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| Hello Old Roaders:|
I am in search of a Raleigh Sports fork, 1950s. If it would be black, that would be ideal. If not, ok. Also, the tube length should be 5 3/4". Picked one up on EBay the other day, but neglected to properly measure - too long! Many thanks.
| It's really better to buy them too long. It may be impossible to buy a fork cut to the exact length. Then you can use a (sharp) hacksaw to carefully cut it to length and use a round file to clean the threads. If the threads don't reach your cut line, have it done by any good shop with a proper thread cutter BUT you will likely have to to go to 24 tpi and use a standard steel headset. Not really a problem. When deciding where to cut, install the fork with cups, bearings or races,spacer or lampbracket and leave 6 full threads to engage the top cap.|
| Sorry, top cap is on my motorcycle, lock nut is on my Raleighs.|
| Hi Folks,|
Can you have a look at my page on readers rides (Norfolk) and see if you can identify the frame I am working on? Its not a trick, i really don't know what I have but it will probably bcome a pseudo-lightweight.
All help gladly received.
Matthew - puzzled in Norfolk, UK
| Hmmm.... well, looking at the pics, I can't say as I've a clue either... but... instead of pseudo-lightweight... I daresay "Feaux-Featherweight" sounds a bit more upper-crust, eh? ;-)|
I like the "high gravity" machine as well. Looks like it could use some 1/4" plate steel armour to help beef her up.
Hope ya can ID the other frame!
Larry "Boneman" Bone
| Hi Larry,|
Would you be surprised if I said that the high gravity is a bit light on the tail when touring? But the brakes won't pitch me over the top!
This is the bike of epic rides 200+ miles. The most I have ridden is 76 miles in one day. Anything short and steep is a walking job but long slow grinds are just that.
Matthew - trade bikes - its a touring sort of thing!
| The frame I'm trying to identify is pictured in readers rides and the drop outs I have called the happy frog because they look like a smiling amphibian. Any clues?|
Matthew - anoraks r us
| Might sound funny, I'm looking for an old english 3 speed frame around 58cm (seat tube). I'd like to convert it to singlespeed, I was thinking fixie with a flip flop hub. I was hoping someone would have one sitting around they might sell cheap(er). Let me know, Thanks! Evan|
| Well... I'm sure many of us here have one... or two... or possibly more... ;-)|
Where are you located, sir? I'm in NE PA and if you're propinquitous enough, perhaps one of mine could accomodate?
Larry "Boneman" Bone
| I'm in Pittsburgh. How bad would the shipping be across the state? I know those English frames aren't the lightest things on two wheels. Let me know if shipping one would be too difficult. Thanks a lot, I really appreciate the help! |
| Evan, all my machines are currently "whole"... had I just a frame kicking around, I daresay 'twould be an easy deal to ship. Alas.... I'm not of the mind to strip one down at this juncture. Thought if you were local enough, we could make other arrangements.|
Meanwhile... here's a tip that may help your search... being in the Pittsburg area... or similar... check out the local Salvation Army Thrift Store. I absconded with a number of Brit 3-speed machines in darn good condition... for a pittance actually ($5 each) from the S.A. store in Binghamton, NY.
Hope that's helpful and best of luck finding one... it shouldn't be too difficult methinks. Perhaps if there's another denizen of the forum here that's nearby may chime in as well.
Larry "Boneman" Bone
| I'm looking for a 20 or 22 tooth single speed freewheel (vintage part) for my 1952 Phillips roadster (has 48-tooth front sprocket). Please email me if you have one for sale.|
| The ACS "Claws" single speed freewheel comes in both 20 and 22t. Your local bike shop can order the 20s from QBP. But they are currently out of 22s. |
They are chromed, hope that's not a problem.