| Hi folks,|
An unabashed and unashamed advertisement.
My youngest daughter has well and truly outgrown her Raleigh. Its approx 1960, cable brakes, a real minature of an all steel ladies cycle. Britannia pedals, bantel grips, 20" wheels, 14" frame, single speed and original chainguard. Refinished some years ago in pale blue with white mudguards it is in good overall condition but could do with touch up (or a full repaint - your choice.).
This bargain rarity is available to readers here for £25 with shipping at your cost. If no one shows interest then it will go to eBay.
post a reply here if you are interested.
Matthew - trust me, I'm a cyclist.
| Matthew, my little miss is in need of a new bike.She has one of those horrible modern things that are built so well(not) I do not understand frame and wheel size dimensions etc for a bike outside of my area of interest (large roadsters) So if you could send me some measurements of the bike I will be able to check them against her to see if it will fit.She is a small 7 year old. A pic would be nice if possible as well.|
Thanks Pete......new shed full.
| Please join us this coming Sunday (March 18th) around 2:30 at the Draught House on Medical Parkway for another edition of Vintage Bikes and Beer.|
The weather is warmer, the days are growing longer, and there is rumor of quite a bit of new vintage iron floating around town. The turn-out should be pretty good!
For a new twist, bring along a vintage-related item (a cool part, swag, etc) that you wouldn't mind donating. We'll draw names to pick an item to take home (white elephant style).
Be sure to invite your friends, family, and countrymen that may have an interest in old bikes. We look forward to seeing you there!
| E- bay item # 260096530209 raleigh bicycle handlebar grips john bull gents .|
Usually when they say you'll have to pry it from my cold dead hands they are referring to their right to keep and bear arms. ( firearms) well, I understand the sentiment very well. Only in my world, it's not about guns but bicycle handlebar grips!
This is a excellent example of the type of handlebar grip that my cold, dead, riggormortis- ridden, clentched hands will have to be pried off of.
Yes, Years from now, when I'm 80 something when they break in my door to find me dead in my bike lair surrounded with all the treasures and amongst the stash and trophies from years of raiding the old bike shops I'll be there with a grizzled old grin with these grips in my hands. Or, As I'm lying in my coffin with the handlebars of the bike sticking up and I'm holding the whole handlebar assembly grips and all. "We removed the bars from his bike but can't get the coffin lid closed!" picture rod brake linkage parts are sticking out of the coffin and we can't get the lid closed!
Now, I'm being silly with y'all here.
I read author Richard Ben Cramer's book entitled: Joe Dimaggio. and in the end the author mentions a purported story about supposedly immediately after Joe's death someone ordered a nurse to get the world series diamond laden ring off his hand. They were gonna lube it up but it came loose. I suggest you read the book especially the part about the Madame Alexander dolls. When my grandmother had her stroke I was instructed to remove her diamond ring in the hospital so it would not be stolen. I told her that mom wanted it safe and she looked up at me in this state as I removed it. When my mom was ill I left her Saphire ring on her hand as I was not in the mood to be pulling off rings again. She went to the nursing home, lasted two weeks and passed away.( Cancer) I was called by the funeral home, told to come in immediately and to bring full payment to wrap things up as soon as possible. They don't play around. but tell you they "are not going to hold a body" and you had better have payment and I did, in full. I was shocked to find that the nursing home sent her out naked in nothing but a blanket. Everything was stolen, even her glasses. Except the Saphire ring which the funeral director handed to me. It seems, some important legal power is granted to whomever pays the funeral bill so if you want to do business like retrieve or cash back stock certificates you want to be the one who paid that funeral bill. Check it out, my friends. Sorry for going off topic. Enjoy life and keep your grip on the grips!
Everybody thought my mom was crazy for refusing to drive but she mentioned the beauty of cycling in the morning on her way to work. A thing all the driving public never experiences. The bike? A ladies D.L.1. with a Sturmey F.M.. A Selle Royal padded vinal seat.
| Trick to removing handlebar grips. Soaking in hot water and gentle twisting.|
| I have a good supply of NOS 22" X 1-3/8" Westwood rims. Most are in good condition, a little shop-soiled maybe, but the question is, what do they fit? And is anyone interested in them? I would trade them for something else I might use, roadster or clubman parts, even British car parts, or sell them very reasonably. They are nicely-made British (Dunlop) rims that were in an old bike shop and I acquired them along with a load of other things that I wanted. I also have one spare NOS 26 X 1-3/8" Westwood rim, a bit rusty inside but the chrome is great and it has never been laced up, also for sale or trade.|
Geoff Rogers 413-259-1722
| I have a few 20 x 1 3/8" tires that may fit these rims. |
| I also have 22 x 1 3/8" tires. |
| This has happened to me. Dunlops. Such awesome quality you want them to go to a good home. You're wishing you could say magic words and make them into 26 or 28 inch size!|
Must have been a great shop to pick thru!
| Would anybody have 1 of these wheels for sale.|
many thanks george
| Can anyone recommend a source for purchasing an extra-long handlebar stem for my 1969 Raleigh Sport? I am rather tall (6'2") and I find that with my regular stem I am hunched over all the time. Is it even possible to find a (NOS) Raleigh stem that's longer than the standard one? If not, does someone else (Nitto?) make a stem that's compatible? From reading Sheldon Brown's pages, it would seem that I need a stem with a 22.2 mm diameter at the bottom, and an addition shim at the top to accomodate the larger (23.8? 25.4?) handlebar? If I have my measurements wrong, PLEASE correct me. I already have my 350 mm seat post maxed out as far as is safe. Thanks for your help.|
| Jess, Just one person's opinion but I think the frame is just too small for you. Raleigh Sports have short top tubes so even if you change the stem and bars it will still be too small. A taller stem will also bring the bars closer to the seat. Someone on this list may have comparison measurements for a large Tourist that might be a better fit. Maybe someone has a spare? |
If that Doesn't work you could find a large Grand Prix frame and transfer over the Sport parts. You'd have to build a 3 speed 27 or 700 wheel for the rear.
| Is your Sports 23" or 21" frame?|
| It's the 23". It's not so bad for the roughly 4 miles that I ride it every day, but it's not so great for longer rides.|
| I'm your height and I find my Sports my most comfortable bike. I have a long seat pin but the stock stem and bars, which are set slightly lower than the saddle. You could get a Nitto Technomic stem and use a shim, or go to aluminum bars. The Nitto stem is very long, so it can be raised safely quite high. Unfortunately, they're expensive.|
| I have a Raleigh stem that is 13 inches long. I found it at a bike swap. I believe it is from a Raleigh 20 folder or one of there other folding bikes. Except for the length it looks just like the shorter stems.|