| Hello. Looking for a Sturmey Archer 2 speed shifter. Top Tube mount for 1930s 2 speed fixed hub. also looking for an alloy 25.4 seat pin. c 1930s-40s Any help greatly appreciated. |
| Have a look at the new line of Brooks products, saddles, leather grips, tape and mudguard flaps. Nice!!!!!|
| Yes, nice to see the resurgence of the oval logo ! By the by, Warren, thanks for the tip on the Schwalbe tires for EA1 rims. I managed to get 4 of them and am very pleased !|
| heres an interesting find for your perusal and comments. Its a prewar Royal Enfield Tandem Racer. The S.A. 3 speed is coded AT-8 which I think means 1938. The drum brakes are also S.A and are of similar vintage. The brake levers are Mafac and the drop bars say British made. The tyres are Dunlop Motorette sized 26 x 1 3/8 and are very heavy walled compared to normal bike tyres. There is a British made wheel side dynamo and a Lucas King of the road bell.The alloy fenders appear to be original with proprietory mounting hardware that matches the lugs on the frame. I have been advised to clean it up and get it functioning without destroying the patina of age. I am doing this at present. All my searching on websites such as this has produced no information on this bike other than the S.A. components. Has anyone seen or heard of this monster before? I can provide pictures if interested.|
| Hi Tim,|
Most British bicycle manufacturers made tandems, BSA, New Hudson, Phillips, Raleigh etc as well as the more specialist builders. The equipment you describe is typical of the period and it souns like a real gem. Clean it, mend what needs mending and then enjoy it. You will be surprised how fast it is (presuming you haven't ridden tandems before) despite being heavy and robust.
I'm slightly envious but very glad this machine is in good hands and not being broken for spares or hung on a wall.
Take care and enjoy it.
Matthew - two saddles = twice the fun.
| I have acquired a Raleigh Superbe in very good shape. It was built in Canada, and from its serial number I think it was made in 1978. It has a front Dyno Hub.and the light works.|
Only thing is, I thought Sturmey Archer stopped making Dyno hubs before 78. Can anyone set me straight on this?
| Sturmey Archer Dynohubs should have a date code just as the rear hubs do. Look on the inner-facing surface.|
| I'll just throw this out there... Just because it has a dyno hub doesn't mean it came with one. The Supurbe used to come with one and maybe soemone that likes dyno hubs got hold of it in the 30 years since it was made.|
it's not tough to build a wheel, and I put a dyno on my commuter (Sears Free Spirit. It would amuse me to think of someone in years to come trying to research a Free Spirit with a Dyno....
| I've seen later Dynos without serial numbers. It's just that Neal doesn't collect any of the "modern" stuff! (grin)|
I suspect it was stock albeit new old stock for the day. SA likely had a stockpile and the lack of serial number could mean that they saw the end of production on the horizon and stopped dating them so as to keep them from being obviously out of date. Every Superbe I've seen in Canada has had one and I've seen dozens.
| The G.H.6. Dynohub was made up to 1984. Sturmey Archer came out with a newer version but they never got past a few prototypes that did fqll into the hands of collectors so a few are out there but for Sturmey Archer the dynohub died in 1984.|
You can buy a complete wheel with a dynohub built in from Cycles of Yesteryear off of e- bay but these dynohubs are not made by Sturmey Archer but somebody else and I have not seen these except in pictures and nobody has written about these so I have no idea who made or is making these.
Other companies have come out with dynohubs like Sachs and Shimano. However due to poor marketing and having to wait and order them from shops and high prices I don't think too many are in use.
I own a Shimano version but I don't have the connector pieces and cable and headlight/ taillight and I just said to heck with it so it sits unused in a Steel Westwood 28 X 1 1/2 Raleigh tourist wheel and the spokes are stainless to boot! It was expensive, my mechanic commented what a pain in the butt it was to order it and wait and wait and he pulled strings with the supplier/ jobber and then to have those spokes custom cut/ ordered in size and getting the darned thing built into a wheel and the whole thing was a real pain and despite my dogged persistence I gave up and have it hanging up someplace. I got tired of chasing parts and it does not spin very well and I question the bearings but it is new. I have the instruction sheet and he went on and on about how many months he had to wait for that thing like it is gold or something. I ran off copies of that sheet and have them.
Sheldon Brown writes about dynohubs at his site and you'll see the new model dydnohub that I have. http://www. Sheldonbrown/dynohubs
I have a new/ old stock 12 volt from the 1930's in my stash but it is missing a inner paper gasket ( the kind that carrys the patent numbers and it needs a chasing for the axle threads to be cleaned and set right but it is marvelous and in never seen new condition.
The thing that bothers me with the old Sturmey Archer dynohubs is the crappy bearings they used and the cones/ bearings wore out quickly and finding old original cones is not easy to do. Possible but not easy.
I love the dynohubs, have and collect them,rebuilt them, all of them. Many are still in use.
I just wish the dynohubs were made with more ease thought of towards easy bearing replacement. I would have made the inner cup surface replaceable like a Campagnolo hub and made the parts hardened like a B.S.A. crank or spindle. B.S.A. parts were super toughened/ hardened wore like iron and last forever. So the Sturmey- Archer cones and surfaces that they wear against would have been of better quality and the bearings would have been like in the best bicycle hubs.
The Sturmey- Archer G.H.6. could have had better cones and bearings and I am just imagining how much sweeter they could have been. Strange but marvelous things. I sent parts to Kwalajalein Marshall Islands to a nice fellow that was hitting coconuts in his path because his dynohub was shorted out. Do not clean yours with steel wool and rub it across the terminals. I sent him all sorts of things and a original Brooks cycle rack and he wrote back saying that he was keeping the rack to look at and was not using it. He sent pictures of him and the bike and it was cool except that I wish he used the rack that I pried away from myself to send to him.
A company called reflectalite sells bulbs new replacement bulbs that fit the old g.h.6. Sturmey Archer dynohub.
Any further questions on dynohubs? Ask us again.
| I saw it again on e- bay, Cycles of Yesteryear describes the dyno- hub as a " Brand New Dynomo" This is a type of Dyno hub we have never seen or discussed here before. Cycles of Yesteryear has a photo of this hub and it says: EDH-1 6 V- 3 W on it.|
Strange that Cycles of Yesteryear does not offer the wiring connector pieces that run between the hub and the lights. Also..... They do not offer the lights ( head or tail light) with it either.
| Outting this one--not mine etc---|
| Got one of those, actually just the frame. Neat|