| Hi folks,|
Some websites of interest;
A Charity getting bikes to people who need them. A good place for sending your unwanted / non-collectible bikes? Also this site has plans for a self build trailer made from old cycle parts, a great idea!
An interesting site from a company with a solution to the age old problem of 'my rack is too small for all my shopping / work tools/ children etc.' A must for lovers of trade bikes (cycletrucks).
Matthew - having enjoyed Christmas day now back to serious cycle stuff!
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| The link wouldn't work for me and when I tried to shorten it I got a slightly off putting image?|
Matthew - more no than techno
| I got this link to work when I took out some extra spaces. Who knows how they get in there.|
| I added another one to the stable today, a perfectly good, ready to ride Raleigh Sports. Didn't even have to pump up the tires. |
The downside is that it looks like its the combination of about 5 other bikes.
The frame is brown, the forks and chain guard are green, the rear fender is chrome and dented slightly, the front fender is black and in good shape, and the tires are very early Western Flyer blackwalls. The rear hub says 3/63, All the rest of the chrome, cables and crankset are in excellent shape.
Now the question, it's a 23" frame, meaning its in my size range, but do I A) leave it alone and run it as it is, B) use it for parts, or C) strip it down, repaint it all one color? (I have a good matching rear fender, and I have a decal set here for a later model, which I believe the frame is. The decals on the frame look most like my 1968 Sports.
To avoid painting it, I would need to find either brown fenders, forks and cg, or a Green frame and fenders. I like these in black, so that would be the color I'd paint it. I could match the original paint pretty well and everything would be stripped to bare metal.
I could just make it a beater bike, leaving it all mismatched, but I'd have to put on a better set of fenders.
| LOL... sounds like it may be the Velociped Version of that car Johnny Cash built... "One Piece At A Time".|
Usually when a question such as this comes up... one puts forth the proposition that "It's only original ONCE."
Methinks at this juncture, that may not actually apply. So, persuant to your options... I think leaving it as is... nah, you don't want that... so... paint or get parts to match. May take a little time and effort, but the result will be more satisfying.
Whatever you decide, best of luck with it!
Larry "Boneman" Bone
| I am leaning towards painting it, its large enough for me to ride and I can make it perfect. The hardest part is not getting it too glossy as I don't think these had a super glossy finish when new. I did a few parts using black lacquer and was able to match the gloss well. |
It won't be till summer though when I get to paint it, it will have to wait in line with a few other projects.
Why not make a trailer from the parts? See my post above with the link to Re-cycle and the trailer plans there.
Matthew - more than one way to rebuild a bike.
| To all my fellow denizens on the English Roadster discussion board, my best wishes for a safe and wonderful holiday season.|
Just think.... 30 or more years ago... how many Roadsters were found parked next to the tree... 'Twas magical times!
Larry "Boneman" Bone
| This is a fun group. It somehow feels "right" to be among the minority that appreciates vintage bicycles that you can actually ride in style and comfort. English roadsters are not toys, they're not flashy, and they're not built for riding down mountain sides. Rather, they're high-quality, beautifully engineered, adult vehicles that were made to last for 100 years. May you find that DL-1 you've always wanted under your tree! Or at least a can of Proofide the Brooks B 90/3! |
| I would like to add my seasonal felicitations to those of Larry and Kevin.|
36 years ago my present was a Halfords Gemini 22, look that up on the web!
Matthew - much merriment to all.
| Heres wishing all my old roads friends the very best for the holidays. |
| Greetings to all of you and keep the knowledge rolling in (I'm a late developer)!|
One of my children thinks Christmas has arrived early, I was caught in the garage "unseizing" a twenty inch rodded junior Hercules (been outside behind a garage wall for hundreds of years)!
Yo ho ho......you can't beat the old stuff, but can I call it a Roadster ?
Steve the novice.
| Yes Steve you most definitely can.|
Matthew - rod brakes rule (even if they don't stop so very effectively)
| Let me add Seasons Greetings to all my good friends here. I have learned so much from you people. As for a 50 inch plasma tv or a DL-1 under the tree, I'll take the DL-1. I spend too much time with the tv now. The roads here (Wisconsin) have been ice covered for a couple weeks. Can't wait to get back outside. I manage about two miles a day of riding all winter if conditions are possible.|
| Merrry xmas and Happy Soltice for all the pagan druids lurking out there! Let's all hope for a little more peace and happiness for the year to come.|
| Please look this up and read the description! This is a real treat of a story. Well written!|
e- bay item # 280185136500400 Silver mercury dimes
| Too many numbers, try #280185136500|
| If you're at all familiar with the musical group known as "Cake"... do queue up "I'm A Dime" whilst you read that outstanding tale.|
I find it intersting... I've oft used Ebay as a search engine of sorts... seems of late, some have used it as a blog as well.
Thanks for the post. A very fun story, indeed!
Larry "Boneman" Bone