulling power with no need to change forks, levers, or rims etc. There is also no delay when pulling up whcih you acn get with lazy side-pull calipers, with the one side contacting the rim first then the other. I've seen set ups like that so bad that only one brake block ever got to do the work so the efficiency was below 50%. I may just have a set laying in a tub some where. No promises but post a reply if you might be interested.
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   bad brakes.... posted by GMS on 8/2/2004 at 9:02:26 PM
Did a little tweaking with the brakes, put on some newer calipers that I had lying around..seems to have done the trick, stops alot better, but I still feel uncomortable at moderate speed with it...maybe im just paranoid tho, I have 8' Hydrolauic disks on my MTB (instant stoping power) which makes the roadser's calipers seam really weak
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   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: bad brakes.... posted by James on 8/3/2004 at 1:18:49 AM
I think that's your problem, you've been spoiled by fancy disks, I ride my Robin Hood in traffic everyday, and haven't had a problem, but them I am no speed demon, it has the original calipers, new alu rims and orange pads, the only thing left to do is use new cable housing.
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