| Nice. You do need some correct grips. I think I've got an extra pair around here some where. My 50's Sports is still w/o a full chaincase & correct inflator which I've been seeking for over three years with no luck so far. Try finding a correct Raleigh inflator in good + condition for these bikes. I was out bid on ebay when the bidding went north of $75.|
The bits are what really cost in this hobby - the frames are much easier to find.
| I have a pair of '70s Raleigh grey bulley grips I intend to use. I could use a second pair for my ladies '51 Sports "C" Tourist though.|
Believe me, I've been looking for two of that same inflator. I plan to simply paint a pair of aftermarket aluminum pumps black, and leave it at that.
Would you be interested in trading a pair of grips, and (if you have them) a pair of '50s Raleigh levers and a '50s upside-down shifter for a partically-complete, semi-presentable (yes, it needs work) Sports chaincase?
Buzz me at firstname.lastname@example.org if that sounds good.
| Kurt - Thanks for responding|
Wish I had all that stuff to send you, but I've olny got the grips which I bought from the fellow who use to be the forum host on Yahoo's British Bike sit (which Yahoo took down) here a year or two back. If you know someone wanting to buy (& pay shipping costs), I do have a set of 26 x 1 3/8 wheels - nos s/w aw 32H rr & dyno front laced with DT stainless spokes & brass nipples. Rims are non-stock, silver Sun aluminum which are much better for braking, especially in the rain. I live in AZ now, but I should have sold the set at the annual Copake, NY bike swap, or Trexlertown, or Great British Bike Weekend events I used to attend when I lived in the NY. To this day I dream about those Raleigh's that Demerest (sp?) always showed at the various concours - unbelievable bikes. All the best to you & yours.
| You have mail, Brian.|
| I spent Monday afternoon taking care of a month's worth of work on my men's '51 Sports "C" Tourist, after receiving a pair of important packages bearing the following goodies:|
A cut-off Raleigh Colt headtube, bearing the proper aluminum Raleigh badge (Thanks Larry!),
a 1950's-era Raleigh crankset, handlebars and handlebar stem (Thank you Neal!)
Needless to say, I got the '51 in a ridable state by early evening, and took it out for a spin.
The FG 4-speed wasn't engaging in top gear on the first ride, found out later that the hub cones were too tight.
The hub works just fine after a cone adjustment, although the low-gear return spring is a tad weak.
Further items to get will be a pair of good-condition '50s Raleigh brake levers (the one you see on it currently is a poor-condition piece from a '56 Super Lenton).
Enjoy the photos!
| Great looking classic cycle. |
Love the chaincase.
Is that original paint?
Where did you find the bike?
| Hello Nate,|
All original paint, save for the chaincase, which the former owner of it (eBay find) repainted. Did a good job of it too.
The frameset and fenders were eBay finds from about a year ago or so, from a couple in New York.
Rims are genuine stainless steel Westricks from eBay as well. Rear FG hub from a fellow forum member, front hub from Warren, NOS front axle from Tom (last name escapes me - he owns a Rudge Aero), handlebars, stem, crankset, B.72 saddle frame and shifter from Neal Lerner, B.72 saddle top from eBay, headbadge from Larry "Boneman", Heron bracket from Tammy Haley, Duro WW tyres special-ordered from LBS, extra-long 1" seatpost from an old 10-speed that I found thrown out.
That just about covers it if I recall correcty...
| Must have taken a while to find all of those parts from all of those sources.|
It looks like it has 26 inch rims. If so, then is that a DL-1 chaincase or something else?
| Hardest parts to find were the badge, handlebar, stem and crankset. The '50s parts don't pop up much.|
Yes, it does have EA3 wheels, but that's a Sports chaincase. Stock on the DL20 Sports "C" Tourist, see:
P.S.: DL-1 cases are a few inches longer.
| Nice bike Kurt and well finished too. There are still a few, many ladies but the odd gents too, being ridden as daily rides by their original owners. A one owner 50 year old bike is not that unusual this side of the pond. |
By the way, nice flamingo!
Matthew - melting in the heat 31C+ and we are on the coast!
| Thanks Matthew! I am aware that the '50s machines are very common on that side of the pond. |
Over here, they're considerably scarcer, and in the city in which I live, I'd wager less then 10 pre-'59 bikes reside. We didn't get our first Raleigh dealer until '65.
| Well my Junk guy stopped by with 3 additions for the flock.|
A 64 Schwinn "Racer"3 speed with a SA rear hub.Comeplete with seat,grips etc Fair condition,A 70 Huffy 3 speed with a SA hub in fair complete condition.And a 60s Columbia "Sport 3" Minus its SA hub.and brakes but with a Bendix Coaster brake hub.None of these are very special but
I paid him $18 dollars for 9 bikes 6 of which will go back to him mostly untouched.But I figure That's a fair retainer for the next batch of possible treasures.
| Good find! Haven't forgotten about the little Burgundy machine.|
| Looking for a Dunelt hockey stick chainguatf for a 1965|
| That is chainguard of course.|
| I have a Brooks B-17 (black) 2 year old saddle with approximately 1200 miles on it, great shape and a black vinyl (med-lg) tool bag for sale. I am asking $50.00 for the both. I have a new Raleigh Rush Hr. bicycle on the way & I need the cash to keep my head above water. I am not real computer literate, but can send pics to email, not savvy enough to do it here though. |