FOR SALE:   Raleigh Folding bicycle posted by: Ed on 11/2/2006 at 9:19:11 PM
I Have a Raleigh RSW folder for sale in working condition. Ask me about photos and details. This is in Western NY state. I am able to ship. Make me a reasonable offer. Ed

WANTED:   Phillips Rod Brake Handlebars posted by: Ben in Chicago on 11/1/2006 at 7:35:03 AM
Long time no talk, bent my bars avoiding pavement rushing up at me. I remember long ago hearing about someone in England having these, would of course prefer original Phillips but might consider replacement.

Thanks in advance,


'61 Humber Sports (ladies)
'63 Humber Sports (mens with Lucas light set)
'71 Raleigh DL1
'57 Phillips Rod Brake Roadster (in hospital)
'78 Colnago Super (restored)
'71 Raleigh Professional Track (restored)

   RE:WANTED:   Phillips Rod Brake Handlebars posted by Tom on 11/2/2006 at 8:35:48 PM
Try these guys.

   RE:WANTED: Phillips Rod Brake Handlebars posted by Ben in Chicago on 11/7/2006 at 5:33:32 AM
Thanks, they have everything and more!!

   RE:RE:WANTED:   Phillips Rod Brake Handlebars posted by Taylor on 11/9/2006 at 7:48:10 PM
You refer to Cycles of Yesteryear. Have you done business with that place lately? I've tried for the last several months to make contact with the place and no luck. Thanks.


   RE:WANTED: Phillips Rod Brake Handlebars posted by Ben in Chicago on 11/11/2006 at 4:41:08 PM
I'll give it a try and report back...

AGE / VALUE:   Date Stamps on Brooks Saddles posted by: Bryan on 10/30/2006 at 4:10:23 PM
Where is the date code on Brooks Saddles? Is it the same type of code used on Sturmey Archer hubs, or do I need a Rosetta Stone to decipher it?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Date Stamps on Brooks Saddles posted by Chris on 10/31/2006 at 11:11:58 AM
Excellent question. I will say that Brooks did not date stanp their saddles. I may be wrong, however.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Date Stamps on Brooks Saddles posted by Matthew on 10/31/2006 at 12:18:36 PM
I'm with Chris on this one (must be a dual seat!) I've not seen dates on Brooks saddles. Obviously old catalogues would help.

Matthew - into the fourth dimension, on a bike.

   RE:AGE / VALUE: Date Stamps on Brooks Saddles posted by sam on 11/1/2006 at 7:21:52 AM

   RE:AGE / VALUE: Date Stamps on Brooks Saddles posted by Warren on 11/1/2006 at 6:09:28 PM
I've heard but not seen that some saddles had date codes engraved in the "mantles" but I've never seen one. I have painted codes on a couple of early 60's NOS saddles...H then BAV spelled vertically on a Pro and a C4 vertical on a Swallow.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Date Stamps on Brooks Saddles posted by Bryan on 11/2/2006 at 7:44:25 AM
Yes, I have seen those painted letters too. I wondered if they were a date code or not. I guess we would need the Rosetta stone.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Date Stamps on Brooks Saddles posted by Tom on 11/2/2006 at 9:04:52 AM
I used to have a Brooks Pro model that had a date code on the frame. It was 67 and another number but I don't remember waht number. The bike was an early 1968 Mercian.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Date Stamps on Brooks Saddles posted by Jeff on 11/4/2006 at 9:18:22 AM
I checked my two B-72s. One frame is stamped B-74 and the other is B-66. Since these are both original B-72s, I believe that these must be date codes.

AGE / VALUE:   varnish fix transfer question posted by: sam on 10/29/2006 at 7:23:09 AM
Question: do you apply the varnish to the decal and let it get tacky or to the frame and let it get tacky?I'm a water slide kinda guy so this is my first time with these.---sam

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   varnish fix transfer question posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 11/1/2006 at 3:31:01 AM
Hmmm... a good question Sam. I know a feller that did a lot of automotive body work... he would always add "Fire Chicken" decal to the hood of any Firebird he worked on. Now, that's a sizeable decal... and adhesive backed to boot.

So, what he would do would be to coat the hood of the car with soapy water... then plop the decal on top of that... position the decal... and then carefully squeegee all the water from between the decal and the actual hood surface. Worked like a charm.

I would imagine if you were to coat the frame of the bike with a varnish or adhesive, you could use a similar approach.

Yeah... kinda like a "water slide-on"... but with an added bonus.

Good luck, whatever methodology you end up using!

Larry "Boneman" Bone

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Numbers on pedal spinde posted by: Brian on 10/28/2006 at 11:21:24 AM
I was overhauling the bottom bracket on my 59 Raleigh Sports and noticed some numbers on the pedal spindle, "A-16 GC". It is probably some part number but I found it odd since all other parts simply have the Raleigh symbol stamped into them.

Anyone have any info on these markings?

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Numbers on pedal spinde posted by Neal on 10/28/2006 at 11:51:57 AM
I can tell you that 16GC is the standard size for Raleigh cottered bottom brackets (and was the standard size for decades, actually). I have no idea if that code translates into a measurement of some sort.


   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Numbers on pedal spinde posted by Matthew on 10/28/2006 at 3:26:33 PM
Hi Folks,

If we are talking about the bottom bracket axle, and I think we are, then yes the numbers do relate to size. To be specific, diameter, offset and race size. I don't have a chart for this but they do exist. With the correct info you can see which BB axle fits which bicycle.

Matthew - getting the measure of things.

   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Numbers on pedal spinde posted by Chris on 10/29/2006 at 8:17:59 AM
These codes are very important.
For example, the bottom bracket spindle that are marked 08GCC are the spindles used by the 28 inch wheel, rod brake Raleigh Tourist bicycle. These spindles are different lengths and what I am saying here is these were not just one spindle that fit all the various Raleigh bicycles. The A 16 spindle fits another bike and the 23 ones fit I believe the Raleigh Sports and the Dynohub/ Locking fork equiped Raleigh Superbe. Another marking was the spindle used for the Raleigh Chopper bikes.

There was the Sports, Superbe, The Raleigh Tourist, Choppers, The 10 speed derailer type bikes used a different spindles and I have the chart somewhere in my paper collection and now that I have seen this post I will spend time looking it up for the group here.

The important things here are to locate the proper size spindle for your bike so you are not sitting there with the wrong part in your hand and also the spindle has to be new, unworn with no pittings on it. A groove shows that it has been used and it is acceptable but when the groove turns to a pitting spot then it is time to replace it. Spindles do wear out and the older spindles had longer lasting steel. Harder steel and so the older bikes lasted longer.
I will update my post here.

   RE:RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Numbers on pedal spinde posted by Brian on 10/29/2006 at 3:09:48 PM
Good info. Luckily after a little cleaning my spindle shows no wear at all, so I can reuse it.
My bike is a 1959 model Sports and is all original (sat in garage of a family member for 40+ years). The spindle is A16GC, at least for this year of the sports. I'd be interested to find out which models share the same part.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Numbers on pedal spinde posted by Neal on 10/30/2006 at 10:38:51 AM
Let me clarify my earlier post, which was quite inexact (what can I say--I teach English for a living!): I've pulled bottom bracket spindles from Raleigh Sports bikes that were as old as 1951 and as new as 1970s, and all were marked 16GC. I really like that consistency.