AGE / VALUE:†††green slime tire sealant not for eating posted by: Chris on 6/16/2007 at 10:50:50 AM
Beware the green slime tire sealant. I pressed the valve down and out came this green slime tire sealant and it flew up and into my mouth! I'm gagging and spitting and carrying on and you all would have been laughing your heads off. Reminds me of the time...
lady co worker at the shop was cleaning a toilet and the cleaning solvent splashed up into her mouth and she swallowed the solvent and passed out and was rushed to the hospital where she eventually recovered.

   RE:AGE / VALUE: green slime tire sealant not for eating posted by Mike on 6/17/2007 at 6:32:31 PM
Slime is horrible stuff. Highly toxic, plus it dries up in your tube after a couple years. Better to use Airlock Tire Sealant from Specialized. Non-toxic, doesn't dry up.

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:†††1959 Raleigh All-Steel Bicycle posted by: Bill on 6/15/2007 at 3:00:24 PM
Hi there,
Just back from the viewing day at a local antiques auction and in the bric-a-brac section there is a nice 23" frame rod brake Raleigh "All-Steel" bicycle. Dyno-Three hub dates it at 4/59. All decals still visible, some coach-lining still present, chrome good, paint dirty but good. Original wiring clips, cable fasteners, pedals, Raleigh tyre pump, SA lighting set, wiring, Brooks saddle (but doesn't look old enough). 26" steel rims (not too bad). Tyres shot. Hubs spin smoothly. Missing front hub nuts, reflector, and circlip in battery tube (but no sign of rust !)
Nowhere to put it, but I will be there tomorrow in case it goes through at a reasonable price.... (I will let you all know how I get on)
Monmouth, UK

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:†††1959 Raleigh All-Steel Bicycle posted by Bill on 6/16/2007 at 7:12:42 AM
Hi there,
No one talked me out of it in time, so now after a frantic bidding war, for UK£20 (+10% buyer premium), I have a 1959 Raleigh Dawn Tourist (and little space to put it).
You can see the pictures on
Quick questions to the much more knowledgeable:
1. Does the saddle look correct (Brooks)
2. The pedals are Phillips, is this correct for '1959
3. Plastic SA cable pulley, correct ?
The plan is to clean, preserve and remove corrosion (I have the 1954 Rudge for riding).
What scares me is that I can find a reason to have an English Roadster as a main bike, but why, oh why, do I need a second (does this make me a collector, rather than sane)

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:†††1959 Raleigh All-Steel Bicycle posted by Pete on 6/16/2007 at 10:14:53 AM
You fell into the trap we are all guilty of,,,,not being able to resist a sad looking bike in need of loving and saving.The pump on the bike is worth more than you paid for the whole outfit so you had a good buy.Will be nice to see some pics when you have jollied it up a bit and made it rideable.Not too sure about your questions about components but I'm sure one of the more knowledgeable will be able to enlighten you.
Cheers Pete.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:†††1959 Raleigh All-Steel Bicycle posted by Matthew on 6/16/2007 at 11:05:01 AM
Hi Bill,

what a gem! I have similar, bought for a tenner about 5 years ago. There is a siren call from these machines when folks like us turn up at auctions. Pete knows it too.

I forgot to note the saddle in the pictures. Hold on..... the saddle looks period don't worry. It have Lycette saddles about the same age, the look is right.

Ride on ride on in majesty (on a new Dawn)

Matthew - fellow bike magnet.

   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: 1959 Raleigh All-Steel Bicycle posted by Warren on 6/16/2007 at 3:48:37 PM
Great bike Bill....since Raleigh took over Phillips in '60, it's likely that a '59 frame or SA hub didn't get to market until '60 and could very well have had Phillips pedals which are equal to the Raleighs anyway. I think it should definitely have a steel pulley.

Put a nice Brooks on it and wax the whole thing up. And why should you need more than one roadster? You mean, only two? Surely you jest!

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:†††1959 Raleigh All-Steel Bicycle posted by David on 6/16/2007 at 5:34:46 PM
I'd guess that everything's original, including the plastic pulley (why would it be changed?) The saddle looks highly uncomfortable. I'd find a good B72 (my favorite) and swap.

   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: 1959 Raleigh All-Steel Bicycle posted by Warren on 6/16/2007 at 6:18:13 PM
I have a 59 Superbe and a 61 Sports and they both have metal. Sheldon Browns Raleigh page lists the metal unit as being stock (on a Sports) until 62.

It's not a necessary replacement but cetainly nicer. Just like the Brooks saddle. Although I have to admit I've had a couple of those mattress saddles that rode quite nice. Only a couple though.

   RE:RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: 1959 Raleigh All-Steel Bicycle posted by Kevin on 6/18/2007 at 5:55:03 PM
That's a great old bike -- and one of the best ever made for comfortable, enjoyable, carefree riding. I have at least 50 bicycles, but the 1952 Raleigh Sports is the one I ride the most. I'd put a nice leather Brooks saddle on it, for comfort and appearance.

MISC:†††Mystery brake cables posted by: David on 6/15/2007 at 5:38:03 AM
Anyone know the application for a Sturmey-Archer GD433 brake cable? It has barrel at the handlebar end and ball at the brake end with an adjuster. But the part that the adjuster threads thru doesn't have a stud to attach to one of the calipers. It's cylindrical with a flat side. It doesn't match any drum brake I have around. If you know, please post the answer. And I have several, free for postage.

   RE:MISC:†††Mystery brake cables posted by Chris on 6/15/2007 at 6:48:02 AM


   RE:RE:MISC:†††Mystery brake cables posted by Chris on 6/15/2007 at 7:05:06 AM
I remove the cable and save the white Raleigh ribbed brake cable casing like a fiend. Always have.
Sturmey- Archer made stick shifters that they did not put on the Choppers and so, little value apart from the cable casing.

   RE:MISC:†††Mystery brake cables posted by David on 6/16/2007 at 5:17:10 PM
Cables have smooth grey casings.

   RE:RE:MISC:†††Mystery brake cables posted by Chris on 6/17/2007 at 1:27:24 PM
I'd have to see these then. Not what I was thinking.

AGE / VALUE:†††Frustrated.... posted by: Edward in Vancouver on 6/14/2007 at 8:55:24 PM
Still trying to get rid of all the "noises" on my 54 Superbe, a few years back I finally installed the full chaincase, and last winter I had a minor wipe out and bent my crank slightly.

So I've tracked down the rattling to a bent chainwheel(and probably the left crank arm too), but now the old beast is just collecting dust, albeit with a removed chainwheel and crank. I've tried to straighten them, but my efforts have been...well, less than satisfactory. I've combed my area pretty thoroughly and haven't been able to find a suitable replacement. Well, there is that 70's Raleigh crank arm, but the chrome has all peeled off, and I'm not getting anything re-chromed.

Anyone have a decent 44 tooth Raleigh pattern (3 herons) chainwheel and left crank for sale? Doesn't have to be pristine. Just give me a shout

Edward in Vancouver


   RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Frustrated.... posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 6/15/2007 at 2:26:09 AM
Hmmm.... OK, I'll check... I have a '63 Colt "Donorcycle" downstairs that may have the appropriate chainwheel... if I get the chance, I'll count the teeth and advise.


Larry "Boneman" Bone

   RE:AGE / VALUE: Frustrated.... posted by Warren on 6/15/2007 at 2:13:29 PM
I've got it in my hand and it's an older one with the extra "webbing".

warbetty at eastlink dot see eh?

AGE / VALUE:†††Ask them! don't assume! Ask, chase, be brave, ask ! IS THIS FOR SALE?? posted by: Chris on 6/14/2007 at 12:54:43 PM
They say the beautiful ladies go dateless because the guys are too intimidated to ask them out so supposedly they sit home alone. Well, I don't know about that but I was always to timid and afraid to ask.
Not with bikes. I chase 87 year old riders down and buy their Humbers! Ladies, I look but bikes I go after and carry home. Besides I got me a wife who chased me.
Well, On the bike front it's true!

It happened again. Bikes inside hanging up and everybody thought without asking for sure they thought they were not for sale. So they sat all day while the sale went on underneath them.

Well, I stroll up and ask.
How much for the bikes? They looked at me and I waited for the Oh, they are not for sale bit.
No, She brightened up and replied 100.00 each. Go to the lightweights section for my bit on what they are. I passed on them after inspection.
Did not have the coin anyways but I always ask because if they were something I'd find a way to flip them on borrowed money and make a profit.

I tell you these looked like Paramounts. Chrome plated paramounts.

I do have the eye.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Ask them! don't assume! Ask, chase, be brave, ask ! IS THIS FOR SALE?? posted by Chris on 6/14/2007 at 1:09:21 PM
Strike up a conversation. Ask, tell them pass the word. Say it. I am looking for old bicycles. What do you have. Be prepared to go see a pal of hers or his who has the bike and be persistent.

He carried up another Raleigh lenton Sports and then I had to in my stable.
God forbid I ever do this with women......
This bicycle obsession/ hobby business has saved me. I have led a clean, healthy, moral life, stayed out of trouble too.
Hey Chris! Try this, Have some of this. They introduce it to me. Guess what it was.
A bicycle. Thank Heavens it was British bicycles.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Ask them! don't assume! Ask, chase, be brave, ask ! IS THIS FOR SALE?? posted by Chris on 6/14/2007 at 1:15:42 PM
Vintage Brit bikes are the only thing I would chase like this with this kind of passion. I enjoyed the other post a bit down about the guy on his bike with the kids in the park picking wildflowers. I have a daughter and a bike with a baby seat and I pictured this one park and if I look, I'll find wildflowers too.

The mountain bike people are probably riding over the wildflowers but they'll survive.