AGE / VALUE:   The vintage English bike Fairy strikes again! posted by: Chris on 10/2/2006 at 10:51:45 AM
I keep seeing this Armstrong bike at the library and at the market. I noticed the kickstand tied up and decided to gift an alloy kickstand to the guy I left it in his basket with a note. You would think the guy would have removed the kickstand because it is always leaning up anyways and never used so why drag it all around?
Think I leave him brake cables and gear cables and goodies.
This guy must not have a car because I keep seeing this old bike everyplace and he must ride it a lot.
A gift from a crazy bike collector with inventory comming out of his ears.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   The vintage English bike Fairy strikes again! posted by Ralph on 10/3/2006 at 1:22:45 PM
I spotted an old Raleigh chained to a post once. It had been in an accident and the front brake assembly was damaged. I went home and gotthe parts needed for the job and repaired the bike while it was still chained to the post. I've always wondered at what must have been a puzzled reaction on the part of the bikes owner....

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   The vintage English bike Fairy strikes again! posted by Bryan on 10/3/2006 at 2:14:08 PM
Chris and Ralph, my hats off to you!! Those are the best stories I've read in weeks.

The closest thing I have (and its no where near as good as yours) is when my brother broke his collar bone after getting door-ed by a car in Boston. The accidnet also wrecked his bike. The next day, walking home from the hospital, he found a 1970's rootbeer colored Raleigh Sports in the trash.

Good karma will find you!

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   The vintage English bike Fairy strikes again! posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 10/4/2006 at 5:29:15 PM
You know... those older Armstrongs are just sweet. The one I acquired (1962 in red with chrome fenders) is still downstairs... I cleaned up wee bits... front wheel... changed the front tyre.... I just can't bring myself to go much further... because the thought of it being in an un rideable state is overtly unsettling. Of all the machines, modern and classic that I have floating around here.. that doggone Armstrong just calls to me all the time.

And really... these are wonderful stories of the purest form of generosity... just proceed with caution... as we know all to well... no good deed goes un-punished....

As to the last... my Karma ran over my Dogma a long time ago.



Larry "Boneman" Bone

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   The vintage English bike Fairy strikes again! posted by Ed on 10/7/2006 at 5:16:25 PM
I found a bicycle recycling program that helps our community in Buffalo NY. Look at I have put many roadworthy bicycles under people that need them. This is an idea that should grow and grow. Ed

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   The vintage English bike Fairy strikes again! posted by Matthew on 10/10/2006 at 3:42:35 PM
On day three of my epic trade bike ride my friend Mike joined me on his 1925 elswick low gravity trade bike. 3/4 of the way between Feltwell and Southery his front lamp fell off. It disappeared under the back wheel and reappeared in the verge in bits. We stopped, gathered the parts and re-assembled it, the lens had a small chip in it and the candle was still in its holder. We even found the clip which holds the lens in place. Mike popped it in the huge wicker basket on the front of his bike and we rode on.

There is a UK re-cycle organisation called Cycle-recycle.

Matthew - two drifters off to see the world.

AGE / VALUE:   Rare Ebay Raleigh posted by: sam on 10/2/2006 at 6:07:55 AM
Not mine and all that etc


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Rare Ebay Raleigh posted by Matthew on 10/3/2006 at 8:54:27 AM
Well this looks a good'un. It would fetch a three figure sum this side of the pond and looks like its selling well anyway. There are nearly always delivery bikes for sale on eBay and they always make good money.

Matthew - special delivery.

AGE / VALUE:   Are Sprites valuable? posted by: Mark on 10/1/2006 at 8:53:04 PM
I noticed on Ebay the other day that some 10 speed Sprites got bid up higher than I expected. Is there any collector interest in deraillur equipped Sprites? Should we be rescueing them from junkpiles? I once had a '70? 5 speed model with top tube shifter.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Are Sprites valuable? posted by Chris on 10/2/2006 at 10:51:36 AM
Yes, I think that we should be rescuing them from junk piles. With the pedals alone going to 70.00 on e- bay as they also fit the Raleigh Chopper bicycle and the tall top headset nut on the Sprite also fits the Raleigh Chopper. I always canibalize these Sprites for their parts but lately they have been selling for more than expected.

What is worth holding on to are: (in order of importance)
Raleigh lightweight models with Reynolds 531 Tubing
Raleigh Choppers
Raleigh tourists D.L.1.
Raleigh Superbes ( with Dynohubs)
Raleigh Sports


   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Are Sprites valuable? posted by Kurt K. on 10/4/2006 at 6:13:57 PM
If I may revise Chris' Raleigh models of importance list:

Raleigh VLWs w/Reynolds 531 framesets
Raleigh Superbes, all models
Raleigh DL1s
Raleigh Sports

Choppers exist for the sole purpose of flipping them on eBay for decent profits to be put back into the purchasing of the Raleighs of the four categories mentioned.



WANTED:   Fender posted by: Steve on 10/1/2006 at 6:21:10 PM
Hello all, I picked up a Raleigh Sports today. According to the hub date, it is a 1954. It is complete other than the rear fender and associated hardware. The color is brown. Can anyone help? Thanks in advance, Steve

AGE / VALUE:   sturmey drum brake parts posted by: sam on 9/28/2006 at 11:50:38 PM
Does anyone know where to buy sturmey archer drum brakes?
Not the compleat drum hub but just the backing plate and shoes etc.or all but the outter hub?Does anyone sell just that part of the hubs?---sam

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   sturmey drum brake parts posted by David on 9/30/2006 at 6:51:16 AM
Have you tried Charlie Persons? (

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   sturmey drum brake parts posted by Edward in Vancouver on 10/1/2006 at 2:42:18 PM
Sam, do what I did. Check with your local auto mechanic and ask where he gets all his brake parts and stuff from. Odds are in most major cities there's one or two brake supplier specialists. Take the whole hub down to them and they'll re-shoe it, but they need the inside dia. of the hub. Most of their equipment is pretty standard and the 90 mm hub shell just makes it on thier equipment. These are the guys who probably also make custom shoes for antique and oddball m'cycles and cars too. I think I paid $25 CDN for a new set of shoes.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: sturmey drum brake parts posted by sam on 10/2/2006 at 6:19:01 AM
Edward,I'd do just that if I had the compleat set up.That's very good advice too as the only part that really wears out is the brake lining.But I got off ebay a set of expermintal S/A clone alum drum hubs
But one of your fellow Canadians has come through.I tryed a sach drum brake backing plate and they work too,so I got 2 compleat nos sets outa Canada.