ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   tyre(original spelling) compatability posted by: Nick on 7/25/2007 at 5:31:10 PM
Would anyone have any idea if 42-590 tyres are compatible with standard 37-590 26 1 3/8 rims. I figure if the beadseat diameter is the same, they should fit. Also tried today for a couple of hours to pick an 83 Superbe fork lock, without my usual success. This one has a double edged barrel(two sets of opposing pins). If you can't remove the barrel to check the number, you can't get a key and you need a key to get the barrel out. Has anyone had a similar challenge to this? Many thanks, Nick.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   tyre(original spelling) compatability posted by David on 7/28/2007 at 12:19:46 PM
As you say, if the 590mm beadseat diameter is the same, they ought to fit. The new fatter ones might have problems with clearance, however.

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   High end rims posted by: Warren on 7/25/2007 at 12:51:22 PM
If you ever wanted to "rod" your Sports roadster, you could start with these Mavic's.


The hard part is finding good rubber for them.

   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   High end rims posted by C. Hammond on 7/26/2007 at 6:56:56 PM

They do look nice. Tho I wonder for that kind of dosh, are they really that much nicer than a set of Sun CR18s? Cool French Factor aside...


   RE:RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   High end rims posted by Chris on 7/27/2007 at 9:29:42 AM
yes, far nicer, far more rare than the Suns.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   High end rims posted by Chris on 7/25/2007 at 2:57:41 PM
I have a set of these, in use. They totally kick butt!
High pressure gumwall tires, the common ones are all that you need.

I suggest somebody here buy them. These are difficult to find and very, very, worth it.

AGE / VALUE:   Off topic, but it's good posted by: Chris on 7/23/2007 at 12:04:44 PM
Go to: you tube
(the official site)

type in:
Christoper Reeve super bowl commercial

This was awesome!

Wanted to share it with you all here.

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   AW Question posted by: sciencemonster on 7/22/2007 at 7:43:15 PM
I just found me a 1951 Rudge Clubman and the rear wheel has me a little mystified. The sprocket seems to me threaded onto the hub, not held in by three notches and a clip like usual. Is this possible? I don't think the rear wheel is totally original since it has a French rim - what were they thinking! - but the hub clearly says AW and is dated 51.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: AW Question posted by mark stonich on 7/25/2007 at 8:27:43 PM
That's a three minute job, and doesn't mean disassembling the hub. Just undo the locknut, lift off the indexing washer, unscrew the cone and lift the driver out.

AWs are amazingly simple and easy to work on IF you follow instructions. Everything you need to know is here http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/'hadland/samaintind.htm

the instructions for older AWs are at. http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/'hadland/sa/saaw.pdf Read them to ensure you get the cone back right.


   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: AW Question posted by mark stonich on 7/26/2007 at 11:34:21 AM
Almost everything about working on AWs is much easier than you would think if you haven't done it. You don't have to disassemble the hub to remove the driver. Once you remove the right cone the driver lifts right off.

When you replace the cone follow the directions in http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/'hadland/sa/saaw.pdf

More than you ever wanted to know about SA hubs is to be found at http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/'hadland/samaintind.htm


   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   AW Question posted by David on 7/23/2007 at 6:54:49 AM
I'm not sure of the dates, but older hubs have threaded drivers, rather than the 3 splines. Obviously, threaded sprockets are required.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: AW Question posted by Stephen on 7/23/2007 at 6:58:37 PM
Yes, I have a 1951 Raleigh that has a threaded driver and sprocket (AW), and a 1949 Dynohub with a threaded driver and (very worn) sprocket.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: AW Question posted by sciencemonster on 7/23/2007 at 7:38:39 PM
Is the threading a standard size? I would like to get a three sprocket cluster put on there, if I could find something that would fit. Maybe someting like this:

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: AW Question posted by mark stonich on 7/23/2007 at 8:34:57 PM
That should fit, as will modern track cogs. Ask about the appropriate freewheel remover though. BTW make sure you have a 6-1/4" axle. (I have some if you need one.)

To remove a cog or freewheel from a threaded driver you have to remove the right come and lift the hole driver out. Then slip two opposing slots down over a piece of 1/4" or 5/16" bar stock or plate held in a vice. Then use a chain whip to remove a cog or FW remover for a freewheel.


   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: AW Question posted by sciencemonster on 7/25/2007 at 7:25:39 PM
uh...that is really difficult. I am not up fro disassembling a 3 speed hub. Can I try a different tack? Since the front cog is removable, wouldn't it be easier to replace that? If I could get an extra front gear, that would get me the gears I need to get up the occasional hill. I could get a tensioner for the chain.

Are the front cog mounting holes standard so I could use a modern cog and throw on a front derailler?

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Can someone tell me a little more about this bike? posted by: Scott on 7/22/2007 at 11:23:06 AM
I recently purchased a 1960 Hercules Hawthorne bike that is rather interesting. All other pictures of Hercules Hawthorne's that I have seen from this period with the camel back have had two top bars, while this one only has one. It's really quite neat looking. I've included a picture.

thanks in advance,


   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Can someone tell me a little more about this bike? posted by Jeff R on 7/22/2007 at 6:08:17 PM
Nice bike. That one was made before Raleigh took over. That one has the Phillips style fork crown and frame with the rear fender stayes located above the rear axel, Phillips style, not behind it like a Raleigh. The bottom bracket and steering head threads will be 24 tpi like a Phillips, not 26 tpi, like a Raleigh. Very nice.