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Old 08-25-18, 02:00 AM
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Raleigh Sports - Stored for long time

Here we go again. I hope you guys arent sick of me. In search of another for my friend. I am telling everyone how smooth these rides are. Its so awesome.
People look at me like a lunatic. I need some advice as to what bike lock I need to get. Do people rip these off?

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That's a very good deal. Where I live, asking prices are around 150 for English 3 speeds in decent shape and at that, they usually don't have a Brooks saddle in good condition. Looks like this one would be ready to ride with a pair of new tubes and tires.
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Panaracer makes great tires for these bikes. https://www.harriscyclery.net/produc...-tire-2669.htm A simple cable lock should do for most applications. You have a very nice bike at a very good price considering the Brooks B 72 saddle and the original Raleigh saddle bag. Congrats!
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People do indeed rip these off! As someone who has had a cable cut and bike stolen I now recommend U-locks, but if you only have a cable Iíd still use it.
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People do indeed rip these off! As someone who has had a cable cut and bike stolen I now recommend U-locks, but if you only have a cable Iíd still use it. Raleigh sports are quite nice bikes even though they may not be expensive.
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Thank you for answering me. I would like to offer a little less what would be acceptable? What is your opinion on putting white cables on the bike? Does it need the rear caliper brake? What year is the bike?
How do you know if the bike needs new cables, brakes and shifter adjustment?


I purchased this Raleigh for 50 dollars. This is my first Raleigh and oh man there is nothing like this ride!!! There is something wrong with how it shifts. I have to wiggle the shifter and it skips a gear or two.

Should I put white cables on this? I will definitely put the white walls . Do you know the year and where I might find a bag and saddle?

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I have been talking to this lady on this bike for over a month. It belonged to her mom. Her husband refurbishes bikes and finished this. Is the asking price fair I was going to see what the best price would be? It has the white walls like I was going to purchase . Seems like the bike is all in order.
I would rather purchase a bike that was complete as I cant fix bikes.

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Heather as far as I can tell from the pics that bike does look to be in excellent condition. I would ask how long it has been since it was refurbished. If itís been awhile then the bike will need to have the bearings repacked and regreased no matter what the condition appears to be. Have a look at the brake cables. If they appear to be rusty then they are a danger and they will need to be replaced. Also check for signs of dry rot on the tires. If you see any cracking on the walls then they too will need to be replaced. If all of this checks out then the bike looks well worth the asking price. The seller says itís perfect. If you donít know them then you canít just take them at their word, but that bike does look to me like itís worth a closer look! Oh and white cable housing is fine. Hard to know the year without the serial number. Raleigh made this kind of bike for many years but it looks 70ís to me

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Silver Sports

Thank you everyone. Here are follow up pics of the silver Sports I am leaning towards this the color is cool. I only ever see the Green or the Brown model. What do you guys think? He is asking 100 or best offer I am not sure how much to offer. I have a master lock ulock. Cant they knock the bottom off with a hammer? And how do you affix this style of bike with the ulock?
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Both of these bikes look great. The first is a bargain price (considering the leather Brooks saddle) and the other is still fair. Both are from the mid 1970s. Unlike the gents frames, I can't tell from the pictures what size the frames are. I doubt you would have any major mechanical problems to deal with. These 3 speed hubs are very reliable and sturdy. 99.9% of problems shifting can be fixed with a cable adjustment. As long as the tires are safe, I think these bikes could just be ridden. If the brake pads are old and dried out, you could get a big improvement with new pads. I would be great to have a total servicing done, but from the look of these bikes, I think you could get by without one for a while.
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I didn't see the close ups before I posted this. It's unusual to see pitted chrome when the paint is so good. I wouldn't have suspected the chrome to be in such poor condition from the first pic. Brooks saddle or no, it looks like the green bike is the better buy. I do like the silver color though. But the chrome on the silver bike isn't going to clean up. It's actually pitted and flaking. too bad.
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Green bike Lovely! This is the one I'd want.
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Thank you for helping me. The Green Sports was just refurbished over the last month. They are a baby boomer couple who are retired and her husband refurbishes bikes full time. I expressed if I purchased the bike the white wall tires would look great. He ordered them for the bike. The bike belonged to her mother and never saw rain. It was kept in an enclosed mud room the whole time. When she passed her daughter moved the bike into the workshop. She told me her husband would be happy to help with the other bikes I have and wouldn't charge much. I have two Rog Ponies that need overhauled. The bodies are in excellent condition.

This sounds greedy I am going to purchase both bikes. That will make three then I have to stop for awhile.

What is the correct way to lock this make of bike with a ulock? what brand should I be using? Do you have your bikes insured?
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He did a very nice job! His wife said he started when the kids were little fixing their bikes. And he liked it so much it became his hobby. Now he has a small business. They are at a swap meet this weekend in Pennsylvania. This is awful but the American Way I am going to purchase one in each color. There is nothing wrong with being a hoarder if I use the item its not hoarding. Ha! When I get this shiny emerald home i will be uploading more pics. I may be afraid to take it out. I certainly wont be locking this up on any public corner in Cleveland Ohio.
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This sounds greedy I am going to purchase both bikes. That will make three then I have to stop for awhile
Bwaaa-ha-haaaa! There's no going back now. Look up N+1

Insurance, at least in my country, is not of any value for bikes. Bikes are most valuable as riders, not as collectables. With few exceptions, we do it for the love of it, certainly not for financial gain.
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Homeowners/renters insurance usually covers bikes but deductibles are usually higher than the value.
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UserCP, then in the left column Edit Avatar ...
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Glad you found somebody to help you get started. These bikes are very old fashioned and most modern mechanics don't understand them and aren't sensitive to their quirks or the kind of preservation and restoration type of work they deserve. This is a great hobby and the bikes are fun to ride. I enjoy fixing them almost as much as I do riding. I'm going to make a prediction...I think that after you become more familiar with them, you're going to start doing more work on them yourself and it won't be long before you're here asking where to find a good cotter press. You've come to the right place. Very good and knowledgeable people here, always willing to help. Welcome to the English roadster club!
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The lady just informed me the bike sold at the swap meet for 400.00
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Thank you to everyone who has offered expert advice. It keeps me from making an impulse purchase. I rehab bike frames mostly folding bikes. It's difficult to find anyone that can show you the mechanics side of this whole process. Bikes are a great hobby its fun learning about the different make, models and designs. You guys were right about these bikes. When I test drove the first bike I was on cloud nine and couldn't come down. Every day I ride my bike the rest are collecting dust. I am actually selling off all of them except the Rogs. They were my first folding bikes and I will not sell them. The ride is so smooth and solid. Nothing like it.

I would love to expand and purchase a colt and a sprite arent they for children? I am 5"1 and I purchased the Sports after i gained approval.. Its a 19 " frame and feels perfect. Best fit on a bike I ever had.
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  • I think getting more than one is a great idea! If it helps clear your conscience about hoarding bicycles you can do what I do and consider yourself to be more of a steward of the bikes. Itís your duty to keep them in great shape for when itís time to pass them on to their next users. The spares also make nice bikes for your guests to use.
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Thank you to everyone who has offered expert advice. It keeps me from making an impulse purchase. I rehab bike frames mostly folding bikes. It's difficult to find anyone that can show you the mechanics side of this whole process. Bikes are a great hobby its fun learning about the different make, models and designs. You guys were right about these bikes. When I test drove the first bike I was on cloud nine and couldn't come down. Every day I ride my bike the rest are collecting dust. I am actually selling off all of them except the Rogs. They were my first folding bikes and I will not sell them. The ride is so smooth and solid. Nothing like it.

I would love to expand and purchase a colt and a sprite arent they for children? I am 5"1 and I purchased the Sports after i gained approval.. Its a 19 " frame and feels perfect. Best fit on a bike I ever had.
Oh, you already have experience wrenching bikes. Didn't know that. That's great. The roadster fun starts much sooner then. $400 ? Wow. Great bike, but still. Maybe I need to go to one of these swap meets and unload some of the projects I still have hanging around.
The Colt is a shorter frame (18") but still has 26" wheels, but since you're happy with the 19" frame, you can stay with the deluxe Sports models. There's two different Sprites. One is a 26" wheel Sports with a 5 speed hub. The other is a 27" wheel Record with a 5 speed derailleur. Here's my 69 Sprite

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Thank you. I contacted him in hopes I can pick up the Silver Fox tomorrow.
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How much should I offer because of the pits in the chrome?
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