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Archived: English Roadsters

FOR SALE:   NOS Rod Brake Pads, Mafac Brakes posted by: Jim on 8/26/2001 at 11:42:32 AM
I have NOS Rod brake pads at auction on ebay as well as a NOS Mafac Racer brake set. Look under seller name thriumph. I also have a couple of different styles of NOS John Bull brake pads that are ready to mount. I do have other Crown rod brake pads that are not on ebay if you would like. email with questions

   RE:FOR SALE:   NOS Rod Brake Pads, Mafac Brakes posted by Art on 8/26/2001 at 7:34:45 PM
I need a set of the Raleigh rod brake pads for an older Hercules. Are these so rare that I need to bid on them on e-bay or are they available in the marketplace. I don't need 'vintage' ones, just a set that will work.

   RE:RE:FOR SALE:   NOS Rod Brake Pads, Mafac Brakes posted by Jeff on 8/27/2001 at 5:18:22 AM
They sell those pads on this site $9.95/pair.
Click on Bikes/Parts for sale at the top of this page and go to the bottom of the English Parts section.

   RE:RE:RE:FOR SALE:   NOS Rod Brake Pads, Mafac Brakes posted by Art on 8/27/2001 at 8:23:12 AM
The ones on this site have flat backs, the ones on my Hercules require pads that have a curved flange that slides into notched pad holder. I suppose I could replace the whole pad and holder....

   RE:RE:RE:RE:FOR SALE:   NOS Rod Brake Pads, Mafac Brakes posted by Art on 8/27/2001 at 11:31:05 AM
e-bay #1182689192 These are the ones I need.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:FOR SALE:   NOS Rod Brake Pads, Mafac Brakes posted by Jim on 8/30/2001 at 8:36:51 PM
Art I have others just email

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Question: 1926 Raleigh Sports posted by: Patrick on 8/26/2001 at 7:35:41 AM
I just picked up a 1926 Raleigh Sports (s/n D6210)at a yard sale. It's obviously not all original, as it has a single speed coaster brake rear wheel. Also the wheels are 26", and the spacing of the brake calipers and the fenders makes it look like there is room for 27" wheels. What type of wheels should actually be on this bike?

Also the handlebars on this bike are pretty funky. They have a very high rise and then curve back down like drop bars. Are these original?

Thanks in advance for any assistance.

AGE / VALUE:   Hercules 3 spd posted by: Dave on 8/26/2001 at 5:23:40 AM
I am trying to find any information on a Hecules 3 speed. The rear hub is stamped "A type 9, Hercules, 3speed, made in England". There are numbers stamped at the top of the frame where the seat post fits in "4939". The bike is in original shape with the Hercules decal on the post, stamped "Hercules" labels on the painted fenders, and Hercules cut into the sprocket. It has a 20" frame?(not sure of where to measure from) and 24" wheels.

Any information will be appreciated.


   RE:AGE / VALUE: Hercules 3 spd posted by dave_in_madison on 8/27/2001 at 10:35:08 AM
I have a Hercules A 9 hub on my made in India Hercules 28' rod brake bike, but have not found much info about the hub ... I am pretty sure this was a Hercules manufactured hub, whereas later hubs stamped Hercules (like the SW I found recently are really Sturmey Archer insides and a Hercules stamped shell. There is also a B series of hubs made by Hercules I believe.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Hercules 3 spd posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 8/27/2001 at 5:23:42 PM
I have never seen a "Made in India" or a "Made in Africa" bike that didn't have a single speed hub.Perhaps the tooling was shiped to India where the Hercules badged (Sturmey-Archer AW) 3 speed hub was made there. I have a B type 4 and some other Hercules Cycle and Motor stamped hubs. I don't know why Hercules and Brampton had these diffrent designations, it was the same hub! The Hercules hubs continued to use a threaded driver and these were machined from steel, the good old fashoned way so these last longer. I like them, but the only hub offered in an alloy shell was marked Sturmey-Archer on the outside. I take apart a Hercules 3 speed and marvel at the innards that show almost no wear at all. They are always coated with a distinct, thick brown gunk and these require soaking and cleaning before re-assembly. All these parts are interchangable because they all are the same hub. I find Sturmey's all the time but come to think of it how many B.S.A.'S have I had in the stash to fool with? Not many. These don't turn up that often.

AGE / VALUE:    posted by: John on 8/25/2001 at 10:59:21 PM
Looking for any info. on Hercules 10 spd. Huret shifters, Atom freewheel, steel cotter crank w/46/49 chainrings, Wright saddle 26inch wheels serial # 4811658 headbadge;large (H) Nottingham England. I'm clueless about these bikes anything would be helpful.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:    posted by Dale Oswald on 8/31/2001 at 5:46:36 AM
These were fairly common, lower-end import bikes in the early 70s. The bike boom then made anything with ten speeds saleable here in the US; demand was high and supply low. The Herc was a decent bike (despite not having a very low low gear) compared to some of the genuine trash available then.

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Squeaky problem posted by: Edward in Vancouver on 8/25/2001 at 8:43:28 PM
An embarassing and squeaky problem: My new B 66 saddle squeaks and creaks. I haven't done anything with the seat since it came except treat it with a little proofide. I tightened the saddle clamp, and the seat post bolt, but it still squeaks, any suggestions?
Edward in Vancouver

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Squeaky problem posted by Warren on 8/26/2001 at 8:35:17 AM
I've got exactly the same problem. I think it's the steel springs rubbing against the mounting points. I've just gotten used to it. Maybe loosening up the bolts and lubing up the contact points with grease would help (for awhile).
Lemme know if you solve it!

   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Squeaky problem posted by Jeff on 8/27/2001 at 5:20:09 AM
Maybe you gentlemen should adjust your diets...

   RE:RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Squeaky problem posted by Jeff on 8/27/2001 at 5:21:05 AM
I would start by avoiding milk and legumes.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Squeaky problem posted by Artie on 8/27/2001 at 9:55:36 AM
I have been told that WD-40 was used to silence squeaky bed springs back in the days before box springs came into vogue. I bet it would work on bicycle saddles, too.

   RE:RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Squeaky problem posted by Warren on 8/27/2001 at 9:59:45 AM
Ouch! Who's been talking...my wife again, I'll wager...

   RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Squeaky problem posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 8/27/2001 at 5:50:25 PM
The wd 40 people will tell you about all the crazy but true uses for this product. Just don't put it into the Sturmey hubs.

AGE / VALUE:   RUDGE Model and Age posted by: Marcos Feitosa on 8/24/2001 at 8:13:36 PM
I'm trying to Know age, model and informations about an old Rudge Bicycle. It is Black, no-gear, with two horizontals bars'. I'm re-building it.
I'm writing from Brasil.

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Decals / Transfers posted by: Simon Jenkins on 8/24/2001 at 6:18:33 AM
Does anyone know of a good source of replica transfers / decals / stickers for vintage bicycle restoration. I have just acquired a 1940/50's ladies Hercules bicycle in need of restoration.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Decals / Transfers posted by Peter on 8/24/2001 at 9:19:42 AM
Try http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/NICK_at_LLOYDS/decals.htm
They should have everything you need.

MISC:   Chaincase availabilty posted by: Alber on 8/22/2001 at 4:12:28 PM
While I suppose this is a FAQ, I am going to pose it never-the- less. I am looking for a source of full enclosure chaincases. In 1980 I purchased a Peugeot roadster that came equiped with one made of a plastic material-- so I know they exist!

   RE:MISC:   Chaincase availabilty posted by Warren on 8/22/2001 at 4:46:51 PM
If you're looking for a specific brand like a Peugeot then I think you may have to contact the manufacturer and get the name of a retailer who could sell one to you. They likely won't sell direct. The reseller would also likely be in the home country. Both Dutch and Danish manufacturers make full chaincases. Try Batavus, Gazelle...even Raleigh in Denmark.

   RE:MISC:   Chaincase availabilty posted by Edward in Vancouver on 8/22/2001 at 6:08:14 PM
About a year ago I thought I found a way to obtain my "holy grail", that is, a full chaincase for my '54 Raleigh Superbe. Through a local bikeshop that deals with Pashley, a famous English bike company, i placed an order for a chaincase. I was dissapointed when I recieved it, because it was all plastic. Two glossy black halves with a chrome strip (plastic) running the perimeter, and some plastic hardware to join the two halves together. After my anger subsided, I had to admit it was intelligently designed, and thoroughly functional, but it still sits in my garage while I embark on my quest for the real thing. You should be able to contact Pashley via e-mail and order it through a designated bike shop in your area. Be aware, there's alot of tax and an unfavorable exchange rate when dealing with U.K. products.
Regards, Edward in Vancouver

   RE:MISC:   Chaincase availabilty posted by Jojo on 8/22/2001 at 6:50:43 PM
Check out the buy-sell-trade forum right here. There are some listed for sale there.

   RE:RE:MISC:   Chaincase availabilty posted by Jacob on 8/23/2001 at 12:35:43 AM
I agree with you, Edward: The plastic cases are intelligently designet and very functional. You can move the entire case without even taking the chain apart,and that makes it a lot more easy to work on comparing to the traditional english cases, where you will have to take apart the chain, remove the rearwheel and the right-side crank to remove the case.
I have a Batavus and a Peugeot with the plastic cases. On my english bikes I would never dream of anything but the "I-hope-you-got-all-day-to-fix-me"-chaincase made of steel.

Warren: I'm not sure you would be able to get a chaincase from Raleigh in Denmark. As far as I know, they sell complete bikes, and I have never seen new fenders, chaincases or anything else unique for Raleigh roadsters being sold as spare sparts.

Edward: I'm still searching...

   RE:RE:MISC:   Chaincase availabilty posted by Albert on 8/23/2001 at 4:56:58 AM
Your description matches the chaincase on my Peugeot. This is the type for which I'm searching. Assuredly, Peugeot, Pashley, Batavius, and others do not manufacture this case but rather obtain them from a specialty supplier; so, I rather suspect that this case might be available from a source other than than a manufacurer of complete cycles. And, hopefully a North American source!

   RE:RE:RE:MISC:   Chaincase availabilty posted by Albert on 8/23/2001 at 1:37:58 PM
Wouldn't be nice if Harris Cyclery were to stock such a chaincase. I'm sure that there is a demand sufficient enough to warrant this.

   RE:MISC:   Chaincase availabilty posted by David Craigmile on 8/23/2001 at 3:49:58 PM
Don't Give Up!

I've had my eye out for one ever since I picked out my 1962 Raleigh DL1 at TI Raleigh's Sycaucus New Jersey Warehouse shortly before they went out of business here in the states.
I finally found one advertised w/picture in really great shape on EBAY... on my FIRST TIME there.

The bidding started out at $32.00 with five people including myself showing interest. I snagged it for $112.50 and now have it installed making the DL1 complete at last!

I read somewhere that TI Raleigh had quit importing the enclosed chainguards in order to cut the weight of each bicycle container thus reducing the import taxes.

   RE:MISC:   Chaincase availabilty posted by Ed on 8/24/2001 at 6:34:06 AM
The North Road Bicycle Company of Raleigh,NC has full chaincases for sale. E-Mail:cyclestore@aol.com. Sorry I don't know if they are plastic or metal. Good Luck in your searches,I know they are out there.

AGE / VALUE:   Latest article about Raleigh posted by: ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 8/22/2001 at 7:52:04 AM
Look up the Nottingham Enening Post Online News. Do an archive search under "Raleigh" and read the latest article.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Latest article about Raleigh posted by Ben on 8/22/2001 at 9:44:21 AM
I guess old Raleigh-made bikes just became a teeny bit more valuable

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Latest article about Raleigh posted by dave on 8/22/2001 at 1:25:06 PM
Christopher and Ben ... I must be missing something -- didn't see anything of note on this site ... can you post the full URL?

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Latest article about Raleigh posted by new to all this on 8/22/2001 at 3:33:08 PM

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Latest article about Raleigh posted by Ben on 8/23/2001 at 6:36:44 PM
Here is the complete address for the impaired:


WANTED:   Best Prices. posted by: Seng Guan Hong Co.,Ltd. on 8/21/2001 at 8:33:34 PM
We used to be an only agent of Raleigh England in Thailand.
We now have heard that the Sturmey-Archer factory was closed down and have been sold to Taiwan.
We would required place order of old Raleigh bicycle in lower price as shown on this web.
Please recommend us for the best way to purchase and we need in a large amount in all parts and components of very old Raleigh bike.

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Old Raleigh Sign and Logo posted by: Seng Guan Hong Co.,Ltd. on 8/21/2001 at 8:13:49 PM
Dear Sir,
We would like to know where still stock the old Raleigh logo sign that for using decorate the bicycle frame or other old English bicycle brand such Humber,Hercules,Robinhood,Raleigh and so on.

AGE / VALUE:   information posted by: janice gammon on 8/21/2001 at 9:55:25 AM
My son found a bicycle and it looks very old. It is a Raleigh, lime green, 2 speed and holds oil in the rear end. It was made in Nottingham, England. Can you tell me anything about this bicycle? Thank you, Janice

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   information posted by sam on 8/21/2001 at 6:41:13 PM
The rear hub should have a date stamped on it.May need to clean the oil off to find it.Raleigh made bikes for a verrrry long time,it could be old or not so old,but they all have that very English look.If it's in good shape he should have fun with it....we do.---and if he needs help this is the place to find answers---sam

AGE / VALUE:   1959 J.C. Higgins Lightweight 3 speed posted by: Bob Baldwin on 8/21/2001 at 6:47:16 AM
I am wondering if anyone can tell me what the value would be on a 1959 J.C. Higgins Lightweight? Made in Austria.
The Bike is a 3 speed. Any information would be highly appreciated! Thank You!

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Does anyone know what years these shifters were made? posted by: Tom Findley on 8/21/2001 at 5:01:31 AM

WANTED:   RAY Bikes information posted by: Mark on 8/20/2001 at 4:24:52 AM
Hello I'm looking for information on RAY bikes. My Grandfather set up the company in the early 1900's then became works manager for Raleigh during the war. I would love to find out more about them, and would be greatful if anyone knows of any still in existance and possibly for sale !