I just listed a bunch of English 3-speed parts on e-bay. Email me if you don't find anything you like. I think you'll have to scour e-bay long and hard to find the selection of parts I'll be offering over the next week or so.
I think you must have tried USPS Priority. Try USPS Parcel Post. It should be much more reasonable.
I just put up a pair of NOS Phillips 4" full rubber gents pedals and some other stuff. I'll continue to post more parts over the next week or so. I am clearing out everything in my garage that I am not currently using on a bike. I think you'll have a hard time seeing this assortment of parts this side of the pond. (Most of my stuff came direct from England).
that's naughty! I don't get the point, whoops.
Matthew - more bishop than actress
| Man, $60 for postage for a couple rims! I've had whole bikes sent for that!|
Is that right?
| Hey, Sciencemonster. I am looking forward to seeing the expanded l.e.d. light project with more pictures.|
This is important work you are doing and a lot of people will benefit from your finishing it. I want to just simply encourage you to get the l.e.d. project here finished.
Looking forward to seeing it. Chris
| Forgive me....|
Are you saying... get the LED out????
I know... pathetic.... horrible....
Couldn't help myself....
Larry "Boneman" Bone
| I have a 3-Speed Cavalier bicycle that was purchased by my mother new. It lived in the garage until my father decided to clean out the garage and didn't see the point to having an old bicycle so he threw it outside in the side yard uncovered in Southern California and I recently learned about this as he was going to throw it away. Naturally, I'm upset about this as I'm sentimental about things, but all I can do now is try to restore this bicycle. There is some rust, but not bad. The paint is very badly faded on the top surfaces where the sun was hitting it. First can anybody tell me about this brand of bicycle? Based on the Sturmey Archer hub, it was made in 1970. What is the usual advice for restoring a gear hub? Are these taken apart and cleaned? Is there a chance there is rust inside of it? The bicycle seat was naturally made by Brooks and the white leather is in poor condition. Can Brooks recover the leather seat? How would you advise restoring this seat? |
| I had a Cavalier once upon a time. I believe it was a standard brit bike (non Raleigh) and everything you need to restore the bike is readily available. Put some (1/2 ounce) lightweight non detergent oil (straight 20?) in the hubs oil port to loosen things up. If it's a real mess then you can find a replacement wheel or hub on ebay easily. Or do the research and rebuilt the hub but it's a little fussy unless you're mechanically inclined. The "white leather" seat is likely vinyl and if you want to restore the bike, do yourself a favour and splurge for a Brooks B66, B72, B73 on ebay (used). A far superior seat. And go to this website for everything you wanted to know about Brit bikes...|
I wouldn't drop $200 on restoring the bike unless it's of great sentimental value. Excellent condition 3 speeds can be purchased for far less than that.
| I just reread the post and I see your mom bought it and it might have value to you. OK, then you can buy a nice complete bike off of ebay and use all those parts to recondition your Cavalier. Then you'll have spare parts as well. Beware, it's a slippery slope. Many of us have parts as well so ask.|
| for a couple of years now, I try to find out what type of raleigh bike I have.|
It is a raleigh ladies bike from 1960 because in the Sturmey-Archer gear hub is the number 60. it has rod brakes and a fully-enclosed chaincase with the text raleigh the all steel bicycle. and on the downtube there is the text made in England.
I also made a picture of my bike. It is not a very clear picture but i hope it will work out.
| WOW! You have a Raleigh Tourist D.L.1.L or a Raleigh tourist as it is known. Excellent condition! with an enclosed chaincase too! and a rear rack! Value between 175- 300.00 I'd say. Excellent riding bike. confortable and a real classic.|
28 inch wheels, rod brakes. If there is anything you need or need to know we can help you here.
My mom had one of these. It is what got me started in vintage bikes.
| +1 on the I.D. from Chris.... very graceful machine.... loop frame and all.|
Enjoy it. It will last forever!
Larry "Boneman" Bone
| I'm happy that I now know the type of my bike. But there ar a couple of things that I do not understand. When I'm searching on the internet to find a picture of my bike, I just only find picture of the tourist from the seventies and all of them have a hockeystick shaped chaincase and no rear rack. |
| Well here is the rest of the message. Also I've got white bullit shaped grips on my bike, and on the other tourists they are black.|
I wish my bike was in a beter condition actually. because my front brake is broken, the rear rack is broken on one side at the underside of the pipe that goed down, but Tyrips work great. But I can not use the rack annymore. I really love my bike. it rides really well, I always feel like a princess when I am riding on the road.
| I have an armstromg cycle, will this Duro 37-590 work on my rear wheel it also says 26x 1 3/8. or do I need another.|
| Duros.... gad... yes, they fit.... but as I recall, they're a much tighter fit than Cheng Shens or Kendas.....|
I know that sounds bizarre... but I speak from experience.
Larry "Boneman" Bone
| No problemo...590mm = 26 x 1 3/8 = EA3|
| Hello. I am doing research on a pictorial biography|
about actress Margaret Hamilton. Do you know what
type of bicycle she was riding in the Wizard of Oz
when she played Miss Gulch?
Thank you in advance.
| As Chris mentions.... not a lot known. I, of course had to visit IMDB just to see if there was any mention made in the "Trivia" section... and while there's LOTS of trivia... not a word about the flying velicipede.|
Best of luck in researching this... an yes, do post back any findings!
Larry "Boneman" Bone
| The story of the fellow that went thru the wharehouse and found the slippers is interesting. I think it was called trail of the ruby slippers.|
| Awesome. I don't think that has ever been solved. So much history on that era of bicycles has been lost and not researched by bike collectors and I don't know why not.|
You'll need close ups of the bike from that scene. Please keep us posted.