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How obscure is this SA Dynohub 4 Speed?

Old 08-09-18, 03:01 PM
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How obscure is this SA Dynohub 4 Speed?

I lucked into finding what I think is a 1953 Raleigh 24L Superbe Sports Tourist. It's fairly complete, including the lamps, wiring, and Automatic Filter Switch & Dry Battery Unit in addition to the Dynohub itself.

There is no label or decal indicating that it's a Superbe Sports Tourist though. Would appreciate any opinions on what exactly I have here.

It rides beautifully and has a perfectly working 4 Speed. I think it may be an FG. Anyone able to confirm? The hub is dated 53 5. I'm curious how common or obscure these 4 speeds are. I haven't come across one before.

It even has the original Raleigh branded pump. I have a feeling that once cleaned up, it's going to look fantastic. Almost all of the decals are intact, as is the gold pin-striping.

It's amusing seeing the B for Bottom Gear in the indicator window on the shifter after the usual L N H (Low Normal High).

Thanks in advance for any info. (Anyone know where I can pick up a cover plate for the inspection port on the chain case that's missing?)






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That's really cool -
I wonder if you could get that electrical system working, with something to replace that dry cell ?
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That looks awesome. Must've been pretty pricey bitd.
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Nice bike. I think the FG hub were not uncommon at the time, remembering that Raleigh made multiple millions of bikes. I've had a few of these hubs.

I think the plate should show up on ebay.uk often enough.
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I guess I'd have to ask what you mean by 'obscure.'. They are not as common as AW's, but I can't compare their rarity to other hubs of that period. They are not as desirable as simple four speed hubs like the FW, because the FG has unique low gear pawls and springs that are hard to replace.

For lights attached to these hubs to work, the wires have to be attached... behind the dropout in the left side of the frame. It's easy to do in good light, but if you ever need to do this in poor light at the side of the road after fixing a flat, you will remember the original meaning of the word 'obscure,' and curses will be heard.

I had one, I got it because it was cheap. It was okay but I was happy to sell it when I did.
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Roadside disconnection /discontent.

Originally Posted by rhm
I guess I'd have to ask what you mean by 'obscure.'. They are not as common as AW's, but I can't compare their rarity to other hubs of that period. They are not as desirable as simple four speed hubs like the FW, because the FG has unique low gear pawls and springs that are hard to replace.

For lights attached to these hubs to work, the wires have to be attached... behind the dropout in the left side of the frame. It's easy to do in good light, but if you ever need to do this in poor light at the side of the road after fixing a flat, you will remember the original meaning of the word 'obscure,' and curses will be heard.

I had one, I got it because it was cheap. It was okay but I was happy to sell it when I did.
After fixing the flat you leave the wires off the Dynohub connections (it's difficult enough to do in a workshop) remount and switch to battery power and off you go.
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Originally Posted by Johno59
After fixing the flat you leave the wires off the Dynohub connections (it's difficult enough to do in a workshop) remount and switch to battery power and off you go.
You can crimp spades/solder banana plugs a few inches from the hub. Integrate your own QR, as it were.

Pro tip: stagger them a few inches apart, so you always connect them back the same way.
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It is very close to complete. Except for the seat and a few cable clips it's all there. Original grips are very rare. You can see this model here in the VCC on line library. No 53 catalog, but here's the 51
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