FOR SALE:   3 speed hubs & parts for old bicycles posted by: Ed on 7/23/2008 at 4:33:45 PM
I have a few 3 speed hubs I have collected through the years and would like to sell some of them I have 36h & 40h Sturmey Archer, Shimano Sears, Brompton and Hercules. I can rebuild them or sell as is. I collect 3 speed bicycles. Send me an email at

   RE:FOR SALE:   3 speed hubs & parts for old bicycles posted by Jeff on 7/23/2008 at 7:28:32 PM
I have a 3 speed Indian Princess ladies bicycle in good condition (paint on frame worn in places and some paint chips, seat is worn, but no damage to the bike and chrome fenders not dented, has a chrome tire pump that looks nice but doesn't work and a nice front wicker basket). I don't know its value as I'm a vintage motorcycle restorer. Are you interested in it or would you know anyone who might want it? It is in the Lancaster, PA area. Thanks, Jeff

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   chrome-plating rod brake bars posted by: Mike on 7/22/2008 at 10:39:05 AM
I picked up a pair of early Raleigh rod brake handlebars at the Larz Anderson Bicycle show last weekend. The plating is shot. Cost aside, I am hoping the parts that can't be broken down further (rod brake sleeves on the handlebars as well as the pivot/rod assemblies) can be chromed without freezing the parts together etc I don't understand the re-plating process but was told this will work out fine. Thoughts?

Thanks, Mike

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   chrome-plating rod brake bars posted by Steve on 7/22/2008 at 12:19:28 PM
I must confess that I've heard many negative comments about chrome re-plating.
I've never had it done so can't really comment, and I've not got much stuff here that DOESN'T need re-plating !

Would be interesting to hear some do's and don'ts on this subject.

Steve - rode a bike with gears today - heaven !

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   chrome-plating rod brake bars posted by Pete on 7/22/2008 at 3:37:06 PM
Just in the process of getting an early Sturmey barrel changer plated, all be it in nickel plate.Will let you know how it turns out as I was and am worried about the effects on such treasured items in the hands of a 3rd party.Fortunately for me the changer can be taken apart so your worries will not be the same as mine in that my main concern is loosing definition in the makers name and engraving etc.I went to the platers and voiced my concerns and he assured me all will be well when the item is finished.When I pick it up I will enquire about handlebars and their moving parts and the effects plating (chrome or nickel) may have on them.

   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   chrome-plating rod brake bars posted by Chris on 7/23/2008 at 8:48:41 AM
Don't do it. Find another set with better plating.

Hate to say this, but I have to give you my best advice.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   chrome-plating rod brake bars posted by Stephen Hogben on 7/23/2008 at 1:25:09 PM
Used to do up old british motor bikes years ago,had quite a bit of chrome plating done on them.The finished product was very poor.The chrome was extremley thin and they had not cleaned and polished the parts before plating!One of my mates worked for A C Cobra (a small sport car company)the boss had a million pound collection of old motor bikes so some of my parts went of with his bits (free).The plating was far thicker,causing trouble on re-assembly.Parts had still not been prepared properly,so if you go ahead prepare parts yourself!

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Get your drooling towel ready.... posted by: Larry "Boneman" Bone on 7/21/2008 at 6:56:42 PM
I wonder what this will go for...

"Lead us not into temptation... for we can find it ourselves." - Oscar Wilde


Larry "Boneman" Bone - somebody STOP me!!!

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Get your drooling towel ready.... posted by Chris on 7/22/2008 at 8:18:47 AM
Owned four of these and the last one went to somebody who didn't know (and I fear) didn't appreciate what they were getting.

Love these!

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Get your drooling towel ready.... posted by Thom J. on 7/22/2008 at 1:16:34 PM
Very nice indeed. If I hadn't found my Raleigh Trent Sports last year I'd be tempted to bid on it. It does give me good reference on how to set-up my current bike. Hope it finds a good home. Thom.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Get your drooling towel ready.... posted by Jeff Bikeguy on 7/23/2008 at 6:34:31 AM

I don't have anything like this in my collection yet...

AGE / VALUE:   Destruction of Sacred ground- Joseph Lucas Co. posted by: Chris on 7/21/2008 at 6:21:10 PM
Ran across pix of the destruction of the Joseph Lucas site on Great King street. I'm too saddened to talk about it.

Do a wikipedia search for: Joseph Lucas- it's tripple c something.

MISC:   what is it posted by: gre spiker on 7/19/2008 at 7:47:46 PM
At the local swap shop today was a 3-speed Sport70 or Sport7 with a Made in West Germany sticker on the seat tube. No brakes, no shifter, did have a lot of rust. Anyone have any info on this?

   RE:MISC: what is it posted by Matthew on 7/20/2008 at 1:13:37 AM

Almost certainly a German made 3 speed. Not as collectable as an English 3 speed and if it is a rough as you describe then not worth a great deal. You could find better bicycles of that age with less work to do.

Matthew - its a matter of choice.

   RE:RE:MISC: what is it posted by Chris on 7/21/2008 at 7:54:53 AM
Mathew is right, but I wanted to ask how much were they asking for it?

   RE:MISC:   what is it posted by greg on 7/22/2008 at 8:57:47 AM
free for the taking
the chrome mudguards & chainguard were in decent shape
was gone when I returned