At the bike shop we usually called them "Superb-eh".
"No wonder we keep testing positive in their bicycle races. Everyone looks like they're full of testosterone when they're surrounded by Frenchmen." ---Argus Hamilton
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.
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?
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.
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!
picture is here
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.
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.
Webshots is bailing out, if you find any of my posts with corrupt picture files and want to see them corrected please let me know. :(
ISO: A late 1980's Giant Iguana MTB frameset (or complete bike) 23" Red with yellow graphics.
"Cycling should be a way of life, not a hobby.
RIDE, YOU FOOL, RIDE!"_Nicodemus
"Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
Aluminum: barely a hundred
Which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?"_krazygluon
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
After OA bath, the front...it is supposed to be a green Superbe chainguard!
You can see the original paint on the back side. But still it's in pretty bad shape
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.
Last edited by ahson; 01-11-11 at 05:13 PM.
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!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?
Hmm, I always did it by underinflating it. I'll try Steve's technique next time. (Steve is velognome's super-mechanic.)
And frame builder
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.
Oh splendid !
I have a few English 3 speed, all steel in the stable.
A Raleigh rescued from a Garden for future restoration
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
And another Hercules I cleaned up for my girlfriend as a commuter..
There are some beautiful machines on display in this thread. Marvellous stuff !
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! :-)
I'm currently seeking a Rod Braked Hercules myself and see my life vastly improving should I happen upon one !
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.