AGE / VALUE:   WOW! posted by: Larry "Boneman" Bone on 9/20/2005 at 11:00:23 PM
This sports is commanding quite the price.... and with the nefarious 3-speed Coaster (SC3?)...

NMA, etc....

http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Raleigh-Sports-3-Speed-Bicycle-Bike-England_W0QQitemZ7182972355QQcategoryZ98084QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Cheers!

Larry "Boneman" Bone
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   WOW! posted by Kurt K. on 9/20/2005 at 11:19:28 PM
What a pair of whitewalls won't do to increase bidding...

Coaster is probably the S3C model - the TCW was phased out by '67, I believe. The S3C was not failproof, but better then the TCW.

-Kurt
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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   WOW! posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 9/21/2005 at 12:14:10 AM
>What a pair of whitewalls won't do to increase bidding...

That all depends... if they are the world-renowned Kurt K DUROS... why, by all MEANS it should command TOP dollar! ;-)

Not sure what's up there... but I've always noticed that black and red usually command a good price. Thing is... it's the SILVER (Platinium?) that was somewhat uncommon... and pretty neat looking to boot. Whitewalls would look AWESOME on a Platinium Sports IMHO.

Cheers!

Larry "Boneman" Bone
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   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   WOW! posted by Kurt K. on 9/21/2005 at 1:00:05 AM
Hehehehe!

Yes, black has always been a good seller, mainly as it is known as THE color for a proper English cycle, followed by Bronze Green.

What puzzles me is that even this small-frame model would command such a price. It's a nice, clean example, but it does have some notable cosmetic flaws - worn pedals, no paint left on the badge, reasonable paint (shiny, but by no means glossy - satin is more like it), etc.

Take a look up on the 'Bay now, there's a '73 Platinum Sports, 23" frame, being sold by a Schwinn collector right now, and commanding a fair price too.

The Platinum and Silver models seem to be quite poplular - in fact, the very first three bikes to 'start' this trend of $200+ bidding wars were all either Platinum or Silver DL22s.

Funny thing, I tried selling a near-mint silver '74 Sports on consignment for a local shop back in November of 2004 with a starting price of $250. A bit excessive, but not extraordinary...witness this current eBay mania! The bike did not sell. I dare say that it would probably sell if listed today.

Incedentally, I have yet to see a Lemon Yellow Sports pop up since the price boom. As these are reported to be the rarest and most desireable color of the three, I would be very curious to know how much one would currently bring on the 'Bay.

Good thing I already found my lemon-yellow Sports (seller's going to drive it down here around Thanksgiving, along with two other '50s Sports) - a 1975-dated, 23" frame Lemon Yellow Sports - nearly complete (less saddle), and in nice shape.

Take care,

-Kurt
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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: WOW! posted by Mark Stonich on 9/21/2005 at 4:40:26 PM
TCW Mk III was in production till 1972.
SC3 was introduced in 1970.
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   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: WOW! posted by Kurt K. on 9/21/2005 at 8:52:22 PM
Thanks for that bit of info Mark - didn't know the Tri-Coaster lasted that long. S3C had a late entry too...

-Kurt
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   RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: WOW! posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 9/22/2005 at 12:44:36 AM
Wow... the winning bid was $360!!!! Albeit, if I were the sellor... I'd be a bit nervous about the 0 feedback the winner has. Though... we all had 0 feedback at one point!

Cheers!

Larry "Boneman" Bone
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WANTED:   Sturmey-Archer reflector, 27" SA rims posted by: Kurt K. on 9/20/2005 at 7:35:49 PM
Looking for a nice, post-'72 large diameter Sturmey-Archer reflector and a pair of Sturmey-Archer marked 27" rims, as used on the late '70s Sprites.

You can email me at cudak888@aol.com if you have either of the two parts.

-Kurt
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   RE:WANTED:   Sturmey-Archer reflector, 27 posted by Kurt K. on 9/20/2005 at 11:14:39 PM
Just got a reflector. Still need the rims.

-Kurt
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   RE:RE:WANTED:   Sturmey-Archer reflector, 27 posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 9/21/2005 at 12:16:50 AM
I've been on the lookout for a 27" rear wheel inclusive of S/A hub. I had one in my grasp... it was affixed to an older Columbia "Sports" type roadster..... $5 at a garage sale in Binghamton, NY... alas... at the time, I had NO way to transport it.

It would have been grand to replace the 5-speed train-wreck gearing on my "Too Tall" Sprite.

Best of luck securing the rim!

Regards,

Larry "Boneman" Bone
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   RE:RE:RE:WANTED:   Sturmey-Archer reflector, 27 posted by Kurt K. on 9/21/2005 at 1:06:24 AM
No way to transport it? Dissasemble it and stuff it in the trunk! I always keep a toolbox handy with me - whether in a rental car or in the usual Raleigh transporamobile...

Hate to tell you this, but there was a pair of NOS Sturmey-Archer stamped 27" Sprite rims on Fleabay a month or two ago. Went for under $10.

I was sorely tempted to get them, but passed. Now I'm kicking myself for not getting 'em! Oh well - had to save up for the lead-weight Schwinn S-6 rims that go on the '71 Schwinn Continental.

Take care,

-Kurt
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   RE:RE:RE:RE:WANTED:   Sturmey-Archer reflector, 27 posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 9/21/2005 at 12:47:50 PM
>No way to transport it?

Nope.... I was actually aboard a 77 Sports cruising around town. No tools with me to do any dis-assembly work. And a complete bike (espcially an olde Columbia) is just a bit too heavy to throw over one's shoulder....

Later!

Larry "Boneman" Bone
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   RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:WANTED:   Sturmey-Archer reflector, 27 posted by Kurt K. on 9/22/2005 at 3:43:49 PM
Kurt's rule of bike scavenging, No. 28:

Always ride with a small saddlebag equipped with an adjustable wrench or multi-tool!

I've thrown a few bikes over my shoulder when on short walks, but usually only if they are missing a rim.

-Kurt
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MISC:   Photos of the Larz Anderson Bicycle Show on the Wool Jersey Photo Gallery posted by: Peter Naiman on 9/20/2005 at 2:53:32 PM
It's taken a while to get the jpgs of this years show
at Larz up in albums, but it's finally done for your
viewing. Lots of neat cycles, from Lightweights to
Antique. There are contributions from six different
photographers.

http://www.wooljersey.com/gallery/Larz-Anderson-05

Peter Naiman
Glendale, WI

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FOR SALE:Lenton Grand Prix Reg Harris model posted by: paul on 9/19/2005 at 10:57:58 PM
531 main tubes, great graphics, all original save for tires and tubes, original bar tape and plugs, greenish gold color, CycloBenelux derailer, SA FM 4 speed steel, 3 cluster aft and single chainwheel fore, 27X1 and 1/4 Dunlop steel wheels. 1958 birth year, Britannia plastic mudguards off white, Brooks B16.....all unrestored but road worthy......new price $350 cash, delivery extra, Continental USA only....you'll like this machine!! ask for pic's! Thanks for looking! paul
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ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   What's this one? posted by: Neal on 9/19/2005 at 4:47:33 PM
What do you folks make of this bike:

http://tinyurl.com/d572r

A Robin Hood Lenton sports? And no fender stays anywhere on the frame? Looks like a paint job and a replacement headbadge, but I could be wrong.

Neal
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   What's this one? posted by Matthew on 9/19/2005 at 6:08:09 PM
I agree with the 'replaced badge' theory. The rivets don't look right at all.

Matthew
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   What's this one? posted by P.C. Kohler on 9/19/2005 at 6:35:32 PM
Nope, this is a bona fide Robin Hood Lenton Sports, folks. This is the second of these on eBay in a year. Now, this is not the Reynolds 531 main tubed Lenton Sports c. 1949-61, but the 2030 variety that was first badged as a Raleigh in 1962 and then morphed into a Robin Hood by 1963 and was gone within a year or two. The Raleighs had an AW hub with a three-speed Cyclo-Benelux derailleur set up. I think the Robin Hood had the cheapest Huret 5-speed derailleur. It was your basic $59.95 "English Racer". The colour of this frame is the classic "Sunset Yellow" that Raleigh Industries sprayed on just about everything that left the Lenton Rd. factory at this time: Hercs, Robin Hoods, Triumphs, Raleighs.. you name it. A nice solid frame in good shape. But this sure ain't the Lenton that Reg Harris did his road training on!

P.C. Kohler
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