ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Do you know anything about a "Sports Model" called the "Popular Special"? posted by: Lorenzo on 11/9/2007 at 10:13:40 AM

I Found this bike "Sports Model-Popular Special" which looks just like a raleigh and in fact has a raleigh front reflector or headlamp holder with the bird emblem.

The hub tells is from 1961. Do you know anything about this kind of bike? I went to Sheldon Brown's website and I don't find this one on his list.

Thanks for your help.

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Drum Brake Raleigh 3 Speed posted by: Dan Chiriboga on 11/8/2007 at 6:26:58 AM
Just found an unusual 3 speed Raleigh Deluxe, full chaincase, late 70's, huge, saddle tube nearly 26", squared fenders, seems to have some sort of cable operated drum brakes front and rear, and has an odd horseshoe shaped device about where the rear caliper normally would be. Anyone have any idea what this is?? Has squared off fenders, and the plastic type shift trigger. Thanks

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Drum Brake Raleigh 3 Speed posted by Jacob on 11/8/2007 at 8:01:05 AM
Hi Dan

The horseshoe shaped device is a lock, I guess.


   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Drum Brake Raleigh 3 Speed posted by Andy on 11/8/2007 at 12:43:42 PM
Sounds like a Dutch Raleigh.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Drum Brake Raleigh 3 Speed posted by Dan on 11/8/2007 at 6:53:13 PM
Thanks to Andy and Jacob for your info. This bike has a Sturmey Archer SAB3 Hub, and is marked 8, presumably 1978, 27" wheels marked STARAL SPECIAL FOR RALEIGH, Rustfree, and front and rear drum brakes similar to auto type. It is marked MADE IN ENGLAND, and Nottingham. That caliper at the back is definitely a lock, I accidently locked it, and had to take it apart to remove it. I have seen lots of Raleighs, but never one like this.

   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Drum Brake Raleigh 3 Speed posted by Jacob on 11/9/2007 at 4:47:24 AM
If it is from 1978, it will be a Nottingham build bike all right. Most of the roadster Raleigh build in Nottingham in the late 60's and the 70's will have Staral or van Schothorst rims. Van Schothorst is dutch (now Rigida), and I think it is the same with Staral (or maybe Staral is belgian?).
Most classic Raleighs i Denmark and Holland are - if they are not coasterbrake models - equipped with S-A drumbrakes, cable- or rodoperated.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Drum Brake Raleigh 3 Speed posted by Matthew on 11/9/2007 at 9:13:52 AM
Rigida, Dutch, French, Malaysian and the owners of Weinmann Metal Products - China.

Matthew - still out there somewhere

   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Drum Brake Raleigh 3 Speed posted by Jacob on 11/9/2007 at 10:03:51 AM
Okay, used to be...

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   raleigh sports stem posted by: nate on 11/7/2007 at 9:00:34 AM
I'm in need of a raleigh sports stem. mine is bent. please let me know if you have one you'd like to sell. It doesn't have to have the raleigh stamp, it's for a phillips.

AGE / VALUE:   Antique Marston 1905-1907? posted by: Norman on 11/7/2007 at 5:01:11 AM
I have a John Marston "GOLDEN SUNBEAM" 3 speed rear axle,28" Romanium aluminum rims, mechanical rod brakes front and rear. It has a patent number 15493/05 on chain guard, gas light. Stored in a barn for 80 years, it has surface rust but solid condition. Thinking of selling, any idea on value?

   RE:AGE / VALUE: Antique Marston 1905-1907? posted by Glenn on 11/10/2007 at 1:24:25 PM
Hello, If you decide to sell your bike please send me an e-mail. If you have a digital camera please send some photos.

Thank You, Glenn

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Antique Marston 1905-1907? posted by Chris on 11/12/2007 at 10:39:00 AM
You really have something there! Wow! worthy to be restored! A collectors dream!

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Interesting roadster posted by: Warren on 11/6/2007 at 6:30:52 PM
Look at this very early New Hudson with those valanced fenders and Lucas oil lights.

Really nice bike.