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AGE / VALUE:His & Hers 1953 Rudge 3 speeds posted by: Michael on 3/13/2009 at 6:34:11 AM
http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/bik/1072865552.html

Not mine, no association with the seller.
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ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Col de da Vies vs Schwalbe Delta Cruise posted by: Laurence Peter on 3/13/2009 at 2:49:46 AM
Does anyone have any experience in using Panaracer Col de la Vie's (590A's) on their 3 speeds versus something like the Schwalbe Delta Cruise? I have the Schwalbe's on my '59 Rudge but the Panaracer's look like they might provide a more cushioned ride.

For that matter how about the Michelin World Tours or the Panaracer Tufflex's?

Anyone?

Thanks for whatever input is provided!!

Larry
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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Col de da Vies vs Schwalbe Delta Cruise posted by Matthew on 3/15/2009 at 1:40:35 PM
Hi Larry,

Michelin World Tour, a brilliant tyre, as is the 'Zig Zag' by same manufacturer, and the 'Carrier' too.

Matthew - often two tyred.
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AGE / VALUE:(off topic) Not to be missed posted by: Chris on 3/10/2009 at 8:32:27 AM
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(1900- 1913) Electric Edwardians the Lost films of Mitchell and Keynon

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milesfilms@aol.com
(201) 767- 3117

rent it today!

(Sam, this is available at the main S.A. library)

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AGE / VALUE:Kungsting Sportrad posted by: Keith on 3/9/2009 at 3:20:14 PM
http://asheville.craigslist.org/bik/1067369741.html
I realize this isn't English, but does anyone know anything about a 3 speed Kungsting Sportrad?
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Kungsting Sportrad posted by David on 3/10/2009 at 8:17:35 AM
As the ad says; German. It looks like a typical German 3-speed. Probably good quality with a Torpedo hub. If you need cheap reliable transportation, it's probably a good deal. If you're looking for a collector's item, it ain't.
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AGE / VALUE:Flower pot! posted by: stephen hogben on 3/9/2009 at 2:04:33 PM
Went out for a ride today on the Hercules,went to Chertsey (founded A.d.666)I was born here,and it is being pulled down so fast that I keep trying to photo all the old buildings before they Disappear!Any way so to bikes,as I pedalled along was overtaken not by a Tandem by a 3 seater bike (Tridem?)the front and rear seats were being pedalled and the middle seat was much lower as if for a child was meant for it.As I went along went passed some terraced houses (1930 ish)and in the small front garden was an old trade push bike,not with the really small front wheel,just slightley smaller e.g. 26 rear 24 front!and the basket had been filled with flowers!Used as a garden ornament!Wanted to take a photo of this old rod braker for you but would have been looking into their front windows,so could not.Was suprised when got back home that had done 15 and a half miles!Going to ache in the morning!
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Free the Chertsey One! posted by Matthew on 3/10/2009 at 8:20:36 AM
Three person bicycles are called 'triples'; not very imaginative but that is what they are called.

Free the Chertsey One! There are some of us who would want to release all the static trade bikes from their bonds of flower pots and antique shop signs.

Join the Trade Bike Liberation Front!

Matthew - freedom, a luxury for the use of the free.
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Flower pot! posted by Stephen Hogben on 3/16/2009 at 3:38:53 PM
Good God Matthew are you suggesting that we become a political group? Well I'll join (only joking) but I know the feeling when I see an old "rodder" being peddaled down the road I have an insatiable urge to offer the rider any amount of money for there bike.Not that you see many any more!Will try and get a picture of the bike in Chertsey.Ra Ra T.B.L.F.
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AGE / VALUE:lets ty the pictues again posted by: greg on 3/8/2009 at 7:03:39 PM
Posted some questions about my DL-1 last week, got nice quick answers but was sick like dog & did a lousy job of attempting to post its pix. Here it is...


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RE:AGE / VALUE:lets ty the pictues again posted by greg on 3/8/2009 at 7:14:23 PM
judging from my spelling I'm still not 100%. Here's the other side...


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RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:lets ty the pictues again posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 3/9/2009 at 2:01:48 AM
Nice stuff. If you had the same "Stomach Flu" that's been going around I can relate 100%. Had it this past week. MISERY it was.

Feel well!

Larry "Boneman" Bone - Must be DL-1 season.... ;-)
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RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:lets ty the pictues again posted by Chris on 3/16/2009 at 10:04:02 AM
Nice bike I already have the kickstand removed and am out in the parking lot with it lifted up to toss in the dumpster. I don't like the kickstand because it's not original.

The rest of the bike very nice! and yout tires look great!
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RE:AGE / VALUE:lets ty the pictues again posted by greg on 3/18/2009 at 4:10:18 PM
Long term is to add correct bits: lights, basket & now the kickstand.

For now its get it roadworthy & ride it.
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WANTED:1950 Raleigh Tourist posted by: Hal Paquin on 3/8/2009 at 3:59:14 PM
Wanted front & rear fenders for my 1950 Tourist w/ 28" rims.
Also need the top rear cover for the enclosed chaincase.
Need usable condition bike needs total resto...
Thanks
Hal
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RE:WANTED:1950 Raleigh Tourist posted by Geoff Rogers on 3/9/2009 at 10:40:45 AM
Hal,
I have a pair from a 1947 that I took apart some time ago. They are pretty sound but will need to be stripped and repainted. Email me if you are interested. Jollyrogersmo at hotmail dott komm.
Geoff
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RE:WANTED:1950 Raleigh Tourist posted by Hal Paquin on 3/9/2009 at 5:06:22 PM
Geoff
Very interested in the fenders.
How much and where are you located?
e mail me direct at hal384401@cox.net
Thanks
Hal
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AGE / VALUE:How badly do you want it back? posted by: Chris on 3/8/2009 at 11:33:18 AM
The mysterious stranger I met at the coffee place listened to my tale of woe about losing the folding b.s.a. bike and finally asked "How badly do you want it back?" He said it was no problem and that he had jurisdiction over such matters as stolen bicycles and yes, I could have the same one back, and that he could rattle off directions where it could be found and recovered. Just some papers to sign and I would have to complete a list of tasks and yes, if I held up my end of the bargain. I would be given directions to where the bike currently is and he'd even send along a helper or two to make sure I recovered it. Well the list of tasks he had planned was totally out of the question, and as I sat there another customer bumped into him and knocked his hat off his head. As he stooped over to pick up the hat I noticed the horns atop his head. "Well, how badly do you want that bike back?" "Do we have a deal or not??" "I don't have all day while you decide" I told him "No. it was all right, I would find another bike."

He frowned as he said, "As you wish" , Oh, and you can forget about finding it without my help! He vanished before I could think of grabbing onto him and keeping him captive.
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RE:AGE / VALUE:How badly do you want it back? posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 3/8/2009 at 5:15:20 PM
Sounds like the makings of an "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" episode.

He must answer to SOMEONE. Find out. Take it to the next level.

You just never know....

Later!

Larry "Boneman" Bone - perturbed and unsettled.....
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MISC:Yeah.... that's more like it! posted by: Larry "Boneman" Bone on 3/8/2009 at 10:03:07 AM
65 degrees here yesterday.... dusted off the DL-1, aired up the tyres and ROLLED with it for 4 miles.

In spite of some rather vociferous protestations from the arthtritic knees.......

It was WONDERFUL!!!!!!

Later!

Larry "Boneman" Bone - Crepitation IS... my second language.
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RE:MISC:Yeah.... that's more like it! posted by Chris on 3/8/2009 at 12:06:23 PM
Yes, it is a wonderful bike, a wonderful experience indeed.
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RE:RE:MISC:Yeah.... that's more like it! posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 3/8/2009 at 5:13:12 PM
Been indoors for a long spell Chris.... .too cold / snowy / icey for anything outdoor related.

I think a ride on a wee tricycle.... would have been grand! But... yes... the DL-1 is.... a most awesome machine.

You absolutely know... you have something substantial underneath...

Cheers!

Larry "Boneman" Bone - Cabin Fever.... PAH!
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AGE / VALUE:AG dynohubs and dropout spacing posted by: Zach Mathews on 3/4/2009 at 6:16:38 PM
I am learning the hard way that not all SA hubs require the same overall spacing between the dropouts. I have been anxiously awaiting a fine 1954 AG hub, so I can relace my rear wheel around it, and power lights on my '70-ish DL-1 the old fashioned way. I have found that I would have to spread my dropouts over a centimeter to accomodate the new (old) hub. There is currently an AW hub in back. Is this to be expected? Did the Raleigh bikes with stock dyno 3's have a larger factory spacing between the dropouts? Isn't a centimeter way too much to contend with? Calling all experts....
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RE:AGE / VALUE:AG dynohubs and dropout spacing posted by David on 3/5/2009 at 7:13:14 AM
It sounds like your new hub has a longer axle and is sized for 120mm spacing instead of 110mm. Can you remove or replace the spacers to get the frame spacing you need?
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RE:AGE / VALUE:AG dynohubs and dropout spacing posted by Zach Mathews on 3/5/2009 at 9:35:13 AM
Doesn't look like it. The distance between the nuts that tighten the cones is more than a centimeter greater on the AG.
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RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: AG dynohubs and dropout spacing posted by Al on 3/5/2009 at 10:34:21 AM

Fear not. These are steel frames. You can cold set them. Here's a link to Sheldon Brown's method using some easy-to-find tools, like a 2x4 and string.

10mm is just 5 mm per side.

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/frame-spacing.html

Make sure you align the dropouts after you spread the frame. Otherwise you risk putting unwanted force on the AG axle.




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RE:AGE / VALUE:AG dynohubs and dropout spacing posted by zach Mathews on 3/5/2009 at 10:58:59 AM
Brilliant. Thanks for the link Al. I'm going for it.
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RE:AGE / VALUE:AG dynohubs and dropout spacing posted by Keith Body on 3/5/2009 at 3:02:31 PM
I doubt if Raleigh made 4.75 inch rear end width for the dynohubs, more likely it was an export dynohub model for a maker using what was a standard continental european width. It took UK manufacturers a long time to understand the needs of chain gears.
Take care bending the rear stays out, they are so soft you can easily pull them too far. And, as stated above, get the fork ends parallel. These bikes are made of soft malleable cold rolled and seam welded tubing.
Raleigh were fond of meaningless slogans, "The all steel bicycle" "2028 tubing" "2030 tubing" just descriptions of the cheapest stuff to do the job, in a mass production factory.
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RE:AGE / VALUE:AG dynohubs and dropout spacing posted by Zach Mathews on 3/5/2009 at 5:31:08 PM
Well, I am embarrassed but pleased to say that I was getting ahead of myself. I misguidedly took the mechanic at my LBS for his word, and have found the spacing discrepancy to be much less than I had feared. Now that I have actually taken off the rear wheel with the AW hub and watched the dropouts spread a bit upon loosening the nuts, and now that I have removed a thick extra washer between a cone and lock nut, the dynohub slides on with just a gentle spreading of the stays with finger strength. Sorry for the false alarm. Thanks David Al and Keith for the advice.
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RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:AG dynohubs and dropout spacing posted by Chris on 3/8/2009 at 11:29:34 AM
Phillips used the phrase "true temper steel" which is about the same as what Raleigh said, Is this correct Keith?
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RE:AGE / VALUE:AG dynohubs and dropout spacing posted by Keith Body on 3/9/2009 at 8:48:23 AM
Chris, Raleigh, BSA, and Phillips when they were independent used very similar material. The tube had to withstand having brass spelter and borax flux shot at it in a gas flame, and then various treatments to remove most of it. You can't do that with a quality drawn tube like 531. There are many bikes made with much worse material.
Raleigh were the only ones who drilled and pinned the joints before brazing. The others used a reciprocating hammer with a point and put a dent in the lug to hold the tubes in while brazing. I had an official visit (1956?) to the BSA works.
A hand built lightweight would have the tubes cut so that they fit together inside the lugs, a typical quantity production (like Peugeot) would have the tubes cut with 2 straighjt cuts so that they were close, and roadster bike are mostly just a single straight 90 degree cut.
I hope this makes sense.
If you take the bottom bracket out of the old genuine Raleigh you can see (or feel) the pins that held the tubes to the bottom bracket, and the electric weld seams up the tubes.
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ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Stumery Archer 3-Speed Hub posted by: Allen on 3/4/2009 at 4:30:27 PM
Hi all! Help a newbie out! I recently purchased a 3-speed sturmey archer raleigh sports, as a second bike. Compared to the derailleur on my other 10 speed, it seems that when I put the raleigh into first gear, there's a lot of travel in the pedals/cranks before the gear actually engages. Is this normal? (Just as a point of reference, when the bike is in 3rd gear, there's virtually no pedal travel before the gear engages.) Is this just the nature of the internal hub or is there something I can tighten/loosen?
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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Stumery Archer 3-Speed Hub posted by zach Mathews on 3/4/2009 at 6:15:49 PM
You need to stop pedaling as you shift. If you pedal continuously while shifting, the next gear, whether higher or lower, will hesitate to engage. This quirk is one we all have grown used to. You must also check that you have tuned the little barrel properly that connects to the indicator chain that disappears into your hub. In third gear, your cable should achieve slackness. That is to say, there should be no more inward travel left on the little chain.
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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Stumery Archer 3-Speed Hub posted by zach Mathews on 3/4/2009 at 6:27:58 PM
Actually, I think I may have misunderstood the question. I suppose there is usually a little more "play" in first gear.
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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Stumery Archer 3-Speed Hub posted by Bill on 3/7/2009 at 7:01:59 AM
The proper way to adjust the gearing is. Place the shift indicator between second and third speed. at this point the pedals should freewheel forward
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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Stumery Archer 3-Speed Hub posted by David on 3/7/2009 at 8:19:27 PM
As is probably published somewhere on this site, the factory-approved method for adjusting the indicator is to put the trigger in second gear and then to adjust the indicator so that the flat or notch a few mm from the end where the little chain attaches is even with the end of the axle. That said, the old hubs and bastardized setups many of us use don't always work properly adjusted that way! But it's still the position to start with and make finer adjustments from there. As said above, in 1st gear the indicator will be pulled out ALMOST all the way and in 3rd the cable will be slack. Good luck.
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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Stumery Archer 3-Speed Hub posted by Allen on 3/8/2009 at 9:52:54 PM
Thanks guys. The indicator adjustment worked! There's still a bit of play when the gear engages, but much much less now that's the indication has been tightened. Thank you again!
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WANTED:20" Endricks posted by: Matthew on 3/4/2009 at 11:03:29 AM
Hello one and all,

My non-virtual friend in Saffron Walden, Essex, is looking for a pair of 20" Endrick rims with 28 spoke holes. he needs them to complete the restoration of a girls bicycle.

Matthew - on the scrounge.
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RE:WANTED:20 posted by Steve on 3/4/2009 at 5:22:19 PM
Fraid not Matthew, rough Raleigh shopper 20" and Jimmy Endricks 12" is about as close as I can get.

There was a pair (unsold) on e (by gum well fancy that) bay last week, can't remember how many spokes though.

Westwood Ho !
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AGE / VALUE:   Bayliss Wiley posted by: james on 3/3/2009 at 1:14:43 AM
Anyone want a 1940s Hercules Sports project?
http://650aconversion.blogspot.com/
$150 plus shipping.
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RE:AGE / VALUE:   Bayliss Wiley posted by Chris on 3/3/2009 at 9:45:07 AM
Very nice bike and I enjoyed the links a lot.
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AGE / VALUE:A more well lit journey posted by: Chris on 3/2/2009 at 6:11:22 PM
I am very delighted that we have Keith Body here to more brightly light our way. I look forward to reading and being taught by this awesome gentleman. Other folks will most certainly feel the same way. WELCOME KEITH!!
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RE:AGE / VALUE:A more well lit journey posted by Keith Body on 3/4/2009 at 9:50:10 AM
Hi Chris, Thanks, I just have some occasional flashes of enlightenment in the ancient memory cells.
I spent some years trying to make all types of cycles easier to propel. A long time ago.
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ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Calcium Carbide posted by: Zach Mathews on 3/2/2009 at 11:01:36 AM
Hello All.

I just acquired my first carbide headlight. A Powell & Hanmer "Revenge", in a condition good enough to make it work again. I have done a little research into sourcing calcium carbide, and I could conceivably order, for $80, 5 quart containers of miner's grade stuff. This appears to be the minimum mail order from a mystery vendor in the U.S., supplied through a caving & potholing supply house. I do not, however, want that much potentially flammable and caustic stuff hanging around my garage. Any U.S., or even California residents out there know where I can get my hands on a more discreet quantity?
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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Calcium Carbide posted by Kevin on 3/2/2009 at 4:53:29 PM
Carbide used to be available in one-pound or two-pound tin cans in hardware stores. I would make a few calls. You won't need much for one little lantern.
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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Calcium Carbide posted by sam on 3/2/2009 at 8:12:53 PM
Try welding supply stores? I haven't but seems I read they might carry it---use the yellow pages---let your fingers do the walking
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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Calcium Carbide posted by Pete on 3/3/2009 at 1:33:53 PM
Over here in the Uk it can be sourced in small quantities from caving,potholing type outlets as some cavers still use carbide lamps.
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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Calcium Carbide posted by Zach Mathews on 3/4/2009 at 11:13:28 AM
I have since gotten the thing working. I had to put a new spring under the carbide saucer, and I cut some rubber gaskets to help seal up the lower chamber. The drip mechanism is in great shape. Burner working nicely. I have to say though, the hazardous nature of the calcium carbide is a little discomforting. Not once in the lamp, but in storage and handling. I can't recommend stocking up on the stuff. A friend had an old (late 60's perhaps) 2 pound can of Union Carbide miners lamp grade that is almost full and still dry. He gave it to me. You are not supposed to transport calcium carbide without a permit. The strong sulfurous garlicky smell of the acetylene produced when water hits the stuff is proportionate to its explosive properties. I use gloves and a mask when handling it. I have it stored away in the garage on a dry shelf. With the windows open.
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RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Calcium Carbide posted by mark H on 3/4/2009 at 7:54:44 PM
those damn lamps,i looked for a couple of weeks and did source a 2 gallon bucket 100 bucks.i think im going to just use oil and wick.im kinda frightened keeping that stuff around and it would take me 100 years to use all that.there neat buggers aint they.i rode 35 miles today on my old hercules,reason being it wouldnt fit on a bus bicycle rack.it was far too long.then i got a flat.but a nice guy at a gas station in a pickup gave me a ride home.its very hilly here im in the mountains,and i was huffin,yowza.old heavy bikes do not go up hills easy with tall gearing.
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