WANTED:   Oil Filler Cap. posted by: Thom J. on 6/21/2007 at 8:01:18 AM
I'm in the process of refurgishing a Raleigh Trent Sports and need an oil filler cap for the AW hub. Seems as thought the prior owner lost it over the years and didn't replace. Does anyone have one that they could put in an envelope and mail to me? I'd greatly appreciate it. If not, I'll have to go through e-bay. Thx in advance, Thom.

   RE:WANTED:   Oil Filler Cap. posted by David on 6/21/2007 at 2:44:11 PM
Good bike shop should have 'em (e.g. Harris Cyclery does)

   RE:WANTED:   Oil Filler Cap. posted by Thom J. on 6/21/2007 at 3:45:26 PM
Thanks David. I need to order a couple of things from Harris anyway. Thom.

AGE / VALUE:   griping posted by: jason on 6/20/2007 at 6:39:14 PM
why is there a tacky free biker babes advert on the homepage, sorry, I think that motorcycles are neat, provided its a sunbeam, royal enfield, rickman interceptor, p&m panther, OEC, norton, new imperial, matchless, Excelsior, Douglas, Brough, Ariel, velocette, Rudge, Triumph, vincent, ajs, ect ect. anything but a harley and so long as it does not include "biker culture" which means that one is fairly down on soap, and cannot do anything without at least three other buddies on even louder machines
I live in a tourist town that is being taken over by biker clubs and while out on the old roadster I am often advised to "get a motor" by folks with huge guts and four pack a day habits. I want to tell them that a motor runs on electricity and what the want to say is engine, but they can't hear me over thiers.
sorry, but I had to vent. if I've offended anyone then they should think about getting quieter pipes. jason

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   griping posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 6/21/2007 at 2:44:07 AM
LOL... Jason, I understand your angst for sure... and certainly am impressed with the knowledge of Britbikes (very few... if any... have ever even heard of the AJS marque)... alas, I'm one of those that have an engine on one of my two wheeled conveyances.

Yes... it's quite loud... but it does get the attention of the ruminant woodland creatures that are akin to a plethora of lawn ornaments here in Northeast, PA. Loud is one thing... completely open drag pipes, I deplore as much as the next person.

I for one, would never advise anyone to "get a motor" for their velocipede.... They're just not designed for a motor... or an engine for that matter.

I was recently one of 59,000 to "invade" the Lake George, NY area... yes... it's amazing... loud... perhaps rude to many.... but it is estimated that myself and the others pump in excess of 3 million bucks into that economy... on what they call a "shoulder" week.... i.e., an "off-season" time... that normally, would see this summer resort area still waiting for the tourist dollars to roll in.

"Bikers" also do a tremendous amount of Charity Runs for innumerable good causes. I for one, rode 150 miles from my home, to support a fellow rider in his participation in the "Walk Of Life" American Cancer Society event. Myself and many others from as far as 300 miles away attended....

Alas... our brother Kegs passed 7 months later...

But we were there for him.

SO... while many of us seem a bit... obstreperous... and admittedly there are the "One Percenters" that are downright criminal.... We aren't quite the mouth-breathing, knuckle-draggin cretins that Hollywood has made us out to be...

And 99 percent of us certainly would not at all take any offence to your comments. We're all real big on that "Free Speach" thing, eh?



Larry "Boneman" Bone
VROC 4918C
VDOG 680
WARB 064
'01 80 Kawi Vulcan Drifter

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   griping posted by Chris on 6/21/2007 at 6:45:48 AM
Yes, I steered clear of this stuff. Never went in for biker babes and to see this on oldroads is a bit of a shock. Besides it's the single moms putting out vintage bikes at her garage sales that you have to watch out for! As for motorcycles....
The loud exhaust pipes are loud so people driving cars hear them and thus don't switch lanes without being aware they are there and run them over. It's a safety thing believe it or not. Oh, I really hate the loud noise but it's a good thing for the motorcyclist that the pipes are loud.
Otherwise drivers like me would run them over by mistake.

I saw a patch on this one bikers coat and it made sense to me I figured this out and I struck up a conversation with the fellow and he grinned at me.
It's still not safe to ride a motorcycle today at least not in the States.

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Befrending the angels, scorpions or who ever the biker was posted by Chris on 6/21/2007 at 6:56:46 AM
I was not supposed to leave my post, leave the building, take the flatbed, drive this stranger to his home with his motorcycle on the back of the flatbed after it broke down. On Company time? In the middle of the night. To Pontiac, Michigan no less and back.

The dude was amazed! I made a friend. Don't know why I did that. I guess the "bicyclist code" I go by also covers Motorcyclists in need. Total stranger too. It was stupid of me. Lost my mind on the midnight shift years ago.

   RE:AGE / VALUE: griping posted by sam on 6/21/2007 at 7:39:21 AM
I must be getting old,untill Jason said something I compleatly overlooked that cuite little girl on the red motorcycle.Thanks Jason.
Checked out the site and sure enough no Trojin Mini-Mini Motors with skimpy clad girls to be found
My wife has been going to the jim and has lost several inches--she looks good on the back of our tandem---
Motorcycles are O.K.---I just like riding bicycles---sam

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: griping posted by Chris on 6/21/2007 at 7:53:28 AM
Another picture appears and she's rather scantilly clad this time. Just a leather belt?
Next her guy will show up and find us looking at her. What do we tell him?
I remember my late distributor friend's negative reaction to a bicycle advertising poster with the gal just wearing a painted bike company slogan across her chest.
He hated it. "Never in my day would we dare!" He was old school, decent, a real gentleman who we looked forward to seeing on his rounds to our shop and I dearly miss him.

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: griping posted by Chris on 6/21/2007 at 8:42:07 AM
Na, I don't like this.
This displays a vulgarity out of step with the times in which vintage British bicycles live.
We have a different "spirit" to this. The leather belt clad, smirking motorcycle hottie chick is out of place here. She's lost and don't belong here.
Not to say that there is not a certain sexuality to this. But it is a thing wraped in romance and respect and love.
This gal has demeanor that is out of place. Look at her.
This is motorcycle "biker" sleaze. Nobody rides a Brit bicycle like this.
The Raleigh bike Co. had posters with lovely gals astride bikes but they wore dresses. Never this. I miss the advertising of old England now.
String skirt guards, plastic, to keep a skirt out of the rear wheel. This gal has no skirt.
When we think of English Roadster bicycles we think of mum, or sister, or a tandem with the good wife and a basket of food on the luggage rack. Smiling little children wrapped in blankets in side car attachements. Watsonian sidecar's for bicycles with children in them. My girlfriend and I with dynohub generated headlights and with red tail lights aglo in the evening. I want the romance.
The togetherness of the moments. The girl cycling next to me on her own bike. The lady cyclist, the fellow club member was never a gal like this but a respected, fellow lady cyclist who earned her stripes and this is actually disrespectful to the gals among us. Isn't it?
Look at the advertising material of the British motorcycle company's and of the British bicycles as well.
The faint, aluring aroma of sexuality was utilized in vintage cycle and motorcycling advertising but tastefully done. This is not tasteful. Tasteless.

This biker chick is the last thing I'd want for a wife or mother of my children. Gals like this make lousy wives and mothers. Forget it. Formula for disaster.With morals like this she's been all about and likely has something I'll pass on. She won't love you for long. No, thank You!
I see this, and fear it taking root in a daughter who disrespects me, the home and rules put down in parental love. A 16 year old girl out of control, flipping me the finger, who brings her mom and I to much shame. It will happen, if I am a poor parent who lets it happen. A girl who gets pregnant at age 16.

Another reason for the classic all enclosed chaincase on the British bicycle. To keep the skirt out of the chain.
Lovely patterns and materials of skirts too. This biker leaves nothing to a fellows imagination thus it's crude, vulgar and empty. Send her away.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   griping posted by JDuck on 6/22/2007 at 8:10:17 AM
Amen, but if we must put up with this kind of ad to keep this site up, then I can overlook it.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   griping posted by David on 6/22/2007 at 3:02:09 PM
There's a scantily clad biker babe on the homepage? Why can't I find her??

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   griping posted by nate on 6/25/2007 at 6:23:31 AM
I've never seen this either and I'm here all the time.
If it is offensive, somebody should send email to Vinny (the webmaster).

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   griping posted by Chris on 6/25/2007 at 1:44:54 PM
It does not fit in here. She's covered. If you explore this you'll see more. It just does not fit in, thats all.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   griping posted by Kit Thomas on 6/25/2007 at 8:02:15 PM
Ladies and Gentleman,

I would like to think that this Biker Babe issue just isn't quite what Susan B. Anthony had in mind when she spoke of such a lofty ideal as emancipation.

Best regards,

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   A Tourist that's not a Tourist... posted by: Warren on 6/20/2007 at 5:47:21 PM
I love mongrel bikes made from assorted components. And this one is so special. Look closely, the paint, script, hubs, wing nuts. Beautiful!

ebay 120132657669

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   A Tourist that's not a Tourist... posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 6/21/2007 at 2:48:23 AM
Mongrel? Don't you mean "Diversely Assembled"????


Actually... a very interesting machine, indeed. I got a kick out of the lacing of the front wheel for certian!


Larry "Boneman" Bone

MISC:   Fluted Raleigh Cranks posted by: Warren on 6/20/2007 at 5:41:42 PM
Anyone know when Raleigh used these on Sports bikes? I have a set as well and I don't know what to put them on. They are more svelt than the regular cranks.

ebay item 300122281068

   RE:MISC:   Fluted Raleigh Cranks posted by Chris on 6/21/2007 at 6:47:44 AM
Raleigh Lenton Sports Reg Harris Road Model bikes for sure. I have these.

AGE / VALUE:   Green tire slime sealent question posted by: Chris on 6/20/2007 at 3:30:32 PM
If I over inflate a tube in a bike that has this green slime inside it and I really overinflate it- Will it splatter green slime all over me? my bike pals? and across the tools on the work bench at the shop?

Defening noise and with us all covered in slime?
During lunch break when I just came back with Chineese food?
If the tube is filled with slime and I use the gas station type garage air nozzle hooked to a regular compressor like at the bike shop?

I'll bet it would. I'll bet this has happened to bike shop mechanics.
The thought is bad enough for me.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Green tire slime sealent question posted by Larry "Bonemn" Bone on 6/21/2007 at 2:52:13 AM
It is dubious stuff. Motorcycle mechanics can't stand it... actually not so much they can't stand it... what the problem is... is that they don't always assume... "Hey... there might be green slime in here".... perhaps they should... as nobody will warn them ahead of time....

As to the green slime fulmination... yeah.... it's like something I said years ago...

"Given sufficient velocity... ANYTHING will fly!"

I suppose the same would hold true... i.e., "Given sufficient PRESSURE..... ANYTHING will explode!"

What the connection is with Chinese food... I'm not sure... nor am I sure I really want to know. :-D


Larry "Boneman" Bone