MISC:   Ross (c. 1965) posted by: Layne Burrus on 5/11/2006 at 7:20:46 PM
I had a Ross 26" bike when I was a teenager, back in the mid-60's. It had a 3 speed "twist grip" transmission selector. I would like to get more information about these bikes--maybe photos. Can anyone help? Thanks

   RE:MISC:   Ross (c. 1965) posted by David on 5/12/2006 at 12:50:24 PM
It was probably a Japanese copy of an English 3-speed Sports model. I've had a few of them and they're generally pretty good bikes w/Shimano 3-speed hubs.

MISC:   Intersting... posted by: Larry "Boneman" Bone on 5/11/2006 at 12:29:42 PM

Most interesting is the "type" of cycle that this fellow has ridden!


Larry "Boneman" Bone

   RE:MISC:   Intersting... posted by Bryan on 5/11/2006 at 10:08:31 PM
We should really get that guy some sort of award. Heck, even though its not an English bike, his heart is obviously in the right place.

   RE:RE:MISC:   Intersting... posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 5/12/2006 at 9:40:32 AM
Yeah... good idea. Actually... had it been an English machine, it may never have been recovered. After all, being of German manufacture, I'm sure it was not considered a "proper bike"... given the location. ;-)


Larry "Boneman" Bone

AGE / VALUE:   Sturmey S5/2 problems posted by: Mark Stonich on 5/10/2006 at 9:08:48 PM
We've come across a problem with an NOS 1987 alloy shelled S5/2. Darn thing won't stay in low gear.

I replaced the shifter, even though it was new. No improvement.

A friend said they sometimes came with a longer, stiffer clutch spring. This had one and I replaced it with one from an AW. No improvement.

If she holds the trigger with her finger she's OK. But with a 2.5 mile hill on the upcoming 3 Speed Tour, http://3speedtour.com that wasn't an option.

I swapped out the hub for an NOS '67 S5 and the problem was solved, so it wasn't the trigger or the cable routing.

To be clear it's the right side that's Auto-shifting. It wasn't going from wide ratio to medium ratio.

Any ideas?

Can anyone tell me where to find the spanner for the newer style SA RH ball rings, with the round indentations? I hear that you are supped to be able to drive these with a punch, like the older ones with the square notches. I've never had any luck though.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Sturmey S5/2 problems posted by David on 5/11/2006 at 3:05:24 AM
Charlie Persons www.permaco.com has the spanners.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Sturmey S5/2 problems posted by Steve on 5/11/2006 at 5:22:21 PM
I've had the same thing happen with both the S5 and FW. The hub drops from second to middle gear in utter silence; I'd be less alarmed by a loud crash! My cure was to tighten the cable by small increments until it stayed in gear. Once you get it right, that's it.
Incidentally, the analogous left-side problem I've run into is a too-tight cable, which seems to lead to skips in 5th gear.


   RE:AGE / VALUE: Sturmey S5/2 problems posted by Mark Stonich on 5/13/2006 at 12:17:59 AM
"Charlie Persons www.permaco.com has the spanners."

Thank you very much, one is on it's way to me now.
BTW price with shipping was $20. Charlie doesn't know me from Adam, but he said, "I'll drop on in the mail. Send me a check for $20 when you get it".

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Sturmey S5/2 problems posted by David on 5/16/2006 at 3:33:26 PM
Charlie's a pleasure to do business with.

FOR SALE:   1951 Lenton Sports on eBay posted by: P.C. Kohler on 5/10/2006 at 2:59:40 PM
For the inseam-challenged out there, this very sweet, original 1951 Lenton Sports at a bargain "Buy it Now" price:


Now, if someone would just re-install the SA shifter to where it's supposed to be! Oh and put a decent pair of tyres on her too..

P.C. Kohler


   RE:FOR SALE:   1951 Lenton Sports on eBay posted by Matthew on 5/10/2006 at 5:53:27 PM
Oh to be in Eugene; Now that Lentons there.

Matthew - too far; too curious

   RE:FOR SALE:   1951 Lenton Sports on eBay posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 5/11/2006 at 9:42:49 AM
Nice machine. What... no mudguards? :-S


Larry "Boneman" Bone

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Hercules Special posted by: Harin Wickremasinghe on 5/9/2006 at 5:45:37 PM
I currently have a Hercules Special 3-speed bicycle. The shifter boasts the HER-CU-MATIC Gear Control. The serial number on the frame near the rear wheel is 3557TN. I'm just trying to find out the year of the bicycle and where I can get more parts for it. thanks!

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Hercules Special posted by Duncan on 5/21/2006 at 6:41:31 AM
Picked up your quirie for parts while searching for parts.
Good Luck.
I'm just starting my search.
I to have a Hercules that seems very old '1920' -but not really sure.
Have you any information. We'll exchange results if you wish

   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Hercules Special posted by H. Wickremasinghe on 5/22/2006 at 3:13:35 AM
sorry, I don't have much info myself. Just, that Hercules was purchased by Raleigh in the 1960s. Does your bike have a gearset or is it just one speed?