MISC:   They're Back posted by: Roger on 5/24/2007 at 9:53:39 PM
They're back, the cheapie overseas (well, okay, all of them are) road bikes, with the shifters up where the handlebar stem goes in... saw one at the big box; has to let you know for sure, "aluminum lightweight frame" and I picked it up and it wasn't! I just recently made my 531 double butted tube Raleigh a single speed; and man, I tell you without derailleurs and without the rear cogs, that thing is very light. First time, I could pick up a bike, hoist it on my shoulder like you see guys do; maybe not the first time, but I can do it with ease. Hills present a challenge; I got the gear the bike said was common for the rear hub; which is like the second cog without going through all of that numbers talk.
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   RE:MISC: They're Back posted by John E on 5/29/2007 at 8:47:30 AM
Other than a brief infatuation during my undergrad years, when stem shifters were still a novelty, I have never really cared for them.
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WANTED:   27x1 1/4" tires for my 1981 Bruce Gordon 10-speed. posted by: Bob on 5/24/2007 at 5:47:10 PM
Time for some new tires! They are currently Specialized Touring II K4 27x1 1/4", put on in 1989. These have been very good for me, and I'm looking for a new equivalent. Any recommendations? Thanks!
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   RE:WANTED: 27x1 1/4 posted by Bob on 5/24/2007 at 6:24:03 PM
Those are 27x1 1/8". I should have added that mine are just old, with some openings in the tread but not worn through the rubber anywhere. I'm just looking for early '80s looking replacements before they're needed.
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   RE:WANTED:   27x1 1/4 posted by David on 5/25/2007 at 5:09:41 AM
Nashbar.com often has 27" tires on sale.
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AGE / VALUE:   5 SPEED FREE SPIRIT TED WILLIAMS 26" BICYCLE posted by: bk on 5/23/2007 at 10:01:20 AM
I HAVE BEEN LOOKING AND ALL I CAN FIND IS FOR A 10 SPEED, TED WILLIAMS, FREE SPIRIT. THIS ONE IS A 5 SPEED, FREE SPIRIT, TED WILLIAMS, 26" BOY'S BICYCLE. MODEL # 502. 473480. ANYONE HAVE ANY INFO ??
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   RE:AGE / VALUE: 5 SPEED FREE SPIRIT TED WILLIAMS 26 posted by Warren on 5/23/2007 at 3:47:13 PM
Run away, don't look back.
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   RE:AGE / VALUE: 5 SPEED FREE SPIRIT TED WILLIAMS 26 posted by mike on 5/24/2007 at 7:11:11 PM
some sears ted williams free spirits were made with double butted 531 tubing. i have an early 1970's version. lightweight, gold/yellow color, real nice
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MISC:   Suntour - Raleigh question posted by: Mike Baldwin...you may call me Bruce! on 5/22/2007 at 8:15:33 PM
I need some expertise... I've been searching everywhere on my own (Retro-Raleigh, Cyclofiend, Sheldon Brown & Google) for the answer to the following; Which Raleigh/s came equipped with the infamous Suntour 14 18 22 27 34 freewheel? I bought a Raleigh wheelset (700C X 17) at Saline with said freewheel and I'm just curious to more about the donor bike. Best Regards Always - Mike Baldwin
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    Suntour - Raleigh question posted by John E on 5/23/2007 at 12:25:06 PM
My 1971 American Eagle [Nishiki] Semi-Pro [Competition] came with that exact freewheel, in bronze/brown. The 1973 model had a gold freewheel, and I think the 27 had been replaced by a 28. The cog combination makes a good ratiometric progression with a 6-tooth drop in the chainrings, such as 54-48, or a 1/3-step triple, such as 54-50-47; otherwise, the jumps between cogs are too big for my tastes.
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   RE:MISC: Suntour - Raleigh question posted by Warren on 5/23/2007 at 5:55:30 PM
I'm thinking it would have come on a Super Tourer.

http://bulgier.net/pics/bike/Catalogs/Raleigh74/13SuperTourer.jpg

This one isn't early enough though. Doesn't look like a 34.
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   RE:RE:MISC: Suntour - Raleigh question posted by Warren on 5/23/2007 at 5:56:34 PM
How about the Record...Wide range!
http://bulgier.net/pics/bike/Catalogs/Raleigh74/11Record.jpg
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   RE:MISC:   Suntour - Raleigh question posted by Mike Baldwin on 5/23/2007 at 7:34:48 PM
...Warren, I believe you've nailed it...even though it's not easily seen in the picture, the spoke guard to what's on my "no longer a mystery" wheelset...I failed to mention the Mallard hubs in my original post...Thank You all and Best Regards Always - Mike Baldwin
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   RE:MISC:   Suntour - Raleigh question posted by David on 5/24/2007 at 3:13:18 AM
It has to be much later than 1975 as all the clinchers were 27" at that time. When did Raleigh go to the smaller wheel? I'm surprised at the Maillard/Suntour combination. If Raleigh were using Suntour freewheels I would expect Japanese hubs as well. Except at the time of transition from continental to Japanese componentry (mid 70s) the equipment seemed to come from the same part of the world on any particular bike.
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MISC:   Hiawatha Three Speed? posted by: bill on 5/22/2007 at 7:17:20 AM
I picked-up an old Hiawatha bike with a Sturmey Archer three speed hub. Did these bikes come stock with three speed or is this something that was customized by some previous owner.
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   RE:MISC:   Hiawatha Three Speed? posted by Chris on 5/22/2007 at 3:12:31 PM
Three speeds came on everything. Everybody used the Sturmey- Archer 3 speed hub. Everybody. Schwinn, Raleigh and everybody in between.

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   RE:RE:MISC:   Hiawatha Three Speed? posted by nate on 5/23/2007 at 1:51:21 PM
What size are the tires (26 x 1 3/8)?
What year is the hub? (You will find a 2-digit date code on the hub.)

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   RE:MISC:   Hiawatha Three Speed? posted by Roger on 5/27/2007 at 9:34:32 PM
I had a Hiawatha, children's road bike, I guess, drop bars, I believe it was a sort of aspen golden colour. I wouldn't play it down at all.
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