WANTED:   '67 Raleigh Sprite parts posted by: MC on 5/3/2008 at 5:15:07 PM
I am in need of several things for my 1967 Raleigh Sprite 5-speed restoration project. According to Retro Raleighs, I believe that a same-era Sports would provide most of the same parts except the 5sp shifter:

-transfer set

-shift lever mechanism


-front brake caliper & lever


Please let me know if you have any or all of these items.

Thanks in advance

AGE / VALUE:   What is this bike? posted by: Virginia on 5/3/2008 at 5:14:23 PM
I bought an older bike at a yard sale over the weekend for myself. I know nothing of bikes. Anyway, it's marked Made in Italy and has a sticker on the front that says CORSO. The brakes are Universal and the derailer is marked Simplex. Can anyone tell me about this bike? The year, maker, anything would be helpful.

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Detroit area expert posted by: Taylor on 5/3/2008 at 10:55:37 AM
Does anyone know of a bike shop or an individual in the Detroit / Windsor area who really knows how to work on vintage English 3-speeds? I know of a couple of shops that have some familiarity with these bikes but I'm looking for a real expert. Ideally, an individual, not a bike shop. Someone who is willing to share his/her knowledge. Thanks.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Detroit area expert posted by larryp on 5/3/2008 at 6:47:26 PM
Try American Cycle and Fitness in Royal Oak, Michigan. Ask for Cullen (sp?). Tele 248-542-7182. Also try Continental Bike Shop in Hazel Park.


   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Detroit area expert posted by taylor on 5/10/2008 at 8:20:12 AM
Thanks, Larry.

   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Detroit area expert posted by Chris on 5/15/2008 at 4:50:27 PM
Continental is very famous and they do excellent work A real treat to buy from and do business with

MISC:   Raleigh Superbe Cleaning/Parts posted by: Cliff on 5/2/2008 at 11:18:56 AM
Hi there, this is my fist post here on Old Roads. I was given an old Raleigh Superbe a couple of years ago and I'm looking for some advice. Although the bike was in very good shape, I had a LBS who is familiar with English 3-speeds give it a good overhaul, and I've added a new Brooks saddle and a new chain. Two things I'm curious about. First, what would be a good way to clean the frame, fenders and wheels to make it shine really pretty? I don't want to damage the decals. Also, after cleaning, can a good quality car wax be used on the exposed metal? Or is there a special product I should use?

Speaking of decals, when the bike was overhauled the "Sturmey-Archer 3-Speed" decal on the shifter disappeared. Are repro decals available for this?

Lastly, I'm interested in finding a Sturmey-Archer front wheel hub and lighting assembly, including front & read lights. I see them from time to time on Ebay, but they seem to be pretty costly. Are there companies that offer replacements, vintage parts, etc? My rear hub has a date of 1/71 on it and I'm unclear on which hub will fit my bike.

Thanks in advance for your replies. I'm pretty excited about this old bike. Photo attached.

Seattle, WA


   RE:MISC:   Raleigh Superbe Cleaning/Parts posted by taylor on 5/3/2008 at 10:42:41 AM
There are part cuppliers who carry new dynohubs. Try google.

   RE:MISC:   Raleigh Superbe Cleaning/Parts posted by taylor on 5/3/2008 at 10:55:04 AM
I meant "suppliers", obviously. For example, try the Bike Tools Etc. website.

   RE:MISC: Raleigh Superbe Cleaning/Parts posted by Cliff on 5/7/2008 at 6:08:08 AM
Thanks Taylor. I appreciate the heads up.

AGE / VALUE:   bike show posted by: sam on 5/2/2008 at 8:46:11 AM
Blue Star Bicycle on SoAlamo St San Antonio Tx is having their show tomorrow---see ya there---sam