|you can't see the stars|
|during the day|
|because of an excess|
| I have 2 old Raleighs that I'm restoring. Is old roads still selling parts? The message is unclear on when sales stop. If not, can someone please suggest another source? Harris Cyclery does not have everything that I need. |
Thanks for your help.
| What do you need specifically. You'd be surprised the stuff we hoard...|
| Thank you to all those of you who showed appreciation of my reply to the Rwanda post. I do feel that sort of post is important and inspirational. I was inspired to write my reply because of the excellent original post. Julie's reply was also excellent, a dumpster (skip) rescue and an epic re-maiden voyage. I've never seen a beaver or a night heron, wow! Please, fellow readers, tell others what you've seen and been up to. Chris, Kurt, PC and others are good and generous in doing so, your story, from where you are and about your bike(s) will be of interest to us all. Tell us, lets have 'show and tell'.|
Matthew, recently (this evening) returned from Weymouth, Dorset, departure point for many D-Day troops.
| 'Evening Matthew,|
Unfortunatly, I can't say that my recent cycle adventures have been filled with mother nature's glory, such as Julie's. The city of which I reside in is one of little green space.
How did it start? Well, let's see. It took one 1947 Schwinn thrown out next door to get me started...and a few months later, my '71 Raleigh - also a trash pile find - had me sufficently hooked.
Was it by chance that a week later, on a semi-vacation to the Florida Keys, that I happened upon another Raleigh in the trash? Maybe, and maybe not.
Two years later and the collection has grown considerably, now housing over 15 complete cycles, including these Raleigh Industries cycles...:
1951 Raleigh Sports "C" Tourist
1969 Robin Hood Sports (Beater)
1970 Raleigh Twenty
1971, '73, '75 Raleigh Sports
1979 Rudge DL-1
1984 Raleigh USA Competition (not Nottingham, but still a notworthy bike)
...and a few other brands:
1955 Murray Aeroline
1971 Schwinn Continental
1973 Columbia Tourist
As for "show," well, I've probably bored this forum with the same batch of old photos day in and day out, so I'll spare you all having to look at them again.
I plan to take a new batch of current photos sometime next week - I'll post them when they are ready.
While it is far from finished, I am also compiling a balloon tire and English cycle (predominantly Raleigh) reference website known as "The Headbadge."
Current link: http://www.jaysmarine.com/bikecollection.html
I must admit, the site's progress has been most slow, and the HTML work needs a good deal re-doing, but someday, I assure you, it will be finished.
All the best,
| i'm looking for information on getting some decals for my raliegh sports i'd like to refinish it but i'm not sure about masking everything off. does anyone know about repros?|
| Have you first tried "waxing" the bike in shoe polish? Use Kiwi Neutral for colors, or Kiwi Brown and/or Black for those respective colors. Buff off then wipe after applying. Will work wonders.|
| I've successfully repainted two three-speeds while masking off the decals and preserving everything save the pinstripes (which had to be repainted anyway). I've sued Dupont auto paints mixed to match by my local auto store. Use ONLY high-quality 3M auto masking tape to mask the paint: cheap masking tape bleeds. After you remove the masking tape, clean the decal with very fine polish, then mask around it and spray with clear coat to fill in the gap. Rub down the entire bike with 2000 grade wet sandpaper to polish. For the pinstripes, use paint and pinstriping tape from Finesse Pinstriping at http://www.finessepinstriping.com|
The results are superb.
| Classic cycle transfers or Lloyds Cycles will help you. Nick Lloyd can be less than helpful but holds the largest & rarest stock. Worth looking / asking both.|
Matthew - listening to the rain on the conservatory roof and wondering when it will be dry enough to cycle again?
I've seen mention of "waxing" with shoe polish. What exactly does it do? Does it restore the paint, cover up bare spots? Does the shoe polish come off on your clothes afterwards?
Bryan in CT
| Good question Bryan - glad you asked, as I believe nobody has explained that yet since the first time shoe polish was suggested as a polish on the forum.|
What it does is it simply lifts up the layer of caked-on grime the bike has accumulated over the years, leaving a beautiful bright, original shine as the result.
Apply and polish off just like any wax, but repeat the process a few times for excellent results. Make sure you buff it completely off - the stuff has a habit of lingering around in spots if not buffed off sufficently. No worry about damaging the paint this way though - simply buff a bit more in any spots where you might find traces of it.
It will NOT cover scratches or bare spots.
If throughly buffed off, I see no reason why it should come of on your clothes, as you techincally remove all the polish when you wipe it off.
Do make sure you bundle your rag in a few layers when you apply it though...as it'll certainly bleed through the rag all over your fingers.
| I just picked up a Ladies Royal Scot,and would like to get some information on the brand.It has the Raleigh markings on the pedals,stem ect.No date on SA 3 speed hub.|
Thank You!Marty Mullins
| I have a ladies frame in metallic blue. Made by Raleigh, one of the many names conjoured up by Raleigh. Probably sold through some department store. Which one, I am not sure. The other Scot bike to own is called: A Flying Scot or: The Flying Scot. No date on the hub means that is is from the 1940's. Yours is older than mine. Do you have an enclosed chainguard on yours?|
It is an open chainguard,black and white,fenders have wire stays,the pedals have reflectors in them like raleigh choppers.
| Ok, It's like mine then . I wish I knew more about the Royal Scots.|
| Nice Flying Scot on ebay. I wish it were mine! |