ENGLISH ROADSTERS:(3) Bicycles for Sale posted by: paul on 5/19/2005 at 9:19:28 PM
I am paring down collection: 63 Raleigh Sports CRIMSON $150/ 1974 Raleigh Sports PLATINUM $150/ 199? Forever copy of 1936 Raleigh Tourist, has rod brakes front and rear, 3 speed derailleur, dark green with really nice graphics $150 none of these bicycles have been left outside and frankly need nothing, really nice low miles condition and I will deliver within 50 miles of Abington, MA cash or MO Thanks! paul

MISC:   Styer Roadster posted by: Rif on 5/19/2005 at 4:14:19 PM
Hey all,
I just had to share about a bike given to me by my Father the other day.
It is an extremely TALL framed, 27" wheel Styer (Austria) road bike.
Don't know the age but has S/N on bottom bracket, metal head badge.
It has ten speed parts added, but these do not appear to be original. I LOVE the tall frame and lugged look!
I'll turn it into a road bike to bomb around on, but does anyone have any ideas as to the bike itself; history, company,etc?
I have a Styer-Daimler-Puch moped from late fifties, but no info on the company...

AGE / VALUE:   Chaincase Question posted by: Bryan on 5/19/2005 at 1:24:08 AM
One more question regarding my new '52...

On the chaincase, there is an oil port at the top. I assume these chaincases act as an oil bath?

What kind and how much oil should I add? Many thanks.



   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Chaincase Question posted by Dick in FL on 5/19/2005 at 3:33:48 AM

Unless you are so fortunate as to possess a Sunbeam, that access port is for the business end of an oil can to lubricate the chain in the same mundane fashion as you would were the bike equipped with a "hockey stick" chainguard. My later model chaincase comes with a removable quarter-panel but no port.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Chaincase Question posted by Bryan on 5/20/2005 at 1:07:15 AM
Thanks Dick. One day that Sunbeam will indeed be mine.....

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Chaincase Question posted by Tim on 5/20/2005 at 9:56:02 AM
I have a couple of pre-war Raleighs with full chaincases that have an oil port on the top just forward of the chain stay and another at the bottom on the left side at the front. An old maintenance sheet from 1935 says that you should add a tablespoon full of oil to the case once a month if the cycle is riden regularly and that you should drain and refill annually! My one Sunbeam has of course a more complex arrangement due to the two speed gear in the chainwheel/bottom bracket. There's no harm in having a well oiled chain now is there?



AGE / VALUE:   1st Score of the Season posted by: Bryan on 5/19/2005 at 1:09:47 AM
Please forgive me for gloating, but today I acquired a 1952 Sports with full chaincase.

Hardly any dents, but the usual rust. The frame is in good shape, but chaincase has spotty rust on it. Also, lots of the famous early Raleigh chrome is shot.

I got this cycle at my "secret" roadside junk shop in Northern New Hampshire. I got a prewar balloon tire bike there last year. Both bikes were $25 each. The guy told me that "low prices are born here and raised elsewhere."

One question for you guys. The headset cups seem to be the worst chrome on the bike. How difficult is it to pull the rusted ones off and instal new ones (if I could even find them)? Items like the seatpost are easy, but I want to hear from you guys before I go and do something stupid with the headset cups.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   1st Score of the Season posted by Peter on 5/20/2005 at 12:17:28 PM
Bryan - it is one of those rare jobs that is easier than it looks - the cups are just a press fit in the head tube. I've knocked a number of them out - I use a length of steel pipe as a drift,used inside the head tube so that it just catches the inner rim of the cup. Two or three whacks and out they come, never damaged one yet.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   1st Score of the Season posted by Bryan on 5/25/2005 at 12:24:44 AM

Thanks Tim. That gives me the confidence I was hoping for.



ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   raleigh model 1 age posted by: nat on 5/19/2005 at 12:56:11 AM
seeking information to date a raleigh bike - S/A is stamped 51 however frame number is BC47073 (prefixed not suffixed) and this doesn't seem to fit numbers for that year - Any ideas?