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Old 04-29-12, 04:46 PM   #1
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Ugly old Armstrong single 3 10 speed

I just had to have it. I saw it last year when I went to trade my rod brake Phoenix for a couple of folding Raleighs. I asked the guy what he wanted for it and he said "awe, you're a trader. Come back when you've got something to trade me. I like Schwinns." So I picked up a couple of old Schwinns, a shabby Hollywood and a shiny LeTour but I lost his number. It showed up on Craigslist so I called but it had changed hands. No matter, the new guy likes Schwinns, too.
Obviously it was a 10 speed (or maybe 8). The rear wheel is just there to hold the back of the bike up. It's an AW dated 56 but I don't think it has anything to do with the rest of the bike. I can't read the label on the saddle. It's lighter than the average 26" English bike. Seems to me someone posted a nice one of these last year. I should try to find that post.
I dunno why I felt I had to drive an hour each way for a rusty old piece of gaspipe but I'm glad I did. Should I make it back into a 10 speed, finish the 3 speed conversion or put a coaster brake on it?
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Oh, and he threw in the Humber for another $50.
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Sweet!! I vote to make the Armstrong a 3-speed. It simply makes the most sense for a bike like that.
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Nice.... rhm had the Armstrong thread I think. I posted a simular frame but it's was a Hercules of simular style and vintage. Have fun building it up!



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My guess is that it was a clubman style 3-speed to start with.

Here is a link to Grace's with some info on Armstrongs - Advertisements extend up to 1950 (which I think may be contemporary with your BEEutiful bike - note the 3-spoke chain wheel).
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I'm guessing 2x3, 4 or 5 on account of the double chainring.
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I'm guessing 2x3, 4 or 5 on account of the double chainring.
+1. (I missed that detail! )
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Sailorben - The pedals look like Phillips Apollo's - (same as on my '51 Armstrong).


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Did someone say Armstrong 10 speed? I got this when I was 14 years old. I have since removed the safety levers and wrapped the bars in black tape.

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That's nice. I like black bikes.
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Yeah, I like the idea of a drop bar 3 speed, though I'd be better off putting the drops on my 3 speed Triumph. This frame is a little small for me.
I think i'll just set it up as a single speed and put a couple of miles on it. See what it seems to want to be by how it feels.
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Hey maybe we should have a "Rusty&Crusty" build-off this summer then get together in the Fall somewhere in NY or NJ for a Meet and Ride? Wonder how may C&Ver's would be interested in bringing their junkers out for a ride. 'Course, it would have to end with Beers, Pizza and exaggerated stories
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I have a frame & fork from a '60 Hercules, smashed fork drops.
I hate to put it out for the pickers, but I don't care to build it up either.
Never mind.
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Hey maybe we should have a "Rusty&Crusty" build-off this summer then get together in the Fall somewhere in NY or NJ for a Meet and Ride? Wonder how may C&Ver's would be interested in bringing their junkers out for a ride. 'Course, it would have to end with Beers, Pizza and exaggerated stories
I like the idea... I've got some stuff that approaches rat rod gnarly sitting in my basement.
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I would do something like that.
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I'd be in for a rusty & crusty build-off, but I'm too far to come join for a ride. I have a special project that has been waiting for just such an occasion.
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Started a Rusty&Crusy thread. http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...d-off-and-ride Maybe we can amend it ? Meets & rides in several locations with photos taken, then posted on a single thread and the forum votes?
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