| Trying to find more information on a Churchill model made by Hercules cycle& motor company. My uncle gave me a bike to tinker with but I dont have the time. I have been trying to find out more before I donate it to the community cycling center or if it would be something an individul collector would be into. It has 3 spd Sturmey, front hub has a generator built in that runs a front and rear light. cable brakes.|
| For some reason it seems as if my Raleigh Sports is harder to pedal than my DL1. It feels like there is a bit more resistance in the Sports (this is on flat pavement), esp in 2nd gear. Should I be concerned about this? Or is this just a matter of one hub has aged differently from the other? Near as I can tell the hub are freely spinning on both, there's no brake rub and the chains are in similar situations overall.|
| Lift the wheels and see how they spin. The bearings can be gummed up and may need rebuilding. Ditto for the bottom backet.|
| It could be the size of the rear sprocket. Install a larger rear sprocket and it will pedal with less effort.|
NMA, NRS, ETC...
| My wife has ridden a wonderful woman's frame Robin Hood since she bought it used in 1978. Recently it was stolen and badly damaged. It hung together for a couple years but eventually the bottom bracket stripped while trying to fit new pedal cranks into it. She would love to get another but they are hard to find. There is a Triumph for sale locally that looks like the same vintage, and it looks as if all her parts would fit it. What is the relationship of the Triumph and Robin Hood? Does it seem like a safe purchase in terms of having interchangeable parts? By the way, where on the Sturmey Archer hub is the 2 digit year of manufacture code located? On the old Robin Hood, just below the "S" in Sturmey, there is a 2 letter code "AW". What does that mean?|
| Robert, Jeff, and David,|
Thanks, all of you. I will look for the numbers tonight. I cleaned the hub fairly well but will do a spit-shine clean tonight and look near the AW.
The Triumph looks to be in good shape so we will make an offer after we look one more place for a Robin Hood frame.
Unfortunately, the bottom bracket threads are actually missing metal where they were stripped so this wonderful, hard-working frame will be headed for the recycling shop once the parts are stripped off of it. It was such an integral part of my wife's life for almost 30 years, since we do not own a car, that I wrote a poem about Robin Hood and her that in a small way is a nicer way to let an old friend go.
| How much of the BB threads were stripped, David? There may be enough left to sufficently hold the BB on.|
P.S., if you ultimately do strip it, I'd be interested in the fenders and chainguard, provided that they are in good shape and are black - I have a '69 Robin Hood that is in sore need of them. Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
| Kurt is correct about the length of the bottom bracket thread. There may be enough thread left to hold the bracket in place. Try using a new or a another used cup with good threads. On loose threads I wrap the cup threads with teflon tape to make them fit tighter. Make sure they are the correct tpi. I believe the Robinhood uses the Raleigh 26 tpi threading not the standard British 24 tpi that pre 1960 Phillips, Hercules and other British bikes used. Don't forget the right side cup is a left hand thread.|
| I can answer one question for you. The AW is the model of the hub, pretty much the standard 3-speed used on lots of bikes, foreign and domestic (USA). The date code should be in the same vicinity. Have you cleaned the hub well? The rest I will have to leave to the more informed contributors to this site.|
| The Robinhood bike from the 60's and 70's would have the same frame as a Triumph of the same vintage. The components will interchange. Both frames were made by Raleigh.|
| I hope she can continue to use the old frame. IMO, the enamel Robin Hood head badge is the best!|
| i have asturmey archer hubon adunlop rim with dunlop tires the hub says fw 53i can,t find anything on the fw series where do i look|
| thishub is a three speed fw was recalled 3 months after release in 1953 most were replaced after recall with the aw can you find another fw three speed frrom that year?frame was steal shakespeare components charlestwigg&co. was the manufacturer.ican't find much info on the maker or the value. i do know there was onlyone production where do i look|
| You mean the Sturmey SW - released in '57, withdrawn in '58.|
By the way, any decent Yahoo search would have brough up Sheldon Brown's master list on geared Sturmey hubs:
Huh? What? A Shakespeare bike? Components? Charles Twigg & Co.? A bit more effort put towards writing coherent, grammatically correct posts would help.
| P.S.: Either you are reading the date and stamping of the hub incorrectly, or you just don't care how you twist the facts: Only the Sturmey-Archer SW had such a limited run as little more then a year, and there was no such Sturmey hub in '53 (or any other year for that matter) that can claim this distinction.|
If I were you, I'd be highly skeptical of where I recieved this information from...
| FW four speed stnd. (common) model, steel shell, manufactured 1953.|