MISC:   New brakes for old Sports posted by: Mark on 9/15/2007 at 6:42:48 AM
Hello guys,

I would like to replace the stock brakes on my 1970 Raleigh Sports. I think the reach/drop is rather long on the stock units. Any suggetions on reasonable replacements?

Thanks, Mark

   RE:MISC: New brakes for old Sports posted by Warren on 9/15/2007 at 10:26:03 AM
It's hard to find good, inexpensive replacements for these. GB Coureurs come to mind but they aren't cheap. There were some long reach Universal sidepulls (model 175) that would look the part. If your current calipers are not stopping well, then it's likely the steel rims and pads that are the problem. If you want to do it right, invest in alloy rims and some aftermarket coolstop pads. Properly set up, those old steel Raleigh/Phillips brakes will lock up an alloy wheel with ease.

Another alternative is long reach BMX sidepulls. This won't compensate for the steel rims though.

AGE / VALUE:   900? for this? hercules courrier bike posted by: Chris on 9/14/2007 at 6:44:38 AM
e- bay item# 190023841218 Hercules courrier bicycle

What is the deal with this flaming idiot?

900.00 for this bike that is not worth the price of shipping if you gave it to me!

The "shoe in the nuts" award (S.I.T.N.) goes to this seller.

Just keep on relisting it! Rack up those e- bay fees!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   900? for this? hercules courrier bike posted by JDuck on 9/14/2007 at 8:27:16 AM
Not bad. I'd give 30 bucks if I could pick it up.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   900? for this? hercules courrier bike posted by Matthew on 9/14/2007 at 10:28:13 AM
That sort of money would get you a new Pashley or a very very good Superbe.

It would get you most English roadsters shipped to your door from the UK.

Matthew - mad but not that mad. (mad in UK = crazy in USA)

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   900? for this? hercules courrier bike posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 9/14/2007 at 1:01:27 PM
LOL... yeah... there have been a couple of insanely priced Sports machines of late.

If it were true... I could sell the entire "herd" as-is and RETIRE!


Larry "Boneman" Bone
It IS... a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World......


   RE:AGE / VALUE: 900? for this? hercules courrier bike posted by Jeff Bikeguy on 9/19/2007 at 4:21:06 AM
My neighbor has a similar Hercules bike as a lawn ornament.

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   74 Tourist on Boston Craig's posted by: David on 9/14/2007 at 5:36:35 AM
24" DL1 w/damaged hockey stick chainguard. I might be persuadable to pick it up and hold it for someone who negotiates a deal.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   74 Tourist on Boston Craig's posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 9/14/2007 at 1:04:20 PM
That is nice... and they cut out that swoop portion of the chainguard... probably because it kept catching their pant-leg.

If I didn't already have one, I certainly would be interested. It is after all, as fine DL-1... inclusive of the seat mounted bag....

Hopefully, someone will give it a good home.


Larry "Boneman" Bone

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Normans posted by: Chuck on 9/14/2007 at 4:09:27 AM
Thank you Jeff. There is a Norman for sale in my area. I have only been able to view a picture. There is a Norman decal on the front post but I cant see much of anything else. Also, does anyone know what year Norman stopped producing their own bicycles? Thank you. Chuck

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Normans posted by Jeff R on 9/14/2007 at 4:45:35 PM
I believe that Norman was related to Phillips much in the same way that Sunbeam, Hercules, Dunelt and a number of other bikes were. Phillips made the components and produced the frames for some of the other brands. The pre 1960 Hercules and Dunelt bikes like Phillips had Birmingham on the headbadge. Norman had Ashford. After 1960 they had Nottingham on the headbadge. My 1952 Indian Scout was made by Phillips and with the exception of the decals and headbadge looks exactly the same as my Norman sports, and they both look just like a Phillips. Same mudguards, chainguard ect. If it was made after 1960 it was made by Raleigh. If the rear fender stays attach to the rear dropouts behind the rear axel it was made by Raleigh, above the axel it was made by Phillips. Look at the chainwheel. Are the spokes shaped like Norman Knights or are they straight or snowflake shaped spokes? Both of my Norman's have the knights. I would say that 1960 or older it's an original Norman. 61 or newer it was made by Raleigh as was Phillips,Hercules and all the others.

MISC:   TCW III hub Change to S3C ? posted by: Lane on 9/13/2007 at 4:41:59 PM
I would like to know, I see that the tcw III coaster brake hub may have some safety issues. Is it really a problem ? Also can a s3c hub internals be fitted into the TCW shell to resolve issues?
Thank You, Lane