| This is my first post here. I have enjoyed looking at and reading about bicycles on this site. I own and ride a 1974 Raleigh Sports and I have recently run into a problem with the cable clamp used with the shifter cable. It seems that the original plastic piece, that was held in place by the chrome clamp, has failed and broken apart. The end result is that the cable is not held in place and the gears do not shift. Are there replacements for this plastic piece and if so, where can I obtain them? Thanks very much in advance for any help you can provide. |
I have included a picture of the chrome clamp.
| That piece is called a 'fulcrum sleeve'. You can see it in the exploded diagrams on this site.|
Check eBay, someone always has them for sale.
It should not cost more than a couple bucks.
Your local bike shop might have them, too.
| Anyone who stocks Sturmey-Archer parts will have them. E.g. www.harriscyclery.com. I think bikepartsusa.com has them, too, but their website seems to be AFU right now.|
| Here's a link to a guy who sells stainless steel pulleys and fulcrum sleeves, so you can stop looking for the old steel ones.|
I haven't dealt with him, so I cannot vouch for his reliability.
| Beware the link above SHOULD contain a "tilde" where the ' is. Change it after you cut and past the link to your browser's address bar.|
Larry "Boneman" Bone
| Thank you all for your timely response. I will work at tracking down the 'fulcrum sleeve' using the information you have provided. You guys are super.|
The attached photo shows my 1974 Sports beside the Coastal Recreation Trail, Pacific Grove, California. I was on my early morning ride, the sun was rising behind me. Lover's Point is just ahead.
| That looks like a nice riding "trail". We have many very nice rail-trails in northern NJ... alas... they're not paved... and basically cinders and / or dirt. They don't really lend themeselves to traveling with narrow wheels. I might try and ride them on the DL-1's 1 1/2" tires... but not the Sports... and certainly not the Sprite 1 1/4" tires.|
Larry "Boneman" Bone
| Just to update you all. I found and ordered the fulcrum sleeve through one of the links you provided. Thanks again for pointing me in the right direction. |
Yes, the coastal trail is very nice for riding a three-speed bicycle. It is paved, pretty much separate from automobile traffic, very scenic and follows the coastline, so it is fairly flat. The goal is to have the coastal trail extend from the Oregon boarder in the north to the Mexican boarder in the south. The trail portion in Monterey pretty much follows the old Southern Pacific railroad track right of way.
I have included a photo of my Raleigh Sports 1974 and my wife’s Raleigh Superbe 1967. This photo was taken in July on the portion of the trail just off the beach in Monterey. In the background one can see the sails of the catamarans. It seems that a group of catamaran owners were having a get together that weekend.
| Can anyone explain the logo stamping which I first thought was just a bad stamping of the Raleigh heron logo but now I see it appears to be a fat guy holding a Raleigh "R" shield. Sometimes I see it as a crossed-legged sitting buddha and other times as a standing Amazing Hulk kind of character.|
| I know there's one of Sir Walter Raleigh spreading his cape over the mud puddle for Queen Elizabeth to walk on. Is that it?|
| David that could well be what it is. I knew my Hulk and buddha weren't correct but every one of the stampings on the bike (even the one on the bottom bracket spindle) is "light" in one part or other and my old eyes just couldn't make sense of them.|
| I'm looking for the clamp that holds the taillight to the seat stay on a mens '69 Raleigh Superbe. The seat stay diameter is 0.5". I need two of them. I'm also looking for a good "lens" for the headlight (not the reflector or housing). |
| Jeff. Thanks again. I am going to hold back and find a 1960 or earlier bike. |
| After waiting for over an hour and a half in hot sun. The bus appears but to my horror it was driven by a raving lunitic. My 28 inch wheel Raleigh Tourist fits the rack just fine. I go all over and never have a problem. Until yesterday...|
"Your bike is too big, it won't fit. remove the bike. remove the bike! fold up the rack."
He nearly ran me over as I did not move fast enough to fold up the rack. He drove away with it down. He ignored me and the other passengers that were trying to reason with him. He viewed their opinion as unasked for commentary that was a challenge to his authority. I lost the job. I was late. The next bus came along and I had no problem as usual but I ran smack into the owner and manager who looked at their watch and then looked at me and at their watches and then, they let me go. I lost the job.
I had offered to leave the bike and just ride the bus without it and he shut the door in my face and drove off.
I was really a difficult thing to go thru. The job was working out wonderfully and held promise.
I think the driver was on drugs or something. I will switch to a 26 inch wheel bike but this won't be as nice as using the 28 inch Raleigh Tourist D.L.1 for commuting.
This bus driver left his mark, it seems.
| I did not get his name and therefore it is impossible to file a grievence. |
| The day / date, route and time... might be sufficient...|
Sorry to hear of it. And we have the b@llz to call it a "Service Economy".
Larry "Boneman" Bone
| #1: Bus roster number on XYZ route would give them the info required.|
#2: Wait around on his route for him to pop up next time, THEN get all the info you need. You'll also have the enjoyment of pissing him off once again.
| Oh, No. He nearly ran me down. I was shaken. Still have no problem putting this bike onto other bus racks.|