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Old 06-12-18, 08:48 PM
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1964 Raleigh Sports


This project has been underway for 6 years. Six. Years. Itís finally done and I had a nice shakedown ride on the rail trail. The only glitch was the left crank, which I guess I test-fit at some point & then forgot to tighten!

The ďsagaĒ started with a 1954 Raleigh Superbe that I picked up from Craigslist with front end damage. I was going to add a 3-cog block to the Dyno-Four hub for a 12! speed Raleigh Clubman style bike. I never got around to fixing the frame but @pastorbobnlnh gifted me this Sports frame & the project migrated over.

Unfortunately the hub, cogs & Huret Svelto just would not align and fit in the rear end without major modifications that I just donít have time or skills to address. I punted and laced up a regular AW hub; 4X because of the change in hub. The only parts which made the entire journey are all the original spokes & the rear mudguard bolts. Not kidding.

This is mutt of a ďClubmanĒ has an old mtb spindle that magically fit the Raleigh BB cups, a Japanese crank; bars, stem & brakes from a Gran Prix, new aluminum rims, Newbaums tape & an Ideale saddle. The mudflaps are @rootboy prototypes.

This magnum opus would not have happened without all the friends Iíve made here on bikeforums and all the knowledge Iíve ingested from the site. Thanks!

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Old 06-12-18, 09:28 PM
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Old 06-13-18, 10:47 AM
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Very nice. You have given me an idea about what to do with my next 3 speed.
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That thing is gorgeous. Tasty example of Component Casserole!
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He was told it would never work, nevertheless he persisted.... Chapeau on getting to the finish line, great looking build, makes me think of a path racer. If I ever end up living someplace flatter than hilly West Seattle I am going to get me one of them English 3 speeds.

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Old 06-13-18, 03:50 PM
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Lookin' good! The only thing I would change is the position of the 3-speed trigger -- I like them right below the brake lever, almost brifter-style.

The hybrid cog-block / IGH transmission would have been fun -- I really liked my 4x3 (14-16-18-20 cogset on an AW hub)
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This is a lovely bike and a heck of a project. I keep thinking I'd like to build a clubman one of these days. I just need to find the right British bike . . .
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Very nice!
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Thanks for the replies! I did try the trigger shifter under the right brake lever but it didnít fit there. Might have been blocking the brake lever. I was a little bummed because I know thatís the traditional location.
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Thanks for the replies! I did try the trigger shifter under the right brake lever but it didnít fit there. Might have been blocking the brake lever. I was a little bummed because I know thatís the traditional location.
I have a 54 Sports finished in a not so different style though I converted to 700c wheels. I installed one of the recent Sturmey Archer bar end 3-speed shifters on that bike and am quite happy with it. They are not outrageously expensive and work very well -- in my expereince better than trying to get an old trigger shifter properly positioned and functioning on a drop bar.
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Very nicely done.
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I like it! I have to annoy @nlerner here and ask how much it weighs.

What led to the decision for center pull brakes?
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Yes, that's a really nice transformation. Well done!
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This one looks good for $100


https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/h...587057457.html

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I like it! I have to annoy @nlerner here and ask how much it weighs.

What led to the decision for center pull brakes?
I havenít weighed it and probably wonít. The aluminum crank & rims knock off a lot of weight versus the stock parts. It feels really nice cruising down the rail trail at a sporty pace.
As for the brakes, I cannabalized a Grand Prix for the cockpit & since its brakes were in very good condition I used them as well.
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