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sekaijin 01-06-11 06:21 AM

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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver (Post 12034525)
This is what you can look forward to...

Well, that would really be something. Your daughter is a prodigy. She laces wheels.

At this point mine is more like "it's shiny and it spins! I want to bang on it with a tool!"

Give her one, and she's eager to do some damage:

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u...of2_04-25-.jpg

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u...of2_04-25-.jpg

sykerocker 01-06-11 08:31 AM

At the bike shop we usually called them "Superb-eh".

biaddiction 01-06-11 01:17 PM

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Originally Posted by gna (Post 12025025)
Kenda makes tires in both EA3 590 (English 3-speed 26x1-3/8) and Schwinn S-6 597 (Schwinn 26x1-3/8). I've had good luck with Kendas on my Raleighs. Make sure you have a 590 and it should be the right size.

I use this:
http://www.biketiresdirect.com/produ...k40-street-ea3

on my 68 Raleigh sports, they are fine with my original rims

noglider 01-06-11 01:28 PM

sekaijim, you're killing me with those pictures. My 22-year-old daughter used to look like that. She also loves working with her hands. She's in college for graphic design.

rhm 01-06-11 02:03 PM

Yeah, superbe, eh?

Hey guys, someone recently posted that he had a stash of the metal version of the Sturmey Archer pulley wheels. I just searched for it but couldn't find it. Anyone remember who that was?

Pawl 01-06-11 03:14 PM

i see them for sale here http://www.home.earthlink.net/~stein...erchandise.htm but i also see metal ones on old 3 speed schwinns all the time

Sixty Fiver 01-06-11 03:25 PM

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Originally Posted by sekaijin (Post 12035233)
Well, that would really be something. Your daughter is a prodigy. She laces wheels.

At this point mine is more like "it's shiny and it spins! I want to bang on it with a tool!"

Give her one, and she's eager to do some damage:

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u...of2_04-25-.jpg

Your daughter is adorable... my daughters think so too.

My daughter loves hammers and I started showing her things when she was very young so that she knows that only dad gets to hit bikes with a hammer. :)

But she can drive nails and I am sure my deck will never come apart... she has been reinforcing it.

biaddiction 01-07-11 01:53 PM

this plastic cable stopper is broken! on the top tube of the Raleigh Sports


anyone knows where to get it or fix it in another DIY way? Thanks!

biaddiction 01-07-11 02:00 PM

the broken plastic cable stopper
 
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picture is here

Pawl 01-07-11 03:06 PM

you can get a new plastic fulcrum sleeve on ebay

http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trk...All-Categories


or get a metal one from here http://www.home.earthlink.net/~stein...erchandise.htm

gna 01-07-11 04:57 PM

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Originally Posted by biaddiction (Post 12043026)
picture is here

Let's try that link again for the steel one:
Gentleman Cyclist Merchandise

The place I volunteer has plastic ones (ok), and some that I think are alloy (better). PM me your address and I'll send you one from the bin.

biaddiction 01-07-11 08:18 PM

Awsome! THANK YOU SO MUCH! pm sent. :)



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Originally Posted by gna (Post 12044046)
Let's try that link again for the steel one:
Gentleman Cyclist Merchandise

The place I volunteer has plastic ones (ok), and some that I think are alloy (better). PM me your address and I'll send you one from the bin.


wahoonc 01-08-11 06:54 AM

I highly recommend getting the steel pulley wheels and the fulcrum stops. They are well worth the money, especially if you ride the bike regularly. The plastic ones do fine, but over time will deteriorate and break with no warning. I replace all of mine as a matter of course.

Aaron :)

ahson 01-11-11 04:57 PM

I ran into the toughest enemy in the process of restoring my '73 Raleigh Superbe, which is rust! I am doing OA bath for the bike but some components turn out to be really rusty that they corrorded? damaged the paint already. I really need you experts to help here. Those pictures below are how the chain guard looks right now. My fenders look the same as well. You should be able to get an idea.


The beginning of the OA bath process
http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/7326/img1047v.jpg
After OA bath, the front...it is supposed to be a green Superbe chainguard!
http://img38.imageshack.us/img38/9305/img1054ek.jpg

You can see the original paint on the back side. But still it's in pretty bad shape
http://img833.imageshack.us/img833/8731/img1055g.jpg

What should I do? I looked around eBay but can't find anything there. I was hoping to keep it original but seems like I have to go to anothere route now. Probably have to send these parts in for sand blasting, powdercoating? Maybe you know somewhere I can find replacement for them? Need help..I am lost.

Velognome 01-11-11 07:33 PM

Just experienced this same problem and solved it.
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Just one annoying problem. One of the tires won't seat correctly in the rim. A section of tire is tucked too far into the rim, in a way that looks like it will create a hop when I ride it. When the wheel spins, the sidewall goes all wavy. I've tried deflating and reinflating the tire hoping it will correct itself, but no luck.

Has this happened to you? Any advice?

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u...eatedwrong.jpg
My local LBS taught me how to address it. Into the backroom we went, over-inflated the tire, grabbed a Park Tire Seating tool and pulled the tire up into it's seat. He told me I could do the same thing by pinching the overinfladed tire in a bench vise. Left the tire over-inflated for a few days just to insure the tire keeps it's shape. Cool day, learned something new!

noglider 01-11-11 07:54 PM

Hmm, I always did it by underinflating it. I'll try Steve's technique next time. (Steve is velognome's super-mechanic.)

Velognome 01-11-11 09:19 PM

And frame builder:innocent:

FishBiscuit 01-12-11 12:32 AM

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Originally Posted by daisy101 (Post 12033589)
I live in San Diego. I drove up to San Francisco In November for my DL-1s.

Ah ha! So that's where that bike ended up. Nice find! Well worth the trip.

sekaijin 01-12-11 06:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Velognome (Post 12063750)
Just experienced this same problem and solved it.


My local LBS taught me how to address it. Into the backroom we went, over-inflated the tire, grabbed a Park Tire Seating tool and pulled the tire up into it's seat. He told me I could do the same thing by pinching the overinfladed tire in a bench vise. Left the tire over-inflated for a few days just to insure the tire keeps it's shape. Cool day, learned something new!

Figures Park makes a tire seating tool ... I don't have that or a bench vise, but I'm glad the WD-40 + overinflating trick worked!

sekaijin 01-12-11 06:31 AM

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Originally Posted by ahson (Post 12062996)
I ran into the toughest enemy in the process of restoring my '73 Raleigh Superbe, which is rust! I am doing OA bath for the bike but some components turn out to be really rusty that they corrorded? damaged the paint already. I really need you experts to help here. Those pictures below are how the chain guard looks right now. My fenders look the same as well. You should be able to get an idea.


The beginning of the OA bath process
http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/7326/img1047v.jpg
After OA bath, the front...it is supposed to be a green Superbe chainguard!
http://img38.imageshack.us/img38/9305/img1054ek.jpg

You can see the original paint on the back side. But still it's in pretty bad shape
http://img833.imageshack.us/img833/8731/img1055g.jpg

What should I do? I looked around eBay but can't find anything there. I was hoping to keep it original but seems like I have to go to anothere route now. Probably have to send these parts in for sand blasting, powdercoating? Maybe you know somewhere I can find replacement for them? Need help..I am lost.

I only tried OA on painted steel once (a fender) and the results were mixed. It removed the rust but also the box striping. It left a whitish haze which improved a little after I slathered it with lithium grease.

But your results look different - looks like the rust is not gone. Two thoughts: 1) perhaps you did not use a strong enough or long enough OA soak? 2) did you let it air dry after the OA soak? in my experience that caused light "flash rust" to form, which had to be WD40/steelwooled off. (if you use steel wool, be careful on the decals.) I got better results by rinsing and towel drying immediately upon removal from the OA. I also followed someone's advice to rinse with a little baking soda before pain water, to stop the OA's acid action.

Last thought, it looks like the decals changed color. Be careful, I don't know if further OA might put the decals at risk ... I have no experience doing OA on decals, maybe others know more about this. Best of luck.

rpf 01-12-11 07:27 AM

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Oh splendid !

I have a few English 3 speed, all steel in the stable.

A Raleigh rescued from a Garden for future restoration

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=185741

A Hercules which i'm currently trying to sort into a decent shape and eventually kit out as a fulyl racked grocery getter bought from a friend

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=185742


And another Hercules I cleaned up for my girlfriend as a commuter..

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=185743


There are some beautiful machines on display in this thread. Marvellous stuff !

clickcycles 01-12-11 07:41 AM

Hi, I'm in London, UK and a newbie here. Although used to renovating folders for my own use and sale (the commuter market is strong) in my spare time, I'm now moving into C&V as increased leisure time allows. The enthusiasm, knowledge and thoughtful & generous advice posted here is truly inspirational. WTG guys & gals! Just venturing into the world of Hercules and Elswick Rod-braked classics...hmmmm! :-)

rpf 01-12-11 08:02 AM

I'm currently seeking a Rod Braked Hercules myself and see my life vastly improving should I happen upon one ! :)

LuckyChow99 01-12-11 11:42 PM

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Hello everyone. I'm a newbie to this forum too. I just spent the last two nights reading all 51 pages of this thread and feel like I hit the lottery! What a great thread! It's a bit awkward because I feel like many of you are old friends now (since I've been following your post for the past year) but you don't know me yet. Regardless, (irregardless, if you’re from Alabama where I grew up :>) I'm especially thankful for having found a great group of guys that have an interest in vintage bikes like myself.

Sometimes I enjoy wrenching on these great bikes almost as much as riding them. I just finished my first Raleigh rehab last week, a green 1965 Sprite, which I converted to an AW hub from the original 5 speed Hewitt derailleur. The paint was pretty good, so I serviced the BB, head tube, and wheel bearings. I cleaned the wheels and handlebars with brass wool and waxed the frame and fenders. It came out really nice. I hope to put up a few pics as soon as the snow and ice storm passes and I can take some photos.

For quite some time, I've been watching Craig’s List hoping to find a DL-1 Tourist. It's been months and months. There just doesn't seem to be any of these in the Atlanta area. I had almost resigned myself to buying one somewhere else and having it shipped. Last week, quite unexpectedly, someone posted an ad on CL that simply said "Raleigh Bikes for sale". Inside the ad it mentioned they had three older Raleigh's for sale. There were no pictures or any details mentioned. I sent a reply and asked what the model names were and if any of them had rod brakes. Didn't hear anything back for two days, so I figured whatever they had was already sold or had previously been used as a boat anchor and had the rust to prove it. Just in case, I sent another email and asked if they received my first email and told them I was really looking for a Raleigh Tourist and asked again what they had. On the third day I got a reply back which said "Sorry for the late reply, but I was in a minor auto accident and haven't had a chance to respond. In fact, I have two of the Tourist, a gentleman’s and a ladies model. Since you seem to be the most persistent, I will let you see them first". You could have blown me over with a feather. I couldn't believe my luck. I hastily arranged to meet with them as soon as possible.

I drove over to their home in a very nice, upscale neighborhood and took a look at the bikes. Much to my surprise, they had a DL-1 and a DL-1L that were in unbelievable great shape. I quickly paid the $50 each they were asking and loaded the bikes onto my bike rack. It turns out this couple were the original owners of these two 1974 Tourist’s and they proceeded to give me the owner’s manual, assembly guide, warranty cards, and a "bike tool" that came with the bikes.

Needless to say, I am overjoyed with these two bikes. Since you almost never see these bikes in this area, I asked them how they came to own them. The lady said that they once lived in NJ (where they bought the bikes) and brought them down when they moved to Atlanta 15 years ago. They've been hanging on the wall in their basement ever since. It just goes to show that you never know when the force is going to be with you! I took a couple photos of the DL-1 if I can get them posted below. I look forward to sharing with you guys a lot more in the near future.

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=185861http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=185862http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=185863

Sixty Fiver 01-12-11 11:49 PM

One of my favourite English three speeds... in one of my favourite places.

http://www.ravingbikefiend.com/bikepics/2011pdx1.JPG


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