FOR SALE:   Is this considered a English Roadster? posted by: Jon in Desmoines on 3/6/2005 at 3:20:13 PM
spotted this on e-bay,looks pretty clean going to watch it.

   RE:FOR SALE:   Is this considered a English Roadster? posted by jon in Desmoines on 3/6/2005 at 3:27:44 PM
forgot to mention it looks to be a 1976 RALEIGH 5 sp Sprite
coffe colored,with all the original equiptment.

   RE:FOR SALE: Is this considered a English Roadster? posted by sam on 3/6/2005 at 3:40:24 PM
Originaly these frames were called Light Roadster(sports),and built with single freewheel,coaster,or 3speed.Around 1965 the derailer gears were added to the sports bike.With a good quality derailer these bikes are a pleasuer.----sam

   RE:RE:FOR SALE: Is this considered a English Roadster? posted by Dick in FL on 3/7/2005 at 12:04:30 AM
Yeah .... what is it about those Huret Alvit derailleurs? I have 3 of these Sprites (2 are mint), but I seem to pass them over to ride my 3 Schwinn World Tourists with Positron II's. The Sprite stem-mounted shift levers are pretty but delicate and they require a difficult to find cable. They do make a good commuter bike. The handlebars are narrow and upright ...just right.

   RE:FOR SALE:   Is this considered a English Roadster? posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 3/7/2005 at 10:36:55 AM
Nice find. I have precisely the same machine in the stable now... right down to the colour. It is a pleasure to ride... in fact I had just procured a set of Kenda whitewalls for it and can't wait to get them mounted up... as the tyres on it currently are sooooo bad I'm afraid to bring them up to pressure. That size frame is tall... keep that in mind... I'm about 5-10" myself and it's borderline too big.. but I really like the "top of the world" feeling I get when riding it!

Good luck if you go for it!

Larry "Boneman" Bone

AGE / VALUE:   I'll ship it back from over the edge, never to enjoy the victory posted by: Chris on 3/6/2005 at 8:56:54 AM
Cross country quest, again!
Never before while on the trail of researching something have I ever been lied to, sent on wild goose chases, and made a fool of like this.
The second book has really vanished off the face of the planet.Hmmmm! I want the original notes, before they went to the publisher, then!
The story deepens, facts fall into place, my notebook is added to, things crossed out and I have more leads to follow. I've now collected up some of the things he collected, seems they were not needed in the collection!Why donate then? This started with more than just a quest for a bicycle it is going beyond the simple and into the aggrivating and unbelievable. People pop out of the woodwork.
More traveling, I'm sick of this but I'm seeing it through to the end.
People pass away before I can interview them and getting the live ones to share information they have is like pulling teeth!
They never bring the really good things to the swap meets and the editor rings up the ad and buys it all up before you ever read it and therefore, the ad is never printed because it is already bought up. Oh, and he got it for pennies on the dollar too. "We never see this offered up for sale. Chris, these are rare."
This I have learned and whatever it is you are after, expect this.

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   new CCM addition posted by: Warren on 3/6/2005 at 1:44:16 AM
I picked up two fab bikes from an old shop last week. One qualifies as a's a 1950 CCM "light" delivery bike. Ha! Weighs in at around 45 lbs. You can see a pic of an earlier example at
An incredible ride. Very disconcerting to turn the front wheel and have the carrier stay in line with the frame of the bike. Very stable. It has the old 26 X 1 3/4 wheels but I got 3 NOS spare tires and tubes to boot.

Did I mention heavy?

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: new CCM addition posted by Tom on 3/6/2005 at 2:05:58 PM
I have a friend who has 4 of those bikes (unique headset) and I think some extra carriers (NOS). He has 1 bike with 28" wheels and says it may be original but bike is original red paint and does not show up in CCM history, strange. I have 2 of those 26" rims with nice tires. I do have 1 Dunlop Cuision Ride tire that fits it and would like to find another.

   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: new CCM addition posted by Warren on 3/6/2005 at 7:24:22 PM
Hi Tom...drop me a line and we can talk...maybe put me in touch with your budd in case those NOS carriers are in his way! My lamp bracket is broken off the front of mine and a little dinged as well.

My tires are Dutch made Ceylons. I'll be looking for Dunlops too.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: new CCM addition posted by sam on 3/7/2005 at 1:30:11 AM
Those tyres are the same rim size as Schwinn Middleweight bikes.---sam

AGE / VALUE:   A sunbeam---in England posted by: sam on 3/5/2005 at 5:18:22 AM

That's what I'll buy when the wife and I get to England---sam

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   A sunbeam---in England posted by Matthew on 3/9/2005 at 7:19:19 PM
Georgeous & for sale in the home of Hopper and Eslwick.

WANTED:   Chrome "Bullet" Ornament posted by: Dave Quebbeman on 3/4/2005 at 4:47:14 AM

I'm looking for a chrome "bullet" ornament for the front fender (sorry, mudguard!) of a '62 Rudge Sports.

Dave Quebbeman
Salt Lake City

   RE:WANTED:   Chrome posted by kim on 3/4/2005 at 8:09:14 PM
Sounds like you are looking for a fender tip. It's about 2" long, right?
Should be a lot of folks here who have one.

   RE:WANTED: Chrome posted by Dave Quebbeman on 3/5/2005 at 12:06:34 AM
Well, yes, I guess it would be about 2" x 3/8". I've seen pictures of Rudge bikes from that era showing a fender tip, but I'm not sure exactly how it would be fastened. There is no slot in the fender for the tip to "grab" like there is on my '69 Triumph.

   Fender Tip (was Chrome) posted by Dave Quebbeman on 3/6/2005 at 4:15:52 AM
Oops, I was wrong, when I knocked the dirt off, there sure enough is a little slot for the tip for hook on to. Anybody know where I can get one of these tips?

Dave Quebbeman