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Old 07-04-10, 07:45 AM
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Also keep in mind, that at least in South America, there are a bunch of newer rod brake bikes running around. While in Peru, I saw hundreds of them a day. I wanted SO much to bring one home, hehe. There may be some of those newer bikes running around there too. Stick to the well known name brands.,,,,BD
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This might be a completely stupid question, but hey, I'm new to all these roadster bikes. What are rod-brakes?
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The idea of bringing home bikes from Africa to Tennessee sounds so cool! But flip-wise--I can't quite imagine that the cost of shipping won't outweigh any profit, unless you find something truly rare and fabulous.
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They have a completely mechanical linkage with pivots, etc. IE: rod actuated, no cables.,,,,BD

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Originally Posted by wmartinhickman
This might be a completely stupid question, but hey, I'm new to all these roadster bikes. What are rod-brakes?
Maybe someone here can give a brief, accurate explanation, but you might just want to google a photo! It's an older style of system where the brakes are connected from the hand levers by straight steel rods rather than cables and the rims of the bike are slightly different shape since the brake pad is angled upward and not from the side. A very elegant system.
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I will google that. I have also seen some brakes that seem to be housed right on the hub, in the front and back. What type of brakes are these?
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I just posted a googled pic, right there ^^^^^^^,,,,BD
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Originally Posted by greengage
The idea of bringing home bikes from Africa to Tennessee sounds so cool! But flip-wise--I can't quite imagine that the cost of shipping won't outweigh any profit, unless you find something truly rare and fabulous.
I have thought about that. If I shipped them rather than fly them it would be cheaper, just take 3 months. If I just buy a few then I can take them as my luggage on the airplane and it wont cost any extra.
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Hey fiatacc,,, That coud be the seldom seen Peugeot PX-70?? They sold a commute style bike for a few years. I bought new,, a 1979 Motobecane 1980 Peugeot and 1986 Peugeot. I'd guess the cottered crank has french threads too. My french fleet was all english threads. But if the frame fits,i'd restore the beast. I got 27" gumwall tires in my local K-Mart like 5+ years ago. With the right tires you'd have a classy bike,,with lights.Chris
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Local CL score. I believe it's an st500, 1986. Suntour Suberbe pro derailleurs, cyclone hubs, Sugino AT triple, what I believe are some older DiaCompe canit's, Nitto Rando bars and Techomic stem, and a honey/copper Brooks team pro. It's over 10cm to small for me, but I'm going to use the group and saddle on my commuter build and parting the rest out. If anyone needs a tiny touring frame PM and I can get you some measurements. Overall I think it was a very nice find.


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Great score! Must have been the good vibes we had with our ride the other night! Maybe we can make a trade on the RD? What you need? Something Campy to go with the shifters?
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There is a guy near me who has been trying for about a year to sell a Haro Dart (same type of bike as your Schwinn) on craigslist for $200. Maybe you could buy that too and revive the sport.
sounds like an ambitious price. don't know if the bmx crowd is as nostalgic as we are. what i did find when i looked the bike up is some weird road bike conversions that some folks were doing on these things. it's funky for sure.
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here are a few pics of the bikes I found here in Mali. I bought the green one today. It is a Raleigh 3-speed. In riding it home I noticed that there is one spot that the gears don't catch and it is, as if, the chain is off.
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tangent....where in TN will you be returning?
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This is the green Raleigh 3-speed I bought today. The real hub has a 75 and a few spaces over it has a 5 on it. I couldn't see an obvious year, unless it's 1975. There is one spot in the gears that seems to not catch, making it like the chain came off. The breaks need tightening and I'm not sure how that works on the front brake. Considering I bought this thing at an African market and all the dirt and mess it's been through it rides very good; however, the peddle did fall off when I pushed hard to cross traffic. ha.
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Originally Posted by fiataccompli
sounds like an ambitious price. don't know if the bmx crowd is as nostalgic as we are. what i did find when i looked the bike up is some weird road bike conversions that some folks were doing on these things. it's funky for sure.

They're about TWICE as nostalgic as we are!? Who else would pay the kind of money they do on tig welded bikes? They sometimes broke/cracked from rough landings, and threw chains from frame flex. The most collectible of these bikes is a Hutch of course. It came with a fairing IIRC, and the magazine ad had a rider stopped by the police, hehe.,,,,BD

That Cannondale!!! Oh man that is a nice find! I appreciate the earlier models more now. The late 90's CAAD3 R600 I had rode stiff as hell, but the CAD2 R200 I have now is quick and comfy.,,,,BD
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Originally Posted by fiataccompli
tangent....where in TN will you be returning?
(assuming this is to me) My wife and I have been living in Chattanooga, TN for the past year. We came to Mali, West Africa the end of April and will return the end of July. We are not sure where we will move back to. We love Chattanooga, but I am applying to Physical Therapy School in Johnson City, starting in January; however, our family lives closer to Memphis. So right now it looks like we will live in Memphis for the fall then Johnson City for the next 3-4 years.
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Originally Posted by wmartinhickman
This is the green Raleigh 3-speed I bought today. The real hub has a 75 and a few spaces over it has a 5 on it. I couldn't see an obvious year, unless it's 1975. There is one spot in the gears that seems to not catch, making it like the chain came off. The breaks need tightening and I'm not sure how that works on the front brake. Considering I bought this thing at an African market and all the dirt and mess it's been through it rides very good; however, the peddle did fall off when I pushed hard to cross traffic. ha.
Yeah... 75 5 means the hub was built in May 1975 making it most likely a 1975 or possibly '76 model. The slip is probably between 2nd and 3rd gears, right? That's just a cable adjustment issue (or possibly the cable is sticking a bit a needs to be lubed or replaced).
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So, any thoughts on the bike? I paid about $56 for it. It has a wire running through it for lights, which I'm going to try to find at a market tomorrow. I just don't know anything about it. I'll try to lube the cable or just replace it tomorrow too. What about the front brake? it's not rim break, how do I adjust it?
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I've never worked with hub brakes so.... not sure. Isn't it cable activated though? Try just tightening the cable.
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I'll try that. It was dark by the time I got it home so I really haven't played with it much yet. I'll try to figure it all out tomorrow.
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I just sold my '84 Lotus Eclair that was too big for me for $120 to a coworker. The same weekend I found excellent condition 94 Trek 370 that was perfect size for me on Craigslist for $60 The best $60 Ive ever spent. I had to register to gloat. I can post pics if anyone is interested.
OK a month later here are the pics. Itll need new tires, bar tape, and brake pads since these are still original, and the derailleur needed tuning. Other than that it rides like a champ. I found that its a low end sport tourer.



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This purple beauty rolled into the co-op last week. Being that it's repainted I wasn't sure what it was, except that it looked nice and was just my size. Took it home with me and figured out it's likely a '79 Raleigh Professional. Serial # WK9006092.



Too bad many of the nice parts have been pilfered over the years. Derailleurs, shifters, stem and bars have been replaced with junk. Modolo brakes were put on, and the front wheel is a shimano. The cranks kind of intrigued me as I don't think I've seen a three-arm Campagnolo crankset before.



Now to gather some appropriate components.
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My waiting paid off and this bike was under my nose the whole time, a family member had it rotting in their garage. it will clean up to almost like new condition, has key for rear cuff lock and snapped key in fork lock. needs a good cleaning and a rear bolb and it's good to go. it's a myster bike, the datestamp is defective on the hub and only shows two dots lol

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Picked up two bikes on Saturday, one of which is a '74 Peugeot PX-10 a fellow forumite snagged for me. Pics will be coming tomorrow, I promise.

The second was this neat old Raleigh Record in team colors I bought at the 2nd annual Americane' vintage bike festival at Boomer park. It was quite a bit cheaper than the PX-10!
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