| Hello Again-I'm mid way through cleaning up my '47 Dawn Tourist and I have a question.I'm assuming that the crank arm must be removed to get the full chaincase off the bike.This might seem like a silly question to some,but how does one remove the cranks on these old Raleighs?|
| Charlie, you need to remove the left crank arm in order to pull the chainwheel and axle out through the opening left by the removal of the pie plate. You can remove the crank by first pressing out the cotter pin with a Park or Var tool (virtually unobtainable now) or a 4" "C" clamp and a socket. A vice with a fine thread is even better. Using a hammer on the cotter requires that the the bottom bracket be carefully supported. Good luck!|
| Hi all, has anybody out there tried to use those fine tip Sharpie pens containing oil based paint, for lug lining. They're no available in the UK and I dont want to pay loads of postage from the States ( presuming I can find somewhere that will ship to the UK)only to find that they'ree no good.|
| How do you plan on doing the lug lining?|
If your plansare to line the contour close to the lug but leaving a hair space between the line and lug they might be the way to go.
if you plan on lining the seam ,the best way is with sign painter paint and brush---using your finger to wipe the excess paint off--this will leave a uniform amount of paint around the lug.Takes time to do the compleat frame.
try to get in touch with Pete. His work is excellent, I expect his advice will be too.
Matthew - on the right lines
Larry "Boneman" Bone
| ya- a little pricy! I think that bike is worth 200 bucks max! It could be very nice after a lot of work! The sellers information is a little wrong. It does not have a rear drum brake. |
| Hello- I have went to work on the next 3-speed project. A 1960 Hawthorne made by Hercules. I have a aquestion about the seatpost size. its not a 25.4... any ideas. |
| A good shop will have a seatpost gauge that drops into the seat tube and gives you the size. A vernier gauge will work too.|
| Not sure what year my large Sprite it... but I'm thinking it's a later model... as it has these.... ghastly, quasi-semi- rectangular mudguards on it. Blech! Was that a later addition to mitigate cost, I wonder?|
Anyhow... flying in the face of "it's only ORIGINAL once"... I've decided... that for now anyhow... I'm going to swap those ugly things out... as I have a ladies Sprite 10-speed that has the "proper" semi-circulsr, deep section mudguards on it. In matching Coffee Brown nonetheless.
As I had mentioned... my original Sprite was gold... it had semi-gloss black... deep sectioned mudguards on it... and they are THE REAL DEAL....
I know there's not many Sprite purists out there... in fact I recall we had one feller here that liked to part them out for there bits that would fit on Choppers, etc...
I'm presuming that my swap... from one Sprite to another... won't be perceived as overtly sacrilgious....
Larry "Boneman" Bone