ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Sunbeam bottom bracket posted by: David Poston on 8/19/2007 at 10:30:35 AM
OK, I just took apart my 1932 Royal Sunbeam bottom bracket and am confused. The bearings present are way bigger than the standard 1/4" size. I thought all bottom brackets took 1/4" bearings. Does Sunbeam use a different size, or did the previous mechanic make a mistake?

If anyone has ever worked on a Sunbeam or knows someone that does, please put me in contact with them so I can resolve this problem.

thanks
David
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   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Sunbeam bottom bracket posted by David Poston on 8/21/2007 at 9:27:43 PM
Thanks Sam for the reply. I am currently communicating with some Sunbeam owners on the far side of the pond. It appears that some early Sunbeams came with 5/16" bearings in the BB. I am unsure at the moment if this applies to my 1932 machine.

Another problem I'm currently having is getting the flaming handlebars unstuck from the fork tube. I've tried everything--pounding the top nut with a mallet, twisting like made, and all. What's different about the Sunbeam is that the top nut comes completely off, unlike Raleigh, exposing a threaded bolt.

Anyone have suggestions?

thanks
David
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Sunbeam bottom bracket posted by sam on 8/21/2007 at 6:46:40 AM
Can't say about your sunbeam but Chater Lea used larger BBs,so not all were the same.
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AGE / VALUE:   Baby Seat posted by: Tony on 8/19/2007 at 9:04:38 AM
Hello- My 1935 BSA came with an Ashly #15 Made in England Baby Seat. Does anyone know if it has any value? It looks pretty cool, but I dont really need it.
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Baby Seat posted by Chris on 8/19/2007 at 9:16:27 AM
It's made by Ashby. Frank Ashby and sons in England. Because it is pre war I would preserve it for historic purposes.

I would not use it for carrying a baby but rather for groceries. Todays seats are safer.
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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Baby Seat posted by Tony on 8/19/2007 at 3:24:34 PM
Thanks for the info!
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AGE / VALUE:   inherited Raleigh posted by: Charlie Burroughs on 8/19/2007 at 7:51:51 AM
I just inherited a Raleigh bike,Serial no.47133 AK.It has rod brakes,black Dynohub with headlight and small red rear light.Fenders and frame are black with red/gold pinstripes.Has rear fender and front badge with "The Raleigh-Nottingham,England".Dunlop Wheels (26x1 3/8),Sturmey Archer FW 47 rear hub,Black full chaingard and the usual "Made in England","The All Steel Bicycle"on the tubes.Can e-mail picture if needed.Any help in identifying and dating would be appreciated.I can't come up with a definitive model or date from the usual sites.
Charlie
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   inherited Raleigh posted by Tony on 8/19/2007 at 9:00:49 AM
The bike is from 1947- FW 47, the FW hub is a 4 speed and the 47 is the date the bike was made, assuming the hub has not been changed.

Sounds like a nice bike
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   RE:AGE / VALUE: inherited Raleigh posted by Charlie Burroughs on 8/19/2007 at 10:08:02 AM
Thanks Tony,Any guess as to a Model name,such as Gazelle Tourist,et al?
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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: inherited Raleigh posted by Warren on 8/20/2007 at 7:22:00 AM
I think you'e in luck with this 47/48 catalogue...compare!

http://bulgier.net/pics/bike/Catalogs/Raleigh47-48/
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   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: inherited Raleigh posted by Warren on 8/20/2007 at 12:10:19 PM
Perhaps a Dawn Tourist model 12 (mens)
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   RE:AGE / VALUE: inherited Raleigh posted by Charlie on 8/20/2007 at 2:36:40 PM
Thanks Warren,there was so many options available at the time.From looking over the pics I think it's a Superbe Dawn Tourist with the added dynohub.I'll continue to polish away and I'll post a pic when its all done!
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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: inherited Raleigh posted by Warren on 8/20/2007 at 3:39:31 PM
If it's a Superbe, it would likely be green with a locking fork. Otherwise it would be a Dawn Tourist with the nice 4 speed and Dyno options. Either way, a really nice bike.
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ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Royce Union front wheel posted by: Bob on 8/18/2007 at 2:56:31 PM
I just bought an old Royce Union 'Made in England' bike at a garage sale. It is in need of some TLC, but I think I am up to it, as I used to noodle around with bikes as a youngster. What I need to locate is a replacement 26" front wheel, as this bike currently has a 27" wheel on the front. I don't want to spend a large amount on this. Can anyone direct me to a source for this part?
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Royce Union front wheel posted by tony on 8/18/2007 at 4:01:11 PM
Most bike shops have steel 26X 1 3/8 replacement wheels- they are cheap because most bike shops have no use for them anymore. You could also try ebay.
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AGE / VALUE:   Solved a mystery? BSA AIRBORNE BICYCLE posted by: Chris on 8/18/2007 at 10:15:37 AM
They make mention of an original wooden pedal that goes over or around the sliding bar on the W.W.2 BSA Airborne bicycle.

This is the first time I ever have seen a mention anyplace of the wooden pedal being original to the B.S.A. Paratrooper or airborne bicycle.

What do you think? Is this original or is this somebody's home built solution to those horrible sliding bars?
Every BSA paratrooper bike I have ever seen has no such wooden pedal on them.
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Solved a mystery? BSA AIRBORNE BICYCLE posted by Chris on 8/18/2007 at 10:19:44 AM
Type in you tube.
search out B.S.A. paratrooper bicycle
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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Solved a mystery? BSA AIRBORNE BICYCLE posted by Chris on 8/18/2007 at 10:27:22 AM
I still am glad I changed out the original crank for a crank off of a regular BSA bicycle.
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