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Old 09-28-22, 06:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Unca_Sam View Post
But no chainguard!
But 23" frame!
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Old 09-28-22, 08:21 PM
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But 23" frame!
A great candidate...

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Old 09-29-22, 01:04 PM
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Thought I'd update. The S5.1 hub is fully operational! I took Sheldon's advice and installed a friction shifter for the left-side indicator chain. This seems to work very well, and the bike holds in the various gears, and shifts crisply. No issues there as yet after a service and light oil feeding.

The lamps work well and the LED bulb put out light reasonably well enough to be seen. I had a fork mounted lamp holder in the parts bin, so I moved the front lamp down for the cool factor. I already have the voltage regulator thingy for use with the dynohub. The wiring is....hilariously ill-kempt, which I think gives it a certain devil-may-care aesthetic, the results of which being I am more than OK with locking this guy up around the city.

Had it out last night after getting the front brake sorted out with KS pads and a new cable. Just as comfy as I remember, but I'll need to think about the reach - might need a longer reach Nitto Technomic to get my posture just right. The mudguards are battered, but just need an adjustment and they'll be right as rain for this fall and winter.

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Mounted the trigger and friction shifter on the stem because I like to ride on the outer part of the handlebar at times (going to put on some dark blue Newbaums)

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Left side working great!

PXL_20220929_180657608
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Old 09-30-22, 08:25 AM
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Raleigh Sprite on the road the other day:



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Old 09-30-22, 08:42 AM
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@SirMike1983, Nice Sprite!

I put my Humber (which was originally identical to a Sprite 5) back to hub gears. Missed having a drop-bar three speed.
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Old 09-30-22, 10:32 AM
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Where does one acquire some rims?



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My plan next year is to bring at least 3 to 5 extra sets of rims back with me.
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Old 10-01-22, 07:08 AM
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I live in Cambodia and there is a plethora of 26 1 3/8 bikes, tires, tubes, and rims available here. Tires for $3 or $4, tubes for $1.50, rims for $8 or $9. A step thru 26" x 1 3/8 bike is about $40 for a Single or three speed and $50 for a six or seven speed. Add $5 for a Dyno hub on the front.

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Old 10-01-22, 07:36 AM
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Looks like a factory-chromed Sports. Too bad about the ripped Brooks and the price-for-condition. Looks like the ad's been up for months.

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Old 10-01-22, 07:40 AM
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$150 for an early reversed and inverted Sports in OH.

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Old 10-01-22, 07:43 AM
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Here's a quaint oldie marked down in MA.

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Old 10-01-22, 09:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Ged117 View Post
Thought I'd update. The S5.1 hub is fully operational! I took Sheldon's advice and installed a friction shifter for the left-side indicator chain. This seems to work very well, and the bike holds in the various gears, and shifts crisply. No issues there as yet after a service and light oil feeding.

The lamps work well and the LED bulb put out light reasonably well enough to be seen. I had a fork mounted lamp holder in the parts bin, so I moved the front lamp down for the cool factor. I already have the voltage regulator thingy for use with the dynohub. The wiring is....hilariously ill-kempt, which I think gives it a certain devil-may-care aesthetic, the results of which being I am more than OK with locking this guy up around the city.

Had it out last night after getting the front brake sorted out with KS pads and a new cable. Just as comfy as I remember, but I'll need to think about the reach - might need a longer reach Nitto Technomic to get my posture just right. The mudguards are battered, but just need an adjustment and they'll be right as rain for this fall and winter.

Pics for funsies:

PXL_20220929_180304428.MP

Mounted the trigger and friction shifter on the stem because I like to ride on the outer part of the handlebar at times (going to put on some dark blue Newbaums)

PXL_20220929_180252654.MP

PXL_20220929_180648813

Left side working great!

PXL_20220929_180657608
I've never seen the left side shift--is it like an overdrive in a car?--
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Old 10-02-22, 11:29 AM
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On the S5, it's both an overdrive and an underdrive: when engaged, it simply increases the gear ratio difference from the direct drive (middle gear) in both directions, lower on the low gear, higher on the high gear.
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Old 10-02-22, 05:54 PM
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Some overpriced oldies in RI.

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Old 10-02-22, 05:58 PM
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Looks like a 23" ladies' for $15 in CT.

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Four nice but overpriced ones in VA.

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Old 10-04-22, 03:39 PM
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Triumph S5 Commuter

This one is just about complete, at least for the moment. It isn't as nice as a 1950s Raleigh, but it'll do the job. I have about a five mile commute to work along various multi use pathways that feed into the Rideau Canal path that any visitors to Ottawa would be familiar with. It is a pleasant ride and the terrain is perfect for this bike. The rack was a nice bonus and my backpack pannier with my laptop and lunch fit on one side and regular pannier for bits and bobs fit on the other nicely. Grips are classic Hunt-Wilde, still made in the States and found in a Montreal bike shop that caters to C&V tastes. Bottom bracket was in good shape and I installed fresh bearings and grease, along with cotters from Mike using his cotter press to get them in. The right side grip is an old cracked one I had in the junk bin - good to go for testing the reach before I install a new one and bar tape. Overall I'm pleased with this thing, it delivers a comfortable ride, not quite to the level of comfort and handling provided back when by my old 1950 Raleigh Superbe with Brooks B66, but close enough. The B17 is from the parts bin, it has come along for the ride on a few different builds now. Pedals are MKS Monarch and will be suitable for winter. KoolStop pads work great on the steel wheels. If I like this bike enough, maybe I'll build a 650b wheelset next year for it using my stash of '50s Sturmey Archer parts. Then again, I might find a '54 Sports for such an expensive upgrade project...but that would defeat the purpose of a cheap commuter! I digress.

PS - I need to find a chainguard now. Anyone have a surplus chainguard?

PXL_20221004_205659472

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Handlebar is French and from the '50s. It came with a nice alloy stem - but it was too short for this application. Used a Nitto stem instead.
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Chain is like a KMC rust-buster or something, it was on sale. Ugly, but it won't survive the winter anyway.
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Old 10-04-22, 08:09 PM
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Ged117 I've got a chrome Raleigh hockey stick, might suit?
Pm?
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