AGE / VALUE:   raleigh chopper/ factory on you tube posted by: Chris on 6/11/2008 at 12:39:16 PM
take a look at: "raleigh interview ITV the way we were"

on you tube

pictures of the factory demolition in nottingham

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   raleigh chopper/ factory on you tube posted by Chris on 6/14/2008 at 9:25:37 AM
the radford gallery website is down so this is all we get to see

AGE / VALUE:   Wow! posted by: Jeff Bikeguy on 6/10/2008 at 7:07:48 PM
This just ended on the 'Bay. Item# 200229173433. Are Tourists worth this much now? It looks real nice but not NOS.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Wow! posted by Kevin on 6/10/2008 at 7:31:40 PM
I bought my Tourists for $50, $50 and $100, but obviously, anything can happen at auction. That particular bike, on that particular day, was worth that much. I haven't seen many Tourists in that condition, and top quality stuff always brings a premium.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Wow! posted by Thom J. on 6/11/2008 at 7:58:54 AM
You think that's crazy....take a look at this one- 110260611492. The original auction started at $1500.00!!! I'm watching in my e-bay just to see what it finally sells for. I'd like one but not at that kind of price. TJ.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Wow! posted by Chris on 6/11/2008 at 2:28:04 PM
No r nuts on the cotter pins on the one that went for $700.00

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   52 Rudge posted by: John on 6/10/2008 at 6:42:21 PM
Hi all you experts out there. I am hoping someone will know this-- I have a 52 Rudge-Whitworth, good condition, black with gold hand pinstriping. It has matching front and rear fenders. All emblems and decals are Rudge, except for the rear fender which is an Armstrong boy with outstretched arms. Is this possibly the way the bike was made? And, there is just a trace of a capital V on the top tube. A suggestion was made to me that this was actually part of the M of Made In England, but it isn't script of the same type. Anyone have info for these questions? Thanks, John, New York USA

MISC:   Simple Pleasures posted by: Matthew on 6/9/2008 at 10:42:07 AM
I am a man of simple pleasure. Family home and friends are the mainstay of my security; alongside my faith. I occasionally find myself saying ‘You lucky bloke!’ This often happens when I am out and about pottering in my shed or riding a bike.

The most recent time this happened was on Sunday when I was riding my trade bike alongside the river Thurne. I do consider myself blessed to have a good job, good home, happy marriage, children and being content with all that.

Don’t reach for the sick bag, I just wanted to share what makes me happy.

Matthew - keeping it simple


   RE:MISC: Simple Pleasures Mk 2 posted by Matthew on 6/9/2008 at 11:09:09 AM
Today, Monday is one of my non-working days, I work my contracted hours over 9 days of each fortnight. So having done my chores and listened to the weather forecast I got ‘Old Faithfull’ out of the shed and headed to the Far East, Lowestoft in Suffolk, the most easterly point in the UK. The weather was (is) glorious up to 24 degrees celcius with a light breeze. We have just emerged from 14days of rain with 1.75” of rain, not good for June. So taking advantage of time and weather I rode down leafy lanes, quiet byways and along seafronts at Gorleston and Lowestoft. The breeze drove me along, even giving me the opportunity to race a mountain bike and win (for a few minutes). In due deference to the older guy on the MTB he was making good speed and eventually showed me a clean pair of heels as we approached the cycle track beside the A12 near Hopton. I was a bit dry when I rolled into Hopton and I stopped for a bottle of Lucozade at the Post Office, where I was mistaken for a Postman again. How many postmen wear union jack skate helmets? How many of them ride 75+ year old trade bikes? The ride on to Lowestoft (Lowstuff) was great, the drop down links road to the sea wall was hairy; its steep and need I say more than ‘rod brakes’?
Lowestoft is a town of two parts, very industrialised having apast in the fishing industry as one of England’s major fisihng ports and nowadays a busy port serving the offshore gas industry. I orde in past the old tenterfields where the nets used to lay and dry, on past the now defunct ice factory which I had visited as a boy from Essex in the 70’s. Over the bascule bridge to stop on south peir close to the pavillion, where I ate my sandwiches and watched people. I visited the Lifeboat house and the shop there. The shop volunteer and I chatted whilst we watched a very large barge being manouvred into the yard of SLP who make gas rigs and accomodation units. (you can see pictures on Flickr – search for Lowstuff).
The ride home was into the wind and a little painful, the after lunch dip is always a struggle. I still averaged 10 mph over the whole 40 miles, not bad for a 45 year old gnome!

Matthew - sunburnt and happy

   RE:MISC:   Simple Pleasures posted by Steve on 6/9/2008 at 3:52:11 PM
We as a family were out together on our bikes again yesterday (approx 15 miles)'s fun, simple and good exercise.

I always take one of the oldies, my wife takes the rebuilt recent crash incident 62 Raleigh, the older daughter takes some space age hundreds of gears trendy bike (of which she uses two gears at the very most) and my younger daughter took her single speed "Little Princess" because I wouldn't let her take the Baby Hercules as it was making a strange noise at the B/B !

The weather was great, we all got nipped by the sun, we all noticed something on the ride that we didn't know was there or hadn't noticed before etc etc and I managed to almost ride with my chin on the handlebars, shoulders going from side to side as I struggled up a hill on my single speed unknown bike (not the one mentioned below), any regular rider will appreciate these feelings/actions/thoughts/pains etc.

Steve - It's my thighs that usually suffer !

   RE:RE:MISC:   Simple Pleasures posted by Chris on 6/9/2008 at 6:08:26 PM
The strange noises in the bottom bracket are broken ball bearings. replace the ball bearings while re-greasing it.

Mathew, I am genuinely happy for you and wish you and yours well.

   RE:MISC:   Simple Pleasures posted by Steve on 6/9/2008 at 11:37:28 PM
Thanks Chris, It's more of a squeek than a grind.

Thought it might be dry inside (although it shouldn't be - it's had plenty of lubrication).

I'll have a look inside when I get a minute.


MISC:   Generator Maintenance posted by: JOEL on 6/9/2008 at 9:57:00 AM
What do you use to lube a wheel driven headlight generator? Can they be disassembled and cleaned/repaired?

   RE:MISC: Generator Maintenance posted by Matthew on 6/9/2008 at 12:46:16 PM
Hi Joel,

this is a good case of 'if it ain't broke; don't fix it.' Unless the generator is giving you some grief then leave it alone. If it squeaks or seems overly stiff to turn then a few drops of a light oil such as three in one or sewing machine oil. Any thing else might be too heavy for it. Of course a squirt of WD40 won't hurt but you don't really want oil inside the generator.

Matthew - little by little

   RE:MISC: Generator Maintenance posted by sam on 6/9/2008 at 7:26:37 PM
The ones with the long bolts can be taken apart and cleaned.Yes I've done this.I do advise going with Matthews advise.But if it is broke then try it---sam

   RE:MISC:   Generator Maintenance posted by Pete F on 6/10/2008 at 5:02:47 AM
I had success with an old Miller dynamo that was so old and neglected it had siezed up - the tyre would not turn it. With nothing to lose I turned the bike upside down, put one drop of penetrating oil up the gap between the dynamo body and the wheel - success, let there be light!
Pete F.