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WANTED:Looking for rod brake part posted by: David on 3/22/2010 at 10:10:44 PM
I'm looking for this part for my Phillips roadster:

http://www.cyclesofyesteryear.com/cycleshop/26112006022.jpg

Does anyone know where to find one online? I tried "add to cart" but cycles of yesteryear doesn't seem to be working. Maybe they are no longer in business?


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RE:WANTED:Looking for rod brake part posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 3/23/2010 at 8:19:31 AM
Lemme look around David... I just might have something for you.

Cheers!

Larry "Boneman" Bone - Parts is parts?
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RE:WANTED:Looking for rod brake part posted by sam on 3/23/2010 at 4:25:45 PM
http://www.jitensha.com/eng/fndrhardwr_e.html
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RE:WANTED:Looking for rod brake part posted by JS on 3/23/2010 at 6:44:01 PM
I can get it for you, but realistically, it will cost way, way,way, more to send it to you from China than it is worth. Really, this is like a 1 cent part.

Check Flying Pigeon LA, I'm sure they have some laying about.

-JS

http://www.flyingpigeonproject.org
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RE:WANTED:Looking for rod brake part posted by JS on 3/23/2010 at 6:46:15 PM
I can get it for you, but realistically, it will cost way, way,way, more to send it to you from China than it is worth. Really, this is like a 1 cent part here.

Check Flying Pigeon LA, I'm sure they have some laying about.

-JS

http://www.flyingpigeonproject.org
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RE:WANTED:Looking for rod brake part posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 3/24/2010 at 7:06:44 PM
I've got one David... possibly two if I can unjam the 2nd. How many do you need?

Later!

Larry "Boneman" Bone - Yeah... I got that!
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RE:RE:WANTED:Looking for rod brake part posted by David on 3/24/2010 at 9:32:47 PM
Just one. Is it for a Phillips or Raleigh...or is there a difference?

Thanks Larry!
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MISC:need help with tire sizes posted by: Scott on 3/20/2010 at 12:11:34 PM
i have posted here before looking for help with tire sizes i have an old royce union that i want to replace the tire on because the old ones were dry rotted unfortunitly they were so bad their was no writing left on them. the rim is an araya and is clearly stamped with "araya 26 x 1 5/8 w/o". i can not find tires to fit them everyone says to check sheldon browns page but i tried and their was no mention of a 26 x 1 5/8 i also checked the araya archives and their is no mention of this rim size ever being made has anyone ever heard of this size? please help thanks scott
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RE:MISC:need help with tire sizes posted by Warren on 3/20/2010 at 1:58:02 PM
Just for the heck of it, take the front wheel into a shop and try the 26 X 1 3/8. If that's too big than it's possible that it's a variation of the 571 mm bead/S-7/26 x 1 3/4. I've got 3 tires in this 26 x x/x all with the same bead and yours may be similar. Still a difficult size to find.
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RE:MISC:need help with tire sizes posted by Steve on 3/22/2010 at 5:05:37 AM
I restored a couple of older Swedish bikes awhile back & they had an odd size tire on them. Sheldon's site didn't mention it. I took a cloth tape measure & measured the inside circumference of the wheel. This gave me the size #'s I needed to look for. I would up ordering them from Schwalbe. Here was my old post about it.
Measure yours & see what it is.
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?608370-Looking-for-tires-ISO-37-609-for-Swedish-bike&p=10139683&highlight=#post10139683
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RE:MISC:need help with tire sizes posted by sam on 3/23/2010 at 4:18:42 PM
Wasn't that the schwinn tandem size?
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RE:MISC:need help with tire sizes posted by edgar X on 3/25/2010 at 5:18:16 PM
584 mm, also called "650B", or "26 x 1-1/2 x 1-5/8". Schwalbe makes a great one, Kenda a crummy one.
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ENGLISH ROADSTERS:1969 Men's Triumph bicycle posted by: Brad from Greenacres, FL on 3/19/2010 at 1:06:54 PM
I just uploaded pictures of my main rider. I was given this bicycle last February by an 89 year old retired English teacher in Lake Worth, FL, after I did some odd jobs for her around her home. I had seen what appeared to be an old English bicycle in her garage. On closer inspection, I saw it was a 69 Triumph. She said it belonged to her late husband and had been sitting unused in the garage for many years. She asked what she owed for the work I had done and I asked if she would be willing to let me have the bike as payment, she agreed. I've done alot of work on it since. I was really excited about it because it has a 22" frame. It fits me much better than my 1963 Raleigh Colt. It started out with a S/A SC coaster brake hub and was pretty basic. I've turned it into the equivilent of a Raleigh Superbe at this point. I really love the bike.


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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:1969 Men's Triumph bicycle posted by Brooks on 3/19/2010 at 3:56:47 PM
Hey Brad - Very nice restoration. A real looker and head turner. Good luck...
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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:1969 Men's Triumph bicycle posted by Ben on 3/19/2010 at 7:46:44 PM
Sweet find..... man, you did a great job fixing her up....
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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:1969 Men's Triumph bicycle posted by Brad from Greenacres, FL on 3/19/2010 at 8:41:26 PM
Thanks for the nice comments everyone. I really enjoy my hobby. I just wish there was a English Roadsters bicycle club in South Florida. I rarely ever see anyone else on a Brit bike. I actually saw a homeless man riding an old Raleigh Sports from the 50's or 60's recently. I'm glad it's working for him.


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ENGLISH ROADSTERS:1961 Raleigh Colt (ladies) posted by: Brad from Greenacres, FL on 3/19/2010 at 8:00:26 AM
I just wanted to share some pictures of one of my last project bikes. I purchased a pretty sorry looking 1961 Raleigh Colt ladies bike off Ebay from the original owner in SC. It took alot of TLC to bring it up to the condition it's in today. I was able to salvage the wheels, chainquard, fenders and the Prestube Minor rack. I sent them out to be sandblasted. I primered and repainted the parts with automotive paint. They really came out very nice. The pitting from all the rust did some damage to the steel but they still look great.
The Raleigh Pit rims were in pretty bad shape but I used a wire wheel on my drill and was able to remove about 98% of the rust from the inside of the rims. I primered and painted the inside of the rims with a silver paint. Once I added new rim strips, tubes and tires they look great. The chrome on the rims was pretty rusty, Alot of sos pads and elbow grease made them presentable. The S/A AW hub just needed some oil and it works fine. I've added a Brooks B66 saddle, a vintage Raleigh air pump and a new chain and now my 66 year old mopther in law rides it around her community in Boynton Beach, FL. She gets alot of comments.


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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:1961 Raleigh Colt (ladies) posted by Ben on 3/19/2010 at 7:58:39 PM
Hey Brad, where did you get the whitewalls for this bike, I went to the local bike shop today, and they couldn't find the tires I need 26 x 1 3/8 in whitewalls in their catalogs..... Did get some hand grips for my 1958 Phillips Manhattan, but no tires....


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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:1961 Raleigh Colt (ladies) posted by Brad from Greenacres, FL on 3/19/2010 at 8:35:54 PM
I got the whitewalls off Ebay. I think they were about $40 - $50. Don't recall the exact vendor. The grips are vintage repro's from Harris Cyclery, $18
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ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Ride posted by: Ben on 3/18/2010 at 10:32:41 PM
Took a ride on my Phillips Manhattan this afternoon, man what a ride....Instead of going to the park in town I took a ride through the country.....I felt so free, like I was a kid again. After reading a few post on here I kept it short and sweet, it was a 3 mile ride, and let me tell you it was a nice work out. The Sturmey-Archer 3spd worked like a dream, changing in and out of gears so smoothe. I'm gonna take her to the park to ride with my son tomorrow, I can't wait.....I'm hooked.


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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Ride posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 3/19/2010 at 6:09:06 AM
Very nice looking machine. Can't say as I've seen that particular model... and that colour scheme is awesome.

Yes... these machines have a character all unto themeselves. They're supposedly "utilitarian" by design.... but that being said, in myh opinion, they just have a lot of "class".

Ride on!

Larry "Boneman" Bone - I should cruise on mine tonight...
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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Ride posted by Ben on 3/19/2010 at 8:09:23 PM
Thanks Larry, you are right they are classy machines, my son an I rode all over town today and went by the local bike store today, I got some new grips, but I still need to buy some tires, they couldn't find any 26 1 3/8 whitewalls in the catalogs they had, do you know where I could find some? All in all, she did turn a few heads at the park in town, and it was the best day to ride that we've had....Spring is finally here. We rode a little over 10 miles, and had a blast.
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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Ride posted by Corey K on 3/20/2010 at 11:56:18 PM
Ben, that's a great looking bike. I really appreciate the 50s Phillips; I spent the afternoon tearing down a 1957 Phillips P-9 rod-brake double-top bar roadster, and enjoyed looking at all the detail. They made some really nice bikes before the Raleigh merger.

There are a few premium tires available for your size. Panaracer makes one that is supposed to be wonderful, and Schwalbe makes the (world-class) kevlar-clad Marathon model in your size.
Schwalbe also do a general purpose tire called the Delta Cruiser, and it comes in black, whitewall, and a really striking all-cream color, though that may be "gilding the lily" with your light and bright paint scheme.

Good luck, and ride it in good health.
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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Ride posted by Kevin on 3/21/2010 at 4:02:38 PM
Very nice bike. I have never seen a rear basket like that. How does it attach to the saddle? Was it made to be used that way, or did somebody convert a front basket by moving the struts?
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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Ride posted by Ben on 3/21/2010 at 7:55:55 PM
Thanks to everyone for the compliments on the bike, and all the help you guys have given me, I appreciate you all. I have been teaching my son how to work on bikes like I did when I was a kid. I was always mixing and matching parts off of several bikes, to make complete one to ride. I bought the Phillips and a Raleigh Sport as a couple of fixer uppers sight un seen, when I saw them I realized that all they needed was a good scrubbing, some polishing, and light maintenance. I am keeping my eyes peeled for one we can build, I'm loving this father/son bonding time.
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AGE / VALUE:Phillips poster on e- bay posted by: Chris on 3/18/2010 at 1:00:02 PM
It's at the top of the page here! This is by far the prettiest gal I have ever seen adorn a bicycle poster!

I've lent out a lot of my bike posters to area shops and the real reason has been because so many of the Raleigh gals depicted have been so totally ugly. I mean scarry! they said "Oh it's neat and thank you and we'll take good care of it and don't worry you won't lose it" and all that and I got them back but really they were to ugly to look at.
Where you wonder if it is a man or a woman!

This is the exception! she's stunning and I love her dress!
The colors are awesome!
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ENGLISH ROADSTERS:wheel question posted by: brian on 3/18/2010 at 3:01:43 AM
found a rare-ish english three speed
has an oil lubed bottom bracket and wheels
the 3 speed works fine and i have experience with sturmey archer. the rear hub is set up for 40 spokes. both wheels need new spokes. they are dunlop rims and from what i have read, these rims were just as good or better than the aluminum alternatives of the time. one side of me wants to keep this as original as possible, the other says to buy a new front wheel and lace up a nice aluminum rim onto the working rear hub.

can i get a 40 hole aluminum rim?

do oil lubed wheels compare to the quality ride from greased wheels?

also, the front axle is slightly bent; its the locking type axle that is drive side specific... it seems to be bent far enough toward the edge to work but with little room for error.

is it possible to lace a new axle and cone set into these hubs?

sorry for the long post but this style bike is new to me. i am super excited but i dont want to go through the trouble and money restoring this bike to original only to have it be no fun to ride or turn into a money pit.
thanks all
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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:wheel question posted by Keith Body on 3/18/2010 at 3:53:15 AM
Hi Brian, If your bike is from my time warp, (post WW2 to 1970) and is a roadster type then these never had alloy rims. Stainless or chrome plate, and usually around 32 ounces. Alloys were mainly 27's for lightweights, 8 to 16 ounces
If you can post some pictures, on photobucket or similar, I might be able to help further.
Your description of the front axle indicates it is the type with no locknuts. What I would do is put the nut on and tap the end with a light hammer, the axle will straighten. Grease was always theoretically better for cycle hubs (not gears) but as users almost never maintained them oil was easier to apply. You are not likely to notice any difference, even on fast bikes.
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RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:wheel question posted by chris on 3/18/2010 at 1:43:05 PM
Were aluminum rims found on english roadster bikes?

No. Unless it's an old Sunbeam roadster and then the answer is yes.

They were all steel Westwoods or Westrick/ Raleigh pattern

but Pashley today offers an alloy westwood rim with their Pashley Guvnor bike. And I have seen alloy 28 x 1 1/2 rims on bikes that don't use rod brakes at flea markets and with collectors of English bikes

yes, they are out there alloy rims that take the same tires as you see on the steel rod brake bikes but they are seldom seen and rare. So in a practical sense they do not exist but if you want to push it and search and go nutf looking then I have to tell you they do exist.

I had an "Urania" rod brake bike that had the rods go to drum brake Sturmey- Archer hubs and the thing had 28 x 1 1/2 alloy rims the type that is intended for cable brakes
but it had the Raleigh roadster 28 x 1 1/2 tires on it. I knelt by it and grinned at seeing the rims.

Damned crazy oddities that defy logic and reason abound in old British bicycle land.

Keith is correct even still. He gave you excellent advice. This stuff is literally out of the twilight zone. Advice is given to spare you headaches and it's correct but this is grey so often still. not black and white.
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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:wheel question posted by David on 3/18/2010 at 7:30:36 PM
Sun made a run of 26 x 1-3/8 aluminum rims with 32 and 40 hole drilling (I have a set) but I don't know if they're still available. Maybe in 36.
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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: wheel question posted by Al on 3/18/2010 at 10:20:54 PM
Harris Cyclery sells Sun CR-18s in 590mm size, 32/40h. The late Sheldon Brown's site has much information for you to peruse.

You might want to hang onto, try and fix, that front hub - it's 89mm. All the new hubs are 100mm.

Rigida makes Westwood alloy rims. And Araya makes nice stainless ones, too. But no LBS can get them for me. Bummer. Time to take a trip to the UK!





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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:wheel question posted by brian on 3/19/2010 at 2:34:17 PM
huge help
thank you so much for setting my mind at ease on a few things
and saving future headaches as well

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RE:RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:wheel question posted by Kurt K. on 8/8/2010 at 8:45:47 AM
FYI, Chris - I just snagged one of said Uranias with aluminum 630mm Westricks. Has drum hubs though.

-Kurt
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MISC:How to age an old Phillips-Manhattan posted by: Ben on 3/17/2010 at 10:36:59 PM
I was wondering if anyone would be so kind as to tell me how to figure out the year model of a Phillips-Manhattan that I recently purchased.The only #'s I could find on the Sturmey-Archer Rear Hub were 58 5..... Does that mean 1958 or am I way off base?


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RE:MISC:How to age an old Phillips-Manhattan posted by brian on 3/18/2010 at 3:23:44 AM
from what i understand you are correct. however, that also means your bike was built sometime after 1958, using a part built in 1958. not necessarily meaning the bike itself was manufactured on that date.
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RE:MISC:How to age an old Phillips-Manhattan posted by Bill on 3/18/2010 at 5:53:00 AM
If your head badge says "Birmingham" then 1958 or 1959 sounds right. Phillips was on the verge of going down the tubes, so to speak, and they toyed at the end with fancy frames like the one found on the Manhattan. If the head badge says Nottingham, it was manufactured by Raleigh after
1960.
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RE:RE:MISC:How to age an old Phillips-Manhattan posted by Ben on 3/18/2010 at 12:40:58 PM
The head badge on my bike does say Birmingham.....So I guess this is a 1958.....


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RE:RE:RE:MISC:How to age an old Phillips-Manhattan posted by ben on 3/18/2010 at 12:46:58 PM
It is amazing what a little elbow grease will do, this bike wasn't that rough, just neglected.....I bought it from an older gentleman that I trade with from time to time. This bike was his personal rider when he was a younger man, I also bought his wife's Raleigh Sport, I will be cleaning it up next, when I finish with the Manhattan. I'm taking the Manhattan for a ride this evening, I will let you guys know how it goes....I'm sure it will turn a few heads at the park.....
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RE:RE:RE:RE:MISC:How to age an old Phillips-Manhattan posted by chris on 3/18/2010 at 1:44:38 PM
ohh enclosed chaincase!
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RE:MISC:How to age an old Phillips-Manhattan posted by Mark on 3/18/2010 at 2:26:36 PM
i couldn't get foto to come up, would love to see yours, mine's a '60 Birmingham. does yours have the rear 3sp AG dynohub? is your seat tube logo like this:
http://chiccyclist.blogspot.com/2009/10/phillips-manhattan.html
or does it have a stylized Manhattan skyline (like mine)?
there's a nice ad for this bike at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/31289168@N03/4404685765/
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RE:MISC:How to age an old Phillips-Manhattan posted by Steve on 3/19/2010 at 5:59:19 PM
Here's my 59 Manhattan with skyline decal.
It rides perfectly.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/28120463@N07/4389382343/
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RE:RE:MISC:How to age an old Phillips-Manhattan posted by Ben on 3/20/2010 at 10:35:37 PM
That is a pretty bike, I have another bike I am cleaning up it is a ladies Raleigh Sport, it's in pretty decent shape, I think a set of tires, some elbow grease and a little TLC and she will be as good as new. Will post pic's later.....
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RE:MISC:How to age an old Phillips-Manhattan posted by Stephen on 3/24/2010 at 5:58:30 PM
58 is the year, 1958, and the 5 means the 5th month of 1958, therefore it was made in may of 1958.
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AGE / VALUE:etched in stone posted by: Chris on 3/16/2010 at 6:15:05 PM
Looking over marble benches that are found along the graves side and they etch photographs into the stone and it's so clear and acurate. Do I want a bike on the bench? they will do it if I want them to. Yes, why not along with another picture.

Anyways it really neat how the do that!
One fellow here in San Antonio, has a picture of a train engine in the stone! and he served 30 something years on the Union Pacific railroad and he was proud enough to have it on the grave marker. A friend here has lost his wife and I've been exploring the cemetaries and I saw the photos and now I'm arranging a bench at my own marker. Except that marble is cold to sit on.

A place to sit and rest, and the strange thing is, I always get to the spot but something drains my energy and I have to crawl out and am too weak to drive out and have to be driven out I call it "heavy feet" but it always happens. All the energy is pulled from me and it takes some time to get it back before I am strong enough to drive out of there.
Also, my mom said: "A force that pulled me towards it and you say "Oh no, not yet, thank you! as you leave there angry. Mom didn't like that!

Or when somebody dear has passed and you wait until everybody is gone so you can pay respects alone and you are damn certain there is nobody else there and as you stand there and think of the person...... Yes, she swore she heard someone call her name and it was the gal who had died and was buried there. "Janet? Janet!!" anyways, mom got on her Raleigh Tourist and tore the heck out of there, flew! and this was before I had souped up her bike. After that, my mom didn't go to cemetaries and inadvertantly call up the spirits again. but strange things have happened to me (us) in cemetaries. Windsor McCay didn't let me go wandering thru the Evergreens in Brooklyn lost all day with the Cheroots in hand. I was led to the spot but first there was hide and seek.

Slamming doors, footsteps on the stairs, with windows closed, busy activity upstairs and I'm sitting downstairs listening to it all alone in the house. When you clean out a attic, unseal the room and go in there when nobody has been in that room hardly at all in 40 years and then I turn it into a bedroom, finish off the construction , lay thye floor, drywall, heat in that one room, new windows, and open boxes that held the paper part of the car collection and stir the spirits up then yes it happens and it did.

I had something push me I felt it on my back I had help riding past the cemetary like somebody helping you with training wheels It made me go faster for 10 minutes and yes I felt it.

Believe it or not it was all quite real.

Anyways no plans to leave just yet. but I am having trouble typing and will go to doctor tomorrow


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RE:AGE / VALUE:etched in stone posted by Chris on 3/17/2010 at 6:19:08 PM
I intended to write about how today one can have an actual photograph and not a drawing or illustration but an actual photograph eteched into stone. Instead I did a few ghost stories. McCay smoked little cigars called "Between the Acts" his beloved little cherots as he called them and I brought them to the grave and strange stuff happened. I loved all the vintage bikes English bikes to be found in the streets of New York.
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ENGLISH ROADSTERS:rim and hub question posted by: Jimmy Nance on 3/15/2010 at 6:04:47 PM
Hello,
I have an 40 hole 28 inch rim from and English roadster type bike. I was
wondering if it is possible to lace a 36 hole coaster brake hub in the rim? Or
is there a 40 hole coaster brake hub out there? Any help suggestions would be
greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Jimmy Nance


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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:rim and hub question posted by Erik on 3/16/2010 at 1:18:36 AM
40 hole coaster brake hubs are somewhat hard to find. If I were you, I would contact Flying Pigeon LA. They have 36 hole 28" rims that they build up with coaster brakes for some of their Flying Pigeon bikes. I think Yellow Jersey bike shop can do the same but don't know for sure.
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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:rim and hub question posted by Keith Body on 3/16/2010 at 3:15:55 PM
Don't try it. Theoretically it would be possible to make 2 20 hole flanges to rivet on the outside of the existing flanges, but unlikely. A 40 hole hub in a 36 hole rim is possible, but would be built with uneven spoke lengths.
Your english roadster should have 2 brakes, although not very effective, the front brake is the one that does most of the stopping. These bikes were never expected to be fast.
If this was a theoretical problem I would make 4 double length spokes in a V shape threaded at each end and devise a pattern that looked reasonable.
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RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:rim and hub question posted by Chris on 3/16/2010 at 6:07:43 PM
I would keep looking and find another rim and a coaster brake hub to go with it.


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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:rim and hub question posted by Bill on 3/16/2010 at 9:06:09 PM
I have a forty hole Resilion coaster brake hub laced to the rear of a 1930s Phillips roadster. There might be some old Resilion hubs floating around out there,
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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:rim and hub question posted by JS on 3/17/2010 at 6:16:52 AM
Here in China a 40 hole drum brake on a roadster is more common. Contraction band brakes are also popular.

Coasters...not so much. Hardly ever see them. And never in a 40 hole.

-JS

http://www.flyingpigeonproject.org
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RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:rim and hub question posted by Chris on 3/17/2010 at 6:22:42 PM
Ifs it an English made bike then keep it English partswise if it's something else like Chinese then keep it in that section don't mix and marry the parts and a band brake on an English bike is heresy. Don't do it!
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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:rim and hub question posted by sam on 3/17/2010 at 7:53:39 PM
Did you know Bendix made 40 hole hubs!
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RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:rim and hub question posted by ken on 3/18/2010 at 11:11:00 AM
I have a 40-hole Bendix coaster hub, but the holes are for enormous spokes.
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RE:RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:rim and hub question posted by Chris on 3/18/2010 at 1:32:45 PM
Bendix made a wide variety of hubs and some were made for Sulky spokes and huge spoke holes for Worksman brand bikes and the wheels in worksman brand bikes that were used in factories with solid tires so if you ran over a bit of scrap metal on the factory floor you didn't have a blow out.

Shop e- bay and your bike swap meet for a regular, standard type of hub shell. they are out there.
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ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Raleigh Sports project posted by: Brad from Greenacres, FL on 3/15/2010 at 10:16:20 AM
Hello All, Been awhile since I've posted. I just picked up a Raleigh Sports frame off Ebay for $30. It's green, paint is shot. I've always wanted to do a total restore including paint. I've been trying to get a frame for a few years. The headtube in complete and so is the bottom cottered crank. I'm trying to figure out how to get the headbadge off before I get it sandblasted. If need be I can replace the headbadge. It has three rivets holding it on. I have about 90% of the parts to do the rebuild. Any suggestions would be a great help.
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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Raleigh Sports project posted by Brad from Greenacres, FL on 3/15/2010 at 10:33:48 AM
just uploaded a picture of this frame


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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Raleigh Sports project posted by Geoff Rogers on 3/15/2010 at 1:32:42 PM
Looks like a decent frame, and a tall one at that. Sometimes you can push the rivets out from inside the head tube with a sturdy screwdriver. Otherwise, just carefully cut their little heads off with a sharp, sturdy knife and grip them with a good pair of vise grips after you carefully pry off the headbadge. New rivets aren't too hard to find. New decals are available from Lloyd's Cyclery in the UK and other Raleigh parts are pretty easy to find, especially on this site! I have quite a few, in case you need anything, fenders, wheels, saddles, brakes, cables, whatever.
Good luck!
Geoff Rogers
Shutesbury, Massachusetts, USA
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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Raleigh Sports project posted by Brad from Greenacres, FL on 3/16/2010 at 1:24:06 PM
Thank you for the info Geoff !, greatly appreciated !
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RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Raleigh Sports project posted by Chris on 3/16/2010 at 6:14:56 PM
I'd polish the paint, clean it up and not attempt a paint restoration. your decals are fine and the paint looks fine enough.

You'll never match the paint, the decals are a pain too the money put into it could go to better use this is a common but well loved but still common frame and not lightweight or rare I would put in a new bottom bracket, nice original parts found, wheels a nice leather saddle and a bag a bell and lights and there is enough to spend money on and have it looking proper.

The color is called Bronze green if you still wish to procede and we are here to help you if you disagree with me.

Yes, take a screw driver and from the inside, knock off the rivit part that is portruding thru the frame the badge will fall off or with the slightest knock it will come off the trick is not to bend the badge.

do keep us informed

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RE:RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Raleigh Sports project posted by Chris on 3/17/2010 at 6:25:05 PM
Yor bike is "Olive" Raleigh did an olive color and their famous bronze green. Sorry for the mix up
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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Raleigh Sports project posted by Al on 3/17/2010 at 10:23:15 PM

How about some neutral kiwi shoe polish? I've had good luck washing frames that aren't black, scrubbing the scratches with some polishing compound and then using the polish. Oh so shiny. And protects the paint, too.
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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Raleigh Sports project posted by Brad from Greenacres, FL on 3/23/2010 at 9:38:55 AM
I just received the frame I purchased off Ebay. I'm disappointed with my purchase to say the least. The sellers discription was lacking important information, like the forks had been badly damaged and were roughly "repaired" with a hammer. I've torn the frame completely down. The paint is very bad and not salvagable so I'm going to strip it. I checked the s/n and found it was made in Feb 1974. I have enough parts lying about to pretty much rebuilt it. I will need a doner set of forks though. If anyone has a set of forks to sell please let me know. Color is not important. I'll be repainting the whole bike in olive green automotive paint. Is it best to stick with the original color or change it to something else ?The frame is 23".
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ENGLISH ROADSTERS:1936 Rudge Whitworth posted by: Chas on 3/8/2010 at 3:57:25 AM
I have recently purchased my second 1930's machine. So now have a vintage collection of sorts; is this teetering on the slippery slope? Please take a look at the gallery pics and especially interested in how to proceed with the visible crack to headset area. Otherwise all looks good and I even rode out to take the photos,not bad considering it's been laying dormant for many years.


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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:1936 Rudge Whitworth posted by Steve on 3/8/2010 at 5:42:25 AM
Yes, luckily for you you're probably on the slippery slope, but fear not....it's great fun to own and use these bikes !
I would gently dismantle the headset area, see if the crack is "fixable", if not....replace it with a similar/period part.
If you can feel any "play" in the area, might be nice to have a look inside and see what things are like....depends how keen you are.
Lubricate things well in advance if you suspect the bike has been static for a long time (especially if outdoors), handlebar stems can be kind to you or in my case quite often not very kind....and that's where things can get a little heated !
Steve
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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:1936 Rudge Whitworth posted by sam on 3/9/2010 at 6:35:18 AM
That crack is in the set nut---I'd try and find a replacement nut only.Also missing is the bolt on wheel for the cable---you catalog scan shows it as it should be.And nice tyres!
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RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:1936 Rudge Whitworth posted by Warren on 3/9/2010 at 11:31:10 AM
What bolt/wheel/pulley are you referring to Sam? The gear cable and pulley look correct and the catalogue appears to show a single speed. There's a hole in the lug mind you.

And Chas it's too late for you...you have been assimilated. Buy every cool old bike you have room for and then some. Really nice bike.

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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:1936 Rudge Whitworth posted by Chas on 3/9/2010 at 1:44:04 PM
Pulley/gear linkage all intact and in good working order, that shifter on the top tube will take a bit of getting used to. Holes to lugs all as per catalogue image, maybe a Rudge thing? Front wheel hub marked 'Hopper' so not original.

Frame a bit on the wee side for me but it'll be like riding a feisty pony I hope.

Assimilation will not be complete until I've progressed to a very tall double top-tube, my dream machine.
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ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Raleigh Sports vs Raleigh LTD posted by: Jerry on 3/6/2010 at 8:11:45 PM
Can anyone explain the difference between a Raleigh Sports and a Raleigh LTD. Are they basically the same bike with different trim or what. Sorry to be so dumb but I just don't know. Thanks Jerry
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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Raleigh Sports vs Raleigh LTD posted by David on 3/7/2010 at 6:56:00 AM
The LTD is the same as the "grade B" Raleigh products like Robin Hood. It has wire fender stays rather than the rounded wide steel, there are no brazed-on chainguard mounts, standard saddle is mattress-style rather than leather, brakes have bolt cable anchorage, cheaper brake levers, etc. Frame is basically identical (i.e. bomb-proof) to a Sports.
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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Raleigh Sports vs Raleigh LTD posted by Andy on 3/8/2010 at 11:22:25 AM
I have a black 1975 LTD-3, and it is as reported a mildly stripped down version of the Sports. No saddle bag, no pump stays, and some cheaper (but durable) components, like a plastic gear switcher. My suspicion is that the LTD models were meant as cheap export models, but any Brits might correct this.
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RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Raleigh Sports vs Raleigh LTD posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 3/9/2010 at 6:32:06 AM
+1 to all that's already been posted. Interestingly enough, my LTD 3 (Red!) was actually manufactured in Holland.

They're great machines! Basically identical to the Sports with shall we say... more "economical" appointments.

I rather like mine. But then... I rather like all of my machines.

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME COMMENCES this weekend! That means... nice rides after work in the evenings.

YES!

Later!

Larry "Boneman" Bone - LTD... not actually "Limited" IMHO
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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Raleigh Sports vs Raleigh LTD posted by Andy on 3/9/2010 at 2:23:32 PM
It's sort of hidden in his site, but Sheldon Brown featured a catalog showing the LTD-3, colors, sizes, etc:
http://sheldonbrown.com/retroraleighs/twenty.html
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FOR SALE:   eBay outing all-gold raleigh 1969 posted by: Ray on 3/5/2010 at 5:29:37 PM
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180474193510

1969 All-Gold Edition Sports
No connection to seller, but he did not sell at $225 last time around.
Any information about these bikes? I'll be patient and check garage and yard sales.


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AGE / VALUE:Danish Raleighs posted by: Andy on 3/5/2010 at 10:57:25 AM
Does anyone know if these Danish Raleighs have any size relation to our bikes? I'm thinking more of spare parts, chainguards, etc.
http://www.raleighbikes.dk/sites/classic_tourist_de_luxe_brooks.html
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