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Archived: English Roadsters

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   NEED INFO posted by: DAVE on 8/22/2004 at 2:18:19 AM

MISC:   Toe clips and shoes posted by: Ward Davis on 8/21/2004 at 12:01:52 AM
Could someone here please explain the relation of a toe clip to a vintage cycling shoe? Cleats? Smooth sole? Can I still get these? A reasonable retro facsimile available? Thanks in advance for any info.

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Blown tyre! posted by: David Poston on 8/20/2004 at 11:12:06 PM
I just recently received a batch of tyres from Germany, including a pair of NOS Semperits, made in Austria, with the correct block tread in a 26 x 1 3/8 size. Unfortunately, I fitted on one tyre, pumped it up to 50 psi (using a new Kenda-made tabe), and 5 minutes later I heard a loud BANG! The blowout caused a 1/4" to 1/2" tear in the tyre wall, including the wire being broken in one place. I patched it up with duck tape and tried another tube at 30 psi. So far, it is holding.

Can anyone tell me what would cause a blowout such as this, and whether or not I can salvage my Semperit tyre?


   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Blown tyre! posted by GMS on 8/21/2004 at 9:29:58 PM
If the wire is broken....then the tire is toast, i wouldn't trust riding in it, it wont hold its shape on the rim right and will likely cause another blowout, when your moving, this could ruin your rim, at the very least. You could also crash, causing more damage to you and your bike. I would advise getting another tire.

MISC:   Bike Collector posted by: Tim on 8/20/2004 at 10:49:52 AM
A guy that used to post here and visit this site, Alan Perkins of South Wales UK. died last Friday suddenly. He was a great guy, friendly and very knowledegable. I went to his funeral today and his wife asked me to let everybody know of his death. I know that many people on this site used to Email him for advice so thats why I'm posting this. For anybody that's interested his WebSite is still up at http://freespace.virgin.net/stones.ukp/triumph.htm.
His wife Susan also asked if anyone could help dispose of his cycle collection as she thinks she may be moving on to a smaller house. Anyone that wants to contact her, email me and I'll pass it on. This is probably not the place for a eulogy but I must say I'm going to miss his humerous Emails he sent me every week and all the help he gave me.



   RE:MISC:   Bike Collector posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 8/20/2004 at 11:26:18 PM
(silent post for Alan)

   RE:RE:MISC:   Bike Collector posted by ronnie on 8/21/2004 at 10:39:23 PM
all members follow after me with we pray


ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   YAHOO! Groups ] Complaint form posted by: Stacey on 8/18/2004 at 9:53:02 PM
I've finally located the URL for the Yahoo Groups complaint form. Whydoncha all write them a b!tch letter regarding the termination of the RollBritiania group? I did

Yahoo Groups

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: YAHOO! Groups ] Complaint form posted by Stacey on 8/18/2004 at 9:58:00 PM
Try It Again!

AGE / VALUE:   WW2 Phillips bike unearthed posted by: Geoff Rogers on 8/18/2004 at 6:53:40 PM
I spend a lot of time at the local junkyard, indulging in my other passion, old British cars. There are never old bikes at this yard, except last week. In a pile of Huffys and cheap mountain bike parts was a rusty, muddy old British machine.
It's a lady' model, single speed with freewheel, 26" Westwood rims and rod brakes. It has a partial wraparound chainguard (not a gearcase). The saddle, or what's left of it, is/was a mattress type, old and British. The seatpost is the old "L" shaped design. There is no headbadge or markings on the frame, just the ghost of a decal on the head tube. The rear tire is falling off the rim but just barely readable on the sidewall is "DUNLOP WAR GRADE". The rims are black-painted, so maybe it's a wartime machine?
Trouble is, I have way too many bikes in my shop. Would anybody care to make me an offer for it? I picked it up cheap from the yard and don't need to get rich on this one, so it could be yours for a pittance.
Email me for more details.
Geoff Rogers

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   WW2 Phillips bike unearthed posted by Beth on 8/26/2004 at 8:10:38 AM
Hi Geoff
I have a 1939 Philips rescued from a skip. Can't work out what the mounting under the bottom bracket was for. Something to do with the rear rod brake maybe? Has yours got this part intact? Any chance of a picture? The mounting is threaded one side for a shoulder screw.

   RE:AGE / VALUE: WW2 Phillips bike unearthed posted by Beth on 8/26/2004 at 5:44:14 PM
Hmmm, What an excellent site. Have just discovered the very part in the exploded drawing of the Raleigh 30L. However part 5443 is too small to see! If Christopher Robin could post an enlarged drawing he would make Eeyore a happy bunny with a completely restored bike. Hope you can help. Beth

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Crank Overhaul posted by: Bob on 8/18/2004 at 6:00:52 PM
I went the whole nine yards on a crank overhaul except being able to work the adjustment cup, I have a "hang" in my pedal or maybe I think, it is described that the left pedal has some give, I would say about a half inch out of the whole circle on a bike. That is why I overhauled it, I thought it had something to do with the spindle but now, maybe I need to get to the adjusting cup.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Crank Overhaul posted by Bob on 8/18/2004 at 6:04:34 PM
Let me say now, too, it does not have to do with the crank arms, I take them off and I can feel the "wobble"

AGE / VALUE:   1952 Rudge Sports posted by: Dick on 8/18/2004 at 10:32:03 AM
I have a 1952 Rudge Sports men's bicycle. It appears to be all original. A S/A 3 speed hub, a Brooks B66 saddle, a front dynohub, front and rear lights, original tire pump. It is light blue and ivory. The paint and rims show their age, but it is all sound. Is this a $50 bike or a $500 dollar bike?? With new tires, brake pads and grease, it will go back on the road.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   1952 Rudge Sports posted by Geoff Rogers on 8/18/2004 at 6:53:10 PM
I sold a very similar bike last spring, although mine was black, for about $200. It might have fetched a little more on ebay, or maybe a bit less.
Anyway, the fifties was THE best time for English 3-speeds, and Rudges were among the finest. Sounds like yours is a keeper.

MISC:   Park Tool Cotter Press posted by: paul on 8/15/2004 at 12:09:36 AM
I collect British Bicycles (have 5) and my son has same number. Dealing with cottered cranks has been the usual hassle. I've been patiently looking for the Park Tool cotter press for over 2 years. I'm unwilling to pay what the going price. I collect tools, mainly small adjustable wrenches and frequent used tool emporiums. Patience paid off, I bought the sought after tool for a fraction of what they sell. I recommend you visit used tool stores as do I. Paul

   RE:MISC: Park Tool Cotter Press posted by James on 8/15/2004 at 7:32:11 AM
Park's cotter pin press, is that the one that is essentially amodified C clamp or am was that the Var tool? I've used the C clamp press at the LBS that rents out work benches and found it to be an easy job, but I guess I've been lucky, never had a stuck pin.

   RE:MISC:   Park Tool Cotter Press posted by Ralph on 8/19/2004 at 2:37:31 AM
Back in the old days I used the Park cotter pin press to hold down repair orders. I always thought the VAR tool was so much better. I'm fortunate that I bought one in the early 80's. If you feel like waiting for a tool,wait for the VAR. It's the real thing.

AGE / VALUE:   Need front 26" fork in black, c. 1950s-60s posted by: David Poston on 8/14/2004 at 3:07:26 PM
I'm looking for a used front 26" fork in BLACK, c. 1950s-60s, that is straight and true. Please e-mail me if you have one for sale.

Also, I am giving away this stash of mudguards and forks--free to a good home, as long as you pay the shipping and handling costs.



   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Need front 26 posted by David Poston on 8/14/2004 at 3:16:33 PM
I forgot to mention that I need a fork for a 23" frame men's Raleigh Sports--I think the stem measures 8" long.


   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Need front 26 posted by Kurt on 8/15/2004 at 11:13:43 PM
Dear David,

I think Vinny here at Oldroads has the fork you want with the 8" steerer tube. I do know that he has one in Bronze Green, but I see you have one in the auction.

By the way, I would be interested in the fork, mudguards and chainguard lot - how much would shipping be to area code 33134? You can email me at cudak888@aol.com

Take care,



AGE / VALUE:   Roll Britannia R.I.P. posted by: Catfood Rob on 8/14/2004 at 10:42:55 AM
Just got a new computer after a few weeks in the wilderness, you know re-discovering that I actually HAVE a family , and that the talk not tyope etc etc.....
Anyway, Im back typing and not communicating again...
So I started to search up all the old web sites to put in my new favourites list, but keep getting Roll Brittania rejected by Yahoo... a google search couldnt fimnd it eiter. Then, looking down the archives here at Old Roads, I find Yahoo deleted it for no reason. I am flabergasted!
I feel SO sorry for the guys who worked SO hard on it. I only hope they DID keep records!!! A sad loss indeed.

WANTED:    posted by: James on 8/14/2004 at 8:58:30 AM
Does anyone have a nice vintage moustache bar, Lauterwasser bar or anything that would look appropriate on a 1930s Hercules clubbike?


FOR SALE:   DL1 posted by: David on 8/13/2004 at 7:46:39 PM
I saw this on Craig's list: Raleigh 28" rod brake roadster (looks like 23" frame) in Texas. Needs a tire and ??
$120 + shipping. Seller is Sean and it's still available.
email renhuman at netzero dot net

MISC:   Larz Anderson National Bike Show Photo albums 2003-2004 posted by: Peter Naiman on 8/13/2004 at 3:58:04 PM
I've put together albums of the last two years of Larz if anyone to view really great cycles. If you click on the URL below, you can view full albums of the last two years
of Larz. There aresome very exotic and interesting Antiques and Highwheelers, take a peak at the 2003 Album.
Peter Naiman
Boston, MA



AGE / VALUE:   Need Help posted by: Mike G on 8/13/2004 at 4:07:38 AM
The year and model I don,t know maybe some one can help.

Make- Phillips (made in Birmingham)
Model- Womens frame
Color-B.R.Green ?
Serial#- 38775NK
Rear Hub- Renak/s.s. coaster brake. # 60 40
Front Hub- S.A. Dynohub #11 60.(org headlamp and tail light)
Cranks- 3pc cotter. Phillips logo chainring
Rod Brakes-All org. parts stamped with England
Saddle- Wrights imperial
Rear rack- Sping loaded arm
Fenders-Frt solid color/Rr B.R.Grn/wht tip,Phillips badge
Extra- Dcale on T.T. reads "The True Temper Steel Bike"

I have been able to narrow it down to pre-Raliegh or pre 50's but would like to no the age and possible worth.Should i repaint the frame and reproduce the graphics if I can macth all the colors.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Need Help posted by David on 8/13/2004 at 12:18:26 PM
The Dyno date suggests 1960. Do the mudguards attach above or behind the rear axle? It sounds fairly "deluxe," though I would doubt the wisdom of trying to restore it, rather than clean it up and ride.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Need Help posted by GMS on 8/14/2004 at 11:58:02 AM
"The True Temper Steel Bike"..so thats what It says...the decal on my Phillips is so worn i can only read 'The true .......bike"

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Need Help posted by Mike G on 8/15/2004 at 6:12:06 PM
I looked at the frame and they attach above the axle. It also uses the two bolt oval plate to secure the stays to the underside of the fender. Thanks for the help.