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Old 12-11-23, 03:50 PM
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Originally Posted by 1989Pre
It looks about a '67? I did not know GB brakes appeared on on Raleigh Sports. Thanks for saving this one. The red should look stunning pretty soon.
Over here, that's what we call a 'Riviera'.
First good weather, Ill give it a quick scrub and post more photo's.


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Old 12-11-23, 05:44 PM
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Neat looking set of GB brakes. They function better than the stock steel calipers? It looks like they're a step up.
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Originally Posted by SirMike1983
Neat looking set of GB brakes. They function better than the stock steel calipers? It looks like they're a step up.
Being twin pivot they are halfway between side and center-pulls.
Certainly chunky things. As I get familiar with the bike I'll post my impressions.

Edit:
What is nice about this bike is the 'Carmine Red' usually fades badly. Not here, which indicates it's been dry stored and out of the Sun's UV. Barely a ding anywhere.
The 'Anniversary' head badge dates it to between 1965/1968. The hub will tell.
Another survivor.
I understand they were issued in Green, Red, Blue and Gold.

EDIT.
6.5hr trip to collect this bike!
It's been years since I drove for that long into unfamiliar territory.
It's plain to me that this country can't afford the road network it already has; even the major routs have massive pot holes now, it's appalling and never used to be this way.

Finding ones way around provincial ancient market towns which have zero signage to help is no joke.
Find someone on foot to ask directions revealed that I was in a district with a lot of Eastern European immigrants with no language skills and are a lot further from home than me and just as lost!

Back to my purchase.... the big highlight is photographs on ebay are very complimentary.
In the flesh the bike is a bit crusty but what corrosion there is, is very superficial.
Looking at the worn out pedals and the cheap tyres, the bike has obviously had been well used, yet there's barely a scratch to be found.

The paint and chrome just needs a little tlc.
A full re-commission strip-down and lube job is required as it hasn't been used for a long time.

Here's the breaker....it's a 23inch frame and probably too big for me!
Never occurred to me to ask. Doh!

EDIT: Both hubs stamped June 1965

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Old 12-11-23, 06:38 PM
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Originally Posted by bikamper
Out and about this cold evening on the the 68 Superbe.
Is that a bike rack on that (your?) Ural rig? Hardcore!
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Old 12-11-23, 07:55 PM
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Originally Posted by clubman
Is that a bike rack on that (your?) Ural rig? Hardcore!
Yes it is. Many bikes have been hauled on the Russian Mini Tractor.
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Originally Posted by Cyclespanner
Phew!
Just 'bagged' the above cycle for 31.
Looking at the photo's, very original; all it needs is a shine, a lube job and a decent Brooks saddle and a pair of pedals.
Waiting to hear from the vendor, to agree payment an arrange my trip to him; 4hrs there and back.
Lord knows where I'm going to put it.

Thanks to 'small cog', it's all his fault!
A good looking bike that looks like it needs minimal cleaning up, well done I look forward to the after polishing photos.
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Originally Posted by bikamper
Yes it is. Many bikes have been hauled on the Russian Mini Tractor.
Hippo Hands too - none of these wimpy modern heated grips....

We have an Ural/Royal Enfield dealer not far from our house. Fun shop to visit - just like a C&V bicycle shop except everything is modern (at least in actual age - design tech is somewhat older).
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Originally Posted by markk900
Hippo Hands too - none of these wimpy modern heated grips....

We have an Ural/Royal Enfield dealer not far from our house. Fun shop to visit - just like a C&V bicycle shop except everything is modern (at least in actual age - design tech is somewhat older).
Um... er...about the heated grips, they're Oxfords. The heat settings are Off, Second Off, I did turn these on, didn't I?, Ahhh, dat's nice, and Sunuva...

There's a Ural/Royal Enfield/CF Moto/SSR/Zero dealer 30 minutes from me. I'm on a first name basis with the staff.
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Originally Posted by bikamper
Um... er...about the heated grips, they're Oxfords. The heat settings are Off, Second Off, I did turn these on, didn't I?, Ahhh, dat's nice, and Sunuva...

There's a Ural/Royal Enfield/CF Moto/SSR/Zero dealer 30 minutes from me. I'm on a first name basis with the staff.
Back in the 1980's I weekly commuted from Yorkshire to London (186 miles each way) every week for 10 years on various BMW's at constant high speeds.
I can honestly say I felt no benefit at all using such Elephant Bags.
Very quickly adopted heated grips, heated gloves and heated jacket. The cylinders heated my feet!
The biggest problem was visibility.
Looking back, I must have been mad.
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Originally Posted by bikamper
Yes it is. Many bikes have been hauled on the Russian Mini Tractor.
A friend here is going to be selling his Ural rig. He also has a very deluxe Gold Wing hack. I'm tempted to get the Ural but should probably stick with my plan to get a small dual sport instead.
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Here's one for the discerning cyclist....
1958 Rudge De-Luxe Super Tourist. 23'', stainless wheels.


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Originally Posted by Cyclespanner
UK ebay
Here's one for the discerning cyclist....
1958 Rudge De-Luxe Super Tourist. 23'', stainless wheels.
Soooo nice.
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I posted this in the December thread and emphasized there that I don't need the bike, my last score from the old co-op's junk pile, so I'm also mentioning here that it's taking up space. If anyone wants to swing by and pick it up, please feel free to do so. I gave away a newer and nicer one to a niece so I hope someone can use this one. No time for me to work on it; I have two more in my size that need attention in addition to multiple other wheeled and non-wheeled projects. PM to pursue this.

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Originally Posted by Cyclespanner
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Here's one for the discerning cyclist....
1958 Rudge De-Luxe Super Tourist. 23'', stainless wheels.
That maroon is very pleasant. The B66 looks like it just came from the box. I'm wondering where the cable on the left chain-stay is going to.
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An Odd Issue
My favourite bike, the Bitsa had an unusual problem last week
I was casually riding home when the back wheel "locked up".
That is to say it wouldn't free wheel backwards. I was literally 1\2 a block
from home and when I got there flicked the trigger from 2nd to 3rd where it also locked in place.

I call it a Bitsa as it was assembled from a variety of parts on hand including a 70's Glider frame with the rear wheel running a 61 hub.,
Up until this point 100% reliable.
I'm away at the moment but will open it up when I get back.
For some reason I suspect the axle key may have failed.
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Originally Posted by Cyclespanner
Back in the 1980's I weekly commuted from Yorkshire to London (186 miles each way) every week for 10 years on various BMW's at constant high speeds.
I can honestly say I felt no benefit at all using such Elephant Bags.
Very quickly adopted heated grips, heated gloves and heated jacket. The cylinders heated my feet!
The biggest problem was visibility.
Looking back, I must have been mad.
Like this?
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Originally Posted by 1989Pre
That maroon is very pleasant. The B66 looks like it just came from the box. I'm wondering where the cable on the left chain-stay is going to.
That would be wiring from the Dynohub.
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Originally Posted by dweenk
Nay, lad.
Just look at 'em; They had it easy.
When I were a lad.....I cycled to school, and whipped a tyre along with a stick.
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Originally Posted by bikamper
Out and about this cold evening on the the 68 Superbe.
How much does your bike weigh without the addons?
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How much does your bike weigh without the addons?
Probably around 40lbs. There isn't much in the seat bag, the stove tank is empty, and it sports CR18 rims. So, still less than the sidecar rig.
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Originally Posted by zookster
Somebody's going to be getting a good bike! A hot, soapy sponge and they'll be the talk of the town.
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Your patience please....
Which of the 4 speed internals drop streight into an AW and or Dynohub (+ a suitable trigger)?
Thank you.

EDIT:
A Bell Systems crimper is often recommended for ferules.
But which type/model of crimper?
Anyone got a photo of one.
Doubt if the US product is available here in the UK.
With a photo I may be able to find something similar here.

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Originally Posted by 1989Pre
Somebody's going to be getting a good bike! A hot, soapy sponge and they'll be the talk of the town.

My brother lives nearby, could help facilitate if anyone is interested. I would be, but it is far too tall for me.
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Originally Posted by Cyclespanner
Which of the 4 speed internals drop straight into an AW and or Dynohub (+ a suitable trigger)?
A solon over on the Cycle UK forum said:
"An S5, S5-1, S5-2 internal can be installed into an AW hub shell that is date stamped to before April 1984.
After that date, SA changed the L/H ball cup/low gear ratchet to incorporate an extension that fouls the 5-speed internal.
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Methinks an FW should stand in for an S5 just fine.
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