| This frame might be of interest to some of you.Looks like it has good transfers and the paint looks like it might clean and shine up:|
| Isn't the fork bent on this otherwise nice Sports? I sent a message to the seller telling him so. It will be interesting to see how he responds.|
| OOPS! I forgot to post the item number: #6531356882 |
| He'll probably simply update the ad accordingly.|
P.S.: That's a rather nice Sports - love the pre-Soviet chrome...
| Now and then there are tools posted on EBAY that are used to straighten bends like that. It's kind of a bumper jack made into a fork tool. I saw one pretty recently. I've had one of those tools for many years, and they work very well on this kind of damage.|
| Kurt, indeed, I would have hoped he "update the a accordingly". I just opened this response from the seller: "Fork is not bent. If you are an interested buyer I will send close ups. Nothing is being misrepresented."|
As I am not an interested bidder, I guess my obligation in this matter is over. If I was positive about it being bent, I'd send a message to the one bidder.
Ralph, I remember those "bumper jack" fork straighteners from my days working in bike shops back in the 60's. They work very well. My concern about this bike (as with all those with bent forks) is that there might also be some frame damage. Usually shows up as wrinkling about the head, top, or down tubes.
| Ralph: I used a Park FFS-1 frame straightener at the LBS to straighten an similar bend on the fork of my Rudge DL-1. Not sure if you mean the same tool - take a look here:|
Dick: Well, unfortunatly, sellers like this exist out there. I thought he possibly would deny that it was bent out of inexperience, with no harm intended.
From what you quote above however, he rather gruffly brushes the subject aside, not to mention exhibiting a rather hostile attitude to boot!
The front triangle appears intact though. I've seen many 20-30 Raleigh frames with rearward-bent forks, but no frame damage, except for one Grand Prix on eBay once.
Well, it's up to the buyer(s) at this point. I must say that it is in the inexperienced purchaser's best interest to be a part of this forum.
| Have another question to ask the experts:|
Both the Raleigh assembly chart on Randy's site, and an old archived post on Oldroads back in '99, mentions that the front rod brake pads and anti-vibration devices should be pointed rearwards...however, I have yet to find one photo via Yahoo Search of a DL-1 with the brakes mounted as such.
Also, how do you reinstall the assembly without fighting the pressure the stirrup excerts agaisnt the fork clamps...or is this the only way?
|I have a older raleigh sport bike I am trying to get the actual age of the bike. I have determined the hub is a 52 I believe, but I am trying to determine if it the original hub by matching the serial number on the frame to the date codes but I guess I really can't find one that matches. The serial number is stamped under the seat post. The serial number reads: 36995 with letter BH below them offset slightly I have posted pictures on the website linked. Thank you so much for all of your help in advance. I can take more pictures and give more detail if that would be any help. Feel free to email me. Thanks!!|
| No need to wonder - it's the real 1952 deal. |
Frame features the eariler plain lug style, both rims match with stainless spokes, paint scheme, saddle vintage and headlight backs it up.
P.S.: No one has succesfully decoded the Raleigh serial numbers - the chart online is bogus.
| Nice bike! Dump those period incorrect spoke reflectors though. It's a classic! Does the headlamp work?|
| I don't know about the head light. I will have to check it out. I am currently holding this bike for a friend and she wants to sell it. I have very little knowledge of these older bikes. I am going to put it on ebay this week I think. I have to make arrangements with a local bike shop so it can be packed properly. Thanks all.. Approximate value.. The bike does look like it has some wear.. The Raleigh label is scuffed on both sides and the grips are worn out on the handles. I hope someone is interested in fixing up this bike and making it their own project.|
| This is a nice old BSA 3 speed bike on Ebay. Too bad the guy doesn't know how to ship it. I would turn the bars over and make it look like a club bike. |