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Old 07-01-23, 11:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Sedgemop
Just let my '69 Sports go to someone who needed basic transportation. I think I'm going to continue this practice. Buy up inexpensive 3 speeds for sale locally, ride 'em awhile and give them to someone who needs reliable transportation. Would love to see more of these great bikes out on the road being used.
That's beautiful. I give bikes away now and then. It's fun when you see them being used.
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Originally Posted by DesmoDog
Well the hub is an English 3 speed anyway...

A 1956 Schwinn Racer I picked up last year. I was searching for a '62 but this had cooler graphics and head badge so it came home with me. I didn't do a restoration obvivouly, just cleaned it up and gave it some TLC. Judging by the date code on the rear hub it was late '56 so maybe sold in '57. Or a Christmas bike? Who knows.

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The "temporary" seat is too high in those photos but even so the frame is too small for me. I found a '62 frame in the next size up so I'll probably be putting another one together at some point.
Nice bike, I've got a few Schwinns here myself, one a blue '56 Traveler in 23", a black '62 Traveler in a 24" frame, a red '65 Racer in 22", and one campus green '72 Speedster in with a 24": frame. The two Travelers are apart, both were in bad need of fenders, and the Traveler had damaged threads on its fork. I just found two pairs of new old fenders and a fork. The 56 still has an original pair of US Royal tires on it. I found it while traveling through AZ about 30 years ago, I bought it and carried it around for two weeks in the back of the RV.
I tend to go back and forth between my Schwinn bikes and my English bikes. The Schwinns have been on the back burner for a few years, but now that I've found fenders, they'll get pushed to the front of the line soon.
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Originally Posted by 52telecaster
That's beautiful. I give bikes away now and then. It's fun when you see them being used.
Yeah, and we gotta spread the gospel on how ideal these bikes are for short, flat commutes. They're perfect for getting around the city. Feel like people may have forgotten or haven't been hipped.
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@ascherer, you will want to replace the twist shift. It’s pretty bad. I had one on my 1967 Hercules.

@thumpism, $250 is dirt cheap for a tourist here in NYC. A Sports in good condition is $400-500. A Tourist is more.
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Originally Posted by noglider
@ascherer, you will want to replace the twist shift. It’s pretty bad. I had one on my 1967 Hercules.

@thumpism, $250 is dirt cheap for a tourist here in NYC. A Sports in good condition is $400-500. A Tourist is more.
An excellent Sports here in Ontario might grab $300, most go for $100-$150. I sold a very nice Tourist for just over $400 last year. Guess we need to get these bikes to NYC! Sold this 71 Robin Hood Dropbar for just over $300 this spring. It was sold with a B17, I kept the B67 for my 72 Raleigh Sports.
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This Allegro looks a lot like my Swiss Condor. It's a $50 bargain in DC.

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Originally Posted by SirMike1983
1953 Raleigh Lenton out for a ride yesterday.
How far of a ride did you take? Did the Lenton Sports handle the hills (if any) well?
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Originally Posted by browngw
An excellent Sports here in Ontario might grab $300, most go for $100-$150. I sold a very nice Tourist for just over $400 last year. Guess we need to get these bikes to NYC! Sold this 71 Robin Hood Dropbar for just over $300 this spring. It was sold with a B17, I kept the B67 for my 72 Raleigh Sports.
The bike is beautiful. Do you have any information on the clamp-on water bottle cage? It made me wonder what the first examples available in the U.S. were. Mansfield? T.A?
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Originally Posted by 1989Pre
How far of a ride did you take? Did the Lenton Sports handle the hills (if any) well?
15 miles or so, pretty much all hills around here. The Lenton has a 22 tooth rear cog and handles hills pretty well.
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Originally Posted by SirMike1983
15 miles or so, pretty much all hills around here. The Lenton has a 22 tooth rear cog and handles hills pretty well.
That's encouraging, because, for the very first time, I put a freewheel with a 22T low sprocket on one of my racing bikes (Moser), and am about to see how I handle fifty gear inches. Did you buy the Lenton with that low rear sprocket?
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$50 Brooks-y ladies' Sports in CT.

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Originally Posted by 1989Pre
That's encouraging, because, for the very first time, I put a freewheel with a 22T low sprocket on one of my racing bikes (Moser), and am about to see how I handle fifty gear inches. Did you buy the Lenton with that low rear sprocket?
It came with the stock 18-tooth rear. It has the stock 48-tooth front bolt-on type chainring. I put the 22 on when I rebuilt the bike. I like the 22 tooth cogs enough that I don't even bother with the 18s anymore. I'm also not pushing hard downhill, so I want two climber type gears and use the high gear for flats and downhill. If you're someone who feels the need to push hard downhill to max out your speed, you'll probably spin-out on the 22 tooth. I use the downhill to somewhat recover from climbing the hills we have around here.
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Originally Posted by SirMike1983
It came with the stock 18-tooth rear. It has the stock 48-tooth front bolt-on type chainring. I put the 22 on when I rebuilt the bike. I like the 22 tooth cogs enough that I don't even bother with the 18s anymore. I'm also not pushing hard downhill, so I want two climber type gears and use the high gear for flats and downhill. If you're someone who feels the need to push hard downhill to max out your speed, you'll probably spin-out on the 22 tooth. I use the downhill to somewhat recover from climbing the hills we have around here.
Yes, I have found no need to pedal down-hill on my Rudge. I just let gravity (and levity) do its thing). Not sure how many teeth I have on my sprocket, but it must be the standard AW thing for U.S. markets.
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Nice to see this one getting some action. It just popped up in my Facebook Marketplace feed. It's still for sale?
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Originally Posted by Sedgemop
Nice to see this one getting some action. It just popped up in my Facebook Marketplace feed. It's still for sale?
No! I forgot about that ad. I've never even had a nibble on that. No, our financial crisis is over, and I am gainfully employed again. I'm at work now, in fact, and FB is blocked on our server, so I'll have to try to remember to take that down when I get home. Thanks for the heads-up!
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No! I forgot about that ad. I've never even had a nibble on that. No, our financial crisis is over, and I am gainfully employed again. I'm at work now, in fact, and FB is blocked on our server, so I'll have to try to remember to take that down when I get home. Thanks for the heads-up!
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Oh man, glad to hear you don't have to sell this one. It's a beaut.
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Originally Posted by 1989Pre
The bike is beautiful. Do you have any information on the clamp-on water bottle cage? It made me wonder what the first examples available in the U.S. were. Mansfield? T.A?
The clamp on water cage is nothing special. I had a bag of the flat straps from an old bike shop and carefully bent them to match a generic EVO alloy cage. It did work well over the years.
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Just popping in... nice to see this thread still has some legs.

Hope everyone is well.
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver
Just popping in... nice to see this thread still has some legs.

Hope everyone is well.
Thanks for stopping in! As you can see, the lights are on and plenty of us are home.

Sixty-Fiver you (with this thread) launched me into a five year C&V adventure - thank you for that. After reading through the first few hundred pages of this thread several years ago, found my first classic bike - a 1950 Raleigh Superbe (now owned by another member here), and my wife took up riding a '56 Sports:

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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver
Just popping in... nice to see this thread still has some legs.
And steel wheels.
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This has been posted already, but is now down to $80. Somebody get it.

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Raleigh DL-1 Tourist three-speed bicycle $80 Hopkins, MN

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Originally Posted by Ged117
Thanks for stopping in! As you can see, the lights are on and plenty of us are home.

Sixty-Fiver you (with this thread) launched me into a five year C&V adventure - thank you for that. After reading through the first few hundred pages of this thread several years ago, found my first classic bike - a 1950 Raleigh Superbe (now owned by another member here), and my wife took up riding a '56 Sports:

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Then another old three-speed showed up (a 1960s Triumph):
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My keeper is a '51 Sun Wasp Massed Start with a Sturmey FM in the rear (courtesy of clubman) and a '46 GH6 up front powering modern B&M lamps. I was just out on it last night - tons of fun.
Nice-looking Triumph. Wasn't the Wasp Sun's top-of-the-line racer?
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