So,with a little reluctants went and picked her up. She was coated with a blackish red oily residue that made the rear wheel look like it had surface rust and the paint dull looking.Quick trip to the self serve car wash for a rinse took care it. 3rd gear has some issues and excessive backpeddling to engage the brake make me wonder if its one reason it looks like it just came out of a time capsule.Friend at the shop said he will rebuild the hub and true the wheel for a twenty. The glue residue from the shop sticker was giving goo-gone,dish soap and rubbing alcohol a run for is money and would just smear it making it worse. A 'Huh who knew' moment the paint sealer made the residue disappear like magic!
Can someone suggest a seat? This one needs to go,much like riding atop a weeble wobble.
I would use a B66 on it.
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You guys seem to know your stuff. Could someone please tell me anything you could about these two bikes. I've recently picked up both and I would love to sell them in NYC and then buy myself something decent unless I can make something special of either of these. I don't know much about bikes but this is a new obsession, reading everything that you all have to say. I wish I could become mechanically inclined. bike.jpgSnap 2013-11-04 at 13.25.00.jpg
thank you! Sarah
The black one looks to be English-made and from the 60's. The blue Ross is probably from the 80's and is American-made.
Not sure what makes for a 'decent' bike in NYC but these look like fine urban rides. My perspective is from DC so a few million less elbows than The City but still, as long as your rides are not excessively hilly these bikes seem like a good choice. Older bikes are always a theft deterrent in themselves ( that part probably translates well between any city ). Add a rack & panniers as needed and I would be happy with either one - well the mens versions anyway. Ladies frame scare the crap outta me. Always think they're gonna fold up under me but then I'm 200 lbs so I'm always grateful when any bike survives the ride.
Good point. I admire the prolific use of English 3-speeds here in NYC. Are you sure you want to trade yours in, sarahmel.a? You could bring it to HUB. They'll get it in excellent running order for you.
The Ross is a low end bicycle you can flip without regret. You won't get much for it though.
The other bicycle may actually be somewhat better than it lets on in that picture. I am having a hard time telling, but it may actually be a Hercules from right around the time Raleigh and Hercules merged. It looks like it has the pointed chainguard and a different chainring than the usual 1960's Hercules. That said, I'd need a better picture of the drive side to tell.
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I have another thread about converting a Raleigh Grand Prix from 10 speed to to a 3 speed AW rear. Thread here
My questions are
1. So I have decided to go with a 48t 170mm crank. I would like to stay with a square taper spindle and light weight, any good suggestions for one.
2. What are some good light drop bar brake levers that would allow routing the cables under the bar wrap.
3. Has anyone swapped to just a 3 speed and coaster brake and gotten rid of rim brakes altogether?
Additional question can I run the shifter cable thru the existing noodle for the RD cable now.
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Coaster brakes are not as effective as rim brakes, and thus are not suitable for anything other than low speed riding. If this matches your style, it should be ok.3. Has anyone swapped to just a 3 speed and coaster brake and gotten rid of rim brakes altogether?
Probably.Additional question can I run the shifter cable thru the existing noodle for the RD cable now.
Yes, some have switched to coaster brakes instead of rim brakes. It's still a good idea to keep a front caliper brake. You may find that the coaster brake is more than adequate for stopping, but if your chain falls off, you'll need another brake. This happens!
For brake levers, use the search term "aero."
You can't run the shift cable through that last bit of housing because the hub doesn't have a cable stop built in, but you might be able to use that last cable stop on the frame. It's facing the wrong way, but there's a chance you can make it work.
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Your plan sounds good but I don't know of any down tube shifter indexed for a three speed hub. If you use a friction shifter, finding 2nd gear is tricky and dangerous.
Confirmed on the S-A website:
See attached. If I read the description correctly (..."SLS30 R3T 3 Speed classic ratio..."), this shifter should work with older 3-speed S-A hubs as well.
I like that.
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Noglider/ Tom, thanks for your excellent comment and suggestion. I have been very hesitant to take my bike(s) anywhere in NYC because I fear they'll jack up the price due to my ignorance. I would love nay suggestions you might have. I don't know what to do as far as the hercules is concerned but there is something about it, that I've falling in love with. I really want to keep one if you think I can get it in good shape. I'm just dying to start riding a bike again in the city. Last year I sold my Gary Fisher bike after losing my job and apartment and now I'm back! Could you tell me which of these bikes is a good one to keep?! My aunt has also given me a Free Spirit that needs new tires.. wonder how much that would cost... thanks a ton for all of your help and I think I will start researching a safe bike route to work.