AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh Superbe fork keys for sale- Update posted by: Christopher on 5/5/2007 at 11:23:14 AM
wilmot union breeden raleigh superbe for keys for sale. numbers available are:
7, 8, 19, 41, 29,19, 57,4,21,16,31,37,4,26,

e- mail if I have your key.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh Superbe fork keys for sale- Update posted by Tom on 5/6/2007 at 9:33:43 AM
Chris I have a Rudge with a fork lock. There is no number on the face of the lock. Is there a number inside of the lock. I am maybe going to take the lock out of the frame and take it to a local locksmith. What make of keys did they use.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh Superbe fork keys for sale- Update posted by Chris on 5/6/2007 at 12:19:59 PM
Take the whole bike or just pull out the fork. There are no numbers inside the lock mechanisim thing. I am thinking that your numbers have worn off. I say this bewcause these were lightly stamped into the chrome face and these were never that well stamped in there to begin with and with time it may have rubbed off.

The keys say: WILMOT UNION BREEDEN on them and your locksmith will be able to find that in his book and nonetheless they can fidgit and make up a key that fits. I have had it done.

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Raleigh Superbe fork keys for sale- Update posted by Warren on 5/7/2007 at 6:28:35 PM
Chris, budd...there's no way the numbers could be rubbed off of these lock faces. I've got 2 myself without a number. It's a location that just doesn't get rubbed or worn. Nice polished chrome face is all there is.Maybe one of your numbered keys actually fits the generic lock. That would be nice.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Raleigh Superbe fork keys for sale- Update posted by Chris on 5/8/2007 at 12:36:18 PM
Sounds like your are right. I was attributing this to stanpings on the lock face that did not take or were done so lightly as to not work. So many of the Superbes I have seen have a number stamped right there.
As to one of the numbered keys fitting the generic lock, which number key?

I say to take it to a locksmith and ask them to make a key for it.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Raleigh Superbe fork keys for sale- Update posted by Chris on 5/8/2007 at 5:37:37 PM
I guess some of them have it stamped and some do not. Simple. Probably kinda silly of me to expect that they all have stamps on them.

AGE / VALUE:   Fibrax pads for sale posted by: Chris on 5/5/2007 at 11:18:46 AM
The box of Fibrax pads was mix and match.

I have available for sale:
1 lone Sh - 70 shoe for rod brake
following are for cable brake bikes:
12 individual or 6 pairs of Fibrax 245
7 individual 269 model Fibrax shoes
one individual Fibrax 254

AGE / VALUE:   Potential project frame posted by: Nick on 5/5/2007 at 11:10:02 AM
Being the owner of a similar Raleigh Superbe, i thought i would mention the Item number: 290113203150 which i've just seen on ebay. It is a full chaincase frame set with everything apart from wheels, bars and a few other easily obtainable stash items. I know it's here in the UK, but this is from 1983 and is the last of the good ones and will probably go for .99p. Surely worth someone asking the seller to box it up and send it across the water. I wouldn't of thought it would weigh that much. Just shows though, two complete almost identical bikes went for 5.50 and 20 pounds which were both pickup only. Seems a tragedy to miss such great bikes for such a small amount.
Cheers, Nick.

AGE / VALUE:   Another Raleigh Sports $25.00 posted by: Chris on 5/5/2007 at 11:07:02 AM
I thought it was a Superbe. I went back to get the bike wondering why I delayed this one. Now I know, I must have got my nose out of joint over the color! He saved it for me, in case I came back. It avoided the church rummage sale. How could I forget a lead on a Raleigh Sports?
regardless of color.
Coffee, needs grips, cable, another wonderful plastic stopper thing busted, another plastic pully wheel shot as well. Superbe style rims only it's a Sports. Coffee color. ICK. Prefer green any day. Ran my finger over the rims, smooth, no rust just oily dirt. Nice R nuts. needs cables, no rack, no bell, no lights. Brooks B-72. The Dare grips split down the sides, they fell off in my hands. Offered $25.00 he took it and was glad to see me.
Another overhaul project. I love these.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Another Raleigh Sports $25.00 posted by Chris on 5/7/2007 at 9:33:10 AM
Ye- ow! I got stung. I think. I have $25 .00 in this...... It's now being parted out, well I'll throw it into storage and say the heck with it.
Pulling it apart, cleaning and preparing for the overhaul, set to put in a new front hub into the rim and pulled apart the rear hub to de- gump it. cleaned off the hub shell on the outside. Heres where I start discovering flaws....
Rear rim has a nasty kink. Beyond repair or use. Will toss the rim. Bent fork. It's gone. wasted. Screetch. I cleaned up and went to bed.
Did not see the bent fork and bought it anyways!
Because the original fork is shot, there goes the whole bike. I am not gonna ride something with a mismatched fork and even crazy old me does not have another coffee colored front fork in this size.
Or do I? Hmmmm.....
Na, it'll be reduced to boxed used parts and the frame? Do I keep it? Without a fork? Aieeh!
Bent fork, kiss of death for this project. He must have really whacked it good. Original white wall Raleigh tires all rotted.

I have pedals, cranks, handlebars, r nuts bottombracket parts, everything but a decent rear rim and a fork in coffee.
I may pitch the frame into the trash yet. It's coffee color. I'll stand at the kerb for hours, indecisive. I'll throw it out and somebody will knock on the door interupting my dinner asking me for the fork! It's happened!
wheels were true, I missed the kinks and the steer tube is in the bike. I did not need more parts in boxes.
I'm putting new complete front hubs in everything and he's looking at me like " It's spring, everybody and their mom is bringing in their old bikes for work and we're really busy and you want me to do wheelbuilding work? Where were you last winter? This is winter work!
original cones are pitted. Threw them out.
I'm glad to have the parts. Original black ribbed cable, brakes, cranks, pedals that fit the raleigh chopper. The resale on the pedals alone will redeem the price I paid for it. Somebody will buy the pedals for more than $25.00

Nice chrome rims and when I get into them I find kinks. That fork was it. I pulled it out and looked at it and it's like "YAAAAAAAHHHHH!"

Raleigh tubular forks are not re-buildable.

MISC:   Hercules 3 Speed Hub Question posted by: Mike Baldwin on 5/5/2007 at 4:27:33 AM
Seeking IMHO's - Would a Hercules B Type 4, 3 speed hub be a poor/good/great candidate for a "hybrid" gear project? (threaded driver) Best Regards Always Mike Baldwin

   RE:MISC:   Hercules 3 Speed Hub Question posted by Chris on 5/5/2007 at 11:00:05 AM
Yes, an excellent candidate.

   RE:MISC:   Hercules 3 Speed Hub Question posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 5/6/2007 at 3:42:37 AM
Mind if we call you Bruce just to keep things clear?



Larry "Boneman" Bone

   RE:MISC:   Hercules 3 Speed Hub Question posted by Mike Baldwin on 5/6/2007 at 5:54:05 AM
...I'm out of the loop on most mainstream internet jargon...I've seen this phrase "May we call you Bruce?" used by others as well...I'm asking the Moderator to PLEASE pull my original inquiry...Best Regards Always - Mike Baldwin

   RE:RE:MISC:   Hercules 3 Speed Hub Question posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 5/7/2007 at 2:24:58 AM
Michael, As I know you've researched..... The reference I posted was from an olde Monty Python Sketch called "Bruces". From the "Matching Tie And Handkerchief" collection...

Sorry for the obfuscation... not internet jargon... just a reference to a very classic bit of British Humour. For complete clarification, follow the link:


Larry "Boneman" Bone


   RE:RE:RE:MISC:   Hercules 3 Speed Hub Question posted by Chris on 5/7/2007 at 9:45:13 AM
Come back Mike. We have a great bunch of folks here! Larry's a great guy.

   RE:MISC:   Hercules 3 Speed Hub Question posted by Mike Baldwin on 5/7/2007 at 7:21:20 PM
...Larry and I have exchanged emails and I now understand the "Brucing" I've been getting :)...any how, regarding my original inquiry (hybrid gearing), in researching the project I believe my first hurdle is axle length...Best Regards Always - Mike Baldwin

   RE:RE:MISC:   Hercules 3 Speed Hub Question posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 5/8/2007 at 2:53:40 AM
Our discussion board here is a great reference.... Thinking on it, seems Mike has been getting a bit of "Brucing" (a GREAT term BTW) for a bit here and there. I can imagine that would be quite confusing!

He posts here about something completely unrelated to Brucing and finally finds out what it is.


Sounds like you're on the right track with the Hybrid stuff Mike. Keep us apprised as to the progress. I've been eyeing 22T rear cogs for my DL-1 as the hills in my area are quite formidable for a medium weight machine...


Larry "Boneman" Bone

   RE:RE:RE:MISC:   Hercules 3 Speed Hub Question posted by Chris on 5/8/2007 at 12:40:36 PM
A long axle. A cyclo 3 cog adaptor, a Huret Alvit derailer, a long bit of extra chain to add to your existing chain, a shifter that will operate the Alvit, cable, cable casing, metal cable clamp stopper thing and you are good to go.

No problem getting that extra long Sturmey- Archer axle to work with your Hercules hub. It's all compatable.
Galad to see your post today, thought we'd lost you.