Ladies 1960 Robin Hood Sports
A lot of this is copied from my intro post but with pictures
I spent most of yesterday cleaning up my new ladies 1960 Robin Hood Sport. She is Dark Red with white mudguards. This photo from the seller
Ive only cleaned what i could without taking it apart (2 preschool helpers) and barely touched the metalwork but it looks a wee bit better now :) the rims and brakes especially need a lot more rust removal work but the brakes and gears seem to work and I got the bell working again :thumb:
From reading the posts on here Robin Hood seems to have been a more common model elsewhere than it was here. I've never seen one before. This bike was sold by the the "Somme Cycle Works" (L.S. Hopkins) here in Ashburton and has decals and a huge "Hopkins" on the frame (which luckily cleaned up from white to a much less hideous dull gold) leading me to suspect it might have been a shop bike for them. I can't see a customer being happy with that degree of shop branding.
All the visible parts including the bell are Raleigh stamped (Sir W rather than the bird). And seem in working order.
It has a Sturmley Archer AW Hub marked 1960 4. Carrier is there and a vinyl skirt protector but no lights, pump or kick stand
The paint and some of the chrome are pretty rough; paint nearly gone in exposed areas but pretty where the skirt protector was covering it. The chrome is wrinkled in places and the chrome on the rims isn't looking very flash even where I have managed to get the rust off.
The rear wheel is sporting the most deceased tyre I've ever seen but the frame and wheels seem to be pretty straight.
I know that it will never be pretty without more time and $ than I have spent on it but i like it. it's a nice fitting bike for me and I'm hoping it will be fit to ride once I put some new tubes and tyres on it. I'll be happy if I can get it rideable and respectable looking on our fairly minimal budget. The kids are very excited at the thought of going riding with me LOL
We have various tools already but nothing bike specific. I'd really appreciate a short list of essentials for this bike. Please can anyone recommend a polish or sealant to protect the areas where I have sucessfully removed rust from the paintwork and chrome and something to protect the remains of the decals? I need to make sure it doesnt get any more rust and protect all that sad bare metal. We are not very far from the coast and have strong winds here that will really sandblast anything exposed to them if the weather has been dry (which is nearly always) hot summers and cold winters so I'd like to give it the best protection I can manage.
Any links you can share with me with tyre changing advice would also be very much appreciated. I've done it before but not for ages and never with a SA hub and I'm picking up two sets of tyres and tubes next Tuesday.
Any input appreciated. I only know what I've managed to google in the last week and most of that came from you guys