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Old 04-26-10, 07:11 AM
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I found a bike at the thrift store

I plan on keeping it but wanted to know something about it, It is a Raleigh Sprite 5 speed , I don't understand the gears, and wanted to know what it's worth, thanks.


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What it's worth depends a lot on where you live. It's in very nice shape, and looks like it might be a large size (23" frame?) all of which are good things. Depending where you live, $100 - $200. In some areas, maybe more.

I imagine the gears are a Sturmey Archer 5 speed hub. Is there one shifter, or two? There should be a date on the rear hub --two digits such as 72 mean the hub was made in 1972. Another digit indicates the month.
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two shifters , one goes to a lever that engages a button on the hub, the second shifter goes to a small chain that enters the hub on the opposite side. I can't seem to figure out the gears and what does what , I live in the burbs of Chicago but am moving to key west in 2 months and was looking for a cool bike, I think this is it.
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what did you pay?
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$20.00
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Originally Posted by supercrash
two shifters , one goes to a lever that engages a button on the hub, the second shifter goes to a small chain that enters the hub on the opposite side. I can't seem to figure out the gears and what does what , I live in the burbs of Chicago but am moving to key west in 2 months and was looking for a cool bike, I think this is it.
Key west is flatter than anything. Lots of vintage steel there too. Would be a perfect bike for the Keys, but make sure that a. it is inside and b. get a good wash and wax often to get the salt out.

Here is what Sheldon Brown writes about these hubs.

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Awww, that poor bike's gonna get all rusty in Key West.

First step in Key Westifying a bike is a cupholder.

Ask $150 around here and it'd be gone by the weekend.
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If the gears work and are in great condition Iw ould agree with the 100+ range, but if not it's worth the weight in steel.
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...and was looking for a cool bike, I think this is it.
I think that's a great looking bike, and for $20? Wow.
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Neat find. $150 + _ around here.
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