Spent as nice evening with our co-op's volunteers de-mystifying that which is the Sturmey Archer AW hub and the little quirks that make working on old Raleighs such a joy.
Tore down one hub dated 1960 and it really demonstrated at how, after 52 years of use, you can open up an SA AW and all the parts will be clean and shiny with hardly a speck of dirt save for where some of the factory grease trapped some, and see that despite some apparent wear to the smaller pawls that the rest of the hub was in like new condition.
We will get back together on Saturday and do some hub rebuilding... our shop's kit was missing a few little things like pawl springs so I will bring some of those from my shop... I have a hub that needs to be torn down and looked over and my thought is that it has a broken pawl spring or a badly worn low gear pawl because of some lag during engagement in first gear.
Throws a crisp beam and is well designed for riding at moderate speeds and was bright enough to overcome street lights.
I have a quick question about rear racks. The rack on my 1956 Sports is attached at the rear axle, not with the fender stay. Should I change the current application when everything goes back together after I change the tires and tubes?
Also, do you clean and keep old chains that appear to be in good condition, or do you routinely replace with a new one?
slowtostart: Do you have a close-up or a different angle shot of that rack? It looks like it's a weird shape. The axle bolt and the fender eyelets are very different sizes. I'm not sure how you would switch from one to the other unless there are different sized holes on the rack supports. However, if it's possible I would get it mounted to the eyelets. Taking the back wheel off for flats etc. will be less hassle if you don't have to deal with the rack also.
I've never kept old chains because the ones I come across are always really gummed up. They may be in decent shape under all that gunk but chains are cheap enough that I always just put a new one on.
slowtostart, I don't think you can mount a rack to the fender eyelets if it's designed for axle mount. I had that same issue with the original rack on my Raleigh Wayfarer. I decided to get a new modern rack, a Linus aluminum one, that mounts to fender eyelets. It doesn't look out of place on an old English three speed. And it works well with modern panniers.
The Linus rack is also adjustable, which gives a chance that it will actually look right when it's installed...
but spendy $$$ ($50):
Thanks Brazuca. It's amazing how these old Raleighs hold up.
Does anybody know if Zefal Lapize pump will fit in the pump pegs of a Raleigh Sports? The Lapize states a length of 380mm. I measure approximately 400mm between my pegs. I'm wondering if 380mm is the measurement of the pump without the hose attachment inserted into the head of the pump.
Does anybody use a zefal lapize on their Sports? I have a cheap steel Sunlite pump that fits great on my pegs right now and it's 16 inches (406.4mm). Seems like the Lapize would be too short.
Trying to catch up on this thread. See alot of nice bikes! Wanted to share my 1971 Royal Scot. Fun bike to ride!!
I also have a 1970 Hercules that I also ride. Was really a basket case when I got it off CL for 20 bucks.
Very nice bikes w1xq! I don't think I've ever seen a Royal Scot before. Hercules is also not very common around here, but they both look great!
slowtostart. I have some extra chains if you need one. Love the new addition. I am still riding my Sports.
I've also seen a few black ones. It was a Raleigh-built store brand, apparently.
This one, a gift from the quoted and very generous BF member, is my absolute favorite commuter. In fact, I rode it during Sandy earlier this week. Can you imagine someone simply showing up with one of these and asking if you'd like to have it? As you can see, she does a great job of hauling just about anything. This is the way she looked after today's rainy commute.
I hope I may someday return the favor and offer heartfelt thanks.
Pretty cool bike nlerner. I like the head badge and that chain guard is sweet!
Snagged another 3 speed today. This one is a Huffy Sportsman with hub date of 1959. The paint has seen better days but isn't awful and everything seems to be in workable condition.
Almost forgot, does anybody know what this hole behind the chainring is for?
It also has an oil port on the bottom bracket. Does anybody still oil their bottom bracket?