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Old 11-19-13, 09:42 AM   #4851
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You call it a spike ball, too? The six year old kid next door called them that, and I thought it was the best name, so we adopted it. We had two of those trees in NJ, and have of our property was covered with them.
Yes- they can grow very tall and straight and be nice looking trees, but the spike ball seed pods they drop are murder on bike tires and leaf vacs.
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The trees were next to our back yard, and my dog learned that it was too hazardous to walk there. They got caught in his paws. That must have been painful.
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Old 11-19-13, 12:49 PM   #4853
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Thanks. It is fillet brazed. I initially wasn't sure if it was electroforged or fillet, but the magnet test and marks around the joints indicate it's fillet brazed. It's a 1947, so sort of early but not pre-war early. It's much lighter than expected though at the moment needs a flat repair on the rear tire, after I ran over a Sweet Gum spike ball. That time of year I guess...

The blog post for it is here:

http://www.bikeshedva.blogspot.com/2...ld-update.html
Thanks for the link; I didn't even realize that the bike was a skip tooth. Might need to get your contact for the hub as I'm debating converting a 20's Ladies Colson to something somewhat similar to you conversion here...

Was that tire thin? I never thought a sweet gum ball could penetrate a bicycle tire... Maybe they are more formidable up there than they are here.

Nice work on that cable-routing too!
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Old 11-19-13, 12:55 PM   #4854
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Thanks for the link; I didn't even realize that the bike was a skip tooth. Might need to get your contact for the hub as I'm debating converting a 20's Ladies Colson to something somewhat similar to you conversion here...

Was that tire thin? I never thought a sweet gum ball could penetrate a bicycle tire... Maybe they are more formidable up there than they are here.

Nice work on that cable-routing too!
It was the basic Kenda blackwall offering for the 597 size, so pretty average street type quality stuff.

The cog is a custom conversion piece that allows you to convert an American skiptooth set up to multi gear. The specs say it should fit Sturmey or Shimano hubs. I had to file mine a bit to get it to fit, but it reasonably well beyond that.
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Old 11-20-13, 12:48 AM   #4855
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Ahhh that time of year to kick back by a fire a catch up on all the great threads I've missed this riding season.....(though I think I'm caught up now)...

Got a couple pics I'll probably be posting soon as well since I did get another "new to me" English 3 speed in payment for putting together on Tourist from the corpses of 3 tourists. Originally I was wishing that a second Tourist would be possible out of the three (and that it would be my payment), but it wasn't. But I'm pretty happy with what I ended up, infact I've barely touched the Superbe since then.
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Old 11-20-13, 03:24 PM   #4856
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My hub geared RALEIGH interest?

https://www.facebook.com/groups/152894891545784/


Please check this out?
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We generally don't mix facebook with this list. Use an image service Photobucket, Picasa etc. It's just how we roll
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sorry clubman, but three forum users already have joined me on facebook to read all the posts and view the pix of my genuine 1954 RALEIGH previously owned by some guy called Reg Harris!
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Make that 4 now...

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Hi all,

I've been lurking for a while but this is my first time posting. I have recently picked up a 1973 Raleigh LTD-3 (which thanks to you all, I figured out was a variant of the Raleigh Lady Sports) and I would like to replace the front wheel with an alloy wheel without altering the fork. There seems to be one wheel available from a UK seller on ebay, "bankrupt_bike_parts":

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/26-x-1-3-8.../181261095361?

Is this a good idea? Does anyone have experience with this wheel? Including their estimate for US shipping, I think the total will be close to US $100. Thanks!

ETA: Does anyone know of a US source for a wheel like this?

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Not saying people won't look, it's just not a common procedures on the list, like it or not. Everyone on the list posts pictures outside of Facebook. You wanna ignore everyone else, go ahead. Check the FAQ.

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Old 11-20-13, 08:48 PM   #4862
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Not saying people won't look, it's just not a common procedures on the list, like it or not. Everyone on the list posts pictures outside of Facebook. You wanna ignore everyone else, go ahead. Check the FAQ.

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Old 11-20-13, 10:01 PM   #4863
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Hi all,

I've been lurking for a while but this is my first time posting. I have recently picked up a 1973 Raleigh LTD-3 (which thanks to you all, I figured out was a variant of the Raleigh Lady Sports) and I would like to replace the front wheel with an alloy wheel without altering the fork. There seems to be one wheel available from a UK seller on ebay, "bankrupt_bike_parts":

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/26-x-1-3-8.../181261095361?

Is this a good idea? Does anyone have experience with this wheel? Including their estimate for US shipping, I think the total will be close to US $100. Thanks!

ETA: Does anyone know of a US source for a wheel like this?
You can get the Sun CR-18 rim in 32, 36 and 40 holes in the 26" size. If it were me I would take apart your existing wheel and use the original hub with new spokes and the CR-18. That would work out well, and less than $100 if you could do the wheel yourself. FWIW its not that hard, and in the process you would learn wheel alignment, and essential skill if you own bikes with spokes.

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Old 11-20-13, 10:54 PM   #4864
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Thanks - I'm reluctant to destroy the original wheel, even though it's not in great shape (rides and rolls OK, but the chrome is flaking off the rim). The original tire seems to still be on it and I like the idea of being able to reverse any changes even though I know these bikes aren't rare or valuable. Also, if the upgrade doesn't work out then I've still got a working wheel to fall back on!

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You can get the Sun CR-18 rim in 32, 36 and 40 holes in the 26" size. If it were me I would take apart your existing wheel and use the original hub with new spokes and the CR-18. That would work out well, and less than $100 if you could do the wheel yourself. FWIW its not that hard, and in the process you would learn wheel alignment, and essential skill if you own bikes with spokes.
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Old 11-21-13, 12:02 AM   #4865
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Hi all,

I've been lurking for a while but this is my first time posting. I have recently picked up a 1973 Raleigh LTD-3 (which thanks to you all, I figured out was a variant of the Raleigh Lady Sports) and I would like to replace the front wheel with an alloy wheel without altering the fork. There seems to be one wheel available from a UK seller on ebay, "bankrupt_bike_parts":

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/26-x-1-3-8.../181261095361?

Is this a good idea? Does anyone have experience with this wheel? Including their estimate for US shipping, I think the total will be close to US $100. Thanks!

ETA: Does anyone know of a US source for a wheel like this?
$55 at Harris Cyclery http://harriscyclery.net/product-lis...-x-1-3-8-1437/
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Thanks but unfortunately for the Harris wheel,
"Note: This wheel will only fit forks with standard 100mm width."
and mine is closer to 90mm.

(see also http://www.bikeforums.net/archive/in.../t-664604.html)

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+4 not the least of which you have to deal with Facebook nonsense if you want to look at something on Facebook. Not a fan.

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Thanks but unfortunately for the Harris wheel,
"Note: This wheel will only fit forks with standard 100mm width."
and mine is closer to 90mm.

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Yes- I looked at the Harris link and it does not seem to be addressing the front wheel of a British three speed. That is why you harvest the original hub and build up a new wheel. I've done this a lot- no worries. That Sun CR18 with new stainless spokes will likely last another 50 years...

I have to admit that I struggle with this original vs updated thing all the time. Oddly, especially on the three speeds, which often are not worth all that much. But I am OK with the new alloy rims simply because of the functionality, which is of course the point with a three speed- they are intended to be as durable as possible and the simple fact is that steel rims don't hold up to the road as well as alloy rims. Anyone who does wheel alignments knows that in spades. A steel rim might have to be aligned a couple of times a year if you ride a lot; if alloy maybe once a decade if it was built right to begin with.
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+5 Well said, Salubrious and Clubman.
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Old 11-24-13, 01:15 PM   #4871
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I tore down my Raleigh frame yesterday, to rebuild the bottom bracket and headset. Took some work, but they cleaned up well. The headset bearing races were nothing I've seen before, very well thought out.
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The bearings for the headset are a bit of a trick. They are 5/32" if you need any. These days its easiest to get them off of Ebay. You can buy a bag of 100 for about $6-$7.
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Haven't been posting much lately due to Maggie and I putting my life back together after Patti's funeral. However, I have been in the shop and its been three-speed-city for the past few months. First off, I finally got myself one of two bikes that I've wanted for quite a few years, a '73 Raleigh Tourist:



Meanwhile, Maggie's taken up with riding with me and after a few frustrating sessions with derailleur bikes (I supposed it didn't help that the first try was a Raleigh Sprite 10 with the original Huret Allvit), she's definitely taken well to the three-speed roadster. While I was finding something for her, she was riding my Ranger. Then some local dropped off a '68 Schwinn Breeze that was in rather pathetic shape (not worth fixing up to sell), but with some work was put in rideable shape for her:



And just about the time I got it on the road, Poguemahone gives us a '74 Raleigh Sports that had a slightly bent fork. Got my big, shiny Park tool out, and after about ten minutes the fork was back to original geometry. The rest of the bike, except for the bars, was in rather good condition under all that crud, so I was able to restore that one to original:



I'll just be keeping my eye out for another set of bars in better cosmetic condition, otherwise its done and is now Maggie's daily commuter to her job.

That's five three speeds (counting my Ranger and the Raleigh Twenty) now. If I can just find a nice Sports men's 23-1/2" frame to add to the collection, I'll be set for life.
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Good work on the bikes and they look sharp (even the Schwinn). I found that my Phillips roadster was a labor of sorts well worth the time and $ spent to get er done. I tend to work thru stuff better when fiddling with or riding my bikes. Tim
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Got my big, shiny Park tool out, and after about ten minutes the fork was back to original geometry.
What tool is that? I'm interested because I'm going to have to cold-set my fork a bit, and anything that'll help me keep things straight will be well-appreciated.
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