ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   DO YOU RIDE YOUR 3 SPEED? Classic? posted by: Ed on 6/12/2007 at 6:01:07 PM
Do you ride Your 3 speed bicycle. How many of us have a regular time to ride our classic bicycles? I don't see many in my area. Is anyone out there, Helloooooooooooooo..... Ed on the Niagara River. USA.
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   DO YOU RIDE YOUR 3 SPEED? Classic? posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 6/13/2007 at 2:17:46 AM
Ed, it's frustrating, for certain.... I've had scant little time to ride at all so far this season. And when I do have a free evening... it's raining doggone it!

Hopefully, this will all change soon.

I live in one of those infamous "Gated Communities" in NE PA... and I have yet to see another of our beloved machines here. Albeit, I would daresay the hills of the Poconos... well... not easy to manage with a normal cog set-up.

Cheers!

Larry "Boneman" Bone
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: DO YOU RIDE YOUR 3 SPEED? Classic? posted by mark stonich on 6/13/2007 at 6:17:57 AM
My mint DL-1 and well worn 1950 Norman are only ridden a few times a year.

However 3 of my other bikes, two '73 Raleigh Sports and a '75 Twenty are ridden almost daily. We drive very little and live in South Minneapolis, which many consider Cycling Nirvana. (OK it's not Holland, but for this side of the Atlantic it's one of the best.) One of the Sports has Wald's biggest Newsboy baskets and generator lighting. It is used for errands.

The other '73 Sport has perfect paint, but ALL of the chrome bits were badly corroded. So I replaced them with semi-modern alloy bits. It's quick enough to use for club rides, where it may be the only hub geared bike. I actually prefer riding it to my Jack Taylor Super Tourist. Not sure why, maybe the steeper angles and "train wreck" shifting of the Taylor no longer suit me.

The Twenty is just plain fun. It's the bike I grab when I get the sudden urge to go for a ride. It is nearly as fast as the hot rodded Sport, and just as comfortable. But due to the lousy brakes, it's not suited for riding in a large group. (Unless it's a group of slow moving 3 speeds.)

Caveat; Since all 3 of the daily riders have S5 guts in their shells perhaps they don't count as "3 Speeds"

Additionally my wife rides her '65 Robin hood and '70 Moulton MkIII regularly.
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   DO YOU RIDE YOUR 3 SPEED? Classic? posted by Thom J. on 6/13/2007 at 9:40:51 AM
I ride mine almost all the time. I have a nicely refurbished '73 Sports, an Old Roads buy, a '75 Twenty, e-bay buy, that are ridden at least twice a week mostly to the bank, eye doctor, post office etc and an '82 Univega SuperStrada that I ride 2-3 times a month when I feel the need to do my "Lance" thing. The Twenty is really a blast and I too choose it over my other bikes, I have four with a fifth on the way, when I just want to hop on a bike and ride. Recently I was coming home after going to the eye doctor to pick-up a re-supply of contact lenses and was waiting at a stop light when another rider on a fairly pricey road bike stopped next to me and said "awesome bike!" I've never gotten a response like that from my own high-end road bike before but am always complimented by other riders and the average Joe on how nice the old bikes are. Coming soon, my Raleigh Clubman is in transit and may just take the place of the Univega as my favorite go-fast road bike. My 2002 TREK 1000 is up for sale. Luv the old bikes. Thom.
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   DO YOU RIDE YOUR 3 SPEED? Classic? posted by Ralph on 6/13/2007 at 11:09:41 AM
I ride my Tourist to work frequently. I live within 5 miles of work and cycle commute daily (year round). In the winter I stick to a beat up heavily modified Free Spirit. But during the spring & summer months my vintage collection takes the road 1973 Tourist, 1981 Tourist, 1972 Hercules, 1974 LTD 3 Speed and some vintage road bikes all get into the rotation.
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   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   DO YOU RIDE YOUR 3 SPEED? Classic? posted by Chris on 6/13/2007 at 4:41:26 PM
With gas prices being so high. Yes, more and more. The B.S.A.airborne stays folded in the trunk. The Raleigh D.L.1. with the cyclo cog is waiting as well. Others are in storage, garaged, squirreled away with bike pals who allow me to come visit them . I run downstairs and get quiet and look over everything and reminise. We cower and worry about his wife and worry how long is this stash safe here?
Some bikes are refugees hiding shuffled about from place to place. One pal has no wife, never married and is independent and happy and my stash there worrys me the least. Cannot trashpick bikes while riding the bike.
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: DO YOU RIDE YOUR 3 SPEED? Classic? posted by Ed on 6/13/2007 at 7:30:20 PM
Well I see many of us do have some similar bicycles. The Raleigh Twenty seems to be a popular item as well as the basic non discript beater bike. I do see some people with mudguards on my rides but this is on reproduction models. I take my garbage picked comfort bicycle with 700 x 38 tires 21 speed rapid fire on the long trips. My favorite is the old Steyr with the SA clone hub and a child seat I have two little girls that enjoy the ride through the park and stopping to pick wildflowers. Ed
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   DO YOU RIDE YOUR 3 SPEED? Classic? posted by David on 6/13/2007 at 7:53:33 PM
The Robin Hood w/Dynohub + B&M lights and a basket on the rear rack gets the most use for almost all errands that need to be done too quick to take the dog.
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   DO YOU RIDE YOUR 3 SPEED? Classic? posted by Andy on 6/14/2007 at 9:32:01 AM
My '75 LTD-3 is called "The Black Cigarette" and it gets ridden all the time... I just rode it all over yesterday.
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   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   DO YOU RIDE YOUR 3 SPEED? Classic? posted by Chris on 6/14/2007 at 1:40:43 PM
J.Hart Rosdail called his bike: Jacquiline. Did he ride it? Yes. He was the Worlds most traveled man back in the 1970's
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   DO YOU RIDE YOUR 3 SPEED? Classic? posted by ann on 6/27/2007 at 6:57:33 AM
just bought my beloved late 60's Triumph 3 speed... now is ridden almost daily... although apparently not in the past.. everything is original on this 3 speed, even the tires. I live in NW Minneapolis and there are some beautiful trails and parks that are perfect for cruising on a late summer day.
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AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh Gazelle Tandem? posted by: Larry "Boneman" Bone on 6/12/2007 at 2:20:59 AM
Ebay item 200118816141

Very interesting machine indeed!

Cheers!

Larry "Boneman" Bone
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh Gazelle Tandem? posted by David on 6/12/2007 at 3:45:18 AM
As always, these cool tandems are not located nearby. The shipping on this one would kill you!
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   RE:AGE / VALUE: Raleigh Gazelle Tandem? posted by sam on 6/14/2007 at 8:55:37 AM
Yes that's a very cool tandem--ya just gotta love those chain guards.
For us state sideers I suggest to look for a Schwinn town and country tandem---not the twins or bicycle for twos,The town and countrys were real tandems---cro-mo tubing,english saddles,S/A 3 speeds(on some)built in the Claud Butler short wheel base design,cottered cranks,robust and heavy but great tandems for tru roadster people.Yes they can be up-graded with modern parts--but why---a modern entry level tandem would be easer to get--no these town and countrys are just right the way the came(maybe add a three speed to the single speed models)So your ride is shorter and maybe the hills a bit slower---gives you time to see the country not just tally up miles.Stop for tea.Chat with the one on back.
I love tandems---sam
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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh Gazelle Tandem? posted by Ray Lewis on 6/21/2007 at 8:56:04 AM
speaking of gazelle tamdems... I am in search for a chain guard. if anyone in the UK of europe has one, please email me...

cheers

r


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ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Western Flyer Tourist 3 speed posted by: Rosi on 6/11/2007 at 6:01:02 PM
Located in Northwest Indiana. A 3 speed Western Flyer Tourist bicycle made in England - male, was in the attic of a house I recently bought. Serial number is 2904. I am trying to find as mush information as possible about this bike but I can't seem to find anything. What year was it made? How much is it worth to sell? Please email me for pictures as I haven't had a chance to get them yet but I plan to!
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Western Flyer Tourist 3 speed posted by Warren on 6/11/2007 at 6:32:39 PM
Rosi, take a big breath and stop pressing the Post button!

Look at the top of this webpage and look at the white insert called the Easy English Bicycle Spotter's Guide. This should help you with the date.

Take the pics and let us know when you've got them. Finding an old roadster is not like winning the lottery but it can be rewarding just the same.

If you want to learn all you can about these bikes, start here...http://www.sheldonbrown.com/english-3.html
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Western Flyer Tourist 3 speed posted by David on 6/11/2007 at 8:05:36 PM
Probably 50s or 60s, Raleigh-made, sold by Western Auto auto supply stores. Value all depends on condition, but if it were PERFECT it wouldn't be worth a grand.
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MISC:   Western Flyer Tourist 3 speed posted by: Rosi on 6/11/2007 at 5:59:29 PM
Located in Northwest Indiana. A 3 speed Western Flyer Tourist bicycle made in England - male, was in the attic of a house I recently bought. Serial number is 2904. I am trying to find as mush information as possible about this bike but I can't seem to find anything. What year was it made? How much is it worth to sell? Please email me for pictures as I haven't had a chance to get them yet but I plan to!
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AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer Tourist 3 speed bicycle posted by: Rosi on 6/11/2007 at 5:55:04 PM
Located in Northwest Indiana. A 3 speed Western Flyer Tourist bicycle made in England - male, was in the attic of a house I recently bought. Serial number is 2904. I am trying to find as much information as possible about this bike but I can't seem to find anything. What year was it made? How much is it worth to sell? Please email me for pictures as I haven't had a chance to get them yet but I plan to!
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