|I bought this old track frame at a bike jumble this weekend, beautiful lugwork, awful powdercoat... Can anyone out there help me identify it? Best, J|
| I recently picked up a Raleigh Grand Prix (Dutch made, 1974) and noticed the rear hub has the 10 speed freewheel on one side, and a fixed gear set up on the other (no cog, or lock ring). Was this normal for that era? Or was it a "Holland" thing? It sure will make my conversion to fixed gear cheap and easy!|
| Brampton hubs, probably. Many of the early bike-boom GPs seem to have this.|
| I've never spotted one of those hubs during my years of searching for VLW's. It would be nice to find one, though.|
| Seen a few...pretty low end stamped 3 piecs hubs.|
| I have one of those old GP's with the Brampton hubs. These are nice wheel sets for setting up a vintage fixtie with a flip flop setup in the rear. I am going to use mine on a 1950 Holdsworth. And the GP likes the Normandy hubs with alloy rims I replaced the Bramptons with.|
Dick in L.A.
| Hi, I need help identifying a bike. It has no identifying marks on it whatsoever, no badge or stickers. The only clue I have is the serial number on the bottom bracket which reads RT87084157. The freewheel hub is 'Falcon', I don't know whether they are the original rims though. It was equipped with an Eagle II derailleur. The entire frame and forks are chrome. It has brazed on cable guides on the top tube, and also for the gear cables. Any info would be greatly appreciated.|
| I've just brought my 1985 Tempo out of moth balls. Been in my attic since August of that year.(200 miles on it at the most) Are there any brake handles around like the old varsity's. The ones that wrapped around in front of the handlebars. That way you could bend over in the power position when trying to go up hill or sit up with your hands on the straight part of the handlebars and still be able to brake. I find at my age its hard to stay bent over for any length of time and it would be nice to sit up and still be able to brake.|
| I'm not sure anyone makes the "safety levers" any more (AKA suicide levers), but you should not have a problem finding some in the parts bin at any bike shop. The main problem I see with them is that your wheels have to be true and the brakes well-adjusted for them to be effective. |
| Who doesn't have lots of those old suicide levers lying around? I converted many of mine to just single levers (cutting off the part of the bolt that sticks out - that the suicide lever attaches to - then filing it smoothe. |
I rode with those type levers for so many years - I still find myself reaching for them sometimes.
| i would swap out the handlebars for a pair of three speed type bars which you can get in cheap steel or expensive aluminium (nitto makes a dove, falcon, and albatross bar) if you go the pricey route you'd need to change levers to mnt bike style. you might need to change stem. but for $40-$125 you'd have a great new bike.|
| I would like to trade or buy the above 26 X 1 1/4 Dunlop rim. I have an excellent 36 hole example but need a 32 for a set or Airlight hubs. Stainless or chrome doesn't matter...thanks.|