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Old 03-06-13, 08:12 AM   #1
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Next project... 2 speed coastie? Your thoughts?

Now that I've finished up my son's bike, I'm in the planning/gathering stages for my next project. Here's the frame that I'm starting with:



(It's not rare or unusual... plenty of these old Raleighs around, so try not to get too upset about my plans. )

Here's what I'm thinking. I want something very "clean" looking.

1. Downtube shifter bosses - gone.
2. Top tube cable guides - gone.
3. Chainstay derailleur cable stop - gone.
4. Strip frame and powdercoat in cream/offwhite color.
5. Fork is bent - replace with chrome fork.
6. GB Randonneur bars and GB stem. (Already have)
7. Stitch-on brown elkhide bar "tape".
8. Brown brooks saddle.
9. Some kind of "track" (single chainring) crankset. (I'm open to suggestion for a good British crankset)
10. SRAM 2 speed automatix coaster brake hub.
11. Vintage high flange front hub.
12. VO PBP polished rims.
13. 700x28 tires
14. Fenders.


Thoughts and/or ideas?
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Old 03-06-13, 08:58 AM   #2
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Sounds cool, can't wait to see it done.
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My thoughts....dropbars and some tread on the rear wheel to lay down some awsome skids.....my other thought would be to use a bigger frame so I could ride too!
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Sounds like a fun build! Perfect from for it too
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The only thing that I'm REALLY having a hard time with is the crankset.

Should I go classic:


Or more modern with a classic look:
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For general fooling around, it is arguably a fun project. My first bike was a Schwinn "middleweight" with a 2-speed Bendix coaster hub controlled by a shifter which resembled a brake lever. I got a low-end 10-speed about 6 months later and never looked back. What I hated about the Schwinn was that I frequently needed something between the 67 gear-inch high and the 50 gear-inch low.

Your Raleigh would be much lighter and more responsive than my Schwinn.
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I've done a couple like that, only with somewhat more recent vintage frames (one of which I ground off all the offending braze ons and powder coated), as well as a Rivendell Sam I'm finishing up right now with the freewheel version of that hub. The Automatix hub is seamless in operation and (so far) bulletproof. The two bikes I used the coaster version on have 26" mtb rims, one with Soma New Xpress 1.95 tires (corrected--I had forgotten the Fat Franks didn't fit)-- a sort of lightweight cruiser on an old Bianchi Milano frame. The Sam has VO rims in 650b. For the converted Milano, I used a NOS crank that I had a devil of a time finding a silver chain ring for (94mm), the other got a Pake track/single set from Soma. The Sam got a clone of your pictured IRD made by FSA (Gimondi track set) from Universal. Any way you go, I'll bet you'll love the end result. There's something hypnotic about a single speed with overdrive!

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For general fooling around, it is arguably a fun project. My first bike was a Schwinn "middleweight" with a 2-speed Bendix coaster hub controlled by a shifter which resembled a brake lever. I got a low-end 10-speed about 6 months later and never looked back. What I hated about the Schwinn was that I frequently needed something between the 67 gear-inch high and the 50 gear-inch low.

Your Raleigh would be much lighter and more responsive than my Schwinn.
That's exactly what I'm going for. A "fooling around" bike for leisurely rides, picnics, etc. Being in Florida, the terrain is flat enough that we rarely need a range of gears, but sometimes it's nice to have a low gear for pedalling up overpasses.
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I have the SRAM 2-speed automatic shifting hub on one bike and like it a great deal. The gear ratios are a bit wacky, so I'm still fiddling with what's ideal, but it's a much better performing hub than the Sturmey Archer two-speed kick back, which I killed after a winter of commuting on it.
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I wouldn't want a smashed cotter ending my afternoon and laying down rubber...so I'd go cotterless
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I've built up several of the 2 speed coaster bikes, but I've used vintage Bendix hubs. They are cool for cruising around, but that is about it. My advice would be: build up the wheel first and make sure you like it before you put all that money into the bike.
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im rebuilding a duomatic hub and complete bike , just started this afternoon.
I love the simlpicity of it.
waiting for the parts which should come this week
the LBS boss even likes the bike
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This may be a dumb question... but are there any English, single chainring, cotterless cranks? I honestly can't think of any manufacturers at the moment... and I wanted to try to keep this "as English as possible".
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stronglight 3 spider cranks look plenty proper!
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This may be a dumb question... but are there any English, single chainring, cotterless cranks? I honestly can't think of any manufacturers at the moment... and I wanted to try to keep this "as English as possible".
Take a double...use the outer ring and file off (gasp! ) the inner shoulders....It's now a single
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This may be a dumb question... but are there any English, single chainring, cotterless cranks? I honestly can't think of any manufacturers at the moment... and I wanted to try to keep this "as English as possible".
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This may be a dumb question... but are there any English, single chainring, cotterless cranks? I honestly can't think of any manufacturers at the moment... and I wanted to try to keep this "as English as possible".
Lots of English bikes used Stronglight or Nervar cotterless cranks. I like running a Stronglight 93 with a single ring:

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I like coaster brakes a lot. I just got a 2 speed SA hub, but it would be great in 2 of the bikes I ride a lot and I can't decide which.
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The only thing that I'm REALLY having a hard time with is the crankset.

Should I go classic:


Or more modern with a classic look:
Go modern with the classic look. Then panto the crankset with the Cream colored paint. This will look great with the SRAM hub and the overall look of the bike.
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Progress is slow (for financial reasons)... but it's progress nonetheless!

Stem and center section of bars polished:




Chrome fork on its way... hopefully before the weekend.
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All of the unneeded bits have been hacked off of the frame and it's in the shop being stripped, sandblasted and powdercoated. I can't wait to see how it will turn out!

Another apology to the "purists" out there... I ordered downtube decals from Cyclomondo. RL49. I always loved this font. Other than that, the frame will be naked of decals.
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My favorite Raleigh font, too.
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