| After work I walked into the thrift store that is next door. They never have any old bikes worth looking at. This is San Antonio, TX and all you see are Huffys. I have lost all faith and given up hope of finding anything bikewise worth looking at let alone taking home.|
I think of Larry Bone who is finding all the goodies and I am really very jealous/ envious.
Anyways, it was hot and I ran my tail off handing out flyers and I'm ready to drop dead when I get to the back of the store.
It took a minute for me to realize that my mind was not playing games with me. I struggled, telling myself that "this is Texas and there is nothing anyplace/ anywhere except Huffy bikes."
Anyways it really is, A Raleigh Sports, mens, 22 in frame, 3 speed coaster brake made in 1980, silver and blue, the rear rack is magnificent it's solid, aftermarket but solid i'll use that!
I grabbed it, it was 14.00 I begged them down to 10.00 and with tax, 10.80 I was out the door I hate coaster brake hubs and it has silver spray paint over the chrome on the handlebars and that drives me crazy. I can't handle that.
The rear hub is missing the serrated axle washers and they used large washers and well the rear wheel end is messed up. unridable! tires are shot It is depressing to find these all fugged, fudge'd well....messed up.
This bike is missing the chainguard as well but the original paint is fine, with love and care it'll be hopped up and be a fine little bike. The rear rack is the sweet part.
It is a numbers game. You go in the thrift store enough and you will find the cool bikes. Others go to the liquor store for the cold beer after work. Me? I go to the thrift store looking for the classic Raleigh bikes, collectible dishes and glassware. It's just a little silver spray paint on the front rim and on the handlebars but it really bothers me. It hurts to see it. I know it can be cleaned off.
Remember the old Fisher Price play village with the little people? Remember the dog? We are talking about circa 1969 play toys they have in Kindergarten? The bell on this one bike is the Fisher Price Dog large version and it has a rusty clamp and you rotate the dog to and from and it rings the bell. Never seen one of those before but I bet it's worth more than the whole bike. That's on another bike I will leave there.
| Glad you found a prize there Chris. I am in the Alamo City also. Live about halfway between SA and Sam's house. My last 3 speed find was a Dawn Tourist on Craigs list. I paid a bit more that I would have liked, but it was made the same year as me '55 so I figured it was meant to be. I do not often get to hit the thrift stores anymore, but when I last did, they were pretty skimpy. Lots of bikes go to Mexico or to the flea market on the southside. |
| Nicely done, sir! 1980, eh? So it has that odd, rectangular rear reflector then? No "white tail" either as I recall.|
If you need a set of un-sprayed bars, contact me offline. I've a spare here if you like. Vintage 1962 off an olde Colt that gave it's soul to donate such that others might live on.
Good find. Congrats!
Larry "Boneman" Bone - I have a spare
| I just might take you up on those handlebars because silver spray paint over chrome is not good for my state of mental health. It just really agrivates me at the sight of it! The handlebars have peppered chrome so they are not saveable. |
| Yes, Larry gets a cigar! Weird reflector. no white tail either. Very good Lary. My apology to both you and Sam for working your territory.|
| Not to worry.... I'm not currently in acquisition mode as I will be looking to relocate about a year from now. The less I have to move... the better. Besides... it would be just a little out of the way for me to peruse the ranks of the Sally in your area, eh? ;-)|
Meanwhile, get ma a ship-to address for the bars and I'll get them out to you, sir!
Those late mode rear reflectors... are about the oddest looking bits I've seen. Not sure the logic behind them except for possible regulatory requirements and / or cost saving.
Either way.... all can be put right with a proper reflector and a bit of white paint, aye!
Larry "Boneman" Bone - White tails every where.... alas... ruminant woodland creatures mostly....
| Can anyone identify what hub this shift rod goes to?|
There is a tilde before the gbradbury in the url.
| Know its not exactley a roadster,but has anybody seen one of these before?You know the small,shiny,aluminium kiddies scooters?I saw one fitted with a saddle and pedals yesterday,amI behind the times or is this a new craze? Gearing was really low,front cog same size as the one on the 4 inch back wheel!|
| Found an old Raleigh employee's handbook from mid 70's - on the cover is an aerial photo of the factory at Nottingham. With a little imagination you can still pick out the outline and a few buildings on Google Earth.|
There is also some useful information in the shape of a Raleigh timeline : -
1887 Frank Bowden buys interest in cycle workshop, Raleigh Road. (output 3 cycles per week)
1889 Raleigh Cycle Company founded at Faraday Road.
1896 New factory built at Faraday Road.
1902 Sturmey Archer Gears Ltd. founded as a division of Raleigh.
1906 Raleigh acquires Robin Hood Cycle Co. Ltd.
1917 Raleigh acquires Nottingham Factoring Co.
1920 Raleigh acquires Nottingham Presswork Co.
1932 Raleigh acquires Humber Ltd.
1934 Raleigh Industries Ltd. founded.
1939 - 1945 War Production. Largest commercial supplier to Ministry of Supply.
1943 Raleigh acquires Rudge Whitworth.
1952 New 10 acre factory opened.
1954 Raleigh acquires the cycle interests of Triumph Cycle Co.
1957 New 20 acre site opened.
1957 Raleigh acquires the cycle interest of B.S.A.
1960 Raleigh acquires Carlton Cycles Ltd.
1960 - 67(?) Raleigh becomes Cycle Division of Tube Investments Ltd., gaining control of Phillips, Hercules, Norman and Sun.
1967 Raleigh acquire Moulton Bicycles Ltd.
The document then goes on to list the world-wide network of subsidiaries, and the production figures - by the mid 70s they had manufactured 58 million cycles and 65 million Sturmey Archer gears. Over 70% of production was exported to 140 overseas markets.
And all this just 30 years ago. How the world changes. In 1971 they won a Queen's Award to Industry, recognising their export success.
| Pete, that sounds like a wonderful document you have there. Do take care to ensure it's preserved and well tended to.|
It sounds very extensive, for certain but I wonder... too extensive to scan and perhaps post up somewhere for all to peruse?
Either way, thanks much for sharing with us.
Larry "Boneman" Bone - Tomes... gotta love 'em
| Hi Pete,|
An excellent post. Keep up the good work.
Matthew - always ready to learn.
| I LISTED A QUESTION 9.8.08 ABOUT A VINTAGE BICYLCLE PRESS....PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND ON U.S.A. EBAY AUCTION UNDER ....SPOTTING GOODS-OUTDOOR SPORTS-CYCLING-ASSOCESORIES-TOOLS & REPAIRS....PLENTY OF PICTURES TO HELP IDENTIFY....THANK YOU....PAUL|
| Please post the auction item number, it so much easier.|
Steve - thanks
| Item # is 200253208544 |
It's a CYCLO cotter press - the "picture" of a bike is the trademark. Nice tool.
| wONDERFUL, OLD SCHOOL, CYCLO TOOL CYCLO MADE TOTALLY AWESOME TOOLS ON PAR WITH FRENCH VAR TOOLS.|
NOT TO BE MISSED! RED ALERT! BUY IT!
| I have one of those and it works great. It takes 2 people to lift it thiough. Just kidding. It is heavy but works. |
| Check out www.bikesmithdesign.com. I have one of their cotter presses, and it works like a charm. The construction is extremely sturdy, high quality and simple. This is one tool you that you really need if you work on old three-speeds. |
| I also have one of their cotter presses, it's wonderful !|
I used to be quite ruthless with my hammers and dot punches (not to mention the flame thrower), but these days I'm calm and sophisticated and actually enjoy the challenge of releasing the most grumpy and rusty BB and crank assemblies.
Controlled leverage and downward pressure in the correct place, I've even used it on a cottered BB...I had it at a somewhat cock-eyed angle, but it still worked without fear of damaging any of the components.
Steve - still fascinated by vintage tools though !
| The guy here, e- bayed the tool we were discussing. I wonder what it ended up at?|
| hi i think i payed over 60.00 with shipping ,, it is worth it ,if you ever use it ,. im still looking for the american var style if anyone has one for sale ,,thanks email@example.com walter branche|
| hi, sorry for that brain fade ,i do not think var is american made tools ,, i still want one if tou heaR OF A VAR COTTER TOOL AVAILABLE ,, THANKS WALTER BRANCHE|