WANTED:Womans Frame English 3 speed posted by: Mark Stonich on 1/29/2007 at 10:32:48 AM
I'm looking for Womans frame English 3 speed. 19" or 21" frame.
Either;
One from the '50s in good to very good condition, showing a bit of patina but mechanically sound.
Or
A later, brightly colored one, in very good to excellent condition.

Minneapolis/St Paul Metro area only

Contact me directly at mark@bikesmithdesign.com or 612-824-2372 Ask for Mark.

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AGE / VALUE:Scott Mathauser brakes posted by: Chris on 1/28/2007 at 2:44:17 PM
What is the story behind Scott Mathauser brakes?
Excellent red rubber brakes. I have a set of the alloy finned ones. Various styles and for various model brakes.
What I think I know is, that they are rare now and that somebody bought him up or contributed to things changing in a not so good way or something funky.
I see the Kool stop brakes offering something similar but is that compound as good?

What is the mysterious story behind Mathauser?
I just pick them up and save them if I find them.
But I'd like to know.

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   RE:AGE / VALUE:Scott Mathauser brakes posted by chris on 1/28/2007 at 2:50:05 PM
I forgot to add that it was ( is) a breakthrough product.
Best brake shoes!
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   RE:AGE / VALUE: Scott Mathauser brakes posted by Mark Stonich on 1/28/2007 at 3:09:33 PM
I used them "back in the day" but IMHO the KoolStop Salmon are just as good for a lot less $$. Not as spiffy lookin' though.
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:Scott Mathauser brakes posted by Ed on 1/28/2007 at 8:46:40 PM
FYI Iron oxide makes the rubber orange. Even the old ones stop well. Ed
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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:Scott Mathauser brakes posted by Chris on 1/29/2007 at 4:07:44 PM
I was asking for the soap opera story behind the company. Did he sell out? taken over? International intrigue?

You know, gossip.
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ENGLISH ROADSTERS:English/Raleigh Monark posted by: Bokey on 1/27/2007 at 2:27:13 PM
I saw one once about 10 years ago, and now I own one. I pulled it from the steel recycling dumpster and brought it back to life.

The AW hub works fine -- of course it does. The rims were rusted, but they cleaned up fine. The paint is mainly gone; the bike now has what I would loosely call a "patina".

The Raleigh-imprinted crank arms are bent AND twisted, so I replaced the axle spindle with a Truvativ cartridge held in place by the original fixed and locked cups. Shimano 600 cranks are affixed to the tapered axle. Just a little turning on the inside of the cups on the lathe (not the bearing surface) allows the BB cartridge to be held in nicely.

I've look around on the 'net but haven't found anything on an English or Raleigh-built Monark. Does anyone know about his bike?

Thanks
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: English/Raleigh Monark posted by James on 1/29/2007 at 3:53:47 PM
Is this a Raleigh Sports type bicycle? I'm curious about this BB job. I'd never heard of using a truvativ BB with the original cups. Do you have any photos? I've been trying to find a BB spindle or UN72 cartridge to use with my BSA Sports that would allow me to use the higher "Q factor" cranks I've gotten used to on my new bike.
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   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: English/Raleigh Monark posted by Bokey on 1/29/2007 at 6:30:35 PM
James,

This is indeed a Raleigh Sports type bicycle. Probably a contracted English 3-speed for Monark in US. I don't know. Mystery bike so far.

Now, about the BB modification. I posted a brief writeup on my blog (http://bcreedmontdiary.blogspot.com/), but I'd be happy to describe in further detail how I did this. I've done it before, on a Peugeot folder that needed a spindle replacement.

My email address is foodba@yahoo.com


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MISC:SA service manual posted by: James on 1/27/2007 at 2:15:51 AM
I posted my scanned SA service manual tonight and thought I would share. http://sturmeyarcherservicemanual.blogspot.com/
This is the one that contains cut away illustrations of the AW and FW in each gear, otherwise little new information.
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   RE:MISC:���SA service manual posted by James on 1/27/2007 at 11:33:11 PM
I also have two Rudge catalogues on blogspot, a 1937 and a very colourful 1954.
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ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Keys for Locking Fork posted by: Ben Hughes on 1/26/2007 at 6:53:10 AM
I read somewhere that new keys can be made for the locking forks on Superbes, etc., by supplying the lock number. Anyone seen this?
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Keys for Locking Fork posted by Chris on 1/26/2007 at 8:09:08 AM
What is the code number you need? It must be the N.G.N. series.
e- mail me at humberchristopher28@hotmail.com
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Keys for Locking Fork posted by Ben Hughes on 1/26/2007 at 8:39:42 AM
N.G.N. Series, Number 15
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   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Keys for Locking Fork posted by Chris on 1/26/2007 at 4:47:31 PM
Done. E- mail me your postal address
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Keys for Locking Fork posted by James on 1/27/2007 at 2:19:16 AM
Has anyone managed to find a number on their Rudge locking fork? I have pretty '57 "polychromatic maroon" Rudge sports deluxe that is naturally keyless but can't seem to find a number.
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   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Keys for Locking Fork posted by Warren on 1/27/2007 at 8:00:30 AM
All of my pre 1960 keyed bikes don't have the serial number, making these very difficult.
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   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Keys for Locking Fork posted by Chris on 1/27/2007 at 1:42:34 PM
There is a small chrome plated "face" where you insert the key. There should be a number stamped on the face of it. Like N.G.N.(whatever) on it. Even if it is the earlier series before the N.G.N. series is still should be stamped there giving the number.
Anyways a locksmith can make up a working key. They file and twiddle with a blank key and soon you have one that fits the lock.
look at your face on the bike and tell us again what you see. Perhaps it is very faint or worn away?
I'd be surprised if there was no markings at all on it.
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   RE:RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Keys for Locking Fork posted by Warren on 1/29/2007 at 10:49:48 AM
No numbers on the two bikes I'm looking at right now. A 57 Sports Superbe and a 55 Humber. Not worn, just absent.
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   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Keys for Locking Fork posted by Chris on 1/29/2007 at 4:08:36 PM
mailed. Done!
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   RE:RE:RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Keys for Locking Fork posted by chris on 1/29/2007 at 4:10:56 PM
Warren, What I have is the set for the mid 1960's Superbes.
The earlier locks I don't have anything for. You'll be with the locksmith I'm afraid. It still is weird that there are no numbers on your lock face. Thats what Raleigh did I guess.
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   RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Keys for Locking Fork posted by Warren on 1/29/2007 at 5:09:40 PM
Doesn't matter, really. I'm locking my bikes with kryptonite anyway. It would be a nice touch but...
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   RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Keys for Locking Fork posted by Chris on 1/29/2007 at 6:57:04 PM
As for protecting the bike from theft. You need more and the Kryptonite lock is what you need.
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