MISC:   crank repair/replacement?? posted by: Spike on 7/7/2006 at 11:38:32 PM
I have a Dunelt single speed BCC built circa late 50s.
It has a bent (cottered) crank on chain ring side.Bent enough so end won't clear chain guard.Chain ring is straight.Can this be straightened using a press?It has wonderful chrome and is very nice except for bend.If I must change it will a comeplete late 60s to 70s Raleigh assembly fit using only the Dunelt races and bearings?
In a brief check it appears a 70s Hercules crank won't go on the older Dunelt Axle.

   RE:MISC: crank repair/replacement?? posted by Warren on 7/8/2006 at 12:53:12 AM
I've had excellent luck bending crankarms using bench vises, wood vices, mallets etc. They are soft steel. You should be able to find a low tech way of massaging it back to form.

The Hercules cranks are likely a Raleigh spec and yes they are a fraction undersize. Wouldn't be hard to find a substitute though.

   RE:MISC:   crank repair/replacement?? posted by Jeff R on 7/8/2006 at 1:52:06 AM
A good bike shop has a tool that will straighten it out. I have one myself. You straighten it out on the bike. The tool fits over the arm and uses the axel as the fulcrum. A sliding bar is lined up with the end of the arm and you can bend the arm in or out. Before I got the tool I used a large pipe wrench, again on the bike. If you use the pipe wrench pad the jaws so the chrome doesn't get damaged.

   RE:MISC:   crank repair/replacement?? posted by Spike on 7/8/2006 at 3:25:58 PM
I have a fork and frame tool.I'll give it a try.I was afraid it was hardened and therefore brittle.Thanks for the info I really didn't want to give up this crank.


   RE:MISC:   crank repair/replacement?? posted by Spike on 7/8/2006 at 4:45:48 PM
Well I put the crank back on the bike and put the Frame and fork tool on it.Got lucky and hit it perfectly the first bend.It was cake.If you have any doubts about the usefulness of a Frame and Fork straightener I think it is
the cats whiskers.I've done a pretty bad fork ,came out fair, and the crank came out great!.
Worth every penny!

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:2 very nice looking Raleigh 1973 Superbe's posted by: Steve J on 7/7/2006 at 5:28:44 PM
My father has two 1973 Raleigh Superbe's and has asked me to see if I could sell them for him. They look in very good condition from the pics he sent me. They have the bells and pumps and even the user manuals. I wonder what is the best place to do this (maybe eBay)?
Any help would be appreciated.
Steve J


   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:2 very nice looking Raleigh 1973 Superbe's posted by nate on 7/7/2006 at 7:05:06 PM
Excellent looking bikes.
Try putting them on eBay and posting a link to the auction here.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:2 very nice looking Raleigh 1973 Superbe's posted by Matthew on 7/7/2006 at 8:45:46 PM
They should sell well on eBay. Hold out on the auction don't be tempted by silly 'end it now' offers from get rich quick bidders. Set your reserve at a good figure and sit back. These machines in this condition (like new) are sought after models.

Matthew - going going..............still here..........gone.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:2 very nice looking Raleigh 1973 Superbe's posted by Steve J on 7/8/2006 at 12:42:45 PM
Thanks for your replies!
I am trying to get all the info together to list these bikes on eBay. I will need more info from Dad I guess (maybe frame size), is this measured from the center of the crank to the center of the top tube? He is in the London area and I am in the Toronto area of Canada. I wonder how He could ship these bikes so I could get shipping charges for bidders? As to a reserve price I have no idea?
I posted another pic he has the keys for the front fork locks as well.


   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:2 very nice looking Raleigh 1973 Superbe's posted by Jeff on 7/8/2006 at 3:32:01 PM
Why are all these great bikes always the wrong side of the pond or at least very far from me????

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:2 very nice looking Raleigh 1973 Superbe's posted by Bernard on 7/8/2006 at 7:48:29 PM
I bought mine on eBay with a $400 Buy it Now and paid another $75 for shipping via Amtrack. Mine isn't even nearly as nice, but of course it's an all original rod brake Roadster with 4-speed.
As you will find out, shipping can be the ultimate hurdle that determinates the price. I had to pass on a nice bike that was in Canada, just because of it. You don't really want to take a roadster apart completely, so the best way to ship it is via Amtrack, as the have super-sized boxes. So before you think listing on eBay, be sure how to ship the bikes and what it would cost.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:2 very nice looking Raleigh 1973 Superbe's posted by David on 7/9/2006 at 6:39:11 PM
These are the more desirable 23" size and they look great. You should be able to do very well on Ebay with them. Talk to a local bike shop about packing and shipping them. Shipping to the US from Canada should not be a problem or even very expensive. Someone buying one of these gems will be happy to know that it's being disassembled and packed by a professional bike person even if the cost is a bit more.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:2 very nice looking Raleigh 1973 Superbe's posted by Matthew on 7/9/2006 at 7:25:19 PM
To ship a Moulton from Uk to Japan.....£300 sterling. The successful bidder backed out. I wasn't happy, eventually sold it to a German lady and shipped it for £35.

Matthew - not a shipping magnate.

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Raleigh Superbe - have to comment posted by: Gralyn on 7/7/2006 at 12:16:20 PM
I tried to get my '66 Raleigh Superbe running.....I had to replace both tubes. I had a set of 26" tires.....but I suppose there were different "26" inch wheels and tires - because the set I had was nowhere large enough diameter to fit. I kept one of the original tires....but the other tire had a big hole in the side-wall. Luckily, I had a Carlisle tire that would fit - however, it was a blackwall....but nevertheless - I was at least able to get the bike ridable.
.....all original, 1966........and I was surprised that the dyno hub generator and light - still work. Heck, it's probably the original bulb in the headlight. Do those dyno hubs ever stop working? I was just amazed that the wheel spins freely - yet I have a generator to power the headlight and tail light.....as opposed to the type generator with the cog that presses against your tire - which inhibits your wheel from spinning freely.....
I'm just surprised the dyno hub didn't become more common. Were there problems with them? Were they not efficient enough? Too expensive? I admit - I know nothing about them.

What is a good source for tires for these bikes?

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Raleigh Superbe - have to comment posted by nate on 7/7/2006 at 7:07:12 PM
You can get the tires just about anywhere - even Walmart.
There are some guys out there making custom wheels with new (not Sturmey-Archer) dynohubs.
Check out http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/

   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Raleigh Superbe - have to comment posted by Gralyn on 7/7/2006 at 7:20:34 PM
Actual 26 X 1.75's that will fit? I'll check around.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Raleigh Superbe - have to comment posted by Matthew on 7/7/2006 at 8:50:49 PM

No, no 26 X 1.75 won't fit. They are ATB / MTB tyres (tires) and won't fit your rims. You need 26" by 1 and 3 8ths" tyres to fit what I think are EA1 rims. Remember the 26" has nothing to do with rim size and all to do with the outside diameter of the tyre itself, cunning heh?

Matthew - more cunning than a bag of weasels, in waistcoats!

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Raleigh Superbe - have to comment posted by Jeff R on 7/7/2006 at 10:57:43 PM
You want 26 X 1 3/8 EA 3 tires. EA 1 is a 26 X 1 1/4 Dunlop special lightweight size which will also fit Schwinn 26 X 1 3/8 S6 rims. The EA 3 rim will not accept the EA 1 - S6 tire.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Raleigh Superbe - have to comment posted by Matthew on 7/8/2006 at 8:15:58 AM
Thanks Jeff, I knew somebody would know what I was waffling about.

Matthew - ever ready; to be wrong.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Raleigh Superbe - have to comment posted by David on 7/9/2006 at 6:41:59 PM
Dynohub should work forever as long as the dynamo (magnet and armature) isn't disassembled. SA is now making a combo drum brake and generator hub that IS available.

AGE / VALUE:   Hercules Cycle & Motor Co. posted by: Mike Baldwin on 7/5/2006 at 10:32:19 PM
To Whom It Concerns - I've searched the data bases and archives prior to posting this question.

I have a mens Hercules Cycle & Motor Co. of BIRMINGHAM bicycle. It has a flip-flop rear hub [fixed gear/freewheel].

The left rear dropout is stamped - FX 883

My question is the usual, What year?

Any replies would be helpful and I will be selling and or parting this bike out.

Best Regards Always

Mike Baldwin

   RE:AGE / VALUE: Hercules Cycle & Motor Co. posted by Warren on 7/6/2006 at 12:08:50 AM
Our friend Fred has one...look here...http://fredhaj.tripod.com/variousmakesgallery.html

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Hercules Cycle & Motor Co. posted by Matthew on 7/7/2006 at 8:57:16 PM

Pictures are a great help when dating cycles. Can you post one (some) here? Or you could ask the Veteran Cycle Club. V-CC.org.uk I think?

Matthew - more advice than a London Cabbie.

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   1965? Western Flyer posted by: Nic on 7/3/2006 at 10:00:45 AM
I am fixing up an old Western Flyer english roadster in rough shape. The stem has 1965 printed on it, which seems like a reasonable date. I just discovered it also has the name of the shop where it was originally sold painted on the seat tube, but has since faded from white to black, and legible to nearly illegible. All I can make out is "_man of Brighton". I assume that's England but that could be Connecticut or Massachusetts. The bike was black and gold.
If anyone knows any names of vintage Brighton bike shops, or has any other information about this bike (pictures esp.), please contact me: alleywaykid@hotmail.com

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   1965? Western Flyer posted by Matthew on 7/3/2006 at 7:20:40 PM
Hi Nic,

I believe Western Flyers are U S of A only, not an 'English' bicycle but made under licence or possibly imported solely to the 'states. Not entirely sure about this but Chris or Kurt will probably straighten out the facts.

Matthew - feeling hot hot hot (31 in the shade)

   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   1965? Western Flyer posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 7/4/2006 at 1:48:50 PM
Dunno... western flyer may have actually come from Jolly Olde.... kinda along the lines of the Huffys for a bit of a time there... alas, I'm not certain.

As to 31 in the shade, presuming that's degrees "C"... THAT'S FRIGGIN HOT!!!!

Going to be about 85 here... and you have a choice... breathe the air... or DRINK IT.


Larry "Boneman" Bone


   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: 1965? Western Flyer posted by sam on 7/7/2006 at 3:22:12 PM
1965 would but this bike at being a Raleigh sold to the Western Auto company(imported to the USA) and sold(badged) as their Western Flyer brand.Made in England/sold in USA.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   1965? Western Flyer posted by Ed on 7/16/2006 at 8:24:01 PM
I once had a 1952 Norman Western Flyer. Not Raleigh threaded. Very nice. A good chance made by BCC. Ed