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Old 11-08-15, 01:25 PM
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1971? Raleigh Sport dumpster find

Been a while since I've posted, but this is too good.

Got a call from an old guy who buys & sells beach cruisers. His friend found the Raleigh in a dumpster after the owner died. It probably was ridden once at the bike shop, once around the block, and put away for good. He sold it to me for $20. It's in fantastic shape, with the exception of the Brooks saddle that rotted and split. Date code on the hub is 1971. Has reflector pedals.

Did this come with fenders originally?

Where's the serial number?

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Old 11-08-15, 01:32 PM
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Did this come with fenders originally?

It did and it looks naked without them.
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Originally Posted by oddjob2 View Post
Did this come with fenders originally?

It did and it looks naked without them.
hath this forum no standards?!?! heaven forfend!
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Old 11-08-15, 02:20 PM
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That style crankset came out in the later 70s, so either it's a replacement or the rear wheel isn't original. Also, that's lots of stem showing--what's left in the steerer?
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...probably took off the fenders to offset the weight gain with that Pletscher rack. They actually look OK with some of the available replacement fenders.
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Old 11-08-15, 03:03 PM
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I'd go with a 650B wheelset, Panaracer Col De La Vie tires, install a Shimano Nexus 8 speed hub and install Honjo hammered fenders.

I think it would be a beautiful restored Raleigh Sport.
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Old 11-08-15, 04:13 PM
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Originally Posted by NormanF View Post
I'd go with a 650B wheelset, Panaracer Col De La Vie tires, install a Shimano Nexus 8 speed hub and install Honjo hammered fenders.

I think it would be a beautiful restored Raleigh Sport.
Why would you do that when you can get Panaracer Col de la vie tires in the original, 26 x 1 3/8"/590mm wheel size?
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Old 11-08-15, 04:27 PM
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Too bad you too far away. I got blue fenders sitting over here.
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Old 11-08-15, 05:18 PM
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
Why would you do that when you can get Panaracer Col de la vie tires in the original, 26 x 1 3/8"/590mm wheel size?
650B is now widely available - more so than the 650A size.
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Originally Posted by NormanF View Post
650B is now widely available - more so than the 650A size.
http://www.amazon.com/Panaracer-650A.../dp/B001LGX4CI
Panaracer 26 x 1 3/8 (40-590) Col de la Vie Tire - Harris Cyclery bicycle shop - West Newton, Massachusetts
Panaracer Col de la Vie 650B & 650A - Longleaf Bicycles
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Old 11-08-15, 11:57 PM
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The ride quality of 650B medium width tires is like riding on the clouds.

Potholes and rough roads seem to vanish underneath them.

That's the reason I would go that route in rebuilding that Raleigh Sport into a nice city bike.
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For $20? I'm jealous

1. Check the tires, tubes, cables, brake pads. Replace as neccesary.
2. Recondition the seat as best you can with the leather goop of your choice.
3. Put lots of 3-in-one 1/4 HP motor oil (blue label, not standard black label) in the internal hub and then clean it off the back rim.
4. Ride it or give to someone who will.

Fenders really do complete this bike BUT the braking system (older single pull brakes, steel wheels) doesn't work that well in the rain, so it might not be that big a of a deal.
There are plenty of good 26 x 1.375 (590mm - that's important) tires and tubes available, both online and in some LBS's.
These bikes were designed to be ridden for decades as transportation. They're tanks.

References:
This forum has a great thread: http://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...-3-speeds.html
This is a great blog: Lovely Bicycle!: Lovely Bicycles on a Budget: Vintage vs Modern
The late, great, Sheldon Brown: Servicing English Three Speeds
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Thinking about the fenders...
If you can't find the correct blue ones, consider NOS chrome fenders because the rest of the shiny bits on that bike are in very good condition. A bit "out there" for a sedate bike like the Sports, but it just might work. You probably would have to change out / remove the rear rack if you went chrome. That rack has a fairly matte finish on it, if it is the Pletscher rack I think it is.
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
That style crankset came out in the later 70s, so either it's a replacement or the rear wheel isn't original. Also, that's lots of stem showing--what's left in the steerer?
Yes, from my observations, the herons lost their eyes in 1973 and the V brackets were gone later in the same year. The chainring is from 1973 or later.
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I hate to rain on the parade, but I just went through trying to find 650a tires for my Sports. The Col de la Vie is out of stock everywhere I looked...and Harris Cyclery would only let me add 1 to my shopping cart; lame.

I ended up with Kenda somethign or another, but at least they are high pressure. Went on easy last night.
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Originally Posted by tbo View Post
Thinking about the fenders...
If you can't find the correct blue ones, consider NOS chrome fenders because the rest of the shiny bits on that bike are in very good condition. A bit "out there" for a sedate bike like the Sports, but it just might work. You probably would have to change out / remove the rear rack if you went chrome. That rack has a fairly matte finish on it, if it is the Pletscher rack I think it is.
I have the same rack on my Sports. OP could go for a set of black fenders, or search ebay for matching ones. Nice pump, though!
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Based on the chainguard, no later than 1972 model year. After that, the decal has "Raleigh Sports" in ugly 1970's typeface vs just "Raleigh" in the ancient typeface. I can't find reference to that blue color in a men's Sports for that timeframe, at least in US catalogs. There is reference to a men's royal blue Wayfarer, which is a sports in disguise, in the UK for 1971.

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Yes, from my observations, the herons lost their eyes in 1973 and the V brackets were gone later in the same year. The chainring is from 1973 or later.
1973 it is. Looked up Raleigh catalogs, it's most likely a '73. This is going to be a wallhanger/ occasional rider. Really nice bike. The tires seem fine, but the rear hub needs oil. Got to get fenders
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Yes, from my observations, the herons lost their eyes in 1973 and the V brackets were gone later in the same year. The chainring is from 1973 or later.
My '72 has an eyeless crank as well. Seems unlikely it was replaced given its provenience; I'm the second owner.
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Originally Posted by bmthom.gis View Post
I hate to rain on the parade, but I just went through trying to find 650a tires for my Sports. The Col de la Vie is out of stock everywhere I looked...and Harris Cyclery would only let me add 1 to my shopping cart; lame.

I ended up with Kenda somethign or another, but at least they are high pressure. Went on easy last night.
Thanks to 27.5 MTBs, there are now plenty of tires in the 650B size. If OP wants to never run out of replacement tires, a 650B wheelset is easy to get and the ride is more plush with medium width tires. And as I said, a set of Honjo hammered fenders would complete the vintage look of the bike.
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My signature bike is an American Eagle. When the rusted out spokes start breaking, I plan to switch to 650B. The Raleigh's rims have a lot of life left.

The Honjo fenders are pricey but perty
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