AGE / VALUE:   Robin Hood posted by: jillib2008 on 8/26/2008 at 11:43:56 AM
I have a friend who was recently given a 3 wheel bicycle. It was made in England and is called a Robin Hood. It looks like it was made in the 1940's-50's time period. The Serial Number is 4741813. I was looking for any information about this bike especially the moentary value, but haven't been able to find much of anything!!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Robin Hood posted by David on 8/27/2008 at 6:54:16 AM
I haven't heard of a Robin Hood trike before. Robin Hood was, in the 50s and 60s, a lower-tier Raleigh brand of bikes. Is it marked "Nottingham?" Post some pics. I doubt there's much price history for trikes like this.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Robin Hood posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 8/28/2008 at 2:56:29 AM
I concur with David... if it's a true "factory" trike then I daresay it's quite the rarity. I've seen numerous "conversions" that when done properly did command a pretty decent price.

Would love to see pics as well.


Larry "Boneman" Bone - third wheel's a charm?

AGE / VALUE:   1934 Gents Philips posted by: S.H. on 8/26/2008 at 7:15:09 AM
Had this 1934 gents Philips for years now and have decided that it is now time to restore it!Wish me luck!

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   New commercial with Raleigh Superbe. posted by: Jeff Bikeguy on 8/25/2008 at 7:26:40 PM

MISC:   22 x 1 3/8 wheeled REFINED BICYCLE posted by: Clyde on 8/25/2008 at 11:23:00 AM
Just picked up a classy little single speed - labels include "Refined Bicycle" and "Chiyozuru Ace High"

So far, I've only gotten one hit on GOOGLE for a Chiyozuru bicycle in the states. So, is anyone else familiar with this brand?

It's got a rear band brake, enclosed chrome chainguard, chrome fenders with mudflap, and SS rims. I imagine it's a Japanese juvenile or shopper model with a step-thru frame. Accessories - spoke lock, head light (that attaches to front basket) and generator set, and skirt guard - all appear to be stock items.

The 22 x 1 3/8 tires have some life left, but I would like to obtain replacements. Oldroads tire chart doesn't include this size. Harris Cyclery lists some 550A x ?? in this general size (also noted as ??-490 ISO). On various websites, I've found gray wheelchair 22 x 1 3/8 listed as ISO 37-501. I haven't had a chance to measure the actual rim diameter to compare to Sutherland's chart which gives 510 mm overall width for an ISO 490 and 514 for a ISO 501. Has anyone else tried mounting a 22" wheelchair tire on a rim like this?

   RE:MISC: 22 x 1 3/8 wheeled REFINED BICYCLE posted by Matthew on 8/31/2008 at 4:28:14 AM
Hi Clyde,

Yes its from the land of the rising sun and no I have never tried wheelchair tyres on a bike but other than the speeds involved (generally) the load would be similar on a bicycle so they should work okay.

Matthew - whizz wheels

MISC:   FW Hub service and ride report. posted by: Thom J. on 8/25/2008 at 11:27:27 AM
A follow-up to my previous post from a few days ago. I removed the FW gearset from the wheel and did a minor overhaul and inspection. Major problem was what looked like old dry grease on the driver bearings. After cleaning and re-lubing those along with eye-balling the rest of the inners, I was surprised at how well the condition was. No major wear or broken bits anywhere. Just needed some fresh oil and clean-out of the old. Took the old Raleigh Trent Sports on a 23 mile loop by my house. Shifting worked great. Drive-train was super quiet with the exception of the ticking from the SA hub. Overall, a very enjoyable ride. Didn't feel beat like I used to on my old TREK road bike. I was passed a few times by other roadies on their latest and greatest carbon-fibre wonder bikes but what did I really care. The sun was out, the sky was clear, it hadn't gotten really hot yet and the bike and I were in harmony. A great experience for me in both riding and servicing the old FW hub. I'll plan on posting some updated photos to the webpage in the next few weeks. Thom.

   RE:MISC:   FW Hub service and ride report. posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 8/25/2008 at 5:25:58 PM
Please... "Rolling Cloud"... would be the correct nomenclature.


Sounds like a success story for certain!


Larry "Boneman" Bone - carbon STEEL please!