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Old 04-03-22, 06:13 PM
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Originally Posted by brianhamp
Hello Kurt. thanks for the great reply. I have a question though... In both parts diagrams they call the LB357AZ the LH cone which is on the side of the Dyno. So would that make it the left side??
Sturmey, in their infinite wisdom, didn't drop the "LH" and "RH " designations for the cones when the hub was redesigned, nor should either of those cones been given "left" or "right" monikers in the first place.

Specifically note the instructions outlined in the later service manual: Step #1 calls out the "left-hand (the smaller) end of the hub," and LB357AZ is specifically noted in Step #3 as being the "dynamo-side cone," making it the right-hand cone per step #1, despite being the "L.H. Cone with Dust Cap" by part nomenclature.

Put simply, after the redesign, Sturmey didn't know what side of their own Dynohub was left and right.



The best recommendation I can make for anyone reassembling a Dynohub is to follow the instructions for which locknut to cinch down against the axle first. Then ignore the Sturmey instructions and reassemble the Dynohub following only the visual parts breakdown for the model you're working with. It's very simple and intuitive that way, and it saves you from Sturmey's well-meaning - but confusing and error-prone - instructions.

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Originally Posted by brianhamp
Thank you Kurt....
I should be thanking you for bringing it up, Brian! Wouldn't have notice that error in the service manual otherwise. My eyes glaze over every time I try to make sense of it.

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Originally Posted by gster
Interesting video
Interesting that they cut away just as a Moulton was entering the picture at 1:35. I don't remembering them actually selling them as a Raleigh.

And yes, a nice piece.

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Very cool. I'm of the generation that were told that if you got into the big company in town that you had a job for life, but saw the end of it as the anchor companies gave way to changing times.
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De Indstrialization. It became more profitable to manufacture in low wage Asia than to consider the loss of employment for thousands of workers. The value of the land then exceeded the value of the output of the idled or underutilized factory space. The British were about 20 years ahead of the US in this economic change. But the Brits had two things that Americans didn’t- National Health and State supported higher education and vocational training. Imagine how different it might have been here if the US rust belt workers had more support for the transition to a different economy.
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It was a no small manufacturing miracle to take what was a rich person's toy in the 1880s or 90s and recast it into a practical, reliable form of transportation and sport for the average person in the early 20th century. Automobiles had the Model T and later the Model A, and bicycles had the rod brake roadster and later the cable brake light roadster to put regular people onto mechanized wheels.

Bikes built in the traditional style are still being made in the US and Britain, but it is difficult to convince a buyer to hand over the substantial extra money for such things. Many buyers jump for the immediate gratification of a trip to the local big box and come away with a $250 new bike - one which will probably break down in the next 3 years. Many people grasp the concept of "buy one every two years versus buy one and own it for a lifetime", but it's hard to get them to follow through because of limited means or impatience.
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Originally Posted by clubman
Interesting that they cut away just as a Moulton was entering the picture at 1:35. I don't remembering them actually selling them as a Raleigh.

And yes, a nice piece.
Someone probably made the mistake of getting a Mk.2 for the collection when a TI-manufactured Mk.3 would have been more appropriate.

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A couple from last evening - 1950 Schwinn Superior and pond along my route.



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Recently picked this up very cheaply... 40 bucks! Hoping to just make everything work. It needs an oil filler cap for the Hercules branded three speed hub and a nut and washer for the non drive side cotter (already taken care of). After adjusting the brakes and shift cable as well has the front wheel bearings it rides pretty nice. 1954 if the hub date is correct.





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The Cat Came Back

This 1972 Superbe was given to a young lady several years ago. She returned it when she finished college and it was then given to a neighbourhood handy man.
It was returned to me yesterday. I'll be looking to re-home it again.
It still has the original "R" nuts on the cotters and I'm not prepared/willing to do any real work on it.

Here in Toronto, Dollarama sells these utility tool/bike racks for $4.00.
I bought a couple and they're quite good.

And lastly, I've suspended my 1955 Humber in the cabin.


It's one of the best/authentic bikes I've restored but will probably never ride as I don't like drop bars.
It's been in the basement for a couple of years, so now it's on display.

Here it is prior to getting new tires on the EA1 rims.

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Originally Posted by gster
The Cat Came Back
And lastly, I've suspended my 1955 Humber in the cabin.


It's one of the best/authentic bikes I've restored but will probably never ride as I don't like drop bars.
It's been in the basement for a couple of years, so now it's on display.
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You might say the bike is in "suspended animation"?
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Originally Posted by gster
The Cat Came Back

This 1972 Superbe was given to a young lady several years ago. She returned it when she finished college and it was then given to a neighbourhood handy man.
It was returned to me yesterday. I'll be looking to re-home it again.
It still has the original "R" nuts on the cotters and I'm not prepared/willing to do any real work on it.

Here in Toronto, Dollarama sells these utility tool/bike racks for $4.00.
I bought a couple and they're quite good.

And lastly, I've suspended my 1955 Humber in the cabin.


It's one of the best/authentic bikes I've restored but will probably never ride as I don't like drop bars.
It's been in the basement for a couple of years, so now it's on display.

Here it is prior to getting new tires on the EA1 rims.
I love giving folks a practical ride.
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A couple from this evening's ride





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Originally Posted by gster
The Cat Came Back
One of my favorite cartoons.
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Originally Posted by SirMike1983
A couple from this evening's ride





Great looking bike in a beautiful area. Life is good!
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Here's a Raleigh 3-speed I've never seen before:

https://boston.craigslist.org/nos/bi...467408366.html

Looks like a Columbia middleweight in style.
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Riding the 11 miles home from Tour De Fat yesterday afternoon here in Tempe Az.
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Riding the 11 miles home from Tour De Fat yesterday afternoon here in Tempe Az.
Excellent pic!
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Originally Posted by nlerner
Here's a Raleigh 3-speed I've never seen before:

https://boston.craigslist.org/nos/bi...467408366.html

Looks like a Columbia middleweight in style.
I saw a friend of mine the other day with the same model.
I didn't know what it was.
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Off topic, I know, but every time you post pictures of your yard and surrounding streets, I get homesick for Toronto (and Canada in general). Using my Superbe as my daily for 10 years living downtown in the Annex was my first foray into 3-speeds and the memories are magic.

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The Cat Came Back

This 1972 Superbe was given to a young lady several years ago. She returned it when she finished college and it was then given to a neighbourhood handy man.
It was returned to me yesterday. I'll be looking to re-home it again.
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Here in Toronto, Dollarama sells these utility tool/bike racks for $4.00.
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And lastly, I've suspended my 1955 Humber in the cabin.


It's one of the best/authentic bikes I've restored but will probably never ride as I don't like drop bars.
It's been in the basement for a couple of years, so now it's on display.

Here it is prior to getting new tires on the EA1 rims.
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I'm in Parkdale but lived in the Annex back in the late 70's/early 80's.
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Originally Posted by gster
The Cat Came Back

This 1972 Superbe was given to a young lady several years ago. She returned it when she finished college and it was then given to a neighbourhood handy man.
It was returned to me yesterday.
Another favourite Canadian version of "The Cat Came Back"
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