| It's great to have the site back working again! Thanks, Vin, for all your dedication and service to the hobby.|
I have just returned from my annual trip to Beaulieu, England to buy vintage car parts for my little business. As usual, I was able to pick up some cool old bicycle parts while I was there, and one whole bike. The show was as big as ever, with 2,000 stalls. Most of those are automotive-related, but there are a few dozen motorcycle vendors and a few bicycle people there. I met an older gentleman who had worked in a bike shop for fifty years, and he had some bits and pieces left over from his years working there. I bought three 26 X 1-3/8 stainless Endrick rims, one with a Dyno-Three hub, and one 28 X 1-1/2 stainless Westwood rim with a dynohub (I have never seen a 28 stainless before). I definitely will use the Endricks on my ’52 Indian, although I don’t have an appropriate cycle for the 28, so it may be for sale. I also bought a gearcase, some Fibrax brake blocks, a Cyclo 3-speed freewheel, a S-A taillamp, some trigger shifters with new cables, and a few other bits and bobs. I found a new B66 saddle for a bargain price and a used B17 (a special lightweight version; I forget what it is exactly, and won’t know until the container with my stuff comes in, probably in December). The bike I bought is pretty cool. It’s a 1953 Raleigh Superbe, 26” wheels with cable brakes (I think that makes it a Superbe Sports), gearcase, B66 saddle, and Dyno-Four rear hub. It’s pretty much original, and I think the green paint will come up nicely with some elbow grease. It was stored for 20 years or so, but fortunately whoever put it away coated all the chrome with some kind of product that looks like rust but which comes off with steel wool to reveal nice, shiny chrome underneath. Yes, I know we aren’t supposed to use steel wool on chrome, but I have been steel-wooling British chrome for thirty years and have yet to make a single visible scratch. It is very, very, hard stuff! The bike came with its original, green, R-I pump, which even works. I think I’ll keep the bike, but that does mean I will have to sell one of the others to make space for it, or, better yet, two or three! Likely candidates are my ’62 Superbe, almost the same condition as the ‘53 described above but 3-speed and no gearcase. It has half-chrome front forks and a white head tube, which are both cool. I don’t have the key for the fork. It has new Michelin tires and NOS brake blocks and rides well. Dyno lights work fine. I think I should get around $200 for it. Another is an early 50’s Hercules Tourist, original, nice, with chrome fenders and chainguard. It has a Miller bottle generator and lights, which work well. It has a Brooks B72 saddle and rides great. It has a Hercumatic 3-speed hub and trigger, as all Hercs did back then. Price is $175. I also have a 1951 lady’s DL1, a bit weathered but in good rideable shape. It has a gearcase and the rear fender is an NOS one (blue, sadly) I bought from a fellow in Canada. I want $150 for this one. Final interesting bike I have for sale is a 1940 Stoddard, which is a cheap club bike, rides great, rare but not very special. Price is $175. I suppose I can list these things on ebay but I would prefer to sell one or more here if possible. I have numerous fixer-uppers for sale as well, as well as several nice 60s sports-type bikes, and lots of parts including a NOS 50s Raleigh gearcase in green, $50, some great Michelin 26 X 1-1/4 tires in blackwall and whitewall for $15 each, late-style S-A trigger with cable, $20, and a couple more of those NOS 28” Raleigh rear fenders in blue or red, $15 each. Let me know if you need anything else; I probably have it and might sell it.
| Oldmanbike has a nice Hercules on Ebay Item number 300028859954 .Very original. Ed|
| It's a crying shame but this bike wouldn't turn a hair over here in the land of Raleigh. I am amused and bemused by the rear mudguard. You wouldn't see a bike that age in the UK with any white paint on the rear mudguard, and it would be rare to see so much of the mudguard, on any bike, painted white. I have never found the blackout (ARP) regulations regarding bicycles and their mudguards but remember everything was hard to come by during WW2 in the UK, even paint. I doubt more than six inches would have seen the brush. |
Do individual states have regulations about such things? Surely a hi-viz jacket and lights do more to make a cyclist seen than two foot of white painted mudguard?
Oops! I'm almost ranting, sorry.
Its a nicely turned out machine and it deserves a good home. Hope it sells.
Matthew - rant and roll
| The paint was followed to the original lines. I think my photo is poor. I like to ride my Steyr 3 speed made in Austria. The frame is far better than any any Phillips or Raleigh I have restored. I sell Hercules bicycles like that one. Nice enough but not something I like to ride. I can't understand why I could never ride a no hander on an English bicycle. I think the more basic bicycles were sent to the US. But way better than Cleveland Welding balloon tire bicycles of that era. We used to call them "THE BUSS". Just as heavy. Just as slow. Old guys like me need modern alloy rim bicycles with 24 speeds. Even then my elbow gets sore. But at least it is not my knee that hurts. I sold my Raleigh Sprite S5 hub bicycle. The reason my knee used to be sore. How heavy did they need to make rims? I thought they were mirror polished stainless when I bought it. Very heavy rims. I think my favorite English bicycle is my Raleigh Folder. I have replaced the rims on that. It had small motercycle rims as original! I like what feels good. I love classic bicycles but not more than 3 miles on flat roads. Tired and worn out...... Ed|
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NMA, gotta pick up near St Paul. Older M&W Sports, w/dynohubs, chaincases, DBUs, etc.
If you never look at another website please look at this one. Its not roadsters BUT its as English as toasted crumpets and butter, Earl Grey Tea, Morris Minors, & Windsor Castle.
Matthew - mesmorised - momentarily
| What? No scones and clotted cream?|
Excellent site sir! And I busted out laughing.... looking at one TOLL bicycle that had to be nearly 20 feet tall.... with DROP BARS!!!!! LMAO!!!!
Larry "Boneman" Bone - feeling altitudinally challenged on his oversized DL-1
| This message from Ed & Will Stevens the guys who rode the tall bikes around Britain;|
Tall Bike Tour Britain will be on Blue Peter this Tuesday (19th Sept). BBC1 TV
Ed and Will
| I was on Blue Peter in 1967! nothing to do with bikes though. I did get to meet Chris, Val and Peter and the dogs and cat. It was a great day out for a 12 year old and made me a temporary celeb at school! I can't believe Blue Peter is still going after all these years!|
| Hi Lawrence,|
39 years later and I am still honoured to share the DB and this thread with some one who appeared on BP (wasn't it John, Peter & Val by 1967?)
Matthew - here's one I restored earlier
| PAINT IS ROUGH. TOP FRAME TUBE HAS A COOL ARCH TOO IT. NEEDS A SHIFT CABLE. RIDES NICE. I'VE NEVER SEEN ONE LIKE IT! $100.00 MARK. WILL EMAIL PIC. APON REQUEST, MARK.|