| Hi, I have a Dunelt 3-speed with a Sturmey Archer hub that dates the bike to 1963 (AW 63). The frame serial number at the top of the seat tube reads 19081, and below that about 1/8" there is a B. Can anyone verify that the frame is also 1963 and comment on the likelihood of the thing being all original? Also, It has a not very well made black and white Wrights seat. Would that be original equipment? The pedals don't look right to me, as they are all steel with reflectors, and the kickstand is marked Made in USA so I know (well, I think) it's not right. Any help with the serial number thing and identifying and/or helping me find the right seat, pedals, and kickstand would be greatly appreciated. I just recently got infected with English 3-speed fever...|
| Hi, Will,|
Good going! Dunelts of that period were built in Nottingham by Raleigh, and they were beautifully made to last a lifetime or more with minimal care. If yours is indeed a '63, there should be a small plastic oil port for the cranks down on the right-hand side of the bottom bracket (next to the sprocket, kinda). Raleigh stopped putting those on bikes in '65. Can't help with the serial number, but the Wrights saddle is probably correct; all of my Dunelts have had Wrights saddles, and since Dunelt was not one of Raleigh's top brands, it probably did come with a plastic mattress style saddle. Find a good used Brooks B72 or B66 on ebay or even plump for a new one (about $70 or so) and you will not regret it: these are the finest and most comfortable saddles made, IMHO, and they will last forever. Pedals should not have reflectors before about 1968, and the kickstand should be made in England, like everything else on this bike. Globalization had not come to England by the early 1960s!
Enjoy it! I have a couple of Dunelts and they are fine machines indeed. I can probably help with a proper kickstand and possibly a decent set of original pedals. Email me offline if you are interested.
| I'm having difficulty locating a pair of 26 x 1 1/4 rims for a pre-war lightweight bike I'm renovating. I have a pair of stainless 26 x 1 3/8 roadster rims and was thinking of using these. I'm not expecting the roadster wheels to perform exactly as the lightweight ones but can anyone say if there will be a noticeable difference in the way the bikes rides and handles. In other words, would these roadster wheels be acceptable on a lightweight?|
| Glad to see that some of you old guys are still hanging around this forum.|
I am actually divesting myself of a garage-ful of numerous parts and whole bikes, included is a pair of 1970s DL-1's, both 22" frames. The men's version was carefully and meticulously retrofitted to give a 1930's classic appearance with full chaincase, NOS 1930s top-tube shifter, NOS WWII-era battery lantern, etc. Let me know if someone here is interested before I list it on e-bay. The bikes are still not entirely put together, so it will be a few weeks before I can assemble them.
I'm not totally giving up on English roadsters, but I'm just cutting back on my "fleet" to simplify my life and pursue other interests.
| You have mail, David.|
| I just found this very old Trokel Exercise 3 wheel bike.|
I can find no references for it on the internet. Any information appreciated.
| I'm seeing the story for the first time, if this has been posted here earlier, forgive me. |
The bicycling dot com maintenance forum took on the name, Biker Billy Club house and maintenance forum, because I guess, the mechanic Biker Billy offered so much advice.
Tragically, can you believe it, I don't know the whole story yet, but it seems another cyclist, Biker Billy passed away in an accident.
Here is the forum address: http://forums.bicycling.com/forum.jspa?forumID=2&start=0
I'm still verifying and reading things myself, I had two different questioins answered by the guy, who I think, had a personality, some might call callous and cynical, but he was always there. In fact, I felt a bit peeved once, but thought, everyone would see if I got upset at the "know-it-all"; so I said, "BikerBilly You're the man" in a controlled way and after that, seems things went on pretty smoothly.
I feel a loss, and I mean, if us grass roots cyclists, see this has occurred and the incident of a few years ago, with the cyclist in Alabama and all of that about him, his articles on cycling and Walden's Pond, we really need to reflect on things.
'Nuff said, Humbly, Tom
Your loss and the loss of those other folks who use the forum, comes through in your message here. As a fellow cyclist I offer you my condolence.