WANTED:   Bronze Green Fork posted by: Mike on 9/23/2005 at 3:02:59 AM
Hi, a few days ago I posted about looking for a Bronze Green fork for a 23 inch Raleigh Sports. Someone responded with a fork for $20 in California (not sure if I recall who). Whoever that was is it still availible?

MISC:   Wallingford Bike Parts posted by: Dick on 9/22/2005 at 8:38:11 PM
Has anyone in this group heard anything about the people at Wallingford Bicycle Parts in New Orleans? According to their website (www.wallbike.com ) they were going to evacuate before Katrina hit. I certainly hope they did. I have purchased 2 new and 1 slightly used Brooks saddles from them in recent years along with miscellaneous accessories. They are first rate people to do business with. And their website offers maximum “drool factor“ for the Brooks saddle aficionados amongst us. A Mapquest search for their address shows it’s only 6 blocks from the Mississippi River! What a shame. If they do manage to reopen, wherever that might be, I’ll be first in line to help kick-start the old cash flow. Meanwhile, let’s just pray they are all safe.
Dick in L.A. (and glad I’m not in LA)


   RE:MISC:   Wallingford Bike Parts posted by Craig on 9/22/2005 at 11:12:13 PM
The RBW list had a note from Bill Laine of Wallbike.com. He said aerial photos showed his store was high and dry as he put it and the roof appeared to be intact. He wasn't sure however if he had been hit by looters. It indicated that he may reopen soon as a limited business from wherever he is living right now (I can't remember where). He also indicated that it would still be quite awhile before he could be back at 100%. This is as much as I can remember. Hope it puts your mind at ease.

   RE:MISC: Wallingford Bike Parts posted by sam on 9/23/2005 at 2:33:46 AM
(Reported)Bill had went to Houston before the storm.Haven't heard if he's still there or back in La.Two friends from Bayou bicycle are now employed in a bike shop in Dallas.Bayou was under water.Not much to return to at present.It's going to take some doing to get that city back to working order.---Your so right--they are First rate people---sam

AGE / VALUE:   What do you think? posted by: Dewane on 9/22/2005 at 6:04:04 PM
1957 Phillips. Looks like a pretty short frame.


If any of you are interested, have at it! It's been a couple of years since I sold my Dunelt so haven't posted here in a while.

Fairfield is east of the San Francisco Bay Area.

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   ROADSTER DILEMMA posted by: Jørge Ullfig on 9/22/2005 at 5:26:35 PM

Hello, I'm Classic & Vintage bicycle fan and have a dilemma, when did the "Roadster" term first began to be used, was it in the Bicycle Industry or maybe before that in the Buggy era, according to all dictionaries its defined as a two-seat, open car, traditionally without side windows, but in many Bicycle history books Roadsters are mentioned, the 1885 Swift Dwarf Safety "Roadstar" witch could very likely be the precursor of maybe a "franchised" Roadster, and the High-wheeler 1889 Springfield Roadster or the Columbia Light Roadster Safety of 1887, and of course the English Roadsters, please someone help me out on this one.

Cheers, Jørge

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: ROADSTER DILEMMA posted by sam on 9/22/2005 at 7:34:58 PM
Bartleet's Bicycle Book dated 1936 talks of a 1885 62inch "Humber"roadster bicycle--built by Humber,Marriott&Cooper.This was before Humber severed with the parteners.
Seems to me from reading this book the word roadster was ment to differ the meaning from a racing bicycle.I think the main difference the roadster used wider heaver tyres.There seems to have been only two types of Bicycles,roadster (used on the road) and Racing(those used just for racing)The word Dwarf was the first term used to describe the new rear driven "safty" bicycle. Good question!---sam

   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: ROADSTER DILEMMA posted by Jørge on 9/23/2005 at 2:22:04 AM

OOOPS, it might just be that the translations for "Roadster" on all dictionaries is ERRATA, we have to clear this up, in French a Roadster would be a "Veló de Route"; or bicycle for the road!!, hmm, and according to all my cycle history books it came about 1885, around the time when the soon to be safeties where introduced in Paris, the Rover.

Come on folks, we all know what Velocipedes, Boneshakers, High-wheelers, Ordinaries and Safeties are, not to mention Tandems and Tricycles and whatever else. When was the term "Roadster" first used, maybe the sulkies from the Roman period, maybe its an "open air" vehicle, quite possible of a sporting type, intriguing!!

Just think, year 2099, cars are extinct, we transfer ourselfs in a sort of a sporty flying aircraft, a Roadster again, not really, its not open air, we might just call it a Flying "Coupe", . . . is that French?

. . . and now that were at it, what about Rover, we got Land Rovers and Moon Rovers and the like, but it seems that i cannot find what a Rover is.

Greetings, Jørge


   RE:RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: ROADSTER DILEMMA posted by sam on 9/23/2005 at 2:45:51 AM
The French word bicyclette decribed the rear driven dwarf bicycle to distinguish it from the older high ordinary.This term was used for many years in France.---sam

   -ster posted by sam on 9/23/2005 at 2:55:17 AM
-STER : a suffix used in forming nouns.referring especially to occupation,habit,or association.ROAD+STER=roadster
Unnder def. also refers to a horse.

AGE / VALUE:   Seeking Prewar Sports Modle posted by: Pete on 9/22/2005 at 3:03:15 PM
Anyone out there have a circa 1930's (top-tube shifter era)sports or club-ish Raleigh/Rudge etc. for sale ? Might be doing some moderately long distance touring and tenting in upstate NY and think something a little nimbler than my rod-brake roadster might be in order... That chrome fork job with flip-flop hub on Ebay the other week was nice but a bit rich for me...!

Thanx !

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Seeking Prewar Sports Modle posted by Pete on 9/22/2005 at 3:26:44 PM
Sorry, I meant Sports MODEL ! Apologies for the typo !

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Seeking Prewar Sports Modle posted by Pete on 9/22/2005 at 3:26:47 PM
Sorry, I meant Sports MODEL ! Apologies for the typo !