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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 05-17-08, 08:43 AM   #1
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1935 Raleigh Record Ace Fixie.

Found this a week ago and rode it for the first time today.
Never ridden a fixed wheel before.....
It was converted in the mid 50s I believe.



Bayliss and Wiley flip flop with 16 and 18 teeth:



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That's so sweet I could cry. Enjoy yourself.
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Even back then they left their bars unwrapped.
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the earliest conversion?

put this in a museum
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bmonei, good use of my favorite word
to the OP, CLEAN THAT BIKE UP! itll be flippin sweet
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nice find- have fun with it
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Even back then they left their bars unwrapped.
I'm waiting for some period tape to arrive!
And, I just wanted to get out and ride it, think I might need to move the lever too.
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the earliest conversion?

put this in a museum
As I understand it RRAs were available with FF hubs from new, at least from 1939.
This one was definitely rebuilt/repainted in the mid 50s, but I wonder if it was bought new with this configuration.
I bought it from the son of the original buyer and he can't remember such details of 50 years ago!
The current wheels (Dunlop Special Lightweight, chromed steel) are definitely post 1945.
It ain't goin' in no museum before I do.

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I'm waiting for some period tape to arrive!
And, I just wanted to get out and ride it, think I might need to move the lever too.
Period tape eh? Whatcha getting?...
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period tape
that sounds gross.
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Period tape eh? Whatcha getting?...
Was thinking of the thin traditional stuff of old.
But maybe the modern spongy stuff is easier on the hands.
Any suggestions?
Me not up to date with this stuff!
I'm nearly as old as the xxxxing bike!
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cloth + shellac, duh
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It's whatever turns you on bwoy.
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Yes I'm pretty sure that model would have come with a fixed/free option, and probably even with a fixed 3-speed option.

It's not at all surprising though that someone would have found cause to change the wheels at least once in the last 73 years. Hell some guys on here change their wheels more frequently than they change their undies.
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Yes I'm pretty sure that model would have come with a fixed/free option, and probably even with a fixed 3-speed option.

It's not at all surprising though that someone would have found cause to change the wheels at least once in the last 73 years. Hell some guys on here change their wheels more frequently than they change their undies.

Ha! Ha!
For sure this had an option to buy it with fixed/free-wheel originally.
And 3 speed as you rightly say.
In stripped form, 19.5 lbs in 1935 was light.
See here:
http://www.bikebrothers.co.uk/ron_files/rra.jpg

But it was changed to fixed/fixed later and having ridden it I would prefer to have the option of a free-wheel now.
Me just too old I guess!
But not as old as the bicycle!
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just spin off that non-driveside cog and spin on a freewheel. It doesn't look like it has a locking on it, so I'm going to say it's a "suicide cog" anyway.
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just spin off that non-driveside cog and spin on a freewheel. It doesn't look like it has a locking on it, so I'm going to say it's a "suicide cog" anyway.
Know what you mean, but the way I ride it I don't think it's a problem...
Still got no insurance though
My theory is, it's been like that for 50 odd years so it won't let me down now.
Will it?
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no with a brake on there, and having been like that for 50 years it's probably fairly safe, but I thought you said you wanted it fixed free anyway. So why not spin one cog off and spin a freewheel on. That's all you need to do to change the current setup into fixed/free. We're talkin twelve bucks and you're done.
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no with a brake on there, and having been like that for 50 years it's probably fairly safe, but I thought you said you wanted it fixed free anyway. So why not spin one cog off and spin a freewheel on. That's all you need to do to change the current setup into fixed/free. We're talkin twelve bucks and you're done.
Yep, and will do that.
Best to have the option of fixed/free.
And that is what will happen next.
All I was trying to say was that the fixed is solidly locked on both sides.
Little chance of it ever coming off the way I ride it....
And, I need the appropriate tool to remove one side.
Then it will be back to original spec anyway.
The ideal option I reckon.
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