WANTED:   FG Indicator chain posted by: Tom on 5/24/2005 at 6:06:38 AM
The indicator chain on my Sturmey Archer FG dyno hub broke today. Does anyone have an extra to sell. This hub is a 4 speed.

   RE:WANTED:   FG Indicator chain posted by Tim on 5/26/2005 at 10:35:13 AM
As long as the indicator rod is OK you shouild be able to fix a new chain yourself, it is quite simple. You can get a new chain off a three speed indicator. Driving out the rivet and re-riveting is easy. However I met a chap at a bicycle fair a while back who had taken the job to a jeweller to do as he was the only guy he could think of at the time who could do small works. Thinking lateraly sometimes helps I find.


   RE:RE:WANTED:   FG Indicator chain posted by Tom on 5/28/2005 at 11:13:03 AM
Thanks Tim for the info on using another chain. I tried it and so far it works. I hope it stays together for good.

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   1952 tradesmans bike. posted by: Ozz Scott on 5/22/2005 at 9:10:18 PM
My everyday transport is an 1952 Elswick tradesmans bicycle, 26 x 1 3/4 tyres, rod brakes, swept back handlebars, steel tube cradle for box/basket (factory fitted bolt-on), Brooks B66 saddle, mudguards are all steel construction, a good solid heavy bike, single speed (approx 18 to 22 MPH everywhere) I use this bike with a trailer to haul my tools and equipment around the various boat yards & quays in and around Poole harbour. I am fighting a constant battle against corrosion and have to replace the rod brakes soon as they have been bodged and re-bodged for years. Can anyone point me in the right direction for such parts? Bike was made in 1952 by Elswick Cycles in Barton on Humber, England.
Sorry no piccy with this post, will stick a piccy on one of my sites for next time...
Anyone want a chat about bike, trailer or Pashley Picador trike my SKYPE id is: stoneybridge

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: 1952 tradesmans bike. posted by Warren on 5/23/2005 at 2:40:02 AM
I've got a '51 CCM Delivery bike...very similar to yours but no rod brakes...just a coaster hub. I should think you would have to modify other rod brakes to fit your bike. I've got some extra Tourist rod brake parts if you posted a pic of what you need.

You could go with a hub brake setup...it would work better than the rod brakes and you could save your existing ones in case you want to sell it later with original equipment.

22 mph with a single speed eh? Legs like tree trunks, I'm sure.

   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: 1952 tradesmans bike. posted by edgarecks on 5/24/2005 at 4:12:22 PM
No kiddin! Got a speedo or just guessing?

   RE:RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: 1952 tradesmans bike. posted by James on 5/24/2005 at 7:27:19 PM
cyclesofyesteryear.co.uk has indian made rod brake parts, they have been known to sell restored trade bicycles so they might be of some help.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   1952 tradesmans bike. posted by Bryan on 5/25/2005 at 12:12:46 AM
That's great Ozz! I love hearing about people who use their bikes as part of their trade. 2 years ago I was forced to rely on my Hercules for my daily 30 mile roundtrip commute. Best years of my life.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   1952 tradesmans bike. posted by Kevin C. on 5/29/2005 at 11:00:57 PM
I agree with Warren. I have a Hercules rod brake delivery bike. I like to ride it, so I removed the rear wheel, saved it, and replaced it with a middleweight 26-inch wheel with coaster brake. I have never seen a rod brake bike that stopped as surely as one with a coaster brake or cable brakes.

AGE / VALUE:   CCM posted by: sam on 5/21/2005 at 3:15:14 PM
Maybe someday the frame I got from Warren will look something like this:

MISC:   Who made custom Sturmey Axles? posted by: Mark Stonich on 5/21/2005 at 2:19:42 AM
Did any specialty outfit produce custom SA axles, with the intention of moving the hub to the left, to make room for a 5 speed cluster?

I've acquired a Sturmey Archer AW hub that had been fitted with a 5 speed Regina freewheel, screwed onto a threaded driver. The odd thing about this was the axle. At 6 3/8" (162mm) it is a standard Sturmey length, but the right end is about 18mm longer, and the left 18mm shorter. It's the lower one in the photo.

The machining marks do not look at all "Sturmeyish", but it sure doesn't look "Homemade" either.


   RE:MISC:   Who made custom Sturmey Axles? posted by Tim on 5/26/2005 at 10:49:52 AM
I have had a good look at the picture and I am certain that this has been made by an amature machinist. He has not polished the job after turning as a factory/professional would. You can see the turning marks quite easily. Saying that, it is still a very good job. My guess is that he has used a bit of EN32 bright mild, drilled, slotted and turned it then cut the thread. I remember seeing an advert for something like this in an old copy of Cycling from about 1958. Back then there were a lot of bicycle shops owned by ex-machinists or 'fiters and turners' as they were called. These guys could make anything with a lathe and a cross head miller. Back in the good old days when I was a young apprentice engineer this sort of thing was common. Knocking up 'Home Jobs', in your lunch hour was what we all did.


MISC:   3 to 5 speed conversions??? posted by: Mark Stonich on 5/21/2005 at 2:04:40 AM
According to Tony Hadlund's "The Sturmey Archer Story" you can just drop a set of S5 innards into an AW shell built before April 1984.

I've done this and it works fine. But does anyone know the problem with later shells?

I've got some NOS 28h S5s, and a friend wants to use the guts from one in a later AW shell