| Looking for info or a website or any thing on this bike. Sheldons website dosn't have any info on this bike.|
| Lower end Raleigh. "sc" sounds like a sturmey-archer single speed.|
Probably an excellent commuter.
| The Ltd makes me think it might be a lightweight with derailiar gears so the vintage lightweight DB might be a better place to post this request. Of course a photo tells us so much more.|
Matthew - its in the detail.
| It's a Sports model.|
| Its a coaster brake 3 speed and know anything and I can't find nothing about it!|
| Raleigh ltd was cheaper model. many were single speed coaster brake models.|
cheaper, as is stripped down. No dynohubs or racks.
A good bike none the less.
the sc 3 designation tells that yours was a sc3 Sturmey Archer coaster brake 3 speed equiped model. you will find these in the period catalogs. things get left out by folks who scan catalogs for web sites.
folks not interested in presenting the whole picture. So much was made and the childrens trikes and small bikes get left out too.
So much was made!
| yes, like the Sports model.|
| My 1072 Raleigh STD-3 has Sturmey-Archer 3 speed with trigger shifter and caliper brakes. Has the Nottingham decal. A nece around town bike.|
| I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the photo has reproduced to a satisfactory standard.|
This was the picture I mentioned that appeared in a vintage bulldozer magazine that I was reading two weeks ago.
| Excellent Steve.|
I will go out and order a beret and a slightly too small suit jacket for the next demolition job that I take on.
Matthew -mechanical marvels.
| Looking at the picture I can't help but think of how many bicycle producers were in Birmingham and how many were in Nottingham in the early 50's.|
I think Birmingham still reigned on this one (even with the Raleigh acquisitions)...but it wasn't to last (same as a lot of British industry)!
I'd like to have been a fly on the wall of some boardroom meetings around this period, in many industrial outlets, not just bikes.
Steve - makes you wonder doesn't it !
| Thank You!|
| Hello Vintage Bike Enthusiasts -|
I bought a fairly beat up Phillips bike, which I believe is from the 1950's (it even has "Phillips" in the gear. I absolutely love it and commute to work on it, but it's in desperate need of some TLC and repair. Does anyone know of a repair shop in London that specializez in antique bikes?
| What actually needs repairing on the bike ?|
I'm presuming it's a Sturmey Archer 3 speed, 26" tyres etc etc.
Most glossy, shiney, plasticky outlets probably won't be that interested, possibly don't have the knowledge (if the work force is just out of school), may not have the well built and long lasting parts that you desire...and might even attempt to sell you a new cheapo bike into the bargain !
Meanwhile, the motheaten grey haired old bloke (who looks as though he hasn't been fed, cleaned or spoken to for years) under the railway arches with no glossy, shiney, plasticky bits (but plenty of healthy oil stains) is quite often a temple of knowledge and knows most the tricks associated with "real" bike repairs !
Some of the less up-market cycle shops will still repair old bikes, have a look through the "Yellow Pages" phone directory and read between the lines (no pun intended) when you speak to the person.
Steve - I do know someone under a railway arch but he's just gone into hospital to be rebuilt !
A good clue is 'established 19**' just under the name of the shop. Also look for a shop that has ACT (association of cycle traders) or CTC (cyclist's touring clue) membership. That will at least take you away from the mountain biking, thrash metal playing shops full of teenagers saying 'way cool' but understanding nothing about your bike.
Matthew - doing for my self - buy a shed.
| Brixton Bikes.|
Give 'em a ring.
If they don't know how to fix it, they'll know who to send you to.
They like old bikes!
| Brixton Cycles|
Is that better?
| I am in need of several things for my 1967 Raleigh Sprite 5-speed restoration project. According to Retro Raleighs, I believe that a same-era Sports would provide most of the same parts except the 5sp shifter:|
-shift lever mechanism
-front brake caliper & lever
Please let me know via email preferably if you have any or all of these items.
Thanks in advance
| Try posting on the vintage lightweight DB they may be able to help with a shift mechanism.|
Matthew - help may be at hand
| I recently purchased a 1970's Raleigh DL-1 with rod brakes. I just love this bike and I look forward everyday to hopping on this gem! My only problem is the brakes. This might be a travesty but has anyone ever gone thru a process of changing the rod brakes for cable brakes or this scientifically impossible? And why would someone want to do this. If not I am open to recommendations on tips to improve the rod brakes braking system. Thanks a mucho!|
| Bonjour Monsieur,|
No, don't do it. If you do you will need, calipers, blocks, cables, levers, wheel rims and associated bracketry. The Westwood rims won't take caliper brakes unless you have a DL1 with Westrick rims?
If you must change the brakes then find period hub brakes and have them laced into you wheels. You could add them to the rod setup (a bit messy) but if you take time to set adjustments and clearances then you can get reasonable performance (though never stunning) from the rod brakes.
Matthew - stop, stop, STOP!
| Monsiuer Vivi- I have to agree with Matthew, don't do it. I've been searching for a nice DL-1 for months and will buy it from you if need be. Please keep it as original as possible as it's original only once. Thom. |
| Is it possible to add a drum brake to a bike built for regular rod brakes? Would you use the regular brake lever and cable, and thus have three brake levers, or would there be a way to connect it to the original rod brake mechanism? I think it would be easier to go with a three-speed SA hub with coaster brake, and not use the rods at all.|
| Sam, do you wanna jump in here and tell about the Bentley- Ghost?|
If he's gonna do it, he may as well do it right and you pulled it off so well.
I will refer you to Professor Sam
| I did add drum brakes to one of my Raleigh tourist D.L.1.'s back in the mid 1980's and I had two extra caliper brake levers added onto the original raleigh rod brake handlebars. You can do this but it's kinda weird and I would recommend that you just adjust the rod brakes and ride it as is just allow extra time for stopping.|
Leave the bike original, but yes, as Mathew cautioned you you will need to spend a lot and need the things Mathew mentioned. However, we do have a fellow here who got his bike project published in Bike rod N kustom a while back and he did exactly what you are talking about. Like I said, I'll let Sam take it from here.....
| I couldn't "hack" all the changes.|
I love the raw feel of rod brakes and ride accordingly (especially in the rain).
Normal looking people stop me in the street and talk to me about my rods ?
No one has ever stopped me in the street to talk about my cables !
Steve - just a simple boy.
| Hey everyone,|
Thanks so much for the responses. Well, yeah I love this bike so much in the short time span I've owned it! I will definetly check out some of the suggestions. I live in Montreal. It's not a super hilly street but it does have different "plateau" levels. Last night I was riding downtown and I kinda had the scare of my life as I braked near a crowd of eager shoppers...Sunday, I tried a friends Batavus, which has the same kinda feel but is a bit smoother and he had lovely coaster brakes! Well all I can say is that it would be very hard for me to say goodbye to this DL1!!! I guess as Fernando used to say: It's better to look good that to feel good, Hence I'll just go slower near crowds...:)
| Yeah I am really thinking the solution would be the coaster braker with an internal SA Hub. Now has this been done before? There again I don't want create a travesty but I not ready (or have the budget) to purchase a Pashley or a Batavus|
| Brakes are no problem---correct size rims in alum are the real problem---I don't think they are made at this time.Best I've seen latly come in 700s on those dutch roadsters.|
and raleigh did offer a rod cable combination for drum brakes on some roadsters.