ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   AW hub indicator chain replacement posted by: Dave on 5/12/2007 at 12:58:48 PM
Hi again - I just noticed that the indicator chain on my project bike is damaged and needs replacement. I've been searching and not finding much info - will the hub need to be dismantled in order to replace the chain? Also, as I understand it there are different lengths of indicators.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   AW hub indicator chain replacement posted by Chris on 5/12/2007 at 1:05:20 PM
No it won't have to be dismantled. These unscrew. Unless.... it's broken off inside the hollow axle. There are different lenghts of indicators as there are different lengths of axles. Do keep us posted.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: AW hub indicator chain replacement posted by dave on 5/12/2007 at 1:28:37 PM
Ahhh, so it is...thanks for the tip. The hubs are a bit intimidating otherwise I'd have just given it a twist. I'll order a new one - thanks!

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   AW hub indicator chain replacement posted by David on 5/12/2007 at 5:03:52 PM
There are two lengths; one for the 146mm axle and one for the 163mm axle. Part nos are HSA 125 and HSA 126, respectively. The shorter one is the one used on most of the Sports models.

AGE / VALUE:Identification posted by: Philippe on 5/12/2007 at 5:15:30 AM
This site is excellent !!!
I am french and i found this bicycle in a barn near Arpajon (France).
The tube is in army green.Mud-guards, break lever, chainring ... are flat black. The rear mud-guard is broken (lot of rust).
The bicycle have original WAR grade tires, manufacturer is Firestone. I know that is not a BSA bicycle.Someone tell me that is a Rudge bicycle but what model????
I want to restore it but before i want to know the real manufacturer's name, the model and the year and in what army was used the bicycle ?
The tube have a serial number: A476042
There is a made in England stamping on the bell and a patent number : 6443-40.
There is an indian chief head on the saddle.
A little hole is on the seat stay (maybe for the rifle bracket ). I have a lot of pictures if you need it, mail me please.
Thank you for your help...
Best regards


   RE:AGE / VALUE: Identification posted by sam on 5/12/2007 at 7:47:36 AM
It's Got a rudge fork for sure.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:Identification posted by Philippe on 5/12/2007 at 11:41:51 AM
Ok for the manufacturer, what is the difference between 120,122 and 123 rudge models ? If you have pictures i am interested...
What is the year for these models ? Is it correct for WW2 french or canadian troops who liberated Arpajon in 1944?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:Identification posted by Matthew on 5/12/2007 at 3:06:17 PM
Bonjour Phillippe,

You need P.C.Kohler to read your message because he is the top man fr understanding Rudge models. You may well have an ex-army bicycle there but I think it will be hard to prove.

Matthew - trying to help

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:Identification posted by Tom on 5/12/2007 at 3:58:48 PM
Her is a link to some Rudge bikes and catalogs. You will find the 120, 122,123 models there. http://s102.photobucket.com/albums/m104/oldy57/

   RE:AGE / VALUE:Identification posted by Philippe on 5/13/2007 at 10:21:56 PM
I hope that mister PC Kholer will read my post...

Thank you for your help Matthew, Tom and Sam.

I have made 17 pictures here


Please look at my pictures...
What kind of bicycle was manufactured in Rudge factory during WW2 ?
Thank you again.

AGE / VALUE:Crazy but it works Resilion brake levers adaptors posted by: Chris on 5/11/2007 at 7:49:24 AM
The Raleigh caliper brakes use a barrel ended lead fitting that goes in the brake handle. These Shimano cables have a round ball. This is old stock from my journeys. I can use these in my cable brake Raleigh's. It's thick, thick cable but it works and I especially love the ends that are finished off to a point and soaked/ wrapper/ prepared in lead solder. Much thiicker than replacement cable. Under pressure with the brake springs once hooked up they work fine. Love the original Shimano ferrule too! Best quality. Will save those for a newer set of brake leavers.
These alloy Resilion brake leavers have these little crescent shaped alloy adaptor fitting inside pieces and on one bike of mine it's missing. I guess I am going to wrap friction tabe around the alloy handlebars.

The Resilion brake levers are super rare and cool but I hate having to use friction tape. Some of the resilion brakes have built in locks to prevent theft.These don't ahve that feture.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:Crazy but it works Resilion brake levers adaptors posted by Chris on 5/12/2007 at 1:06:34 PM
I used a old bicycle tube. It was free and it works. Do not need the metal adaptor inner sleave piece after all.

AGE / VALUE:Sturmey- Archer G.H.6 Dynohub Overhaul posted by: Chris on 5/10/2007 at 1:18:46 PM
Overhaul? What Overhaul? Order up a new one or should I say a N.O.S. still in the box one off of e- bay and lace it into the wheel. Customer wants cost kept down so I did the overhaul.

It's my last overhaul of a old school Sturmey- Archer G.H.6 Dynohub. Inside bearing cone was shot and adjusting them is tricky and a pain. The hub shell is worn and needs replacing. Why they did not make the BOTH SIDES of the cone/ bearing surface replaceable I'll never understand.

It's back together, I re-built it into the old shell with the wear on the bearing surface on one side, so this does not make sense really. It's better, spins better, and it's clean and shiny now but inside it's worn. It'll be in another rim and onto the bike.
I am also cobbling together a light kit from old used parts from the stash but when I think of these new, fresh, still in the box old parts that are available I'd rather just get that and lace it in the wheel and be done.

Still, a new, old stock hub would need a de- gump and a re- grease still but there it's worth the time because the parts are new.
Still have those bearing cones that fit on the dynohub axle but they are not to the dynohub. Perhaps, to the brake hubs? Mystery cones!

I love the various headlamps and especially the cool tail lamps but I never was a great fan of the dynohub. They are acceptable but personally I wish they had better bearings that were really replaceable.

   RE:AGE / VALUE: Sturmey- Archer G.H.6 Dynohub Overhaul posted by sam on 5/12/2007 at 7:59:15 AM
I have in my stach of parts two "sturmey" brake hubs--well sturmey pattern---they were made in Au.for racing three wheelers.they were machined out of alum.and have modern pressed in barings--but they were made for the smaller size brakes---wonder if they also machined the larger size hubs?Wouldn't that be nice---an alum dynohub,with great barrings too

AGE / VALUE:Has to be spun in your hands to be believed, has to be ridden to enjoyed or: The glo posted by: Chris on 5/10/2007 at 10:44:22 AM
My 28 inch Raleigh tourist D.L.1. front wheel came back from the shop today.

I undid the original spoke nipples and threw out the old front hub. put the new, old stock, and regreased, front hub in the bag with the spokes, nipples and carried the rim and the bag into the shop.

(Did this to keep cost down) It's back today. I held it up and spun it and it was perfectly true. That's not the amazing thing because my pal does good work. No, the amazing thing is the marvelous front hub with it's new cones and new hub insides that are new.

I put it it the bike after ajusting it. Perfection,sweet, long spinning, delightful perfection.

Everybody should be finding new front original Raleigh front hubs no matter the price off of e- bay and fitting new parts to their bikes. There is nothing like it.