Here's a wedding gift to my wife and I from my friend Phil:
Had to put a few parts into it, otherwise, it is a great rider.
I'm brand new to these forums, so please forgive me if this is posted in the wrong category, but I'm looking to buy a vintage English 3 speed (something like a Superbe or a Sports). I will admit that I am brand new to these kinds of bikes, but I just bought my wife a 1973 Raleigh LTD-3 from Craigsist and I have fallen head over heels in love with the old Raleighs, especially after reading about them and looking at the photos of them here (and on Sheldon Brown's website, etc.). I have been trying to find a decent 3 speed in my neck of the woods (Chapel Hill, NC) and I've searched ebay and local garage sales, but so far, no luck (a Superbe I looked at today was in pretty rough shape, including a wheel that I would have had to replace). So, I thought I'd see if anyone here is selling something that might work for me--or if you know someone to put me in touch with. I'm a 5'11" man and average build; I took a 23" Superbe around the block and it felt good, size-wise. I don't mind minor rust, cosmetic blemishes, or bikes that need some work, but I don't want something that's going to cost me an arm and a leg to make rideable. Thanks for any tips!
Thanks to those who sent me PMs. Apparently, I haven't earned my PM "privilege" yet (need to have 30+ posts, first), so if you PM me without an email address I don't think I can reply to thank you.
On a related subject, any thoughts about this Raleigh Sports on ebay?
Bidding is now up to $310 (and I'd have to pay something like $100 more to ship it, I'm guessing). What do you think something like this--in what appears to be very good condition--is worth? I know, I know...very subjective. But I appreciate any thoughts.
While I'm at it, I thought I'd post two other ebay bikes. One is a Phillips (supposedly made by Raleigh) and one is a Sears--any thoughts? I don't know anything about either manufacturer.
http://sheldonbrown.com/retroraleighs/ Follow some of the links found there.
I recently restored a Raleigh Twenty folding bike where the previous owner removed the shifting trigger and cable and had grease or durt packed in the opening where the shifting indicator goes. With a little WD-40 to flush out the opening and some patience, I soon had it operating like new.
Replacement cables, if needed, are available from any good bike shop.
"*DIMENSIONS The stand over height is approx 30 1/4". The distance from the floor to the top of the seat post clamp is approx 30 1/2". The distance from the center of the crank to the top of the seat post clamp is approx 21". The center of the handlebar stem to the center of the seat post is approx 21 1/2". The bike will accommodate most any rider comfortably. The seat height is easy to adjust."
That green Raleigh is a top-notch specimen.
If you don't get one of these three, use google alerts to help you find another one.
Go to garage sales and estate sales and ask if they have bikes that are not on display. A lot of people don't value these bikes. I got two three speeds for $30 (for the pair!) at an estate sale, and one of them became my pride and joy. Look for my thread entitled 1962 Rudge or something like that.
Would this be considered sacrilegious?
Bought this 1969 Sports when I was 13. It's too small for me now, but is my current daily commuter anyway.
Hey Gary! Any progress on the Humber?
Most build tribulations are here.
I'm in the market for some original fenders. My fenders and chain guard were removed by my stupid self forty years ago, and thrown out by my dad a few years later.
Enjoy your beautiful rides, and be proud. They truly don't make 'em like that anymore!
If you're feeling adventurous, I have a '74 Coffee Brown 23" frame set with crank in my garage I could let go for a reasonable amount. You could then build up a bike to suit your style or desires for less than the e-Bay Sports. There's plenty of help available here, might even be a C&V member close to you thaat could offer some assistance. If interested, PM me your e-mail address and I'll send some photos your way.
Seriously, though, while it does look a little funny to me, I'm impressed (and confused?) that you somehow managed to make the original chainring work with what appear to be aluminum cranks and a tapered BB spindle. Is it somehow bolted to the chainring from the power assist?
Is it somehow bolted to the chainring from the power assist?
Exactly. It's the only thing salvaged from the original bottom bracket, which was replaced by a trick freewheel, cranks and spindle from Sick Bike Parts. All the grueling details are outlined in links in this thread.