| Hello i ve posted a message ate the restoration forum yet but i think there are more less readers than here ;)|
My problems are the colours. I am looking for black enamelled Westwoodrims and red-oragne 28" x 1 1/2" or 1 3/8" tires with an tread which is useable for vintage bikes.
Perhaps you can help me.
Thank you and
| The German tire company Schwalbe makes red(kinda pink)28X1&1/2" tyres.I have a set.And need more.---sam|
|I'm trying to find some history on this bike, heres what I know. English single speed with freehub, lugged frame, rod brakes, full fenders, 28" wheels, prima saddle, bike is in rideable condition, has lube ports on both hubs and bottom bracket, decal on rear fender says "The Mercury" Birmingham, you can't see where it did have a decal on headtube but it's not readable., paint appears to be original. The serial number is at the top of the seatube and is 421679 on the other side of seat tube it is stamped RAF.|
| photos of the bike are at|
| photos will not post - email me for link|
| If you replace the ' in the above link with the "tilde", you will get there.|
Nice looking machine... looks like it would clean up quite nicely.
Larry "Boneman" Bone
| Mornin' folks,|
I believe I've located a source for brand-new, brick-tread, non-marked sidewall, 26 X 1-3/8 (EA3) whitewall tires. As you know, this is the very common size used on the Sports, Superbe, LTD and other models.
Curious to know if there's any interest here on the forum in these particular tires, as I might be able to purchase as many as I want from the dealer's catelouge.
Let me know,
What is the rated inflation pressure on these tires? I just replaced the originalson a '72 Sports I recently acquired and was astonished to discover they called for only 55 psi.
| Odd thing about pressure ratings... I have two different bikes, one being a Rat Fink by Electra... the other being a Giant Stiletto... they both have pretty much identical rear tyres, yet the tyre on the Fink states inflate to 55psi, whereas the same tyre on the Stiletto calls for 35 or so.|
On another bike I have, there's a 20 x 1 3/4 that states to inflate to 70!
So I think it can be a little subjective. Still... 'twould be interesting to know what the new whitewalls are calling for.
Larry "Boneman" Bone
| Took this photo just tonight - please excuse the poor lighting:|
Frame and forks arrived yesterday - since then, they've recieved the shoe polish/wax treatment. This photo simply does not do justice to the luster of the paint.
There's a section of the top tube that could still benifit from a light compounding, which will be my next step. I also plan on removing the rear reflector for a thorough cleaning, and I believe the rear tail on the fender could benifit from a new coat of white paint - the rust spots in this area have taken over just a tad too much of the paint.
Pre-polishing photos can be found on the eBay auctions for the frameset (7173058927) and fenders (6550258817).
All the best,
| Kurt, when you mention an area needing "light compounding" what is the characteristic of that area and what is the compounding (material and process) that you would use? Also, what is the final result? My '52 Sports has a good deal of light scratching on the top tube. Otherwise it appears to be in very similar condition to your frameset as pictured. Thanks|
| I've had great success in restoring faded paint on old frames with a product named Bike Lust Which I found in our local bike shop. Works much better than any wax or compound|
that I used to use.I still have a partial bottle on hand so haven't checked lately to see if it's still available.
Good luck with your Sports.
| One other thing I forgot to mention. When I opened my chaincase to clean/lube etc I notice that my Heron Chainwheel is black enamelled. Is it odd or rare to find this on a '52 Sports? Perhaps it was swapped at one time...?|
| I am looking for a set of (discontinued) "Rain cheater" brake pads for my DL-1. Does anyone have any NOS for sale? thanks|