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croboy 09-25-11 08:15 AM

yes its impressive bike on the road...

djkashuba 09-25-11 03:26 PM

1968 Raleigh Sports

I have an old rack that I'm trying to get a decent gloss black that I will add next. Fun stuff. Love the Col de la Vies. Fussy to mount but great to ride. The Elite headlight is now LED, (Thanks member gna).

-D


http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6178/...b7eea805_b.jpg
1968 Raleigh Sports by djk762, on Flickr

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1968 Raleigh Sports by djk762, on Flickr

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1968 Raleigh Sports by djk762, on Flickr

brianinc-ville 09-25-11 03:47 PM

Beautiful Raleigh!

HercRider 09-25-11 06:48 PM

Wow, that Raleigh Sports looks pristine! I remember a pic in front of the Capitol, right? Very nice.

maestrohound 09-26-11 12:25 AM

1971 Raleigh Sports
 
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I got this a few days ago. I was going to transplant the crucial parts to another frame (diamond, maroon/burgundy) that was for sale at another town, as I am a male and all of my other bicycles are in various shades of red.

But this brown beauty - wonderfully tuned up, and while in no way "mint" but telling of a loving history - a sight of it and a test ride of it made me decide to just leave it be. And this will be the one I will be riding on a daily basis. Maybe I will paint it red-ish when it really wears out - yeah, like that will happen in my lifetime!

BigPolishJimmy 09-26-11 06:42 AM

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Originally Posted by auchencrow (Post 13273494)
I had the same experience on my '51 Armstrong with the Kool-stop NR refills, but managed to rework the carriers to suit (with some difficulty. I wouldn't recommend it).
- But thanks for the advice on the Weinmanns - I never tried fitting them to the old Weinmann carriers and I just now noticed that the older ones are open on one side, so installing a new pad would not require surgery. :)

I suppose with them being open on one end, you'd need to be mindful of the direction you mount them in :)

auchencrow 09-26-11 07:52 AM

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Originally Posted by BigPolishJimmy (Post 13279008)
I suppose with them being open on one end, you'd need to be mindful of the direction you mount them in :)

It's sad to say, but that explains why no one makes them that way anymore. :rolleyes:

BigPolishJimmy 09-26-11 11:31 AM

i can only imagine applying the front brake and seeing your pads go flinging off ahead of you as they shoot out from their carriers.

Maddox 09-28-11 11:02 AM

This may have been posted before. If so, I missed it --

A real one-of-a-kind on eBay: French Arxer 3-Speed with Sturmey Archer rear. I may be alone on this, but I think it's amazing. I had to share the photos. Check out the chainring:

http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Vintage-Arxer...7hd3w~~0_3.JPG

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^Look at that sidewall - 700x35! So many tire options! And such a fascinating chainring and guard...I love it.

So beautiful. I really wish I could find something this unique and old (700c Classic European Loop Frame) in the US. Unrealistic I know, but it's nice to dream, isn't it?

noglider 09-28-11 11:11 AM

That is gorgeous, to be sure, and quite functional, too. You're right that 700c tires are a huge plus.

rhm 09-28-11 11:14 AM

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Originally Posted by BigPolishJimmy (Post 13280386)
i can only imagine applying the front brake and seeing your pads go flinging off ahead of you as they shoot out from their carriers.

I've seen it! It can be pretty funny, depending on traffic conditions.

P_M 09-28-11 11:49 AM

Maddox, that French bicycle is beautiful.

djkashuba 09-28-11 04:53 PM

Yes HercRider on the Capitol. At some point we should get a Sac Three Speed Ride going...beyond the bi annual Tweed Ride that is. -D

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Originally Posted by HercRider (Post 13277466)
Wow, that Raleigh Sports looks pristine! I remember a pic in front of the Capitol, right? Very nice.


Velognome 09-28-11 05:26 PM

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So beautiful. I really wish I could find something this unique and old (700c Classic European Loop Frame) in the US. Unrealistic I know, but it's nice to dream, isn't it?
Very cool maddox, dreams come true...sometimes. I'd been looking for years before I stubbled upon a 24" Rudge Whitworth Loop Frame and forks. It was made for 28"s but I decided to go with 700's and SA drums. Now I just need to build up the wheels and decide on a few other parts. Point being, don't give up on your dreams; just keep your eyes open a a few $ in you pocket, just incase.

Currently, your dream is running about $850 US.

marmorgan 09-28-11 09:28 PM

Say hello to Aunt Dahlia, a 1966 Raleigh Lady's Sports. Her decals are a little frumpy, but she's a treat to ride. She came with a working Dynohub, matching rack, and a locking front fork -- with the key. :thumb:

Do those features make her a Sports Deluxe? Her decals aren't easy to read, but they do say "Raleigh Sports" very definitely.

So far, I've replaced the uncomfortable black vinyl saddle she came with and added a brass bell.

Now if I could just get those steel rims replaced before the rainy season kicks in here in California....

http://www.flickr.com/photos/6802777...57627652838973

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JohnDThompson 09-28-11 09:46 PM

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Originally Posted by marmorgan (Post 13292881)
Now if I could just get those steel rims replaced before the rainy season kicks in here in California....

Sun CR-18 26" rims apparently are a drop-in replacement for the stock steel rims.

marmorgan 09-28-11 09:48 PM

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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson (Post 13292933)
Sun CR-18 26" rims apparently are a drop-in replacement for the stock steel rims.

Cool -- thanks, John!

Maddox 09-29-11 11:25 AM

Good looking bike, marmorgan!

In order to insert the image in your post, you need to find the image url, not the flickr page url. Usually you go to "Actions" at the top left of the photo, and click on "View all Sizes." On the page it takes you to, you right-click on the image and select "copy image address." Once you do that, you've got the image url copied to your clipboard. You then go directly to your post here, and type "[img]". You then right clip and select "Paste", and the image url you copied will be inserted after the "[img]" tag. You then close the end of the photo url (ending in ".jpg") with the close image tag - "[/img]." You post would then look like this: [img] blablahdotjpg [/img] - and the photo will display for us.

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That's a brilliantly preserved '66 Sports if ever I saw one. Those dyno lights are extremely desirable, so congrats on finding one with the lights intact!

And good job with the saddle and bell - they really bring it up to date nicely. Next thing to consider would be installing new cables and brake pads, which will (along with a wheel swap) dramatically improve braking and shifting.

Maddox 09-29-11 11:47 AM

So I've been working on the Superbe project, most recently repainting some badly neglected fenders (I'll post photos later), making the Steel to CR-18 swap, and overhauling the rear hub...so I've been looking at a variety of Sturmey Archer resources and assorted English parts distributors. Thought I'd share a few interesting and/or cool links/photos I found -

Firstly, I was fantasizing and looking at prices on old FG (4-Speed) hubs, and found JollyRogerMotors.com. Not only do they have a bunch of parts including a good condition 4-Speed hub for sale, they also have a Ladies' 1947 DL-1 for sale for $195.00. If you're in MA, that's not a bad deal.

Also, I found a wealth of cool info at www.sturmey-archerheritage.com, a site maintained by Sturmey Archer Co that has a giant record of old ads, tech info, and press stuff. Really really great stuff, such as a 1970 display-model of the hub spliced to show the internals, and much much more (too much to share).

This one, about spending 35,000 miles on an AW Hub, made me think of some forumites:

http://www.sturmey-archerheritage.co.../pic-461.3.jpg

http://www.sturmey-archerheritage.co.../pic-461.2.jpg

http://www.sturmey-archerheritage.co...os/pic-461.jpg

I also really appreciated having a rendering of the massive factory in Nottingham that ran during the 50's and 60's, producing many of the hubs I've used and/or rebuilt, probably along with many others...

http://www.sturmey-archerheritage.co...tos/pic-85.jpg

Gets kind of sad when you get further along in the timeline, and it shows photos of the new Tiawanese factory but alas...such is the nature of the new economy, I suppose.

Maddox 09-29-11 11:55 AM

Also, for those considering a rebuild, here's a good site that has a photo walkthrough. I'd consult other sources too and know what you're getting into, but this is a helpful link:

http://bicyclehub.co.uk/index.php?op...=59&Itemid=120

BigPolishJimmy 09-29-11 12:09 PM

I have to say, I don't think I'll ever tire of looking at photos of well loved Raleigh Sports. They're common, yet each time I see one so beautifully cared for--as evidenced numerous times previously in this thread--it just makes me happy. I may not comment on every set, but I sure do love them. The black sports at the top of the page ... drool, the blue one, ..delightful. All the other 3-speed goodness is great too. Part of it is that I just like bikes, but part of it is seeing people value fixing a worthwhile thing vs. perpetuating a throw-away society. In any case, great thread.

michael k 09-29-11 01:06 PM

Nice pictures!
They remind ALOT of Leavenworth Washington.
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Maddox 09-29-11 01:33 PM

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Originally Posted by BigPolishJimmy (Post 13295657)
I have to say, I don't think I'll ever tire of looking at photos of well loved Raleigh Sports. They're common, yet each time I see one so beautifully cared for--as evidenced numerous times previously in this thread--it just makes me happy. I may not comment on every set, but I sure do love them. The black sports at the top of the page ... drool, the blue one, ..delightful. All the other 3-speed goodness is great too. Part of it is that I just like bikes, but part of it is seeing people value fixing a worthwhile thing vs. perpetuating a throw-away society. In any case, great thread.

Well said. I feel the same way.

wahoonc 09-29-11 01:49 PM

@Maddox...that was an interesting bit on the 35,000 mile hub. I have one that I can document about half that many miles on and it has much more than that on it. It is an undated hub but the bike appears to be around a 1970/71 model. It is the smoothest and best running of all my AW hubs.

Aaron :)

cb400bill 09-29-11 05:55 PM

Well, after looking at all these wonderful 3 speeds, we have finally made our first purchase. I stumbled across this 1977 Raleigh Sports with the S3C coaster brake hub from at our local Goodwill shop. It shouldn't take too much to get her back on the road.

Here she is in "As Received" condition. Anyone got a spare Raleigh R seat post bolt?

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-b...2/P1020459.JPG


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