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Stripped Front Axle on Robinhood / Raleigh 3 speed

Old 08-04-23, 06:50 PM
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Stripped Front Axle on Robinhood / Raleigh 3 speed

One of the nuts has stripped the threading on the side of the front axle of my 1971 Robin Hood 3 speed. I was wondering if anyone has experience replacing the front axle on these old Raleighs? I have repacked the front hub before on these without problem, but I'm wondering if its possible to buy a replacement axle for these old bikes, or will I have to replace the whole wheel? Thanks for any help.
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10 years ago I dumped a box of NOS Raleigh hubs that had the correct axle to fit your bike. Must have been about 50 of them in the box. Bummer, but one cannot keep everything forever.
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like this one?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/18337667220...Bk9SR7T60bW4Yg

or is it like this one?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/27542099459...Bk9SR6yLlra4Yg

or you may have a Local Bicycle Co-op/recycler that might have one in stock...

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Some localities have many of these older English bikes on Craig's List, Marketplace and at the non profit/recycler. Some communities don't. Some bike shops have bought out older shops and have this stuff stashed away, newer shops often don't have the history or inclination for this stuff.

Do a little homework on your ft axle design. many of the older English hubs had one axle cone "fixed" against a shoulder on the axle. bearing adjustment was done by the other cone with the axle nut also acting as the cone's lock nut. BTW this design requires one to install the ft wheel one way, if done the reverse way the fixed cone can come loose. Sheldon Brown's site is your friend. Andy
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+1 JUNK that hub. I had a 1973 Raleigh 5d and never did get the hang of the stupid thing. The grips live on tho and the rear fender and rack.
So find one off a Schwinn or something. It's likely outdated 90 or 95 mm as well.
I would say get a CCM one, but mine has the flats to fit a stamped 8 mm fork. It is 90 mm too, but still awesome with 1/4" balls and now part of my new wheels.
It will spin for 3 minutes it's so smooth.
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Originally Posted by Andrew R Stewart
Some localities have many of these older English bikes on Craig's List, Marketplace and at the non profit/recycler. Some communities don't. Some bike shops have bought out older shops and have this stuff stashed away, newer shops often don't have the history or inclination for this stuff.

Do a little homework on your ft axle design. many of the older English hubs had one axle cone "fixed" against a shoulder on the axle. bearing adjustment was done by the other cone with the axle nut also acting as the cone's lock nut. BTW this design requires one to install the ft wheel one way, if done the reverse way the fixed cone can come loose. Sheldon Brown's site is your friend. Andy
Actually if memory serves, installing it the wrong way causes the bearing to over tighten.
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Originally Posted by Dan Burkhart
Actually if memory serves, installing it the wrong way causes the bearing to over tighten.
and then you go over the handlebars ! what a great design

Shades of Lucas or Stromberg

/markp
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Thanks everyone,
I ended up getting a beaten-up old Raleigh for less than the cost of a replacement axle. The front wheel was in good shape, so I just swapped it out.
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Originally Posted by Dan Burkhart
Actually if memory serves, installing it the wrong way causes the bearing to over tighten.
and then you go over the handlebars ! what a great design

Shades of Lucas or Stromberg

/markp
Yes! I purchased a Raleigh that had the front wheel installed backwards. It's an easy fix once you know about this design.

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