WANTED:   Original brake cable and housing for a '53 Rudge posted by: Dave on 8/9/2007 at 10:12:51 PM
I just picked up a VERY nice 1953 Rudge in original un restored condition. It has the Sturmey Archer Dynohub with the original front and rear lights (all working), original tires, even one of the original English tubes. In fact it's ALL there except for one bolt that holds on the chain guard (it has the fully enclosed chain guard) It is a 3 speed with a 1953 dated Sturmey Archer hub. It is in GREAT shape with the exception of the brake cable housing which needs replaced. I would like to find original sets since the cables use "barrels" on both ends. (No pinch bolts on the brake caliper end)Also, the fenders need a good re painting and I would LOVE to find replacement decals for the rear fender (Rudge) and the small Raleigh Industries decal that goes on the front fender. Does anyone know of a source for either of these items?



   RE:WANTED:   Original brake cable and housing for a '53 Rudge posted by Dave on 8/9/2007 at 10:39:53 PM
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Let's try again...


   RE:WANTED:   Original brake cable and housing for a '53 Rudge posted by taylor on 8/25/2007 at 12:35:26 PM
There is a guy in London who is apparently THE source for decals for old bikes. Try wwwlloydcycles.co.uk. Good luck.

AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Grand Jubiliee 1974 posted by: Greg on 8/7/2007 at 2:02:18 PM
I am the original owner of a 1974 Motobecane Grand Jubilee that I am considering selling. It has mostly original parts, and I have some additional chainrings for the Stronglight crank.

Any suggestions about how to sell and how much it is worth?

Thanks, Greg

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Grand Jubiliee 1974 posted by David on 8/8/2007 at 6:06:05 PM
Ebay, probably. Do an advanced search of completed items and just put in "motobecane jubil*" You'll find several that sold recently. Compare 'em to yours. I think 22-24" frames are most in demand. One built of Reynolds 531 would probably sell for a little more than a Vitus one. You're not going to get rich.

   RE:AGE / VALUE: Motobecane Grand Jubiliee 1974 posted by eric on 8/14/2007 at 11:54:50 AM
if it has jubile derailleurs you should get some fair change for those. they can fetch around $100 each.

AGE / VALUE:   pic from 1st message posted by: Dan on 8/6/2007 at 10:07:05 AM
Hi again \
I am trying to post the pic but it don'e work?? Ident age for Columbia Roadster Bike


AGE / VALUE:   Mfg date posted by: Dan on 8/6/2007 at 9:38:17 AM
I just bought a Columbia Roadster bike with 26" wheels, I can't find a serial number and was wondering if anyone knows when this bike was made? I attached a pic,
I checked on line and nothing came up with the Roadster name??? Thanks


    Mfg date posted by John E on 8/7/2007 at 2:08:37 PM
Hi Dan,

Is this a 3-speed? If so, you will want to repost under "English Roadsters, 3-speeds, etc." If it's a 10-speed, you are in the right place.

Regards, John

MISC:   racks posted by: jason on 8/6/2007 at 4:18:00 AM
heres a goofy question
Iv'e started putting racks on some of my favorite "go to" bikes, as my utilitarian cycling increases
what in the world are those springy clippy things good for?
did anyone ever use one for any practical purpose?
Iv'e tried to use them, for small parcels and such, but the frustration level was so high that I blame this rack feature alone for americans general distain for bikes and thier resentfull turning to stationwagons, minivans and suvs to carry tiny things home with.

   RE:MISC:   racks posted by bill on 8/6/2007 at 9:36:39 AM
Some firms manufacture shopping baskets (wire mesh type) which have a recess that this clip fits into...

The thing is a compromise for people who haven't the time or gumption to buy proper bungies.

In any case it is better than the plastic bag dangling on the handlebar syndrome which has put more than one rider in hospital (as it swing into the front spokes...)


   RE:MISC:   racks posted by David on 8/6/2007 at 11:15:24 AM
I have Pletscher racks on most of my bikes and three or four of the wire baskets that have hooks on the bottom that engage the platform of the rack. The mouse trap part holds the basket onto the rack. You can remove it and use it as a shopping basket in the store. The spring clip will also hold an ordinary U-lock and, of course, will hold things like rolled up jackets, newspapers, etc. They're really very useful. They're also cheap (usually free for the light-duty models). I don't understand the disdain of most cyclists for them. Unfortunately, the best baskets seem to be sold only in Switzerland and northern Italy. Pletscher's own basket doesn't seem as good. Check out my favorite, the Athlete 4B at www.pletscher.ch

   RE:RE:MISC:   racks posted by Gralyn on 8/6/2007 at 1:20:01 PM
I use just a regular rack on some of my bikes.....and bungies to hold stuff in place. I actually have 1 or 2 of the racks you are speaking of.....the kind somewhat like a mouse trap - but I don't have them on any of my bikes. I did once find those useful - they worked pretty good to hold music books.

   RE:MISC:   racks posted by Dave on 8/6/2007 at 1:21:47 PM
I had a friend who swore that a 12 pack of beer fits perfect on a rack with that thing holding it in place. Haven't tried it myself...

   RE:MISC:   racks posted by jason on 8/6/2007 at 2:49:40 PM
well thats neat, a basket that fits the pletscher swiss racks. of course now I cant rest till I find one. I use a trunk bag, with a shoulder strap so I can take it off and bungee something large on if I need to.
the next step is a inline trailer so I can make pottery deliverys to the local shops. that will be a big move, cause the ozarks are really hilly. I'm thinking about a nashbar trailer, its 100 bucks new, any thoughts on nashbar quality? I use nashbar bags, they seem pretty ok for the price.
I used to have an old schwinn truck bike in college that could carry several cases of beer. that was pretty awesome.

   : racks posted by John E on 8/7/2007 at 2:06:26 PM
I am a huge fan of the old Pletscher "mousetrap" rack, and I have one on my 1970 Peugeot UO-8 commuter. Use the spring clip in conjunction with one or two longitudinal bungie cords and one or two transverse bungie cords, and you are good to go.