| I recently acquired from this weeks refuse pickup a wheelset that caught my eye because they had Raleigh tagged axle nuts on them. After taking them home, the rims need straightening and new wheel bearings but the races are clean. Then it strikes me, there threads opposite the freewheel. It's a Flip Flop hub for a fixed/free! The shell says it's a Brampton. Now, I can't find much about Brampton hubs on the internet other than they supposedly came on some Raleigh Grand Prixs. Does anyone know any history of this hub and what Raleigh it may have come on? It is high flange, spaced for 126mm lock to lock and had a 5 speed freewheel on it. Solid axle with 2 flats filed in and Raleigh axle nuts. Hub reads "Brampton Made in England".|
I have a Brampton wheel set off a 70’s Grand Prix. Just as you said, the rear is a flip-flop. There is a little info on Brampton stuff on the Classic Rendezvous site. I picked up the whole Grand Prix in very nice condition a few years ago as a freebee. The chrome on these hubs really sparkles! I have the frame hanging in the shed waiting for an alloy wheelset and crankset upgrade. My SA 3 speed Super Course project received the Brampton front wheel. I found a matching 27” chrome steel rim with the SA 3 speed already laced up on a cheap Dutch ladies bike (don’t remember the brand). Now I have a nice 25” Reynolds 531 framed, 27” wheeled 3 speed commuter with gobs of great British chrome on it. It would only take a few minutes to remove the 3 speed rear wheel and replace it with the matching Brampton rear set up as a fixtie. My next upgrade is to install the beautiful polished stainless fenders that I salvaged off that Dutch donor bike. Talk about sparkle! Sorry I got a little carried away here. Other than the info on the CR site, I don’t know any more about Brampton. Just enjoy the wheels!
Dick in L.A.
| Thanks for tip. I just checked an old wheel from a GP and it's a flipflop hub, too. |
| which version of the gran prix came with flip flop hubs? this is the first I've heard of it and I'm really curious.|
I’m not certain what you mean by “what version?” Grand Prix. I’m only aware of one Raleigh Grand Prix. I date mine from around early to mid 70’s. This is the “Made in Holland”, wrap-around seat stay framed model. Equipped with black plastic (Delrin?) Simplex derailuers front and rear, Weinmann center-pull brakes. Also included were the before mentioned wheels (with “R” nuts in Whitworth wrench sizes). Mine had no seat when I got it, but it did have the R nutted binder bolt. GB bars and stem. I believe it came with Raleigh branded gumwall tires also, but they were rotted so I tossed them. Approx. 23” frame in what I call “Raleigh Green”. I hope this helps I.D. the version for you.
Dick in L.A.
| The description from Dick in LA was same as mine only mine was made in England and 21" frame. I'm sure bike boom led to Raleigh production all over for the US market|
| Hi all. I was given a Trek 330 frame. 4130 double butted tubing. Paint and decals are fair. Is this a USA built frame or overseas? Quality? Thanks, Kevin|
| Here's a couple of links to help you determine the year and where your frame was made:|
Trek serial numbers are vague, and there are a lot of inconsistancies with the numbering system, you might be able to email the Vintage-trek.com site with your serial number for more info. This site has been the best info I can find on the early Trek bikes. I own what I was told was a '78 430 that I have been in the process of rebuilding back to original, but after going over the newer info on the vintage-trek site and going by the serial number chart there, mine now looks to be a 950 model? (serial number O5D8XXX).
The real early models, which were often sold as bare framesets, are even harder to track. I believe they started to farm out some frame production as early as 1982 or '83, but I am not sure whether they were simply having the frames built in Asia, or the whole bike?
I aquired mine as a bare frameset, and a pile of parts minus the wheelset, it's very light Ishawatta tubed 63cm frame, but it's in need of a complete refinish job, so for now, it's on the back burner. The original owner swore that it came new with all Suntour GT gear changers, which came I got with it, but all of the old brochures I have seen show Suntour VX, at least going by 430 model specs.
I do remember that when these were new, a local shop owner complained that there was a lot of inconsistencies in the bikes he recieved vs. the catalog specs, so I have to question what maybe realy original on my bike.
The website above has added a lot since I first got mine, your post has brought my attention back to mine, maybe it will get moved up in line to be redone, at least once I am more certain what model it is.
| I have a circa 1971 frame with the anniversary headbadge.....Were International frames the only Raleigh's which had the rappid taper chain stays, and seat stays that wrapped around at the top tube & seat tube? |
| I think, at least for a fewe model years, the Professional had wrap-around seat stays, a feature Kawamura copied with the American Eagle Semi-Pro / Nishiki Competition.|
| I have recently acquired a (NOS) Olmo competition aero leader frame and fork. This is made of Columbus 'AIR' tubing, and requires a special teardrop shaped seatpost. Any help in finding this item, or suggestions in where to post, etc. would be greatly appreciated.|
| Female american eagle bicycle, 20 years old. original parts, How much? |
| First, it's 33 years old. Kawamura had dropped the "American Eagle" marque in favor of "Nishiki" by 1973 or so, and they did not offer step-through frames until 1972. If yours is a Semi-Pro or Competition (Mighty Compe cranks, 49-42 chainrings, 5-speed 14-34 Maeda SunTour 888 or Perfect freewheel, aluminum "half" (quarter?) mudguards, DiaCompe centerpull brakes, and double-butted CrMo frame) it is a very rare and very comfortable bike, although the frame will feel like mush if you try to sprint or slog up a steep hill. Unfortunately, there I have seen very little collector interest in old Nishikis.|
| My American Eagle is a 3-speed (Shimano, 3-3-3), bright yellow step-through frame. Very slugglish, indeed. It is a cool bike because of the simple, straightforward appearance...unpretentious look. Basic, utility ride with a vintage appeal for those who go for something different in this age of Aluminum and resin. Ditch the steel rims and go alloy if you want to ride it any distance. The wet-weather braking will also be muchly improved with alloy rims. I like mine mainly for its absence of plastic parts and there are no stickers (head badge is metal, too). Price would be $100 on a good day, that's with full restore to rideable condition is my wild guess. However, I have not seen any used 3-speeds for sale, lately. They were $125 a couple years back at a LBS.|
That's hardly worth the effort, IMHO.