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Old 06-27-18, 11:31 AM
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1974 Raleigh

Hello,
I've been looking for a English 3 Speed for my husband but prices here in Southern California are seriously ridiculous.
Does this look like a decent deal?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/253687683075

Thank you for any input
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Old 06-27-18, 11:51 AM
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Cycle looks to be all original and complete with no damage.

Keep in mind the risk of shipping damage on the trip from Missouri to the County of Orange.

Seller a professional bicycle dealer so they should do good packing.

An alternative to ebay for you might be garage sales. Prices are much lower there...if you can find what you want.

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Old 06-27-18, 12:06 PM
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That's a very good looking bike. Is it the right size? Does your husband want a mixte?
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Old 06-27-18, 12:08 PM
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There might be nice offers near you like juvela mentions. Craiglist, garage sales, charity stores, ... I found this on CL. I just did a quick search, this might be a Puch, an Austrian brand with an English Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub. Could this be a Raleigh made bike under the Schwinn badge?
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Just FYI, this would typically be considered a ladies frame, not a mixte.

Regarding price, that's about what it would go for around here, but this is a hot market.
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Old 06-27-18, 12:35 PM
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Originally Posted by lostarchitect View Post
Just FYI, this would typically be considered a ladies frame, not a mixtie.

Regarding price, that's about what it would go for around here, but this is a hot market.
I'm going by what the ad says (mixte) to help the OP out but yes calling it a lady's frame might be more helpful still,

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Step-through_frame

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Old 06-27-18, 02:28 PM
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Thanks for all your input. I've been looking at Craigslist for months now. Descent condition 3- speeds are going from $500 and some up to $2,000 here. Super rusted and poor condition start at $150. Its almost ridiculous the pricing on theses bike in the LA and Orange County Area. As far as garage sales, I work weekends so nearly impossible. Ebay is my best option. I found a great condition 1955 Phillips 3 speed a few months back for $200 with shipping on eBay and couldn't be happier. That's when the vintage bug hit me. As far as a frame for my husband, I think he may be more comfortable and persuaded to ride more on a relaxed frame that he could just step through and ride. He's currently 51 and a bit out of shape and he's not very into riding so I'm hoping we can relax and cruise together by the beach and such. My bike is a 19" frame, I'm 5'8 and its perfect. He's 6' so I'm thinking the 21" frame will suite him fine. I kinda thought that on a vintage 3 speed their wasn't too much of a stigma on ladies frame vs. mens frame. True?
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I've been eyeing this one as well. Its an interesting bike but cant find too much on the manufacturer or history.


https://www.ebay.com/itm/1956-METASC...MAAOSwCmRa9JW5
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Some ladies frames are nice, I rode one for years. As long as the size fits him, he shouldn't mind too much. My favorites tend to be gents' frames with 28" wheels, but it all depens upon the riding. I have had 26" I like a lot too, very good for easy, all round riding. I stick to pavement and rarely stray off road. The Metasco bike looks reasonable, but you never know until you have had a further look. The chain guard is missing, and it looks suspiciously like a type of Raleigh bike; frame, fenders and brakes. I don't mind the old steel bikes, but they often need a bit of tigthening up, not to say complete overhaul, truing, relubing and all.

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The small transfer on the cycle's seat tube will say "Made In Western Germany" which is puzzling as one would expect a german product to be fitted with a Torpedo internally geared hub rather than an S-A.

Some assert brand manufactured by Stelber.

The Jet name is a potential cource of confusion as there are bicycles from Japan with this name.

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Old 06-27-18, 03:21 PM
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Those Delta Cruisers (assuming the are because of the cream color) look very good on many of the old Raleigh 3 speeds. If someone has taken the bother to regrease and tighten up the crank properly it is a major pluss for someone like me. I'm getting better at wheels and hubs though.
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If it makes a difference to you, the seller is a non-profit located in St. Louis in an old fire house. They are super guys, I have dealt with one of them personally.

They donate bicycles to disadvantaged people but they have them learn how to maintain the bikes first. They are legit and worth supporting.
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
...As far as what to buy a casual rider, I really prefer one of the nicer rigid frame MTBs. Add smooth tires, and they are great. They will weigh 15 pounds less than the 3 speed below, better brakes, better gearing, better everything...
It's nice to have found a few favorites what ever we choose. The only thing that continue to bother with these Raleighs is the brakes; the aluminium is a bit too light weight and fexible. With the right brake blocks they are acceptable though. I would prefer hub brakes, even if they aren't the most presize at all. Some Weinman rim brakes feel much more ridgid and firm. I like these old 3 speeds when everything is tuned up. They firm up quite a bit if the spokes are repositioned and put in tension against each other.
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How can you tell the yr
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Does it have to be vintage? You can get one of these, brand new, shipped to your door for $349.

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Thanks for all your responses. @TugaDude, Yes I like the fact of supporting a charity. It does make a difference in my buying decision. @lostarchitect, I saw those as well but I'm stuck on getting a vintage, particularity a Raleigh. Just something about the history and owning a classic. Just though it would be cool to ride some vintages together. Plus I have enjoyed restoring my 1955 and looking for a new project
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