AGE / VALUE:   Lead us not into temptation.... posted by: Larry "Boneman" Bone on 5/10/2007 at 2:53:05 AM
Out of the corner of my eye the other day, I spot peripherally what I believe is a blue english machine alean against a shed beside rt. 519 heading into Newton, NJ. I blow by in the car at 50mph or so.

Yesterday, on the ride home... atop the motorcycle, traffic slows in this are for the light... and my suspicion is confirmed... not only that... DOUBLED... as there are a matching pair... his and hers.... Most definitely british.

I brake hard to avoid ... contacting the truck ahead of me.

I sure hope whatever they're going to do with them... they're gone soon... otherwise, I may have to alter my route in.

Gotta take the car today due to rain....

Now were the heck is my hitch-mounted bicycle rack......

;-)

Cheers!

Larry "Boneman" Bone
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Lead us not into temptation.... posted by Andy on 5/10/2007 at 4:40:46 PM
Hey Larry,

I received the pump pegs et al yesterday, thanks a lot. I had found a pair of japanese pump pegs that were made of crappy pot metal; I think these stainless ones will clean up well and look much better with the bike.

Regarding the 'ballast,' I have to go to the dentist tomorrow morning! But I'm sure they'll get used as 'energy bars' before too long.

best,
Andy
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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Lead us not into temptation.... posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 5/11/2007 at 2:32:34 AM
Excellent. Yes, they should clean up well without too much effort. As mentioned, they were "donated" by a 1962 Girls Raleigh "Colt". Don't know if they were original equipment.... but if not, certainly "correct" if installed as an option.

As to the energy bars... funny you should refer to them as such... in Europe, and Canada for that matter, they are known as "Mars Energy Bars".

Yes... quite a bit of energy... about 250 calories each, eh?

Cheers!

Larry "Bonemn" Bone
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ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   3 speed Raleigh Competition posted by: ronp6 on 5/9/2007 at 11:15:21 AM
Very nice 3 speed club racer replica built from a Raleigh Competition for sale on Craig's list. It is not mine. What do you think:
http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/bik/327009522.html

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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   3 speed Raleigh Competition posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 5/9/2007 at 5:50:41 PM
That is kinda neat. Though, I've never been a real fan of drop bars... well... not since the discs in the neck herniated anyhow....

I like the idea of the 3-speed hub laced to the 27" wheels... I don't think that's overtly common, is it? And were not most club bikes 26" wheels?

Well... while not a "True" club bike, cerainly a very nicely appointed machine. Are you pondering procurement?

Cheers!

Larry "Boneman" Bone
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   3 speed Raleigh Competition posted by ronp on 5/9/2007 at 9:04:05 PM
No I just sold the builder of this one a Robin Hood similarly configured with much more humble components. My version of this I have to admit has a Nishiki frame and 700 wheels. They make great city bikes!
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   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   3 speed Raleigh Competition posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 5/10/2007 at 2:50:03 AM
Ah... I see. Nishiki is a nice machine... back in the days of yore when my daughter was wee.... I searched high and low for a bicycle in dept. stores that had what I considered to be sufficient braking power for her.... None to be found....

Go to the local LBS and check out the Nishiki.... first thing she does test riding in was a "Stoppie". :-O :-)

SOLD!

As to... "Club" machine tribute bikes... Mine is a 1962 Armstrong with the bars inverted. It's red with well weathered chrome fenders... and is still a work in process.

Cheers!

Larry "Boneman" Bone

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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   3 speed Raleigh Competition posted by David on 5/10/2007 at 3:25:03 AM
I've been riding an Italian Torpado with an AW (while I await some parts from Chuck Persons to finish my FM project) and it is really nice to have the good handling and big wheels of a lightweight with the simplicity of the SA gearing. Not that the SA is simple, but the complexity is hidden away and all you have is the smooth result.
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   3 speed Raleigh Competition posted by Ron on 5/10/2007 at 12:13:57 PM
I thought I was the only one. I'd like to find an alloy version of some retro drop bars. The Nitto Noodles don't have quite the right look. I thought about inverting a set of alloy North Road replicas Larry; it reminds me of my youth.
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   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   3 speed Raleigh Competition posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 5/11/2007 at 2:36:28 AM
It is interesting.... our velocipedes becoming somewhat eclectic over time in their original configuration. I take the Armstrong out with the inverted bars and it is positively unique looking to those unfamiliar with inverted bar technology.

Which gets me to thinking.... I know the bars on my 5 and 10 speed Sprites are a bit different than standard Northroads... I bet they would be real interesting inverted...

Cheers!

Larry "Boneman" Bone
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ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   OMG!!!!!! posted by: Larry "Boneman" Bone on 5/9/2007 at 2:40:12 AM
http://cgi.ebay.com/Raleigh-Bicycle-Junk-Yard-Vintage-Bikes-60_W0QQitemZ150119787386QQihZ005QQcategoryZ420QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

This is akin to an animal lover raiding a puppy mill...

Uhhh... or something.... I'm aghast and amazed... and thinking... hmmm... I could do a weekend road trip....

:-O

Cheers!

Larry "Boneman" Bone


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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   OMG!!!!!! posted by Pete on 5/9/2007 at 2:02:13 PM
I thought I had a problem with the need to own loads of older bicycles,,,,,seeing this has made me realize I am not as mad as I thought.
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   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   OMG!!!!!! posted by Chris on 5/9/2007 at 5:07:56 PM
I throughly enjoyed the pictures. Deciding which ones to keep and the ones to not. There were a few 28 inch rod brake D.L.1'S there!
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   RE:RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   OMG!!!!!! posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 5/10/2007 at 2:52:24 AM
Yes.... Mea Culpa... there should have been a "Drooling Towel Recommended" note in the subject line.

What an amazing collection of machines. If I were approaching retirement, I would very seriousl consider pursuing them.

Later!

Larry "Boneman" Bone
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   OMG!!!!!! posted by David on 5/10/2007 at 4:54:25 PM
You'll need a big truck!
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   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   OMG!!!!!! posted by Chris on 5/11/2007 at 7:46:25 AM
A pal was at the Saline Ann Arbor Swap meet and asked if he could store the bike with me. His wife would not allow another bike. You bring this haul home and next thing the divorce attny would be asking what got you into vintage bikes.
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ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Serial Numbers ? posted by: Tom on 5/7/2007 at 8:27:32 PM
I was checking out some of my Britiah bike serial numbers. Here is what I found.
1946? Rudge Aero AK76240
194? Rudge Aero AL69222
1952 Rudge Ulster Sports BS63258
1952 Rudge De-Luxe Super Safety Tourist 970218
1953 Rudge De-Luxe Super Safety Tourist 376220R
1952 Humber Sports AY34998
I wish they made serial numbers that made sense. Can anyone figure these out. The dates of the bikes are what I get off the rear hubs except the Aero which I am sure are 1946 for 1 of them. The other may be 1947.
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Serial Numbers ? posted by Chris on 5/8/2007 at 5:53:27 PM
Somebody likes the Rudge marque it seems. I have a 6 1/2 inch crankarm length Rudge chainwheel that needs a good home. humberchristopher29@hotmail.com
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Serial Numbers ? posted by Tom on 5/8/2007 at 7:33:04 PM
Thanks Chris
I will keep you in mind if I find another Rudge in need of a crank. All mine have original chainwheels. I have been looking for Rudge bikes for a few years now. I have most of mine fron locals but have now bought one from UK. The Rudge with serial number CL was on Ebay and ended today. I had emailed the owner about purchasing it if it did not sell. It sold for around $500. I am also interested in the one in BC Canada but shipping is very high, $130. Shipping by bus would be maybe $50. For interesting bikes last year I bought a New Hudson with 1971 SA hub. The bike was brand new. It had not 1 mile on it. I paid $5 for it. I rode it at the Lake Pepin 3 Speed Tour last May. It is a very interesting bike with the history of being never sold from a bike shop.
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   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Serial Numbers ? posted by Chris on 5/9/2007 at 1:08:47 PM
This Rudge crank is original if anybody needs it.
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Serial Numbers ? posted by Pete on 5/9/2007 at 2:12:23 PM
Tom if your into Rudges check out one I was given a while ago.Find it here http://www.ciderheadz1.f2s.com/fromtheshed
Theres a long story behind it and is on the forum, called from memory "A tale I had to share" Still making my mind up about what to do with it.
Pete.
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   RE:RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Serial Numbers ? posted by Chris on 5/11/2007 at 7:48:10 AM
Very long cranks on the Rudge crankset I have. 7 inch or longer. This is for a 28 inch wheel bike. Don't remember parting out a 28 inch wheel Rudge but I must have. No 26 inch wheel bike used this long of a crank arm.
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AGE / VALUE:   German "Roadster" posted by: gordon on 5/7/2007 at 3:29:50 AM
This may be the wrong area for this question but...

I snatched a bike that very much looks like an old English Roadster. It is a Behrens, made in West Germany.
Lugged frame, black, gold pin stripes, single speed, troxel seat, black fenders, neat old bike.

Anyone familiar with this brand?

Thanks.
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   German posted by Chris on 5/7/2007 at 9:12:02 AM
I think we can give you a tempory pass... grin
I am glad to hear about any roadster bike and the German stuff is interesting but info may be harder to find about.

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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   German posted by Chris on 5/7/2007 at 9:12:52 AM
Not familiar with the brand but sounds nice. Wikipedia the name and see what happens.
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