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Old 03-04-23, 08:19 PM
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How about a German one? Here's a Lloyd with a Sachs hub and a nice cradle frame.

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Dutch with drums, this is Sparta!

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$200 in NH. Probably overpriced.

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Originally Posted by thumpism
That's no later than 1949, but absolutely is overpriced. My '52 was in better overall shape, wasn't rod brake, men's frame, came from NH, and was all of $75 on eBay.

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"6 Old Raleigh Bicycles" for $1500 in PA.

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I got the 1938 Maclean Featherweight in rideable condition over the weekend. Kind of a mix of various era parts. Rear hub is an alloy shell AW dated 1953. Wheels are 597mm/EA1 w/ Weinmann rims originally from a '48 Claud Butler. Titan steel stem and GB Maes bars, 1970s Weinmann levers and brakes. Saddle is a rubber Dunlop model that's reasonably comfortable but weighs a ton and will probably get replaced by a Brooks. I'm thinking this will be my Lake Pepin 3-speed ride bike.



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Originally Posted by nlerner
I got the 1938 Maclean Featherweight in rideable condition over the weekend. Kind of a mix of various era parts. Rear hub is an alloy shell AW dated 1953. Wheels are 597mm/EA1 w/ Weinmann rims originally from a '48 Claud Butler. Titan steel stem and GB Maes bars, 1970s Weinmann levers and brakes. Saddle is a rubber Dunlop model that's reasonably comfortable but weighs a ton and will probably get replaced by a Brooks. I'm thinking this will be my Lake Pepin 3-speed ride bike.



That's really sharp. What brand and size of fenders are those? I'm looking at options for the 1953 Lenton fenders and fenders sized for EA1 specifically are hard to locate. I wonder if regular 650A or even 27 inch could be made to work.
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That's really sharp. What brand and size of fenders are those? I'm looking at options for the 1953 Lenton fenders and fenders sized for EA1 specifically are hard to locate. I wonder if regular 650A or even 27 inch could be made to work.
Those look like Bluemels Club Special to me. They're plastic so could probably be bent to fit pretty easily.
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Originally Posted by thumpism
Those look like Bluemels Club Special to me. They're plastic so could probably be bent to fit pretty easily.
Bluemels Lightweights, a bit wider than the Club Specials. @SirMike1983, these were probably made for 27 wheels, but they do fit the curve of these smaller wheels without undo bending. Kind of a classic English fender line!
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Nlerner, that MacLeans is awesome! You must be thrilled. It looks like it has a large sprocket on the AW. I love the Russ-style forks. Titan steel stem is a nice touch.
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Bluemels Lightweights, a bit wider than the Club Specials. @SirMike1983, these were probably made for 27 wheels, but they do fit the curve of these smaller wheels without undo bending. Kind of a classic English fender line!
Interesting about the 27 inch fenders - something I need to check out when buying fenders for the Lenton I'm working on.
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This well-used Raleigh is posted locally, the transfer is one I don't think I've seen before. I'm always on the lookout for green frames in tatty shape, so posted for info. Could this be a Lenton Sports?



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That looks like a Get It and Don't Ask Questions model.

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Originally Posted by cudak888
That looks like a Get It and Don't Ask Questions model.

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You may be right. Thanks for the chuckle. I'm going to try and get it. If it works out I'll clean up the rust, do some kind of clear coat, and transfer my commuter parts.
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I'm guessing a mid/late 50's Sports based on the non-detachable chain ring and metal mudguards. Could be plain gauge 531 or Hi-ten
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His 'n' hers GOLD Sportses for $165 in NY.

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Originally Posted by cudak888
That looks like a Get It and Don't Ask Questions model.

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I'm guessing a mid/late 50's Sports based on the non-detachable chain ring and metal mudguards. Could be plain gauge 531 or Hi-ten
Definitely a go and grab kind of thing. I ended up meeting the seller at his farm about 25km from Ottawa. I was greeted by the sweet farm dog who recently had had a litter of pups, about 12 cows looking lazily at me from behind their fence, and some chickens. The bike had been in the barn for 40+ years (this keeps happening to me with these bikes), and the farm has been in the family for longer than that. The bike was hanging on the wall (exposed to all weather, I might add) alongside a 1930s Ford tractor which looked to have been sitting for about the same amount of time. My relatively pristine 1950 Superbe barn find this bike is not.

AW hub dated 1959 November. It's a Raleigh Canadian, which seems to be a Sports with special decals.

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Despite the weathering very much present on the frame, the individual parts like the pedals don't show very much wear:
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It is pretty rough. My plan is to carefully disassemble, and treat the frame and fenders with evaporust. The fenders are beyond touch ups, I'll likely refinish in white, I may clear coat the frame.
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Otherwise, it will eventually take on the commuting/around town role and wear the handlebar/stem and lamps from my 1964 Triumph. Not sure on hub as yet, I am currently rebuilding a '53 AW in a wheel for practice, it may go on this machine or I'll use my S5 if I can get it working properly. Here we go again!
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That doesn't look too bad; definitely suited for commuting duties.

Is the chainguard/BB area primarily rust or barnyard animal shyte all over it?

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I have the same decals on what I assume to be a '57/58 Canadian. Those graphics were very much part of the ephemera of the day as the space race grew heated.

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ps should clean up nicely!
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That doesn't look too bad; definitely suited for commuting duties.

Is the chainguard/BB area primarily rust or barnyard animal shyte all over it?

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I thought the worst when I first examined it, but its just farm dirt. The bike is covered in layers of caked on dust and dirt. Quite a bit of surface rust from exposure, but hopefully I can get it looking somewhat presentable.

I really like the space race decals - Raleigh rocket ship.
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Originally Posted by Ged117
I thought the worst when I first examined it, but its just farm dirt. The bike is covered in layers of caked on dust and dirt. Quite a bit of surface rust from exposure, but hopefully I can get it looking somewhat presentable.

I really like the space race decals - Raleigh rocket ship.
That's some crusty goodness right there. Looks like a fun project!
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Another recent rehab--a 1961 Huffy Sportsman with TCW rear hub:

That saddle is just a placeholder until I find something better. Bright bits cleaned up reasonably well, and shifting and braking seem to work fine. I couldn't get the adjustable BB cup off (but the BB has an oiler port, so I liberally sprayed some lube in there to free up the bearings), all of the rusted bits spent considerable time in Evaporust, and I had to solder a new double-ended cable for the front brake, but other than the frame finish being fairly beat up, I think it cleaned up reasonably well. I did sand and lightly paint and rear rack and reinstalled after this pick. The color sorta matches!
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Originally Posted by nlerner
Another recent rehab--a 1961 Huffy Sportsman with TCW rear hub:

That saddle is just a placeholder until I find something better. Bright bits cleaned up reasonably well, and shifting and braking seem to work fine. I couldn't get the adjustable BB cup off (but the BB has an oiler port, so I liberally sprayed some lube in there to free up the bearings), all of the rusted bits spent considerable time in Evaporust, and I had to solder a new double-ended cable for the front brake, but other than the frame finish being fairly beat up, I think it cleaned up reasonably well. I did sand and lightly paint and rear rack and reinstalled after this pick. The color sorta matches!
I love the huffy sportsmens. The first one I saw was too small for me or I would have bought it. What a world when American companies bought and sold British goods.
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