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Old 03-08-23, 08:08 PM
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Originally Posted by thumpism
Looks a lot like the '62 Men's version I brought back from the local bike co-op to fix up. Rod brakes and 26" wheels, Dynohub, and all in a whole lot better condition than this one. The co-op doesn't have people who really know these bikes and they hesitate to hand them out to people as they could be a servicing problem down the road, if they actually get ridden. I have been pulling out the ones that have promise and going completely through them in the hopes that we can raise some funds for the operation selling these to more upscale customers. I think a classic 3-speed is just about the perfect bike for recreation path use, both paved and unpaved, and there are a lot of people who never ride their bikes anywhere else. Time will tell if I am right or all wet, as usual. Of course, a rod brake bike is in a different league, but we sold a surprising number of DL1 and DL1L models in the 1970s, and I expect that tweedy set is still lurking out there, somewhere.
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@nlerner, My wife has one of those Sportsmans, a '64, same great color sans white head tube. It was a $15 score from the Allentown area many years ago. I converted it from the awful grip shift to trigger, added a 22t sprocket, cream Delta Cruisers, and an old B66. We call it the Huffington or the Huffingham. Sounds more English.
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Old 03-10-23, 08:52 PM
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Anyone up for an ID? Someone in Commuting wants to know what bike is in an old Sheena Easton music video.
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Sheena looks unsteady riding it.


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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!
Here's one I'm shipping to a friend in CO tomorrow. Remarkably well preserved. Someone took really good care of it. I replaced tires and brake pads. I would have replaced all the cables but never dealt with those double sided cables before and had to way to terminate the brake end.


original saddle (with its clamp reversed)



any idea what year this is?
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Old 03-13-23, 04:10 PM
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Originally Posted by sunburst
Here's one I'm shipping to a friend in CO tomorrow. Remarkably well preserved. Someone took really good care of it. I replaced tires and brake pads. I would have replaced all the cables but never dealt with those double sided cables before and had to way to terminate the brake end.


original saddle (with its clamp reversed)



any idea what year this is?
I'm guessing early-mid '60s. Is there a date stamped on the SA hub?
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Old 03-15-23, 09:35 AM
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Old 03-16-23, 03:41 PM
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mostly a collection of castoffs

This is my winter project come to fruition. A crusty 1976 Super Course frame (fork from some other Raleigh), a 1979 AW 3 speed hub (from the local bike co-op) that I laced to a new 36H 700C rim, a spare front wheel. New tires and brake pads plus other odds and sods from the co-op and my parts bin.


Currently a 20T sprocket and using the 42T chainring on the original crank. I took it out for a spin and quite liked it, waiting for the snow to disappear and warmer weather to arrive for a longer ride. Weighs in at approximately 25 pounds


May 10 update: Added fenders, chain guard and 22T cog. The grocery getter is complete.


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Originally Posted by Marco99
This is my winter project come to fruition. A crusty 1976 Super Course frame (fork from some other Raleigh), a 1979 AW 3 speed hub (from the local bike co-op) that I laced to a new 36H 700C rim, a spare front wheel. New tires and brake pads plus other odds and sods from the co-op and my parts bin.


Currently a 20T sprocket and using the 42T chainring on the original crank. I took it out for a spin and quite liked it, waiting for the snow to disappear and warmer weather to arrive for a longer ride. Weighs in at approximately 25 pounds
I have a supercourse with an aw as well. I really like the combo.
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Old 03-17-23, 01:19 PM
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I have a supercourse with an aw as well. I really like the combo.
I am struggling with the shifter placement, I like the orientation of your shifter, how did you do it?
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Old 03-18-23, 08:56 PM
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I finished rebuilding my '53 AW hub I got for cheap as it was frozen / rusted solid, having been raided for parts and left in a shed for many a year by the PO. Unfortunately, somehow I broke the axle key...I can't grasp how it happened. Re-assembled mechanism installed into the shell / wheel after testing, then I ticked it along and it was suddenly stuck - I opened it up, and a piece of axle key was jammed next to the clutch. It was a replacement part, as the original was missing. Anyone here have an axle key break? Now I need to have it all apart again...bummer.
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Old 03-19-23, 08:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Marco99
I am struggling with the shifter placement, I like the orientation of your shifter, how did you do it?
First of all the shifter is from a Sears three speed so it's sturmey compatible but not actually sturmey. Second, it's stretched a bit over a larger diameter bar which makes it sit a bit differently. The clamps will bend a bit.
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Originally Posted by Ged117
I finished rebuilding my '53 AW hub I got for cheap as it was frozen / rusted solid, having been raided for parts and left in a shed for many a year by the PO. Unfortunately, somehow I broke the axle key...I can't grasp how it happened. Re-assembled mechanism installed into the shell / wheel after testing, then I ticked it along and it was suddenly stuck - I opened it up, and a piece of axle key was jammed next to the clutch. It was a replacement part, as the original was missing. Anyone here have an axle key break? Now I need to have it all apart again...bummer.
I've had that happen at least once after a hub rebuild. PITA! Don't know if it was a flaw in the axle key or improper assembly or what.
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Originally Posted by Ged117
I finished rebuilding my '53 AW hub I got for cheap as it was frozen / rusted solid, having been raided for parts and left in a shed for many a year by the PO. Unfortunately, somehow I broke the axle key...I can't grasp how it happened. Re-assembled mechanism installed into the shell / wheel after testing, then I ticked it along and it was suddenly stuck - I opened it up, and a piece of axle key was jammed next to the clutch. It was a replacement part, as the original was missing. Anyone here have an axle key break? Now I need to have it all apart again...bummer.
I haven't had an axle key break, but I have had them strip, so they no longer hold the indicator rod. Just as annoying. There's something to be said about the ones that use a two-piece indicator rod that traps the axle key between the two parts of the rod. No need to open the hub if the rod strips; just replace the rod.
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Originally Posted by Ged117
...and a piece of axle key was jammed next to the clutch. It was a replacement part, as the original was missing. Anyone here have an axle key break? Now I need to have it all apart again...bummer.
I've found one on a hub being rebuilt, not one of my own.
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I've had the axle key break. It's annoying but once you get used to taking apart and reassembling the AW hub, it's not a huge set back.
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Thanks for the responses, its good to hear that experienced folks have had this happen post-rebuild.
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Originally Posted by Ged117
Thanks for the responses, its good to hear that experienced folks have had this happen post-rebuild.
I've had them break during the rebuild and I've had one even break when I was testing the hub after putting the wheel back on the bike. The latter was annoying because... off the wheel has to come again, and start over. Perhaps they had hairline cracks around the indicator spindle hole I didn't notice at first. A new key set them right.
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English three speeds

Enjoyed your story.

Back in the 80s I spent a month touring England on my Raleigh Grand Prix. I thought I needed the best equipment to do a trip like this. While there, I met a great older rider (my current age of 64) and he was riding from hostel to hostel from Scotland to Landsend on a beautiful three speed. He was fit. Took his time and told me not to get caught up in the gear. Focus on the ride. Words I will never forget.
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Originally Posted by SirMike1983
I've had the axle key break. It's annoying but once you get used to taking apart and reassembling the AW hub, it's not a huge set back.
My experience/lesson learned is NOT to spin the wheel/hub without the indicator in place.
I was adjusting the hub play with the wheel in place and the key came out of its' "nest" and got chewed up.

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I was just thinking it might be a nice idea to ask members who have already posted to this string to give us an update on a bike they may have posted photos of years ago. I am also wondering who, among us, has owned their complete 3-speed the longest.
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OT but still interesting...

A Bitsa that I put together a few years back.
A 23" Glider/Raleigh frame w/ a 60's Sachs Torpedo 2 speed kickback (Duomatic) hub and
some French handle bars.
Back peddle rear brakes and a Raleigh caliper up front.
Brooks saddle.
Fun to ride but I prefer a 3 speed over this.
For those old enough to remember.
you can lock it up and really lay a patch.......
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