AGE / VALUE:   Cool site for cloth covered wire posted by: sam on 3/10/2005 at 12:10:23 AM

AGE / VALUE:   Roadster - German NSU posted by: Dave Simmons on 3/8/2005 at 5:37:46 PM
Hi: Sorry if this is off topic as the bike is a German NSU and not English (I used to be a regular reader of the list but have gotten too busy of late, tho English 3 speeds are still one of my main interests). Anyway, the bike is in decent shape with most of the decals in good shape, has a 3 speed non Sturmey Archer coaster brake hub, tiny handle bar mounted trigger shifter, wider tires than the normal English 3 speed, very cool canvas panniers in the rear, alloy fenders with a fin sticking up vertically on the front fender that has the initials NSU. It also has a bell that says NSU. Model is "Streamlight". Letter on top tube also says "Ein Millionen Begriffen". Most of the web sites I've looked at focus much more on the NSU motorbikes and cars.

Alas, the headbadge is missing (was apparently glued on) ... anyone have one of these for sale? thanks!

   RE:AGE / VALUE: Roadster - German NSU posted by James on 3/10/2005 at 7:16:48 AM
I've seen NSU headbages on ebay, you might have to start looking everyday. On the topic of german bikes I found this newsclip on Wanderer bicycles, one of the current manufactureres of proper lugged steel city bicycles'tipstrends/tipstrends_030412_wanderer.rm','3sat-RealVideoStream');
it's in german.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Roadster - German NSU posted by James on 3/10/2005 at 7:19:02 AM
the above link does not appear to work, to watch the video go here and then click on Filmbericht.


   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Roadster - German NSU posted by James on 3/10/2005 at 7:25:05 AM this is sort of the german minus discussion boards, he might have an NSU headbadge, chances are he won't ship to the states even though he does ship to "Ausland." In my experience no one in germany will ship anything to the states, but you can try.

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Great British Bike Weekend in Phila. posted by: Michael McGettigan on 3/8/2005 at 2:31:26 PM
Now in its 8th (or 9th) year, the Great British Bike Weekend returns to Philadelphia...
Calling all fans of Raleigh, Rudge, Dunelt, Robin Hood, and all the other great English Roadster bicycles of yesteryear --and last week for that matter!

We'll have rides, rallies, the infamous pub visits, and more--"Three Days for Three Speeds" (though we see a few single-speed roadsters and one or two Moultons or Choppers as well; if the bike is Brit, then you will fit!

All events start/finish at Trophy Bikes, 3131 Walnut Street, near the Penn Campus and minutes from the new river bike path.
check for some info on past events,
email RSVP or questions to
Michael McGettigan, GBBW 05/Trophy Bikes, etc.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Great British Bike Weekend in Phila. posted by Willem Klaassen on 3/19/2005 at 10:50:29 AM
I have a question; Im very interested in information about an vintage bicycle.
I bought an old bicycle some time ago,I was told this was a pre war bicycle.On one of the transfers I can partly read a name " Mercurius Bicycles " .
Also the cranck has stamped in 'made in England".Rear light looks like the type old raleigh bikes are fitted with.(white aluminium rearlight)
My question is can you give me as much information as you have about this brand? (F.e. age; manufacturer's town etc.
Much appreciated!
Regards,Willem Klaassen
The Netherlands


AGE / VALUE:   photos of the 1952 claud butler/luggless frame posted by: sam on 3/7/2005 at 8:51:51 PM

   RE:AGE / VALUE: photos of the 1952 claud butler/luggless frame posted by WArren on 3/8/2005 at 2:08:49 AM
A thing of beauty Sam...nice British iron. What's the rear gear...Cyclo Benelux?

Post this on the lightweight list too...

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: photos of the 1952 claud butler/luggless frame posted by sam on 3/8/2005 at 3:06:36 AM
Rear gear is cyclo Benelux(3or4 speed) running off a B/W unit freeWheel hub(free wheel is built into the hub)Sence I'm using 1/8 it is a 3 speed.Much lighter and faster than what I'm use to.

AGE / VALUE:   Lucas Gen. posted by: sam on 3/7/2005 at 4:17:21 PM
Don't be afraid to take that Lucas Bottle Gen. apart.No compleated parts inside,only one part that can be removed the winding.Easy to clean and re-asemble.Now mine burns just as dimly as when it was new!---sam

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Lucas Gen. posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 3/8/2005 at 10:27:15 AM
Having once owned Brit cars and motorbikes... there's an olde funny saying associated...

"Why to the British drink their beer warm? Cuz LUCAS makes all the refrigerators!".

No offence to anyone of course.... but I've had my share of "fun" with Lucas electrical stuff and I like Sam's reference to burning "as dimly as when it was new!"

Would this be the Gennie on the Claude? Pretty machine!!!


Larry "Boneman" Bone

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Lucas Gen. posted by Lawrence on 3/8/2005 at 4:19:13 PM
Said beverage is consumed at cellar temperature--NOT warm. It is not meant to be cold; it tastes better without the chill. Warm however would not be a pleasant experience. As for Lucas: we always used to refer to them as LUCAS!!!!! Prince of Darkness!!!!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Lucas Gen. posted by Matthew on 3/8/2005 at 10:06:54 PM
Beer at cellar temperature. Guiness ice cold. Lucas KING of darkness. You used to be able to relive the days of Lucas lighting by buying eatsern european cars and motorcycles. Their lighting was appalling on the verge of dangerous. My RSW16 makes a good beam with the hub dyno but I never found rim dynos half as good especially in the rain!

Matthew, AC generator on my mini!

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Lucas Gen. posted by James on 3/9/2005 at 5:42:19 AM
I'm wearing a Lucas T shirt right now.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Lucas Gen. posted by Matthew on 3/9/2005 at 7:16:48 PM
Is it dark?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Lucas Gen. posted by Tim on 3/10/2005 at 12:37:19 PM
Thats strange my Lucas King of the Road Carbide Lamp burns very brightly. It's probably that electric-trickery that is the problem. I'll stick to the carbide lamp, it keeps my hands warm in the winter!


   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Lucas Gen. posted by James on 3/11/2005 at 11:10:44 AM
I wish I had a carbide lamp, I've yet to find satisfactory gloves for winter riding and have spent the last two winters with number fingers, a carbide lamp might be exactly what I need. They don't sometimes accidentally explode, do they?

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Lucas Gen. posted by Tim on 3/14/2005 at 11:35:38 AM
Well yes they can be a bit tempremental but remember they date from a time when life was more of an adventure. I have had a few flare ups when lighting some of mine but as long as you have your wits about you, you can get out of the way. I find it great to ride at night with a carbide lamp as it is so very bright. I add a little hydrogen peroxide to the water to make it burn brighter with less smuts. If I keep my hands at the centre of the bars I get the hot draught blowing back from the chimney. I have a new source for carbide pellets now from a caveing club shop. They are much purer than the old traditional pellets. They still make these lamps for cavers, miners in third world countries and in India for cyclists. If you buy an old one on Ebay be very carefull and check it out thoroughly. Incidentally I was once stopped by a police officer and asked to turn my light down as it was dazzling oncoming motorists. (Bless them). I duly turned the valve down and reduced the brilliance. The officer never having seen a carbide lamp put his hand on the top of it to look at it. I bet he won't do that again!