| A couple months ago we opened a small retail shop in an old coffin factory in an antique mall in Cambridge, MA.|
Sounds cheery, eh? Really, it's a great place. Click on the picture of the old building above for directions and more info.
We're reconditioning and selling a lot of the used bicycles and single speeds and 3-speeds we find in our travels. Right now we can fit around 15 cycles at a time plus a few parts. But within the next couple weeks we'll begin expanding the space by about 300%. We'll stock around 40 used and vintage cycles and still have room for lots of oddball parts.
If this shop was in your neighborhood, what kind of cycles and parts would you like to see us stock?
Thanks for your input,
| Rear reflectors.|
| Sturmey Archer hardware like fulcrum stops and sleeves, and the shift cable pulleys both the separates and the pulley-on-the-clamp variety. S/A axle nuts, serrated washers, and anti-rotation washers. Shift cables for the S/A, the generic ones from Pyramid are fine. Black tires in the 590 as well as the S6 597 Schwinn size.|
but I'd hope you'd sell it more at a price appropriate for a generic cable than does the Boston area "big bike store".
| Those dutch SS and alum roadster rims|
| Brooks saddles. Carradice bags. Correct-looking grips. Chains and bearings and stuff like that. Even paint: many English bikes came in colors that can be found in Dupli-Color cans at bigg auto parts stores, but if somebody knew which ones were appropriate, and stocked them, it would be very helpful. Maybe even a few common decals, like the lining ones and a couple of more common Raleigh ones from Lloyds Cyclery. I might be able to bring some stuff like that home with me in September after one of my trips to the UK.|
| We had this discussion already|
| Having given this question some serious thought, I've come to the conclusion that I'm very selfish.|
I would opt for every part in duplicate where practical (apart from the frame) for all Roadsters and most chunky gauge parts (especially rims and tyres) that are needed to keep a trade bike looking so. Trade bikes on standard gauge 26 x 1 3/8 replacements (and yes I admit to falling into this trap) just don't look right, by that I mean supply meaty freewheel sprocket, chain, chainwheel etc presuming of course that there is a market for it.
Obviously, I don't know the market trend or business culture in Boston, Mass but I would imagine that it's probably much different to the Boston here in Old Blighty.
I was going to suggest tea and biscuits together with gentle elevator music but somehow I just don't think that this would work, after all this is a business that needs to generate income and make a profit.
I've been out today and purchased a cycle helmet for the first time, not necessarily for riding but more as a safety device for when I enter my garage as I'm convinced that ball bearings are breeding in there and are waiting for any given opportunity to dive under my feet and send me into orbit.
I have to say, I've never actually bought ball bearings but I suspect that I probably will have to one day !
Finally, how about a really good quality freewheel removal tool that actually works...one that doesn't make a mess of the slots (like my precision hammer and chisel does) thus allowing the freewheel to be re-used on something else.
Oh, and a good quality multi-size chain splitter for heavier & standard duty chains and not the flimsy weak and nasty one for standard chain !
Steve - good luck.
| My wife has an old Apollo Super Steel internal 3 speed road bike with rod brakes. The label says made in England. I was trying to find out a little about the origins of this bicycle and also see if there was a place to obtain parts for it in case I need to do any repairs. Also any tips on what to do and not to do for any restoration or touch up I want to do on the unit. Any advice or direction would be appreicated. Regards|
Apollo is the home brand of the Halfords motor spares chainstore group. The bikes are low budget machines sold to a price rather than built to a high standard. Halfords are still in business so may be able to help with spares but don't hold out hope for finding a cycle expert there. The staff are mostly 19 years old and only interested in loud exhausts and louder stereo systems.
Matthew - get your self a Raleigh
| Whilst perusing a bicycle magazine of some sort in the Dr. Office the other day... I came across an advert for an Electra Amsterdam Balloon 8....|
The Amsterdam frame... with large WHITE balloon tyres... no muguards.
It was.... different... for certain. Kinda like taking an old roadster... and "Rat-Rodding" it.
Check it out on their website
Larry "Boneman" Bone - buying stock in westley's bleche-white
| BlueStar sells them,Electras are nice bikes the roadsters come with alum 700s .|
| I just got back from a trip to Ireland -- we drove more than 1,000 miles in 10 days -- Killarney, Galway, Limerick, etc. I saw lots of mountain bikes, but only three old ones: two were wonderful old black delivery bikes, parked outside shops for advertising purposes; in Galway, I saw a guy riding a 26-inch Raleigh with rod brakes. That was it. I see more old English bikes here in Indiana than I did in Ireland! |
| Interesting observations. I believe that in the Netherlands, old and old-style Roadsters are quite ubiquitous... and to get one shipped here (US) from there.... nearly impossible.|
As to Ireland.... No offence intended but as I recall... the Irish and the British weren't getting along to well there for a time... so perhaps owning a machine emblazoned with "Made In England"... was not... shall we say... "Chic"?
Just a thought.
Larry "Boneman" Bone
| The English and Irish weren't getting along for approximately 800 years. The Republic of Ireland has never been heavily industrialized, so I suspect most bikes came from nearby England. I have a book of photographs taken in Ireland in the 1950s. The streets were filled with Raleighs. |
| 800 years... well... between the Enlish the Irish and the Scots... it's a sad thing... I was thinking actually about an observation that I can't recall the source of but it's something like this:|
"The major difference between Europe and the U.S. is that in the U.S. 100 years is a long time and in Europe 100 miles is a long distance."
So if there was a time when Raleighs so populated the streets of Ireland... one has to wonder what became of them.
BTW a similar situation this side of the pond... the Northern states of the U.S. was where most of it's industrial might was born in the 1800's... whereas the "South" was mostly agrarian... hence... the outcome of the War Of The Rebellion was in a way pre-determined.
I oft get a kick out of many referring to the "Rebel Yell" as a Confederate Army thing... while they certainly used it... If I recall correctly. 'twas it not the Scots Highlanders that originated it?
Larry "Boneman" Bone - historically rambling... sorry....
| I don't know if the situation in Ireland is ever explained in the States?|
Northern Ireland, known as 'the North' is part of the United Kingdom (UK). It comprises of 9 counties which were divided from 'the South'. 'The South' is the Republic of Ireland, Eire. It is the North which has been subject to the savage brutalities on all sides.
As an Englishman of Dutch dissent I am thoroughly humbled by the way 'King Billy's men' (the army of William of Orange) had treated the Irish people. I have good friends in the south.
Ireland is, sadly, a divided, but beautiful, country still occasionally ravaged by brutality.
Sorry I have wandered into dangerous territory.
Matthew - saying too much
| I have a coffee table picture book on Ireland and in it are black and white pictures of 26 inch frame, 28 inch wheel,rod brake Raleighs and they all had the enclosed chaincases. Ireland was full of these bikes. Everybody had them in Ireland. They carried the working class, both men and women. Raleigh had a factory/ assembly shop in Ireland for decades. The factory had a wooden floor and chemicals from the lathes and such soaked the floor and eventually it caught fire and the whole place went up. It was a workplace accident. Raleigh Chopper bikes some of them carry "made in Ireland" decals. It is mentioned and shown on one of the Raleigh Chopper websites. Any tensions between the British and Irish, did not affect the love they both equally shared for these bicycles and the graceful, black, rod brake, 28 inch wheel Roadster bicycle was as much Irish as English. These bikes crossed cultures and religions. steeped in both the Irish and British- magical mysteries. |
I do hear a lot that these are rarely seen in Ireland these days, but things change.
All I can say is do your best to save as many of them as you can.
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| In the 1840s, Ireland was part of the British Empire, the richest empire in the world ... yet the politicians watched 1 million Irish starve to death and another 1.5 million leave the country. A crop failure became a human tragedy of monumental proportions. No wonder there's still some hard feelings between Eire and England. Now, back to bicycles!|
| Brooks B-90/3 leather saddle|
Not only discontinued, but gone from the planet. I don't see any, anyplace.
| Sad but true -- I have one but I'd love to find a second one. I saw one on eBay not long ago but forgot to bid.|