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Old 03-02-09, 03:02 PM   #1
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All British Cycle Riding/Touring.

In a vein similar to the Lake Pepin 3-Speed Tour and All Brisitch Cycle Event, I thought it might be nice to have a post dealing with these types of bikes. Discussions would be about the bikes themselves, equipment and modifications, repairs, riding in your local area, touring, clothing and where to buy etc. There are some "forums" and "blogs" on other sites but none seem to have the traffic that Bike Forums does. What do you think?
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Old 03-02-09, 04:54 PM   #2
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English 3 Speed tours

As someone who has a stable full of English 3 speeds and yet has failed twice to register in time for the Lake Pepin tour, I think this is a great idea. I was even considering trying to arrange a similar tour in the St. Louis area. With a couple of large rivers near by, I thought a ferry crossing to Illinois and it's famous River Road bike trail would be a good plan. Perhaps I need to follow thru with more thought.
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Are we planing trips or

As far as riding my 1972 Superbe is my favorite bike to grab and head out for a ramble. I live in "rolling" hills I need to get a 22t sprocket to make the low a bit lower but that doesn't stop me from riding.

I am also gaining ground on my fake Clubman I am way too tall to ride a regular sized one (they only came in one size) I have a 25.5" Dawes Galaxy that is getting paired with an FG hub 700c polished alloy wheels and other bits and pieces.


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I've only got 6 in the basement. I'm not sure if I qualify. 7 if you count the Schwinn Breeze.
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My Raleighs and their friend Phillip would be most delighted to participate.

I would too.
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Wahoonc is on the right track....discussing and displaying the bikes we like to ride. I hadn't thought about setting-up a ride although that is an idea. Anyone who has been on the Lake Pepin tour would be encouraged to share their experiences. I'll take a look at my files and upload some pics and info about my bikes. PG.
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Wahoonc is on the right track....discussing and displaying the bikes we like to ride. I hadn't thought about setting-up a ride although that is an idea. Anyone who has been on the Lake Pepin tour would be encouraged to share their experiences. I'll take a look at my files and upload some pics and info about my bikes. PG.
Haven't managed to make a Lake Pepin...can't plan that far ahead But I did make the 2006 ABCE Tour FWIW I am the character in the bright green long sleeved shirt in the second picture

The ABCE tour was fun...but I did learn that the next time I WILL take my own saddle along!

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I've been into this English 3 speed addiction for almost two years now; got hooked after reading about the Lake Pepin tour. I found a suitable 1974 brown Raleigh Sports on e-bay for a reasonable amount of money and was the high bider. Shortly after that I found a 1968 Robin Hood that I bought for my wife for Christmas. Sure surprised her!!

Since the '74 Sports was a tad too large for me, I kept looking and was soon able to obtain a Sports frame set from an e-Bay seller for a surprisingly low price. I stripped the frame, had it powder coated semi-gloss black and rebuilt it into a "Clubman" using components from the Brown '74 along with some other goodies I had on hand. It's the bike pictured in my avitar.

Last summer I came upon a matching set of His and Her's green Raleigh Sports being sold by a local seller. Both bikes, the wife's '73 and my '74 were in excellant condition, showing little wear and alot of care. These Sports had Brooks B-72 saddles, new tires and the typical vinyl bags attached to the seats. The $125.00 I paid for both was a real bargain.

I've posted pictures of the bikes below, the brown '74, the '68 Robin Hood, the Sports frame followed by the "Clubman" made from it and the matching green Sports.
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I'm just putting the finishing touches on my latest. Looks like Drew was starting to get the british bike bug;

But he let me have it cheap and and I took some bits out of my stash and made this;

Not quite done but it will be before that snow bank melts. I'm pretty fond of the decal colors and such;

The hub was dated 1972. Probably the origional.
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