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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:



    More pics on C+V here:
    1935 Raleigh Record Ace puzzle. Opinions/info welcome. Pics!

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    That's so sweet I could cry. Enjoy yourself.
    When I was little, I prayed every night for a bike.
    Then I realized the Lord doesn't work that way,
    so I stole one Then I prayed for forgiveness. -emo philips

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    Even back then they left their bars unwrapped.
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    100 bucks for nazi clown tires? I'll pass.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by jetbike View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by zambaccian View Post
    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.
    Last edited by viscount; 05-18-08 at 09:28 AM. Reason: Add a little humour....

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    Quote Originally Posted by viscount View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by viscount View Post
    period tape
    that sounds gross.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mander View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by trons View Post
    cloth + shellac, duh
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by mattface View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by mattface View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by mattface View Post
    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.
    Thanks!

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