ENGLISH ROADSTERS:†††Is your bike collection this big? posted by: Kevin on 5/28/2008 at 5:55:28 PM
Check this out:
http://www.schwinnbike.com/heritage/attachment.php?attachmentid=82499
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:†††Is your bike collection this big? posted by Steve on 5/29/2008 at 4:32:15 PM
No, but the way my wife describes it to friends...you would think it was !

Steve
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Is your bike collection this big? posted by Matthew on 6/1/2008 at 2:13:59 AM
Only on a bad day! Double satcking and Harris fencing tells me that they should have stopped collecting along time ago. If that is waht is in the garden, is all the good stuff in the house?

It wouldn't do for anyone to fall off the swing. (or to lean on the fence)

Matthew - I must not buy more bicycles, I must not buy more bicycles (maybe only one)I must not buy more bicycles, I must not buy more bicycles (but you could give me one)
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AGE / VALUE:†††have no idea of year or worth j.c.higgins posted by: john on 5/28/2008 at 5:30:24 PM
got a j.c.higgins bike,not sure of its year or worth has name j.c.higgins cut in sprocket.thinking about selling due to a family emergency


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   RE:AGE / VALUE:†††have no idea of year or worth j.c.higgins posted by john on 5/28/2008 at 6:21:20 PM
heres the pics sorry bout others


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ENGLISH ROADSTERS:†††Who made it? posted by: Kevin on 5/27/2008 at 7:46:02 PM
I just bought a 1962 Monark Sportster from a garage sale.I've already deduced that it was made in England for the old American company, but who made it?
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   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:†††Who made it? posted by rod on 5/29/2008 at 3:31:29 PM
I discovered that my '62 Monark El Camino was made by Huffy because of the trademark 'star' sprocket, so it's also evident that yours was also speaking of 1962.
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   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:†††Who made it? posted by Kevin on 6/4/2008 at 10:19:37 PM
I don't think mine is a Huffy because it has the made in England decal on the top tube and all of the parts typical of an English three speed, like Dunlop rims and a Sturmy Archer three speed hub.
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AGE / VALUE:†††solid tires, wheelchair rims in a raleigh sports posted by: Chris on 5/27/2008 at 5:44:02 PM
On the bus and noticed a 26 inch wheel, wheelchair rim on a wheelchair. Now, some are air filled, grey, 26 x 1 3/8 tires but this wheelchair had a alloy 40 spoke, solid tire in it. it was a thin "tire" but it was solid.

I don't want anybody to get hurt finding out but..........I just wonder how it would handle with that wheel rin and tire on a bike say a Raleigh Sports. I bet it would be fast! I worry about safety especially when turning but in a straight away?

When will "custom power chair" racing catch on?


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   RE:AGE / VALUE:†††solid tires, wheelchair rims in a raleigh sports posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 5/27/2008 at 6:59:49 PM
Solid tyres on a Sports... my tuchus cringes at the thought... yes.... albeit rolling resistance would be minimal... so would any shock absorbtion.

I would bet rolling at speed through a sweeper... and hitting a rough patch would be cause for some very unpleasant sidwards bouncin as well.

Of course this is opinion / conjecture... Would I attempt it? Hmmm.... perhaps another thought.... instead of filling an inner tube with air... how about a closed cell foam of one form or another.... or a soft RTV type substance.

To me that would be a bit more inviting than "solid" rubber.

Though... the term "solid"... doesn't necessarily allude to "hard"... or "soft".... perhaps Non-Pnuematic might be a better way to describe them.

Either way... a most interesting observation... and... upon futher ponderance... some interesting ideas come to mind.

Cheers!

Larry "Boneman" Bone - did someone say durometer????


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   RE:AGE / VALUE: solid tires, wheelchair rims in a raleigh sports posted by Warren on 5/27/2008 at 7:08:33 PM
I think they are a different bead diameter...usually.


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   RE:AGE / VALUE:†††solid tires, wheelchair rims in a raleigh sports posted by Steve on 5/28/2008 at 2:32:57 AM
My mother in-law has got a wheelchair...you've just give me the most amazing idea !

Steve - off to the patents office (or jail).
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:†††solid tires, wheelchair rims in a raleigh sports posted by sam on 5/28/2008 at 11:56:46 AM
tufo makes high pressure tires for wheelchairs.
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   RE:AGE / VALUE: solid tires, wheelchair rims in a raleigh sports posted by sciencemonster on 5/28/2008 at 2:20:28 PM
An air filled tire, when not flat, absorbs the bumps with the entire volume of air in the tire. Cushions the blow, so to speak. I've read that the closed cell and other 'flatless' tires can't do that - it's only absorbed by the tire where you hit. Very harsh ride.
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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: solid tires, wheelchair rims in a raleigh sports posted by Chris on 5/28/2008 at 5:54:40 PM
I don't want anybody getting hurt. Ok?
But yes, it should not be a problem.
As far as shock absorbtion, the bike should have a Brooks B- 66 or any saddle with the two springs in back.

Take a good, long look at all things wheelchair and you'll get ideas.

A power chair has two smaller wheels in front with a small fork that holds the wheel and there is a bicycle headset on each fork, so the power chair has two headsets. So, power chair suppliers are sources for headsets but then again so is a bike shop. Power chairs cost thousands so please, no pulling apart grandpas power chairs or somebody's wheelchair. We had folks calling the bike shop wanting wheelchair tires and we had them in stock.
This falls under the "there is more than one way to skin a cat" type thinking.

I was having dinner with a friend and noticed the lovely chrome headsets on each of the two front forks on the power chair.
Just study wheelchairs and use your creative and inventive mind and combine it with the English bicycles.

By the way, I think everybody here is creative and inventive and mechanically inclined and the ride on oldroads.com carries one into the fantastic.
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   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: solid tires, wheelchair rims in a raleigh sports posted by Chris on 5/28/2008 at 5:57:12 PM
perhaps a real, regular, front wheel and the rear wheel be the one with the wheelchair rim and solid tire. It would be safer.
Whenever you push something past it's intended purpose there can be drawbacks and unexpected things happening so be careful.
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   RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: solid tires, wheelchair rims in a raleigh sports posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 5/28/2008 at 7:12:50 PM
Air being a shock absorber... in a way... yes... more like it distributes the shock throughout the tire. That having been said... one could do similar with different fluids (air being a fluid after all).

Water... oil.... HOWEVER... what you will now have... will be much increased rotating mass... harder to get rolling AND harder to stop.

Still... some interesting stuff here. Always good to explore outside the box... etc.

Later!

Larry "Boneman" Bone - My mass rotated once... it was horrible...
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   RE:AGE / VALUE: solid tires, wheelchair rims in a raleigh sports posted by sam on 5/28/2008 at 8:13:05 PM
Forgot to say,congratulations on your new job ,Chris--keep up the good work---sam
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   RE:AGE / VALUE: solid tires, wheelchair rims in a raleigh sports posted by Matthew on 5/29/2008 at 10:31:49 AM
Hi Folks,

Grumpy gnome here! Rotating mass is the problem. Well spotted Larry. Don't do it, unless you are sure you have brakes like a ships anchor and wheels as new as can be. A solid tyre ruins wheel dynamics, becomes a large and unwieldly gyroscopic nightmare at speed and is not a good idea. John Boyd Dunlop spent a long time getting laughed at when he had got it right with the pneumatic tyre. The shock absorbing effect of an air filled tyre is amazing and the lightweight effect is incomparable. An out of balance solid tyre will give you a 'clown bike' ride. The grip of a correctly inflated pneumatic tyre is also an important consideration. Solid tyres have significantly less grip because they do not and cannot conform to the road surface. Watch trials bicycles and how the hard the (soft) tyres work at maintaining grip.

Matthew - lecture over, class dismissed.
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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: solid tires, wheelchair rims in a raleigh sports posted by Chris on 5/29/2008 at 6:04:42 PM
Thanks, I got sunburned- on the back of the neck too. I resemble a Texan a bit more now.
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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: solid tires, wheelchair rims in a raleigh sports posted by Chris on 5/29/2008 at 6:08:27 PM
Yes, after listening to Mathew's comments. I now say forget it. I don't want anybody getting hurt exploring one of my hairbrain thoughts conjured up on the bus following a day spent outside in the hot Texas sun. Yet I want to encourage y'all to think outside the box and to study things and wonder. None the less.
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:†††solid tires, wheelchair rims in a raleigh sports posted by Max M. on 6/5/2008 at 4:09:10 PM
Here you go.
www.airfreetires.com
I have never used them or their products but interesting stuff.
I used the gray wheelchair tires on my Rudge Sports and they worked and looked great.
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AGE / VALUE:††† posted by: Stephen Hogben on 5/27/2008 at 1:26:42 PM
Thanks Pete for your message,been in engineering all my life,so can appreciate what you have done.To put it on E bay at so low a price is a joke! I have today put together my bike and it is no way as good as yours,yet it has cost me about £150 in paint,sand paper and many other bits(including a saddle cover from E bay that did not fit)Got chain case on this evening with less damage than I expected,now just got to touch up the the bits that were chipped during re-assembly.
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:††† posted by Pete on 5/27/2008 at 4:04:02 PM
Hopefully the price will go up a fair bit, and as you say it does get expensive when you start doing her up.Mother in law paid £47 for the grips alone for my xmas prezzie then theres the paint materials/decals and all the mechanical bits not to mention over 100 hours work and cussing.So hopefully the old girl will go to a good home.
Fingers crossed.....


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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:†††handlebar grips posted by Chris on 5/27/2008 at 6:46:04 PM
I love the long quill on these handlebars. Magnificent chrome! Never seen these handlebar grips before. What name and what make are the handlebar grips?
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:††† posted by Pete on 5/29/2008 at 3:07:10 PM
Auction over,realized a terrible price and despite what the listing said was "purchased" by some Brazillian scammer.Lesson to be learned.......never put such a loved item on fleabay.I wont bore you with the details but I'm sure Steve checked it out, despite saying cash on collection and no post etc etc some twerp from Brazil bid and won.Needless to say It aint going to Brazil!
Gonna stay in my shed forever now despite the lack of space.
Pete.......needing another shed.
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:††† posted by Steve on 5/29/2008 at 4:28:46 PM
Had similar experience recently.

Lots of people were "watching" but no bidders. One scam contacted me after the auction...was in Wales but lived in Canada, then there was somebody else with another tall story but I won't bore you with the details.

Bike is actually in the way and doesn't really fit in with the other bikes, but it can stay in the shed despite the lack of space, it's far too good (and rare) for any nonsense.
Steve - have a double concrete garage but an extra wooden shed would be a good (and a lot cosier).
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