|1961 integrated dynohub & 3 speed|
| I have a Hercules hub that is made before 1960 when TI bought them. It is a 40 hole hub and the chrome is in good shape with normal wear. I have pulled this apart and cleaned it and it looks to be in very good shape. Email me with an offer. photos were listed on Fleabay #6550791061. If you want I can send you photos. Ed|
| Chris, someone's calling you...|
| I guess no one is ready for this kind of serious hardware. |
| I am watching, drooling over the empty box. Waiting to pounce upon anybody who will offer the hub in new condition.|
| As I promised in an earlier message, a few photos of my latest acquisition. It isn't an exceptionally rare cycle, but a very nice example, nevertheless.|
Here's the photos:
A bit of a mess it was when I got it, eh?
The result after a bit of grime-remover, polish, wax, and rear wheel swap:
The original rear wheel had been yanked out a half-year ago at one of the LBS and swapped with a Shimano Positron 3C, so I pulled a spare NOS rear wheel (with '75 dated AW!) from my shed to replace it. NOS "R" nuts grace the front axle, and I'll soon be adding an NOS rear axle "R" nut.
Original rear brake cable had been replaced a month ago according to the original owner. Didn't take long for me to take the aftermarket cable off and put on an original replacement (Thanks Sam!).
Have yet to put the gear cable on, as I don't have an original. Since I haven't recieved any replies to my advertisement for one on the forum, I plan to cobble one up with some spare black ribbed housing and cable stop, an aftermarket 3 speed cable, some heat-shrink tubing (for the exposed cable section), and a roll of silver solder to affix the stop to the barrel end.
Enjoy the pictures.
| The Sports from that vintage are great finds, I think. I paid $30 for mine and wow was it worth it. Mine is a 74 and Bronze Green, male frame. I really love the self-adjusting brakes. I find them very easy to work on and keep adjusted. I find Sports from the mid 70s to be among the most servicable, but still low cost, bikes. They really clean up nicely.|
| Nice work Kurt! Keep 'em flyin'! As to mid-seventies... yeah, they clean up pretty well providing the chrome is in reasonable shape.|
I'm currently working on a mid 70's 5-speed Sprite in Coffee Brown. The chrome on the front wheel is rather pitted.. but cleaned up fairly well. The rear wheel... the chrome is not pitted at all... but BLISTERED. :-(
Still... an VERY large frame... self-adjusting brakes also. Don't know if I will sell it... or keep it as an "all-weather" bike.
Larry "Boneman" Bone
I just went through my Raleighs most of which are unmolested originals with original tires. The only one with rear axle "R" nuts is one of my Sprites and I can nearly remember adding them myself. Is this what you are doing? A personal 'upgrade'?
| Mike: No doubt - these '70s Sports are great weekend projects, and relatively hassle-free as well. As a plus, most of the LBS in my area have NOS '70s Sturmey gear-related parts kicking about. I have a Bronze Green Sports as well from the same era - a '73. I was crazy enough to do a full resto on this thing...not to mention that it was simply a frameset, so I was also tasked with building it up.|
Larry: Thanks Larry - there isn't a Raleigh in town that I won't set my hands on if it's the right price (and those from the trash pile find a welcoming home with me). I've actually found the '70s chrome to usually hold up better then the same from the '60s. Not that it's any different - both are essentially the Soviet chrome, but you have to calculate about 10 years extra 'pasture rotting' for the '60s bikes.
I recall one '65 Sports for sale which I passed up once. Both Westrick rims were horribly blistered with deep rust, the rear having a rusted-out section about 3" long. Top that off with a few spokes missing and that the hub cones were alarmingly loose. Curiously, the frame and chainguard (didn't have fenders) were sparkling in that sick Candy Apple hue of Raleigh's Carmine Red...with no transfers or pinstriping. I suspect someone compounded the paint at one time.
As for a Sprite, a pair of NOS Sturmey 27s" recently went through the 'Bay...did you see them? They were chrome though - if you want all-weather, I'd suggest a pair of old Weinmann aluminum rims.
Dick: Yes, I ultimately installed the rear-axle "R" nuts on all of my bikes - none of them actually had these nuts originally. It was after I found a dozen or so NOS rear axle nuts at one of the LBS that I decided to dress up my '70s bikes with them. Also takes care of the stripping axle nut problem.
I believe only the Chopper featured these particular nuts on the rear axle from factory?
| I have 3 Raleigh DL-1 bikes from the 1970's. Two of them are 22" framed models. One is in very good condition with the usual chips, dings etc and the other is in excellent condition with very clean paint, chrome, decals, pinstriping etc.) Being 5'7" I was thrilled to come across the 22" model(s) because I can ride it with no problems. In fact, I will more than likely keep one of them. I am in the process of stripping them down, cleaning and waxing all paintwork, polishing all chrome parts, cleaning and re-lubricating the headset, front hub and crankset etc (I was not going to disturb the SA hubs as they are working fine. Anyway, my plan was to sell one of the 22's and the 24 on ebay but if anyone here is interested please e-mail me with your offer. I am located in Portland, OR zip code 97213 if you want to figure out freight costs. As you know, the weight will be near 50 lbs. As I clean and re-assemble them I can send pics. Thanks - George|
| Nice ladies Royal Scot.Has Very Nice chrome w/ Raleigh mark on stem and pedals.|
$80.00 + actual shipping/no packing charge.