| Looking for a N.O.S. or virtually perfect pair of the "Dare" brand grips as used on the Raleigh Sports, Sprite and other models in the late '70s - see photo below.|
If you have this item for sale, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
| Kurt, if you find these, I need them too!|
| I came across this the other day whilst searching for interesting bicycle bits not available here, Weltrad, and old german company recently revived. |
lugged chromoly frame, 28" wheels, rims painted to match frame, shimano hubs, 7 speed coaster and dyno/roller brake in the front, lots of nice details such as the brake cable guide http://www.weltrad.de/images/wo/info/000005_zoom.jpg
They are willing to ship parts to the US, didn't ask about whole bikes, I'm going to order the black/chrome halogen headlight to use on my Pashley, in place of the rather cheap dutch unit.
| I was wrong about the tires, those are the german 28" meaning wide 700c. |
| Here's one on UK ebay.With some skill you might build one ;|
| thanks for the link,it might give me some ideas for fabricating one, at 50 pounds starting bid that's quite expensive.|
A self winding pocket watch mounted to the (not yet delivered) Pashley roadster's handlebar would be the perfect expression of "luddite anglophilia"
Now if I could only find some NOS Lucas carbide lamps
| Some progress shots taken today. |
Took it for it's first test run as well to check the fitting of everything, hub adjustment, etc.
Rear fender is still half-primered, no work has been done on it yet until my friend's '49 Schwinn Henderson restoration is done and out of here.
P.S.: To those of you who may be wondering whatever became of my all-gold '71 (the one that had a rim failure a few months ago), you will be happy to know that it's back up and rolling with a Dunlop rim from Gordon Bradbury, new stainless spokes in the rear (still running the original Raleigh galivinized 15 gauge spokes in front) and a Brooks B72 from Tom Gentilella.
| P.S. Looking for one of those long, ribbed Raleigh rear brake housings for the women's Sports, email me at email@example.com if you might have one for sale...used is fine.|
| I have NOS RKJ 106 ribbed rear brake cables for woman's raleighs in silver and white.Silver $20.00 White $25.00.Prices include shipping in 48 state USA.|
| It was a Raleigh Sprite 10sp in Carmine Red with a lovely Raleigh Industries bell and an SA Dynohub and light kit. The Pletscher parcel rack was missing and so was the pump, but the bike was in excellent shape including tires, seat, paint and chrome. $7.95 I would have paid that for the bell. BTW: Does anyone know how to tune up the clapper mechanism on these bells?|
Florida is definitely the Sargasso Sea for unwanted bicycles.
Dick in FL
| Curious, where in Florida are you, Dick? I'm in Miami.|
| Um! Raleigh Sprite you say? This one has a dynohub and a light in the 27 inch wheel. Nice. Great deal. How are the red Raleigh R nuts? Does it have the huge red R nuts on the front wheel dynohub?|
Those are big time sought after and the Raleigh Chopper folks are always looking for them . A set of those in good shape is worth 50.00 or so on e- bay.
I never see a Raleigh or anything else worth getting in the thrift stores where I live. A sad glance over to see hideously painted Wal- mart junk bikes as I walk out the door.
| Hi Kurt,|
I'm in Orlando. This is the 3rd Sprite I've obtained from this thrift store. Yes, it has all the red "R" nuts. I am aware that there is a chap in Cyprus who seems to prey on obsessive collectors by overcharging for them. There are so many available here that one can cannibalize a Raleigh Gran Prix for these nuts to complete the restoration of a Sports. One of my Sprites is so flawless (original tires, 25" frame) that I hung it inverted in my den. Cost: $2.95 Both of these bikes have block pedals embossed with the Raleigh heron. I've seen them offered on ebay for Choppers at a ridiculous starting bid. BTW: This is the first 27" wheel with a dynohub that *I* have ever seen; wasn't even aware they existed.
Dick in FL
| Sounds like your thrift shops in Orlando turn up some nice stuff. I hear the best place near Miami to find good priced Raleighs is the Ft. Lauderdale Swap Shop - I plan to drop by there sometime.|
I've seen that fellow with the "R" nuts on eBay. Most of the Raleigh Chopper parts sources are total disgraces to our hobby..."In it for the money, not for the fun" is about the way it probably goes for most of them.
And of course, the Chopper folks do buy the parts at these prices. I don't intend to generalize when I say this, but have you noticed that most Chopper collectors have either a Ferrari, Bentley or Rolls-Royce in the driveway?
Never knew the Sprite had the dyno as an option, then again, neither was it apparent from the brochures that they were optional on the Sports or Twenty, two models of which I've seen the Dyno on.
| Unwanted bicycles in Central Florida first appear either at the curb or at at a garage sale which is always on a Friday and Saturday. Unsold garage sale mechandise is often just covered up while awaiting the truck from the thrift store on Monday or Tueday. The drivers tell me that they ask the donors to deflate the tires to discourage thieves from riding off on them during pickup stops. Depending on store floor space, the bikes held over from the previous week are marked down (agressively if they are really crowded), and the new bikes are tagged and put out for sale. I've monitored the action pretty closely over a long period of time. Anything with drop handlebars is blowout-priced right from the start. No premium is asked for accessories like folding panniers or generator kits or luggage racks or new tires. Decent bikes start to clear the floor at an average price of $5.95. What is extremely rare is a bicycle with index shifting. What sells rapidly are balloon tire cruisers. Go figure!|
| Dick, I have a couple old bells that were rusted solid, that I was able to get working again just by taking everything apart that would come apart, removing what rust I could, oiling and reassembling. One from a ca. 1950 ballooner has the most gorgeous two-tone chime: bing-bong- the top and bottom housings are separate bells. It will never look new, though. My favorite is a chrome Peugeot bell with the lion in relief on top.|