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Archived: English Roadsters

MISC:   Drinkin' and ridin' posted by: VVVintage Vintage Bicycles at OldRoads.com on 3/2/2002 at 11:23:51 AM
We try stay back and let off-topic discussions settle on their own. But, we received so many complaints about the "Drinkin' and ridin'" issue, we had to remove it.

Vin - VVVintage Vintage Bicycles, Inc.

   RE:MISC:   Drinkin' and ridin' posted by Catfood Rob on 3/2/2002 at 8:29:19 PM
Good Work.

   RE:MISC:   Drinkin' and ridin' posted by Stacey on 3/2/2002 at 10:37:48 PM
Thanks Vin!

   RE:MISC:   Drinkin' and ridin' posted by Mark R. on 3/2/2002 at 10:38:31 PM
Let's all agree that "drinking and riding" are not compatable for the sake of arguement, and just leave it at that.

   RE:RE:MISC:   Drinkin' and ridin' posted by JimW. on 3/3/2002 at 1:33:16 AM
Here we go again!...8-)

   RE:RE:RE:MISC:   Drinkin' and ridin' posted by Edward in Vancouver on 3/3/2002 at 5:48:17 PM
Thank you,thank you,thank you Vin! The people who write such postings are only after the attention and thrive on conflict. Idealy, they are to be treated as you would treat Spam e-mail--don't respond! For if you do respond, you get the same stuff back, only more persistantly and frequently.

FOR SALE:   Pump Hoses posted by: Jim on 3/1/2002 at 3:28:12 PM
A while back some one was looking for the short pump hoses for thier pumps. After some digging I found the right ones. To view them go to http://bikeyard.home.mindspring.com/mvc-008f.jpg
The two on the left are for presta valves the rest are for standard shrader valves. If you cannot view them there email me and I'll send you a photo. $10 priority shipped.

   RE:RE:FOR SALE:   Pump Hoses posted by JimW. on 3/2/2002 at 3:08:13 AM
But the composition and atmosphere are excellent. As good as any hose image I've ever seen!

   RE:RE:FOR SALE:   Pump Hoses posted by Jim on 3/2/2002 at 1:53:33 PM
There is always 10% in every crowd.

   RE:FOR SALE:   Pump Hoses posted by Catfood Rob on 3/1/2002 at 10:33:57 PM
Damn expensive photo............ :)

AGE / VALUE:   Generator (dynamo)lights posted by: Dewane on 2/27/2002 at 6:10:42 PM
I've got a Reynolds 6V 3W generator. The rear light is a push type, which can't be bought even by Reflectalite, as far as I can tell, and the front is a screw-type. Has anybody had any luck buying flashlight batteries that worked in a generator?

If not, anybody had any experience with Reflectalite?

On a somewhat-related note, anybody know if the Reynolds generator is made by the company that produces butted tubes?

   RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Generator (dynamo)lights posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 3/2/2002 at 6:55:48 PM
I remember this guy who gave my the dynohub front wheel and th whole light set. I handed him a plain wheel. He growled at me, "I don't want that slowing me down!" I answered meekly "But they say it's frictionless"

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Generator (dynamo)lights posted by Dewane on 2/27/2002 at 6:15:19 PM
Errr, I meant flashlight bulbs, not flashlight batteries. It's on a '62 Dunelt so the Roadster forum is my best try, I guess.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Generator (dynamo)lights posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 2/27/2002 at 7:14:59 PM
Go to the large auto parts store near you with it. I believe there is a car type side marker light that is a push type lamp. I know of a Sturmey Archer plastic tail light from the 1960's that uses this exact same side marker light. Good Luck
Don't know about Reynolds

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Generator (dynamo)lights posted by Ray on 2/27/2002 at 10:39:51 PM
The screw type lights are getting tougher and tougher to find. The other thing you need to consider is voltage. You need the correct voltage bulb for your generator or it will not light at all or just burn out the first time you turn it on. Check your old bulb for a voltage marking or see if your generator gives the output voltage. If you are having a hard time finding a bulb write me with this information and I probably have one and will send it to you for just shipping cost.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Generator (dynamo)lights posted by Brian Hayes on 2/28/2002 at 12:38:24 AM
I've had some luck finding a reasonably good light bulb for dynohubs at Radio Shack.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Generator (dynamo)lights posted by Robert on 2/28/2002 at 2:33:22 AM
My local hardware store has a box of "specialty" bulbs that cover a wide range of things. Might check the independently operated stores and see if they have something stuck away.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Generator (dynamo)lights posted by Jim on 2/28/2002 at 9:10:18 PM
Can you list any voltage specifications? Or photos would be better. I am just about positive that I have what your looking for in a decent quantity. I have an entire box of nos bulbs(various) that I got in a recent old bike shop buy out. Thanks Jim

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Generator (dynamo)lights posted by Bob on 3/1/2002 at 2:55:45 AM
Jim -- I could use the correct front lamp bulb for the dynohub light set on a 1972 Raleigh Superbe. Mine works, but the front light isn't as bright as I imagine it should be. So I'm wondering whether a new bulb would help. Can you suggest a solution? thanks, Bob

   RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Generator (dynamo)lights posted by Dewane on 3/1/2002 at 3:48:18 AM
Thanks for all the replies, this is a great resource and all the responsese were good ones.

I ended going to Fry's (an electronic behemoth in San Jose CA) and found a light, that was a good recommendation.

For any of you who have a 6 volt, 3 watt system, the light with the number MB-605 seems to do well (6.15 volts, 3.08 watts). The only thing I'm not sure of is the amperage, which is .5 amps, but I rode it home today and it was fine.

Much thanks to the people at VVVintage for the privilege of using this board, it's been a great help to keep my Dunelt on the road.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Generator (dynamo)lights posted by Jim on 3/1/2002 at 3:28:00 PM
Bob email me your address and I'll send a couple. Thanks Jim

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Generator (dynamo)lights posted by Tom on 3/1/2002 at 7:05:40 PM
I'm jumping in a bit late here, but I have had good luck with topbulb.com. I needed a variety of halogen bulbs for a lighting project on my commuter bike. Topbulb had a pretty good website and assortment.



   RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Generator (dynamo)lights posted by Bill Putnam on 3/1/2002 at 10:34:47 PM
I have been very pleased with the halogen bulb sold by
Reflectalite for the Dynohub. This is their model GH 107.
I use this with their Dynamo Regulator so I don't burn
the bulb out at "high" e.g. above 16 mph. speeds. I do
not run a tail light with this set up. It's much brighter
than the original vacuum bulbs.


Bill Putnam

AGE / VALUE:   1951 Rudge WhitWorth Roadster posted by: Flavio Figliola on 2/27/2002 at 6:17:17 AM
Are there any Rudge owners out there if so please send a email. I happen to own a fully acessorized Rudge. was wondering if anybody knows what the bicycle could be worth.

WANTED:   British 28" rims posted by: Tom on 2/26/2002 at 11:40:31 PM
Is there any company that makes the British Endrick style rims or rod brake rims? I am looking for 28" and 26" British rims. I need a 28" 32 hole and 40 hole rim. Can be chrome or painted. I also need the same in 26". Is there a supplier in the US or Canada?

   RE:WANTED:   British 28 posted by Mark R. on 2/27/2002 at 2:52:59 AM
Practically everyone on this site would love to find a suppier for NEW 28 in. rod brake rims. Wasn't there a guy here who sold Italian, and Chinese bikes? Can someone talk an importer into getting them? I know someone still makes good ones in Europe, because there are many 28 in. rod brake bike still sold there, no?

   RE:WANTED:   British 28 posted by David on 2/27/2002 at 3:38:20 AM
And the Indians make 'em. I've wondered about getting an importer of Indian specialty food to get a box of 28" rims (but I haven't investigated).

   RE:RE:WANTED:   British 28 posted by Warren on 2/27/2002 at 3:45:38 AM
Yes but Endricks are the square rims...the other ones!

   RE:RE:RE:WANTED:   British 28 posted by Warren on 2/27/2002 at 3:55:39 AM
Oops...I see that Tom said Endrick or Westwood. Tom, are you sure you don't care which kind of rim you need?

One other caveat...there is a difference between the canadian 28 inch rims and the british rims. Canadian rims are 622mm bead size which is very convenient because you can use wide 700c tires. The british bead size is 635 mm. I can get the cdn rims but most of them are 36 hole. the 32/40 combo wasn't as popular.

   RE:WANTED:   British 28 posted by sam on 2/27/2002 at 4:11:49 AM
They are avalable just south of the U.S. border.I bought a set of the 28"wheels 2 weeks ago.They also had the 26"wheels.I also have the tires if you need them.---sam

   RE:WANTED:   British 28 posted by Tom on 2/27/2002 at 6:57:55 AM
I could use any of the British or Canadian size rims. I need 28" and 26" for an old set of SA drum brakes, the rod brake rims would be ok. The old CCM and other Canadian rims are also great. I need the 40 and 32 spoke rims. I have the tires I need for both the British and Canadian rims.

   RE:WANTED:   British 28 posted by Ian on 2/27/2002 at 9:42:09 AM
Westwood rims seem to have continued in production for longer than Endricks,perhaps because of the rod brake roadsters made in India and China. I have a large quantity of 28" 40 hole Japanese made rims available which as far as I can measure and eyeball are exact copies of 28 x 1&3/8 English rims. I will sell them for US$5.00 each because no-one wants them on this side of the world BUT!!! the last time I got a quote to send four to Canada the freight was US$45. If anybody was interested in perhaps twenty or thirty then maybe it would be worth investigating sending them through a freight forwarding company rather than the Postal Service as four is the most the Post will accept in one parcel. I can still source a few 28" 36 hole but my buy price is US$25. Last time I enquired there were three left and there may be a few 26" Westwood style also. I have never enquired about Endrick style but I do not recall seeing these in 28" only 26" and 27". Just to confuse matters further there is a third style called Westrick which has the flat sides and the dropped centre, a combination of the other two, and these would also work with drum brakes or either type of rim brake. Email me if anyone is interested. Cheers, Ian.

   RE:RE:WANTED:   British 28 posted by Warren (in Trawna) on 2/27/2002 at 12:39:47 PM
Sorry Tom...didn't realize it was you, out there in Winterpeg...I assumed you were from elsewhere and didn't know about Canadian sizes!

   RE:RE:RE:WANTED:   British 28 posted by Ken on 2/27/2002 at 8:53:49 PM
About a month ago I bought 28" rims here on oldroads. Send Vinny email. They were not posted but he had them in stock.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:WANTED:   British 28 posted by ChrisH on 2/28/2002 at 7:08:27 PM
I bought a pair of 36-hole rod brake rims from Trophy Bikes in Philadelphia a while back. $20 each. I think they came from India. One was a little more shop worn, missing some chrome. But they do nicely.

   RE:WANTED:   British 28 posted by Tom on 3/1/2002 at 3:47:38 AM
Ken: you say to send Vinny an email. Do you have his email address? Also does Trophy Bikes have an email address.

   RE:RE:WANTED:   British 28 posted by BillG on 3/1/2002 at 4:51:34 PM
Vinny is the proprietor of the shop that runs this site: VVVintage Vintage Bicycles.

Their email is VVVintage@aol.com

AGE / VALUE:   E- bay item#1078142764 posted by: ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 2/26/2002 at 6:57:28 PM
This stem (in my opinion) is best used for display. It was origonal to some Raleigh's like the Raleigh Record, but because it is alloy and the part (where the wedge fits into) is thin. Also because of my personal experience with one of these that broke off in the fork steer tube.
My handle bar stems are steel, after I saw that.
I love the G.B. range of parts and especially the brakes.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   E- bay item#1078142764 posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 2/27/2002 at 1:29:23 AM
When I looked at mine, it had coroded and broke off.

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   FOR SALE: Raleigh spokes, Phillips parts posted by: Kevin C. on 2/26/2002 at 6:49:22 PM
For sale: 120 genuine Raleigh spokes in original cardboard "Raleigh Spare Parts" yellow and red check box with Sir Walter Raleigh all over it. Label reads: "Rustless Spokes, 14G, 11 9/12" $20 plus $3 shipping. Also parting out a damaged women's 26" Phillips rod-brake bike. Lot of good parts for restoration are available. Email your wants. Thanks.

   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   FOR SALE: Raleigh spokes, Phillips parts posted by Kevin C. on 3/2/2002 at 9:20:20 PM
This bike has an extra-heavy pair of Phillips pedals, with "Phillips" in fancy print cast into the rubber blocks. Price is $20 shipped.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   FOR SALE: Raleigh spokes, Phillips parts posted by Bob on 3/1/2002 at 3:00:38 AM
Kevin -- I have a '69 Phillips. I could use: pedals (in good to excellent condition), a kickstand, a chainguard, original handgrips. Let me know what you've got. thanks, Bob

MISC:   Headbadges on ebay posted by: Warren on 2/26/2002 at 1:18:26 AM
Just when you think you have a pretty good grip on the variety of old bikes out there, someone goes and offers these for sale...whew!


I recognized about 3 of them...how about you?

AGE / VALUE:   Phillips hub on e- bay, A new one! posted by: ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 2/26/2002 at 12:35:08 AM
Take a look. E- bay item@1075308204 Phillips hub
This is new, out of the time capsule box. There are no nasty grooves inside the hub, the cones are perfect! No groves, no pitting. A perfect hub!!
Why ride your bike with old worn hubs?
This is the hub for the rod brake roadster or almost whatever. It'll work in the Raleigh's and nobody will notice.

N.O.S. hubs don't pop up all that often really. We're lucky to be offered a new hub.
There would be all the wheel relacing but that's no big deal. Just clean out all the hardened vintage grease and re- pack it and off you go.
I love Phillips bikes and everything, every part they made.
No relation to seller, not my auction.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Phillips hub on e- bay, A new one! posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 2/26/2002 at 1:06:31 AM
Just a hub, I know. Still, without a computer you just try and go and find a new one of these. This is the basic bread and butter front hub.
Higher up on the totem pole of hubs would be: Chater Lea, B.H. British Hub (and their famous Airlite range) and T.F.Blumfield. Campagnolo of course, but that's Italian!

As I type I forget the other cool old British bicycle hubs. There may be others to mention.Oh, well, I named the ones to watch out for.
That pile of old wheels? Take the time to really closely examine every one! Finding a vintage Chater- Lea hub is a real treat.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Phillips hub on e- bay, A new one! posted by Mark R. on 3/2/2002 at 10:48:07 PM
I have a Phillips, and a Robin Hood. I think they are very fine bikes. A lot of people complain that they were lesser quality then Raleighs, and that may be true, but I like the way my Robin hood rides very much. I'd imagine you'll like your Phillips (they are both really the same bike).

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Phillips hub on e- bay, A new one! posted by Bob on 2/26/2002 at 4:17:45 AM
I just purchased a 1969 Phillips on eBay. I'd appreciate hearing your thoughts on the Phillips and Hercules brands. Thanks, too, for all you contribute to this great site.

AGE / VALUE:   Military Bicycles posted by: Bill on 2/25/2002 at 3:53:53 PM
In order to promote and exchange information on the Military Bicycles, the following newsgroup has been founded:

warbikes, Military Bicycles throughout history


If you own or are interested in exchanging information on this subject, please feel free to join.
If you are aware of anyone outside this newsgroup that would also be interested, please pass on.

Highest regards,

AGE / VALUE:   1970 Robin Hood posted by: JR on 2/24/2002 at 7:25:06 PM
i want to know how much my bike is worth

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   1970 Robin Hood posted by ChristopherRobin@2starmail.com on 2/24/2002 at 8:10:28 PM
Well, then please tell us what color, mens or ladies frame, any lights? Please describe this bicycle for us. Does it have a bell or a rear rack?
Condition of the bike? Any dents or scratches? How are the decals on the bike? Is the pinstriping bright or faded?
Origonal tires? pedals?
Anyplace from 50.00 up to $175.00 in there possibly up to $200.00 I don't know how to give you a idea of what it is worth aside from my experiences and what I have seen.
Watch e- bay and see what people pay for these. 1970 is a late model.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   1970 Robin Hood posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 2/24/2002 at 8:11:49 PM
Before e - bay and a growing following for these it was a 50.00 dollar bike. Now it's a bit diffrent. depends on who is watching e- bay that moment.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   1970 Robin Hood posted by JR on 2/24/2002 at 9:39:30 PM
three spd,light,mens,orignal paint,decals,everything but the tires

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   1970 Robin Hood posted by DBean on 2/26/2002 at 3:05:57 AM
By the time I got done buying a new chain, brake pads, a good saddle, and a tire, I couldn't sell my 1970 Robin Hood (from the trash) for what I had spent on it. So, I won't worry about what it's worth and I'll just enjoy riding it!

AGE / VALUE:   Found a Raleigh 20 Seatpost release. posted by: Paul on 2/24/2002 at 1:35:54 PM
Many thanks to Peter Brown of England for sending me the Raleigh 20 Folder 3 -speed seatpost release I needed .

MISC: Japanese Sports bikes posted by: Dewane on 2/24/2002 at 2:07:33 AM
Hi, this isn't about English roadsters, but I collected some pictures of Japanese bicycles I took in January. Most of the bikes are Sports-style bikes, so I hope it's no too off topic. I found it interesting, hope you do too.


   RE:MISC: Japanese Sports bikes posted by Dewane on 2/24/2002 at 2:13:23 AM
Oh yes, replace the single quote (') with a tilde please.

   RE:MISC: Japanese Sports bikes posted by Warren on 2/24/2002 at 3:35:20 AM
With respect to your opinion that the 24" tires looked like 26" tires...it appears you are correct. The tire is labelled as a 590 mm bead as well as 24". That would be the same as an EA3 rim. Funny that...

   RE:MISC: Japanese Sports bikes posted by sam on 2/25/2002 at 3:50:16 AM
A friend of mine has several bikes from Japan with Rod Brakes .Thinks for the photos.

   RE:RE:MISC: Japanese Sports bikes posted by Dewane on 2/25/2002 at 3:49:45 PM
Another case of something getting lost in the translation to English! Thanks, I'll update the site with the 24 to 590 translation.

   RE:MISC: Japanese Sports bikes posted by Ed on 3/1/2002 at 2:47:08 PM
Thanks for the pictures. I have been told that street bikes in Japan are required to be equipped with lights and horns and are subject to safty inspections similar to those required of moter vehicles in in most US states. To your Knowledge is this true?
Thanks Ed.

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Beacon posted by: Scott Ebersole on 2/23/2002 at 2:34:04 AM
Has anyone heard of an English Sport SA 3 speed by the name of Beacon made in Birmingham England? I found a very rusted one in our local junk yard and removed the still legible head badge.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Beacon posted by Stacey on 2/23/2002 at 10:30:00 AM
Watch out Scott, postings like that will bring down the wrath of ChristopherRobin upon you. You should see his post on the Ballooner board! If he had his way all badge pirates would walk the plank. It's not to late to redeem yourself, just sneak back in to the junk yard after dark and by the light of the full moon carefully and accurately replace the badge. However you might need to sacrifice a Ford Pinto as burnt offerings to apease the gods of old bikes while you're there.

AGE / VALUE:   Parts for a Rugde posted by: flavio figliola on 2/22/2002 at 8:23:55 PM
Looking for a replacement headlamp for my Rudge bicycle preferably black or coffee, colored if any has spare parts for Rudge bicycles please let me know thanks.