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    Picked one up yesterday. Rough shape but intact and straight, not too much rust. Ladie's model, but should be a fun bar hopper / grocery getter.

    Pics to come.
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    Someone point me to a nice wire basket for over the front wheel, please.
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    Hey -- I've got a Wald wire basket you could put half a bale of hay in; no kidding -- it's huge. I'll make you a real bargain.

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    Ygpm!
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    Topeak makes front baskets, too.

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    Disassembled it last night. Amazing how much crud gets into the BB. No sleeve, of course. The balls were all loose, but there, 11 per side. I cleaned it well with soap and water, sprayed the frame out with WD40, and after allowing it to dry, I managed to get all of it back together. Cottered cranks were pretty easy to work with.

    Headset was all loose BB's, 23 per cup. No issues.

    Most of the rust cleaned up pretty well, the cranks look almost perfect! The hub will get a good dose of oil and then I'll take it for a spin today to see what the difference is - should be major.

    Also, the machining and general parts quality is horrible - 3rd world, really. The spindle, races, everything looks very slipshod. However, once I got that BB back together, it has almost no play at the crank ends, and spins very smoothly.
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    Some guys have all the luck. I've never worked on a cottered crank that didn't end up going to the LBS to get the cotters pressed out.

    With Raleigh 3-speeds, it helps to remember that these things are all essentially 1950 bicycles, and intended for the masses -- they had to keep the costs down so the finished bike would be affordable. The upside is they're damned near indestructible. Your LTD is new enough to have the self-adjusting brake levers, too -- they're pretty clever.

    Just don't take on any long, steep hills and you'll like it fine.

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    I really got it for either my wife (couch potato, her bike's been used as a parts pony for 3 yrs and she hasn't noticed yet) or my mother (flat Florida coast).

    I'll use it for a coffee shop go-getter for the summer and then likely ship it South.

    It cleaned up pretty good, actually...
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    On a related note, I need a new set-o-tyres for it, too. I brought them up to spec (55psi) and the rear came off the bead. I'm too cheap for Sheldon.
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    Those would be 26" X 1 3/8"; you can get a pair of serviceable ones for cheap at Wal-Mart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colinm
    Someone point me to a nice wire basket for over the front wheel, please.

    Just check out this selection!!!

    http://www.bikepartsusa.com/view.pht...ket&f_c2=Front

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    Quote Originally Posted by mswantak
    Those would be 26" X 1 3/8"; you can get a pair of serviceable ones for cheap at Wal-Mart.


    Ahhhh so

    I shall try this "Wal-Mart" of which you speak.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noah Scape

    Well whaddya know. Some Good Deals there!

    Thanks for the link!
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    There's no brakes?????

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    I love the good ol' Wald "full metal basket".

    http://www.greggscycles.com/cartgenie/prod-2771.htm

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    Hey, Colin -- that's the same basket I just sent you.

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    Holy crapola!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noah Scape
    There's no brakes?????

    Halfway done with reassembly...work in progress.
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    Done -
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    I like it; cool centerstand too. That saddle looks mighty close to the bars; you must be banging your knees -- flop the mounting bracket over so it's behind the post.

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    Not my bike - sold to a college girl!
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    Quote Originally Posted by colinm
    Not my bike - sold to a college girl!
    Boy, that didn't take long!

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    By the way, for anyone doing a search about replacement tires, the walmart types mentioned fit perfectly, 60PSI and they roll great. Reflective sidewall even, and gives it a subtle white-wall look that is fantastic. Gonna miss that bike.
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