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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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by John E View Post
    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
    My name is Michael, and I am a recovering bike addict, It has been 11 months since I purchased a bicycle for myself..
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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!
    My name is Michael, and I am a recovering bike addict, It has been 11 months since I purchased a bicycle for myself..
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    Quote Originally Posted by puchfinnland View Post
    stronglight 3 spider cranks look plenty proper!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TampaRaleigh View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by TampaRaleigh View Post
    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".
    Williams:


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    Quote Originally Posted by johndthompson View Post
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    want! Need! Must have!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TampaRaleigh View Post
    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.
    I have spoken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
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    Good call , Hilarystone has one for 125pounds....call before midnight tonight to prevent future regret

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    Quote Originally Posted by TampaRaleigh View Post
    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.
    I have spoken.

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