AGE / VALUE:   take a look posted by: Chris on 2/21/2007 at 6:01:18 PM
Take a look at item# 320084988188
Yet another Hercules headbadge. One I have never seen before. Badges are funny in general as so many different variations pop up. You think you have seen them all and then another one pops up that is different than ALL the others you have seen. You can be in this for years and still see new things.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   take a look posted by Matthew on 2/22/2007 at 1:15:11 AM
Hi Chris,

My guess would be that this is an early badge. It isn't any of the post war variants and any 1930's model I've had hasn't had this badge. The wolf on the badge may have some heraldic links to Birmingham (not sure though).

Matthew - howlin' around on two wheels.

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Lincoln Imp posted by: Nick Varley on 2/21/2007 at 12:44:52 PM
I have a bike that says "Lincoln Imp" on it that's been in my shed that I've had for 20 years. It has a 5-speed hub, drop handlebars, and the most uncomfortable leather seat (serious chafing!).

Anyone any idea how to date it, or if it's worth anything other than as a rather odd paper weight ?

Thanks in advance

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Lincoln Imp posted by andy on 2/21/2007 at 4:31:39 PM
Sheldon Brown has some info on them, scroll down a little:

   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Lincoln Imp posted by chris on 2/21/2007 at 6:20:53 PM
Nobody, but nobody can answer your question than Sheldon Brown does in this web page article of his.

You have a magical, wonderful piece of bicycling history. I have no doubt that you can find somebody who will be glad to be the next owner of your Elswick bicycle.
For me, The very badge on the front of the bike itself, with that awesome Seahorse is reason enough to want to own an Elswick.
And Sheldon, If you are reading this. Thank You for your Elswick article, Thank You for all you have taught us and I wish you the best.

Now, lets go bolt on smaller front chainrings onto our Williams 3 pin chainwheel cranks!

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Lincoln Imp posted by Bryan on 2/22/2007 at 4:11:54 PM
So, whatever happened to Sheldon anyways? He never posts here on this forum. He used to post on the beloved Roll Brittania. Was there some sort of fallout with Vin? Both VVVintage and Sheldon are based in the same Boston area, maybe too close for comfort?

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Has anyone tryed this yet? posted by: Ed on 2/20/2007 at 4:19:12 PM
I was fiddling around with some old bottom bracket cups and discovered that French adjustable cups fit fairly well into Raleigh frames. I wonder if this would be a fix for a Raleigh Twenty? Maybe a fix for an askew chainline? I hear they were made in a thick and thin pattern. Have I found an answer to Raleigh threading? Ed

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Has anyone tryed this yet? posted by Chris on 2/21/2007 at 9:41:14 AM
Yes, I did this a while back. We discussed that the cups have to stay in place and not work loose. Otherwise you may be ok. Keep us posted.

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   new Raleigh, need rack posted by: Andy on 2/20/2007 at 11:30:34 AM
Hello, I just picked up a 1975 Raliegh LTD-3 this weekend and I love it. It's not quite mint but very, very clean and mechanically sound -- a joy to ride.

I am looking for the period correct luggage rack, can anyone tell me what is the best? Where does in attach at the bottom?

Also, it has no pump... are there brackets available to hold the old long pumps?



   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   new Raleigh, need rack posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 2/21/2007 at 3:25:23 AM
Congrats on the acquisition and welcome to the fray. Pletscher racks are very much the accepted accoutremant for a velocipede of that vintage. You can buy them new... at least I think you still can. Some LBS's will have them... or they turn up on Ebay quite often. They affix to the same bolts as your rear fender stays.

I don't know if the pump brackets are available.. i.e., still being manufactured. I'm sure somewhere you could find a set. I have a 28" wheel Roadster from India that has bolt on brackets... and I think... I just might have a set on a donor bike down the dungeon. I'll check today and follow up here. If I have them, by all means, I can pass them along.

Enjoy the ride!


Larry "Boneman" Bone

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   new Raleigh, need rack posted by Andy on 2/21/2007 at 10:28:51 AM
Thanks for the reply; would this fit?

It won't get in the way of the S/A hub?

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: new Raleigh, need rack posted by Mark Stonich on 2/21/2007 at 11:31:41 AM
That's not a Pletcher or even a "Pletcher Type". I'd avoid it.

I have Pletchers on several of our roadsters and for something as new as '75 it wouldn't look at all out of place. As your paint looks nice and shiny in the photo, you might also consider looking at a Greenfield rack. These are a "Made in the USA" Pletcher clone that has a few detail improvements over the Pletcher and is a semi-glossy black.

For an older bike I would try to find an old Brooks type stamped sheet metal rack. But by '75 either would be correct.

Nice find BTW

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   new Raleigh, need rack posted by Matthew on 2/22/2007 at 1:19:54 AM
Hi Andy,

Lovely bicycle, horrid rack. Its not even a rough guess at a Pletscher. Keep looking and get a genuine item. Don't spoil the bike for the sake of a rack.

Matthew - its all about balance. (or you fall off!)

   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   new Raleigh, need rack posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 2/22/2007 at 3:54:35 AM
Here's the rack you want:

Sorry 'bout the long link...

And yes... my donor bike has the pump mounts your looking for... albeit, they were made in 1963 and are a bit "weathered", I think they should clean up nicely.

So, if you're interested in them, shoot me your "ship to" address offline ( and I'll be happy to send 'em on down the line.


Larry "Boneman" Bone

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   new Raleigh, need rack posted by Andy on 2/22/2007 at 10:47:27 AM
Thanks Larry... I was able to find another NOS rack on eBay for a little less scratch, minus the bolts and a little more shopworn but I think it'll clean up well: 120057621949

Incidentally, the bike pictured above is just one I found on the web, this is the actual bike I got... I've cleaned it up since this picture was taken, polishing the chrome and paint work, etc.

Thanks for digging up those brackets, I'll send you a note.

(PS has anyone fitted one of these to a Raleigh?:



   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   new Raleigh, need rack posted by Matthew on 2/23/2007 at 10:40:32 AM


The answer should be no, because the rack is for 'crowned' forks the Raleigh 'barrel' forks won't accept the rack safely.



   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   new Raleigh, need rack posted by Chris on 2/23/2007 at 2:22:43 PM
Back in the day, a cycle rack was a magical work of art. Names such as Ashby, Princip, Brooks and others.

WANTED:   1957 Raleigh Roadster posted by: Kit Thomas on 2/19/2007 at 4:10:25 PM
I have only recently discovered this wonderful website so I am a bit naive regarding the current state of classic bicycle collecting. I found this site while searching for a part of my past so the existance of a "Vintage Bicycle Picture Database" gave me immediate cause for optimism. In the database I found a picture of a 1957 Raleigh bicycle and a brief history with specifications. Though I feel safe in assuming the current owner of that bike would not be the least bit interested in selling, it is a bike exactly like that one I am attempting to find. My guess is that there are many of you who have a comprehensive knowledge of the availability of bikes similar to my quest so this forum is probably my best hope for reconnecting with my youth. I would greatly appreciate any help or guidance in my search.

Best regards,
Kit Thomas

   RE:WANTED:   1957 Raleigh Roadster posted by Pete on 2/19/2007 at 5:09:01 PM
Hi and welcome to the wonderful world of "proper bikes" be warned though owning one will lead to wanting more and you wont be able to quickly pop to the shop on it for a paper without someone stopping you and asking about the bike you're sat on.We're all guilty of the same crime ......too many bikes and not wanting to part with any of them.My bike addiction has got out of hand so at least one of them has to go and from what you say you want the following may interest you. Take a look at it here
I wont bore you with the details but if you would like to know more about the bike feel free to contact me.
PS some of the images aint too good (had a bit of trouble with the camera,since resolved)
Cheers Pete.


   RE:WANTED:   1957 Raleigh Roadster posted by Matthew on 2/20/2007 at 10:51:49 AM
Hi Kit,

Welcome aboard, good to hear that you found us all by searching. I can recommend Pete as a thoroughly honest chap, no relation to me just a top bloke. You will find you suddenly gain bikes, they breed. I have never yet caught them at it but they certainly do. eBay is a source of bikes but caveat emptor (buyer beware). You are safer buying from a person who knows what they are selling and who is willing to be in touch after the sale too.

What ever you do, enjoy it and ride what you buy.

Matthew - the more the merrier.

   RE:WANTED:   1957 Raleigh Roadster posted by Kit Thomas on 2/20/2007 at 2:19:40 PM
Pete and Matthew,

Thank you both for the warm welcome. Pete, I e-mailed you yesterday PM regarding your 1962. I would like to enter serious conversations regarding same.

Warmest regards,
Kit Thomas

   RE:WANTED:   1957 Raleigh Roadster posted by andy on 2/20/2007 at 6:17:50 PM
Pete, that's a lovely Raleigh... can you tell me if those larger touring bags are common in the UK? All I can find over here (California) are smallish, about 8x5 inches.

   RE:WANTED: 1957 Raleigh Roadster posted by Pete on 2/23/2007 at 3:38:12 AM
To clarify, after several enquiries the 1962 Raleigh is situated in the UK and shipping costs would probably make sending it to the USA prohibitive.I have since resolved my storage problem also so I may well be able to keep the bike and not split up my treasured collection.
Andy the bag on the Raleigh was quite a common sight and would have been a relatively inexpensive item in its day.
My apologies for any confusion caused by forgetting to mention the bikes location.
Cheers Pete.

   RE:RE:WANTED: 1957 Raleigh Roadster posted by Aaron on 2/24/2007 at 4:58:23 PM
Not sure what bag is on Pete's bike. But Carradice still makes excellent bags that are period correct for the Raleigh Roadsters. I buy mine from