ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Additional info posted by: Trish on 9/27/2008 at 11:48:32 AM
26 & 1 3/8 tires front and back (say made in great britain on them), girls bike, correction about the little detail on the front fender, it is metal (chrome?), it does have a chain guard (skirt guard?) and the sticker on it says Hiawatha in red, has an Indian girls face (Hiawatha obviously) and white designs on that and a feather look to the whole decal which is in great shape, cable brakes front and rear, anything else you want to know? I plan on selling it once I price it out, front and rear tires/wheels are same size so maybe this is a boneshaker/breaker? Thanks

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Just bought Hiawatha w/cable brakes posted by: Trish on 9/27/2008 at 11:28:48 AM
Says Gambles on the Hiawatha sticker on the front, has black front fender with a little up bump in white and a back fender with white, handle grips are white, brakes say John Bull on the rubber part (cable brakes has kickstand and chains, black and white seat (ties underneath) says made in England on the downrod--how much is it worth? Bought from estate sale today! Thanks

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Just bought Hiawatha w/cable brakes posted by Trish Flowerette on 9/29/2008 at 6:19:08 AM
P.S. I only paid $4.00 for it, does anyone want to buy this bike? It has a saddle seat, the seat is black and white in very good condition, the bike is black, the tires do not have white sidewalls, I can send you pictures if you want to i.d. it Thank you for any replies, I want to help my college grad daughter move to D.C. for her new job, any offers will be seriously considered. Thanks

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Hub Problem posted by: vintagebmw@yahoo.com on 9/26/2008 at 7:53:26 AM
Just installed a new hub. SOmetimes in 3rd gear it feels like the hub is slipping around the axle. Or the axle is slipping in the dropouts. Not sure but this does not fit any diagnosis from the Sturmey manual.

Any suggestions? Chain too tight?

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Hub Problem posted by Keith Body on 9/26/2008 at 12:03:24 PM
Is the hub an AW? Is the external adjustment correct?
If a replacement internal, is the sprocket side cone correct?

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Hub Problem posted by KG on 9/26/2008 at 7:29:17 PM
Yes it is an AW.

The external adjustment appears correct according to Sheldon Browns description of the slack in the cable.

The sensation is this:

When I put effort into the pedals, it feels like things slip. It is not slipping off the ratchet surface inside. Not the complete lack of resistance that comes with missing. If feels like the rear sprocket is being pulled forward more than the hub/rear wheel is. On the ride to work this morning, it was doing this in 1st gear, 2nd gear and 3rd gear. It is as if the torque from pedalling is somehow too much for it.

It also has problems shifting between the gears with some false neutrals. Again, the cable adjustment seems fine and the hub is new and unmolested.

   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Hub Problem posted by Warren on 9/26/2008 at 8:11:41 PM
Just a wild shot in the dark. Is it a splined or threaded driver. It's possible to strip the latter. Splined...no way.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Hub Problem posted by kg on 9/26/2008 at 8:43:04 PM
I don't think the driver is stripped as it is"slipping in all gears, even when the sprocket should be driving the hub directly. I am thinking it has to be something really simple: Over tight chain, Over tightened bolts on the dropouts. Dunno

Tough to say, because I cannot observe what is happening. I have to be on the bike pedaling when this happens.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Hub Problem posted by KG on 9/27/2008 at 3:48:59 AM
I should also add that the pedal action s INCREDIBLY STIFFF, as in the pedals cannot easily be turned by hand.

Any ideas guys? I could really use a hand. This bike is my ride to work.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Hub Problem posted by Al on 9/27/2008 at 11:53:20 AM

There should be about an inch or so of slack when you check chain tension at the midpoint. You might have a few links of chain that are stiff, so when they go around the rear sprocket they hang up. Did you use a masterlink or break the chain?

If it's not the chain, take the wheel off the bike and spin the sprocket backwards. If it doesn't spin easily, then the right hand cone needs to be adjusted. Follow the AW tech directions. Use Sturmey Archer cone wrenches.

Good luck!

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Aluminum Rims posted by: KG on 9/24/2008 at 10:07:51 PM
Can anyone make suggestions on a good MODERN aluminum replacement rim for 28" 1 1/2 40 spoke wheel? I'm sure somebody must have experimented with this.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Aluminum Rims posted by Al on 9/24/2008 at 11:55:36 PM

The Dutch company Van Schothorst makes 28 inch Westwood rims in stainless and chrome, 40h. The new Pashleys use that brand rim, I think. Weinmann made a small run of aluminum Westwoods for a San Francisco bike shop years ago. Very cool. I wish I had a time machine to go get more.


   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Aluminum Rims posted by C hris on 9/25/2008 at 5:40:27 PM
I think the San Fransisco bike shop you mentioned was called "Planetary Gear" are they still in business? or did they go out of business as I think they did? and I was wondering if anybody could fill me in on what happened to their inventory of stock of parts?

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Aluminum Rims posted by sam on 9/25/2008 at 7:08:59 PM
Your not going to find any (true)28x1&1/2" alum rims.What you can find is 27" and 700s in 40 hole alum rims.
But at one time weimann did make them(in Ohio)for a company in Mexico City.And they sure look good on a modified DL-1 frame(added V brakes)


AGE / VALUE:   Webb forks posted by: sam on 9/24/2008 at 6:39:33 PM
These webb forks came with the 1938 Melvern star frame.Malvern Star used them on there Autocycle which had a girls type frame.

A few more sites under the Buzzing website has a link to more Autocycles with these type forks also


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Webb forks posted by sam on 9/24/2008 at 7:32:26 PM
Check out Peter white's Autocycle site

   Thanks! posted by KG on 9/24/2008 at 11:14:25 PM
Thanks Sam. The forks look great.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Webb forks posted by Chris on 9/25/2008 at 5:42:44 PM
I love them! These are cool. Nice bike too!