| i want to date a bike. Its a schwinn made in taiwan cruiser deluxe with a light on the front fender|
| I have a 1955 Phillips rod brake roadster that is in need of crank pins and a front rim.|
The rim damage is slight enough that the bike is ridable but the front brake is unusable.
Is this reparable or is a new rim in order?
Is it possible to build new wheels using modern rims that will work with the rod brakes?
This bike is gorgeous looking and quite comfy to ride with the original leather seat!
| you can order either chrome steel or the more desirable Stainless Westrick alloys from www.cyclesofyesteryear.co.uk and i believe that Derek at www.oldbiketrader.co.uk also carries the rims of which you speak. I normally pay about $40 per stainless rim, which isn't cheap, but they'll do the job for longer than we can stay alive, so they are definitely worth it. Some other sites also carry the vanschothorst westricks on which i've done many many thousands of miles. Hope that helps,|
best wishes, Nick.
| Modern rims won't work with the rod brake style mechanical braking system that your bike has.|
Take the advice the fellow gave or try to find a rim on e- bay
| the rim that i recommended, the Westrick, is a combination of the old rod brake Westwood and the rim brake Endrick and will work with both brake types. I have done this replacement on numerous wheels and it is ideal and cheap.|
| I have several sets of pedals with a Raleigh mark in my parts bin and most have reflectors and say Made in Germany. My '56 Rudge doesn't have reflectors and anything after that I would expect West Germany. They came as parts so I don't know the history myself. They are not chromed. Any thoughts?|
| Most, if not all, of the Raleigh pedals with reflectors are made by Union in Germany. Many have the Raleigh trademark stamped on the [not easily removable] outer bearing cover. Corner cutting.|
| Thanks David. I do have a few sets of non rebuildable pedals that just have the U stamp from later bikes. I should look at the other U rebuidable pedals I was planning to edit out. They are not as nice as the chromed ones. If anyone is desperate I have a bunch! Ron|
| These pedals are original equipment to the Raleigh Chopper bikes. ALL of the Raleigh Chopper bikes. Therefore, these sell on e- bay and the highest prices I have seen paid are 70.00 U.S. $ for these pedals.|
Raleigh switched to these pedals made by Union Frondenburg and from the mid 60's onwards this is what Raleigh put on EVERYTHING that they made. The 28 inch D.L.1. Tourists, the Sports and Superbes, The Raleigh L.T.D.'s all of the bikes.
It became more cost effective for Raleigh to do so.
At the time, there was a helluva outcry over it. Angry letters poured in to the C.T.C. and to Raleigh itself. Raleigh changed to a sintered bearing pedal that they made themselves before changing to these from Germany. The sintered bearing pedal was a disaster and thank god they went to this union pedal.
Back before this, about 1959 in there Raleigh and Phillips especially were world famous for their pedals. Pedals were a huge part of the operation. They had whole divisions, whole factories just for pedals.
A lot of workers lost their jobs as the "pedal shop" closed down.
I'm quite the purist and usually am unhappy as things changed on these bikes but it's kind of funny with these German pedals. I have always liked them. They spin nicely. They could have had more tread on them but they are not bad.
Original pre- Union pedals fetch nice prices on e- bay.
| I have just bourght a Carlton Pro-Am and wondered if anyone had any info on it |
| Ebay item # 300097728133 in nice shape very carefully reconditioned. Ed|
| Too many bicycles, one pair of legs. I have become a collecter not a bicyclist. I have dl 1's female and male, and an assortment of 26 inch wheeled brit bikes, plus parts, all for sale. Kindly enquire.|
Do you have a vintage raleigh handle bar ( Cow Horn Style).
for rod brake?