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ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   100 cycle shops and 100 years of making repairing retailing... posted by: Chas on 7/13/2011 at 1:10:41 PM
As we've just reached one hundred images, maybe it's time that you took a peak at my flickr group of Lost Bicycle Shops all from the UK spanning over one hundred years.

Please feel free to add or send me any new images and to keep the group pure "Best of British" by adding UK shops only and now defunct.


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           RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   100 cycle shops and 100 years of making repairing retailing... posted by Christopher on 7/15/2011 at 8:51:46 AM
Atip of the hat, a bear hug, wearing a big smile and saying Thank You! Thanks You! and you go boy, go and get it all! chris
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           RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   100 cycle shops and 100 years of making repairing retailing... posted by Chris on 7/15/2011 at 9:36:52 AM
Thomson brown brothers , the huge, giant supplier of all things cycling! all those shops! all those buildings wharehouses, PLEASE GET PHOTOS POSTED OF THAT AND PRIDE AND CLARKE, THE SCOOTER AND BUBBLECAR DEALERSHIP, THE STOCKWELL ROAD COMPLEX, IN ALL IT'S GLORY! PLEASE CONTINUE!!
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           RE:RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   100 cycle shops and 100 years of making repairing retailing... posted by Chris on 7/15/2011 at 10:18:00 AM
Save the original signs, get permission and get ahold of them! before they are lost forever. ladders, tools, get them preserved
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           RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   100 cycle shops and 100 years of making repairing retailing... posted by Chas on 7/16/2011 at 1:25:48 PM
Pride and Clarke's; my earliest memories are going shopping on the top deck of a London bus with my mum, that road was RED man and all *lit up* in the dark; shop windows full of Triumph and Norton motorcycles, generators, vespa scooters, rubber dinghies... who bought rubber dinghies in Brixton (London's Harlem)?!?

This was swinging London in the mid sixties, and all caught on film. So especially for you Chris...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmjv-M1qPAg


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           RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   100 cycle shops and 100 years of making repairing retailing... posted by chris on 7/16/2011 at 4:11:10 PM
THANKS! Hemmings was Dr. Moffet in Airwolf one of my favorite villians!
please post pictures of all those shops the green and red shops the old buildings factories and ruins also, Brown brothers cycle wholesalers buildings. this is bittersweet experience because all we have are the ads in cycling magazine and a few surviving bicycles this is a neat project
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AGE / VALUE:   the best part posted by: Chris on 7/12/2011 at 4:52:37 PM
Now that everything is regreased, adjusted, overhauled, cleaned, basket added, new reflectors, wheels true, new cones in the hubs, and with new high pressure 90 p.s.i. tires off you go down the street. Enjoy the sights the ride, the scenes. I was clipping along a bit faster than comfortable, it really hauls!!
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   the best part posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 7/13/2011 at 3:00:14 AM
I presume this is your Sprite. 90 PSI tyres??????? I've 70psi units on mine... and have oft considered wearing an athletic supporter whilst riding it... ;-)

Well DONE sir. Yeah... I would imagine with the rocks for tyres you have on there, it would roll very.... (forgive please... ) Spritely along...

Later!

Larry "Boneman" Bone - he used to just CANNIBALISE them... pradigm shift?????
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   the best part posted by Chris on 7/15/2011 at 9:03:59 AM
STILL, I AM THE SPRITE HUNTER!!
The Sprite got parted out! Sorry! I removed the brass badge in perfect shape with the rivits. The sprite had NEW BOTTOM BRACKET PARTS, N.O.S. HURET ALVIT DERAILER, a n.o.s. 5 speed block, N.O.S. HEADSET PARTS, THE HANDLEBARS FROM THE SPRITE FIT THE PEUGEOT! THE REAR WHEEL FROM THE SPRITE IS ON THE PEUGEOT TILL I FINISH THE DERAILER COG TRANSFER IF IT'LL FIT. I took the innards of the Normandy hub and sat up at night making a quick release hollow axle, quick release, YES, QUICK RELEASE! skewer wearing fully functional Sturmey- Archer G.H.6. dynohub!

It works! Ha!
The parts off of the Sprite and my Peugeot bike got mixed and I got creative with mixing the parts and it all works.

The 12.00 china made 27x 1 1/4 th tires have a disclaimer about the tires containing a chemical that is known in the state of California to cause cancer and other reproductive harm poisonous tires from China!! Nice!! The Walmart tire was 18.and some change.

i would never part out a tourist or a sports, or a supurbe and i sit and go crazy at seeing nice bikes parted out on the bay!

you'll see the sprite again in a video I just shot!

I have Bluemels 27 inch alloy mudguards to get polished up!
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           RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   the best part posted by Chris on 7/15/2011 at 9:06:27 AM
I'm looking for somebody to polish these professionally, I have the stays and screws as well.
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           RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:  FRONT WHEEL  Quick release Sturmey- Archer G.H.6. DYNOHUB posted by Chris on 7/15/2011 at 9:43:21 AM
rear wheel, hollow axle from the Normandy alloy rear hub ( French hub) in the front wheel version in a front wheel Sturmey- Archer G.H.6. DYNOHUB

Normandy hubs get no mentioning, they're considered cheap but good hubs unfortunitly no snob value like the Campagnolo or G.B. or others but inside the Normandy hubs are the Simplex Juy Simplex skewers!
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           RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:  FRONT WHEEL  Quick release Sturmey- Archer G.H.6. DYNOHUB posted by Chris on 7/30/2011 at 9:05:59 AM
spin way better, way, way better without those original Sturmey- Archer cones too!
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AGE / VALUE:   phil tenacious oil posted by: chris on 7/11/2011 at 5:37:04 PM
what is with the plain white bottle with black lettering why, I remember when Phil Tenacious oil came in magical Celeste blue bottles or where they green color bottles? anyways the color is gone and I noticed it.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   phil tenacious oil posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 7/13/2011 at 3:04:08 AM
Well... as a packagin professional that is ALWAYS under pressure to minimize cost / maximize "sustainability".... I pretty much figure what you're seeing here is an example of just that.

A shame really.... for some... packaging is an art form unto itself... and depending on the product, are given complete license to ... "practice".

Such catagories would include... Cosmetics.... fragrances and upper crust liquors....

Oil? LOL... just be glad what you get actually functions... there's really not a lot of romance in oil... unless it's of the "Extra Virgin Olive" variety.

Later!

Larry "Boneman" Bone - bottles..... cans..... yeah, we got 'em
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   phil tenacious oil posted by Chris on 7/13/2011 at 8:49:55 AM
I think somebody had a problem with their use of the specific color. It makes a difference I nearly missed seeing it on the shelf
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   phil tenacious oil posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 7/13/2011 at 12:49:43 PM
Now that I can relate to... Ever since their Graphic Refresh, I've found it extremely difficult to spot good olde 8 O'clock Coffee on-shelf as well.....

Later!

Larry "Boneman" Bone - Right in front of me it was even.....
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   phil tenacious oil posted by Chris on 7/15/2011 at 9:20:02 AM
Why beefcarver? why the name change? it's been beefeater's for years! The gin company sued us! wants us to change our name we changed it to beefcarver.

roast beef, raisin egg custard, cold milk, delicious food, that fellow who looks like the late Dr. Kevorkian had a lenton Sports with better lug work than my other one and he let me go get the bike out of his basement and it was cheap!

And Sara, too.

The celeste green, somebody got possessive!
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AGE / VALUE:   Value of Raleigh Alpha Bike posted by: Heather on 7/11/2011 at 3:55:49 PM
I found a vintage Raleigh Alpha bike. Can anyone tell me what the value might be? I want to sell it but don't want to sell it for much less than it's worth. Thanks.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Value of Raleigh Alpha Bike posted by David on 7/12/2011 at 5:33:59 PM
I found some photos of Alphas. It appears to be a low-to-mid-level bike. If it's in in good condition you might get a couple hundred. Not a collector's item.
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AGE / VALUE:   alpina de luxe 1953 posted by: LORI on 7/10/2011 at 4:47:00 AM
hi

i bought a 1953 alpina de luxe bicycle at a yard sale for $20 did i get a good deal. it is red with white tires and had the decal and name made in west germany it has a rack in the back! any idea of value!? thanks
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   alpina de luxe 1953 posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 7/10/2011 at 5:52:49 AM
$20 for a machine that olde is a pretty good deal methinks... unless it's been sitting outside for 10 years.

Meanwhile... PICTURES could tell us volumes about it!

Good find!

Later!

Larry "Boneman" Bone - Older than ME even.....
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   alpina de luxe 1953 posted by chris on 7/11/2011 at 9:40:45 AM
lori, please post photographs of this bike you found we would love to see it
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           RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   alpina de luxe 1953 posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 7/17/2011 at 6:18:21 AM
She sent pics to my email... a VERY nic machine indeed. I'll try and hang them here later..

Later!

Larry "Boneman" Bone - lotsa alloy on that machine....
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ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   1961 Popular Special Sports Model 3 speed posted by: Patrick on 7/9/2011 at 7:55:22 AM
Hi I picked up a 1961 Popular Special (made in England) Sports Model women's 3 speed yesterday. It is in very good shape but I can not seem to find any information on them. Was it a sister company of Raleigh like the Robin Hood or something else. I would like to try to restore but need a little more info first. anything is greatly appreciated. Thnaks
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           RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   1961 Popular Special Sports Model 3 speed posted by David on 7/9/2011 at 10:41:41 AM
See where its fender stays attach to the dropout. If it's behind the axle, it's probably built by Raleigh; with all the good and bad that goes with that!
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AGE / VALUE:   TED GERRARD CYCLES (WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM, ARE THEY STILL IN BUSINESS posted by: Christopher on 7/6/2011 at 10:02:20 AM
Ted Gerrard Cycles 65 Woodhouse Rd. Finchley, London N12 tel
HIL9182

WHEN DID THEY GO OUT OF BUSINESS? AND WHAT CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THEM? WHAT DID THEY OFFER? HOW LONG IN BUSINESS? THANKS!
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   TED GERRARD CYCLES (WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM, ARE THEY STILL IN BUSINESS posted by Chris on 7/6/2011 at 10:07:07 AM
It's just me, skipping thru the faded copies of cycling and Mopeds from the 1960's
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   TED GERRARD CYCLES (WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM, ARE THEY STILL IN BUSINESS posted by David on 7/7/2011 at 4:19:19 PM
Alf Engers rode for Ted Gerrard in the 60s according to Wikipedia. Why not ask one of the English old-timers if you really want to know?
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   TED GERRARD CYCLES (WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM, ARE THEY STILL IN BUSINESS posted by Chris on 7/7/2011 at 6:33:39 PM
thanks david I will, I wanted something on file here on oldroads.com where I am trying to add to the oldroads.com database
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ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   What happned to Rigida Rims posted by: Evan Webb on 6/29/2011 at 11:08:11 AM
Anybody out there know the scoop on RIGIDA'S web site? It's been down for months. I was going to make it a point to contact customer service from Rigida. Me along with many others are getting tired of never being able to get a high quality 22-635 (28x1 1/2") Rim. Rigida makes like 4 variants of this classic. Some even in alloy! Please help anybody out there who wants to do a group order. Lets do it! Or talk Rigida to start importing them.

Thanks everybody!
-Evan Webb
Mayan Cycles USA
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           RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   What happned to Rigida Rims posted by Chris on 6/30/2011 at 10:11:42 AM
I heard that they were closing the factory on another board a few months ago
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           RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   What happned to Rigida Rims posted by Evan Webb on 6/30/2011 at 1:32:12 PM
Wow! Anybody else heard that? That would explain the website thing. Do you happen to have the link for that posting? I am dying to read it. Thanks for letting me know the scoop.
-Evan
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           RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   What happned to Rigida Rims posted by chris on 7/1/2011 at 9:33:06 AM
No, I don't have a link it was 4 months ago that I read it somewhere and I was not happy to hear that loving Rigida rims as I do as we all do. There was something about the big companies wanting rims, hubs and whole grouppos and not just rims and I thought that was a crap arguement. I wonder where the tooling is. You know me and my tooling rants. I might have mentioned the closing here look under Rigida rims in the archives here. I probably did comment about it here. Sorry to have to break the news
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MISC:   1955 humber sport posted by: greg on 6/28/2011 at 1:43:51 PM
i have a 1955 humber sport and was wondering it the chrome chain guard was original ..
thanks
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           RE:MISC:   1955 humber sport posted by greg on 6/28/2011 at 2:01:25 PM
here is pic


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           RE:MISC:   1955 humber sport posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 6/29/2011 at 2:41:27 AM
OK... how does one view the photo... I get to snapfish where it asks for a login. So... I log in.... and end up on my snapfish "album" page....

Weird.
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           RE:MISC:   1955 humber sport posted by David on 7/1/2011 at 4:29:07 AM
Same photo comment as Larry - post your photo somewhere that doesn't require a login. But, I doubt the chrome chainguard is original. I don't recall seeing chrome chainguards on English roadsters at all, even the Hercules with chrome fenders. If original, it would be exactly the same pattern as the painted chainguards on other Raleigh/Humber/Rudge/Robin Hood/etc bikes.
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           RE:MISC:   1955 humber sport posted by greg on 7/1/2011 at 1:38:18 PM
is there a place i can email the photo ??
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AGE / VALUE:   Who made this! e- bay item #140567271177 posted by: Chris on 6/27/2011 at 9:46:55 AM
Take a look at e- bay item #140567271177 Sturmey- Archer shifter look this up by the item #

This is what happens when production tooling goes on "walk a bout" Who allowed this to happen? Looks like the old style shifter jigs and patterns were sold to somebody else who used the oportunity to make their own knock off shifters to compete with the very company that sold them the dies, patterns, jigs and tooling!

You see, it's Sturmey- Archer, but it isn't because a real Sturmey- Archer, Brampton or Hercules would say so on the face of the shifter. Even Steyr would say so.

This is what? Japanese? Why sell old tooling to your compettitor? or potential competitor? keep the stuff and make it yourself there is a market for the old stuff keep it it is priceless!

I saw all red tires for sale from China or Taiwan 28 x 1 1/2 brick tread tires and these are the pre- war Firestone tire pattern. Who sold those moulds? They never sould have left the country.

anyways interesting shifter face. plain, cheap and common looking typical Japanese from the 1950's looks like it to me.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Who made this! e- bay item #140567271177 posted by Chris on 6/27/2011 at 10:06:02 AM
check out the early Suntour 3 speed shifter in the seller's "other items"

Why all the copying back then? didn't they design their own stuff?

Now, today we copy others. Has anybody noticed the new Pontiac badged car that is the spitting image copy of the 2004, 2005 (Honda) Acura T.S.X.? It wore the Pontiac logo.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Who made this! e- bay item #140567271177 posted by Keith Body on 6/27/2011 at 12:15:08 PM
Chris, we were supposed to be getting Lancias made by Fiat and badged Dodge, but it never happened.
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AGE / VALUE:   Flourescent lights with the Sturmey- Archer G.H.6. dynohub posted by: Chris on 6/27/2011 at 9:23:59 AM
I saw on you tube where somebody was using flourescent lights with their dynohub. I was thinking of something crazy to do on the bike with the dynohub.

Christmas tree lights? flourescent lights? bulbs? rods? charge the cell phone? wacky electrical mascots that move?

Dancing lights on my reflective vest and helmet? It's food for thought!
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Flourescent lights with the Sturmey- Archer G.H.6. dynohub posted by Keith Body on 6/27/2011 at 12:12:03 PM
Chris, If you want to run LEDs you will need a rectifier (possibly voltage control as well) to produce pusating DC, and LEDs are polarity aware.
There are 6 volt fluorescents which also run from battery or any DC source, but you don't get much light.
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AGE / VALUE:   Parts cleaning solvent: "The bicycle spa" posted by: Chris on 6/27/2011 at 9:07:45 AM
Has anybody ever heard the cycle parts exclaim: "Ah yes, Oh thank you! it's been so long! Ah this feels wonderful Oh ! I haven't been overhauled in decades! Oh thank you I was all gumped up with dried grease and grit and dirt and this feels wonderful and I'm getting new bearings and fresh modern grease and re assembled into shiny clean, sparkling chrome form again. Oh! Just let me soak here awhile Ahh!!"

This way, it runs as new, adjusted and greased and freed up. Things move and spin and slide back and forth and springs spring all as it should! I have always been amazed how stuck up and frozen this stuff gets when it's been neglected and sitting.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Parts cleaning solvent: posted by Chris on 6/27/2011 at 9:23:55 AM
The final adjustment with a new overhauled headset and moving the fork back and forth and it's perfect! Put that front wheel back on and it's ready to go!

The final adjustment with a bottom bracket and now just put the craks back on and fit the cotter pins. Spin the crank! it rolls around and around putting the sparking chain back on all degumped and dried and oiled and it's ready to ride!

fresh, soft rubber brake pads new ones, clean rims new cables greased and in the cable casing smooth casing no cracks.

Raised and adjusted seat post, new handlebar tape! new reflectors!
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Parts cleaning solvent: posted by Kevin on 7/9/2011 at 2:09:34 PM
Chris -- This is exactly why I have a soft spot for neglected bikes, and prefer them over restored ones. They need friends, they need love, they need grease, they need oil, they need Proofide, they need tires, they need tubes, they need cables ... they need to be babied a little after 50 years of indignity. They need someone to look past the rust, dirt and grit and see them for the beautiful classic machines they really are. Getting one back on the road again is lovely, for the bike and for the rider. It's all about resurrection and second chances, I guess.
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AGE / VALUE:   Mix and match create homade top tube cable stop posted by: Chris on 6/27/2011 at 8:46:54 AM
I took out the barrel out of the gum rubber Mafac hood from the 10 speed Mafac Racer front brake lever.

And took one of those pair of steel banded, single screw type pump clips the type where if your bike does not have factory brazed in air pump pegs. The pump clip has it's metal wrapped around what appears to be a small grey steel "bullet"

The bullet looking thing is not brazed or spot welded in place and thus, I was able to knock it out.

Now, I took the adjustable barrel from the Mafac tem speed brakes and inserted it in the pump clip and bent the metal around it.

Now, I have a top tube cable stop and clip for the 3 speed hub top running cable!

It works and it was fun and fulfilling to take a box of parts and make something I needed but didn't have.

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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Mix and match create homade top tube cable stop posted by Chris on 6/27/2011 at 8:56:04 AM
The pump clips may be cyclo it isn't marked with any name but is a common part found in drawers of shops and on bikes
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MISC:   1967 Sturmy Archer S5 5-Speed Hub posted by: Robin on 6/26/2011 at 6:29:03 PM
Hi I receintly aquired a Raleigh Sprite 5 Speed Bicycle. I do not know much about the bike except what I have found online (hence the message subject line). Is it going to be complicated to find repair parts (shifters, break cables)? Will just any bicycle repair shop be familiar with this kind of bike or should I look for someone who specializes in older bikes?
My goal is to be able to have a nice comfortable functioning bike, that is somewhat unique, without having to put a great deal of money into it.
Any informaion you have would be greatly appriciated.
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           RE:MISC:   1967 Sturmy Archer S5 5-Speed Hub posted by David Bean on 6/27/2011 at 5:21:31 AM
Start by reading http://sheldonbrown.com/english-3.html
Your Sprite is much like a 3-speed Sports. That said, be very careful to keep track of all threaded parts to your bike. Most of the nuts and bolts are British Standard Cycle threaded, which is not easy to find in the USA. Some of the parts (bottom bracket, e.g.) are unique to Raleigh and can be found, usually, only as salvage from other bikes. If you have the shift linkage and bellcrank for the left side shifting you are in luck - don't lose those parts. You've got a good bike. Have fun.
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           RE:MISC:   1967 Sturmy Archer S5 5-Speed Hub posted by Christopher on 6/27/2011 at 9:00:20 AM
Raleigh bottom bracket cups the pair of them and the lock ring in new condition these are new, original stock are to be bought on e- bay from "Raleigh Katarsis" out of Athens, Greece they are about 35- 40. plus shipping

And incredible price!

Also bottom bracket parts, spindles and other parts.

Yes, you can find stuff off of a doner bike a used bike but parts are offered by a myriad of sellers on e- bay and then there is the world of the collector and horder and ask around on various boards like this one

The sturmey Archer bits are common here in the states as is your bike or it was common keep at it. It's not a Pierce arrow needing a steering box!
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           RE:RE:MISC:   1967 Sturmy Archer S5 5-Speed Hub posted by Chris on 6/27/2011 at 9:04:12 AM
Any bicycle shop will be able to do it. But they "will let the horse out of the gate and smack it on the tail to make it run fast for them"
I mean to say they will start running up your bill and you'll get hit with $200.00

tires and tubes, parts then the labor some things you can do yourself the labor for example ask us here tell us what you want to do what it needs
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           RE:MISC:   1967 Sturmy Archer S5 5-Speed Hub posted by mark on 6/27/2011 at 11:19:25 AM
see also Mark Stonich Sturmey Archer tips pages--
http://bikesmithdesign.com/SA/SA-tips.pdf

and a 5 spd bell crank mod. of his design--
http://bikesmithdesign.com/SA/bellcrank-spring.jpg
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AGE / VALUE:   Crank Cotter pin from Hades posted by: Chris on 6/24/2011 at 9:33:35 AM
Raleigh bicycle cotter pin removal failure. Or, how not to do this:
Well with dribbling the pin in oil and using the hammer it came out. Now the other side where dispite the oil it broke off. More hammer and punch and no it stuck fast. The metal that was the pin became mashed and changed form under the blows of the punch and hammer. It stuck fast. I made it worse. The next day I proceded to try to get a garage fellow to use their torch. No gas so I tried the next day.

Oh, yes they had gas. I tried to explain that I just wanted a moment of gas to knock the pin out and I guess I didn't get across to them that I wanted the parts usable and not over cooked. Just wanted it heated enough to loosen it. Instead it glowed red and I stood there muttering: " oh crap!"

Please save my crank, spindle. No, not today! Well, it was funny and tragic both at once. The fellow let it rip with the torch and ruined the crank and spindle. Sparks flew, the metal that was the pin danced on the floor in yellow sparks.

He banged and broke the crank loose from the spindle knocking the two apart.

Well, both parts are good for the garbage now! A waste of time and parts. The cotter pin screaming and laughing in death, both at once.

Im saying: "I got ya! told ya I'd get you loose!"
and the pin is laughing saying: "yes, but I took your crank and spindle with me! It's unusable garbage now! I don't care, it's that bottom bracket I want to get at anyways and this cotter pin was just the right low grade of cheap metal to wedge in and not come loose without total war. And yes, I lost. Still, it was fun melting the cotter pin and breaking the parts loose.

I don't have my press tool handy and should have used the shop vise and I know better than to make a mess like this.The frame is fine. Usually, I manage to reuse cotter pins but there is a era of 1970's Raleigh bike manufacture that was ruled by tyranical cotter pins. Pins of soft steel that stuck fast and brought efforts to overhaul brackets or change or upgrade parts to a screaching halt.

Fitting the Peugeot chainring onto the other Raleigh crank is fine as both parts are of French origin and the screws and nuts are of the same thread. Besides, if I go too low with a front ring and too low in the rear I will shear off the clutch key in the Sturmey- Archer a.w. 3 speed hub and ruin more parts.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Crank Cotter pin from Hades posted by Chris on 6/24/2011 at 10:09:26 AM
The red jocky wheels in the Huret Alvit and in a red colored bike with those stainless fenders and chrome parts it looks really sharp. I prefer Peugeot's bottom bracket parts over Raleigh's any day.

These companies sat around and thought about how to not allow interchangability between their cycle parts and those of another company.

A lot of close but not fitting well enough to mix and match.

You can with some stuff but sometimes you are blocked. A good deranged and heritical machinist in the area is a wonderful thing.
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