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Old 10-15-23, 03:41 PM
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3 Speed Sprite. Nice for taller lady:
And 27" wheels, making it somewhat easier to go with alloys. We all have a spare front alloy wheel plus a matching rim with spokes for the rear, right?
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Originally Posted by thumpism
And 27" wheels, making it somewhat easier to go with alloys. We all have a spare front alloy wheel plus a matching rim with spokes for the rear, right?
Probably easy to convert to 700c, too. Plenty of room on those brakes.
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Here's my recent purchase....a 1991 Raleigh 'Chiltern'.
It is absolutely mint; never ridden or spannered. Spent its life dry stored at the back of a garage.
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I have this one and a light alloy seat post waiting in the wings. I will install them when she is ready to ride it.
I added a B67, Uno setback seat post, and basket to mine recently. The previous owner put on the new stem, risers and Electra grips (feel really great!). All these changes made a too small frame fit me almost perfectly. It has become my favorite bike to putt around on.

The previous owner had a B17 on it. while swapping saddles I discovered the B17, although short, is longer than the B67. Big surprise as I've owned about five of each and never noticed or thought about it, being mainly concerned about width differences. So I swapped the seatpost and forced the B67 back to its absolute limits, and it just barely works (long femurs). I'm thrilled with the results. This bike is an absolute kick to ride. I tried to get the decal off the seatpost with acetone (as I was advised) but no luck.
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My friend sent me this link to an eBay ad. $780 for a Triumph 3 speed?? He is eternally grateful that I picked up that $50 Triumph for him!

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Nothing fancy here folks, just another Raliegh Sport. mostly cleanup and a good polish to make the psint glow. One thing i did was save the existing saddle from athe trash can. When examined the cover was loose. both the rivets on the side had pulled through and the cover just slid off. Looking at the frame it was missing 3 of the springs that support the saddle. I looked around the shop and noticed a saddle frame hanging on the wall in the Grotto, our work and misc. part storage area. It was the same frame with all the springs in place. I swapped the two and installed the cover on this frame. Not having any rivits I found some round head bolts and nuts the appropriate size and used them to attach the cover. It worked a treat and now the bike looks like new again.
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Nothing fancy here folks, just another Raliegh Sport. mostly cleanup and a good polish to make the psint glow. One thing i did was save the existing saddle from athe trash can. When examined the cover was loose. both the rivets on the side had pulled through and the cover just slid off. Looking at the frame it was missing 3 of the springs that support the saddle. I looked around the shop and noticed a saddle frame hanging on the wall in the Grotto, our work and misc. part storage area. It was the same frame with all the springs in place. I swapped the two and installed the cover on this frame. Not having any rivits I found some round head bolts and nuts the appropriate size and used them to attach the cover. It worked a treat and now the bike looks like new again.
Nice! Looks like it was in good nick to start. It's amazing how these bikes respond to a bit of oil and polish rag. And those gumwalls set it off as well. I put some on my Cellar hole '71 Sport and it makes it pop, albeit maybe a bit gaudy

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1962 Canadian Superbe
A friend brought this over yesterday for a little tune up.

Quite original and also quite neglected....
Original ball end brake calipers

Oil port on the BB

Stamped eye on the heron.

Decals are nice.

Plus a couple of others

R.C.I.C.I.
Not sure what it stands for

Soddard? Perhaps the bike shop.
One more thing. I learned a little trick today.
The oil port on the hub would not stay closed.
I heated it VERY briefly with a lighter and it seems to be holding.
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I like the looks of this 2 speed. Anybody have experience with the 2 speed Bendix?

Vintage 1960’s Schwinn Flying Star 2-Speed Bicycle $200 Watseka, IL


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Mostly original paint with some old touch-ups. Respoked 2 Speed Bendix rear rim works good. 26” x 1 3/4” middleweight rides great.



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The Bendix manual 2 speed was popular in the 1950s and into the early 1960s. Drive is 1:1 in high and .67 in low. The kickback "auto" 2-speed showed up about 1961 to replace the lever-actuated manual. The issue with those bikes is the frame sizes are quite small for an adult rider. This can be helped with a layback type seat post or a BMX style tall post. It's helpful to have spare parts for these hubs, but they're not unduly difficult to work on. The braking power on them is pretty good, though it always helps to add a front brake. Assume you'll need to disassemble, clean, and re-grease it unless it's from someone who understands old hubs.
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Originally Posted by SirMike1983
The Bendix manual 2 speed was popular in the 1950s and into the early 1960s. Drive is 1:1 in high and .67 in low. The kickback "auto" 2-speed showed up about 1961 to replace the lever-actuated manual. The issue with those bikes is the frame sizes are quite small for an adult rider. This can be helped with a layback type seat post or a BMX style tall post. It's helpful to have spare parts for these hubs, but they're not unduly difficult to work on. The braking power on them is pretty good, though it always helps to add a front brake. Assume you'll need to disassemble, clean, and re-grease it unless it's from someone who understands old hubs.
Appreciate the info, SirMike. Figured you'd know about Bendix.
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Originally Posted by Sedgemop
Appreciate the info, SirMike. Figured you'd know about Bendix.
I've got a Raleigh built Eatons Glider with a Torpedo 2 speed kick back hub.
Nice ride.

Currently set up with upright bars.
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I like the looks of this 2 speed. Anybody have experience with the 2 speed Bendix?

Vintage 1960s Schwinn Flying Star 2-Speed Bicycle $200 Watseka, IL


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Mostly original paint with some old touch-ups. Respoked 2 Speed Bendix rear rim works good. 26 x 1 3/4 middleweight rides great.
That bike is a '55 or '56 judging by the paint scheme and chain guard, as well as the straight bar frame. 57 and 58 were cantilever frames, and it returned in 1961 for one year with the straight bar frame again but the paint scheme was different.
These were very similar to a Schwinn American also sold during the same period but with the straight bar 'DX' frame.
These were considered middleweight bikes and used 26x1.75 S7 rims and tires.

The Bendix 2 speed was a fairly simple hub to work on, and it was super reliable. I don't recall ever finding one broken or in need of any serious repairs. Usually I find them just neglected with a bunch of dried out grease.

Here's one torn apart on the bench:

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Originally Posted by oldspokes
That bike is a '55 or '56 judging by the paint scheme and chain guard, as well as the straight bar frame. 57 and 58 were cantilever frames, and it returned in 1961 for one year with the straight bar frame again but the paint scheme was different.
These were very similar to a Schwinn American also sold during the same period but with the straight bar 'DX' frame.
These were considered middleweight bikes and used 26x1.75 S7 rims and tires.

The Bendix 2 speed was a fairly simple hub to work on, and it was super reliable. I don't recall ever finding one broken or in need of any serious repairs. Usually I find them just neglected with a bunch of dried out grease.

Here's one torn apart on the bench:

Thought the frame seemed earlier than 60's. Thanks for the detailed info.
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It's sort of a game with amateur tribologists to use something other than the factory recommendation. The Sturmey factory consistently specifies NLGI #2 grease for the bearings and labyrinth seals and either NLGI #00 grease or 20~30 wt. motor oil for the internal mechanism.

Fun fact: during and after the war, when things were rationed and in short supply, Sturmey suggested sewing machine oil as a substitute for the internal mechanism and Vaseline for the bearings and seals. (!)

How about Finish Line Wet Bicycle Lube to be dripped into a Sturmey hub? I can't say how it compares to 20-30 wt motor oil.
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Bendix 2 speed w. coaster brake? I had one of these around 1963, assembled by LBS into a 26" middleweight, frame unknown. I hated this bike because it felt slow and sluggish, and neither of the gears seemed to be able work with my young legs. I see they are quoted as having ratios of 1:1 and 1:0.67. Mine seemed to hae very long cranks, one-piece ashtabula-style. Frame had curved TTs, so perhaps it was 1950s. A used build from a decent bike shop, I'd not limit the hub to being a 1950s or any other year. We just don't know. Lost track of that bike 50 years ago, but were there any such hubs with different ratios?
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Thought I'd posted this before, apologies if I have, but can't find it.

I'm a recent follower of this impressive thread and am enjoying working my way from the beginning (up to page 101 now).

I'm under the impression 'Sixty Fiver' began it all and is partial to 'Twenties'.
The US version looks odd to me with the smaller wheels, indeed more of that 'Circus Bike Vibe' about them.
I have 5 of them, all of which are non-folders.
Here's a couple.....

1980 Solitaire. 1978 Shopper
The bronze 'Shopper' has a dyno-hub and weighs substantially more than the 'Solitaire'.
Have no intention of riding in the dark, so will be swapping to a regular AW wheel.

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Here's a treat for those who haven't seen it.....a Raleigh promotional/education documentary/film, giving a lower middle class gent and his jolly good son a comprehensive tour through the processes involved making an 'All Steel Bicycle' at the dark and dingy factory in immediately postwar Nottingham, England.

Pay close attention, there's a lot to be learned.

Can't hot link for some reason, but check out ''How a bicycle is made 1945'' on youtube.
Try to get the full length version.
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How about Finish Line Wet Bicycle Lube to be dripped into a Sturmey hub? I can't say how it compares to 20-30 wt motor oil.
I asked this same question, once, about chain-lube in general, and someone more knowledgeable told me they advised against it because of the additives like detergents in chain lube.
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