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Old 03-02-12, 12:48 AM
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Sweet! Will give that a go tonight. Thanks!
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Originally Posted by Commando
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Mos6502, I reckon the fork crown is the key, quite unique. It looks like some late 50's or early 60's BSA's but other features don't match up, could be a bitsa.



The SA AB hub is dated 57, so there's another piece to the puzzle.
I think it is a BSA too. The lugs are odd, but the crown and dropouts indicate 1950s BSA. If that were the case though it should have BSA stamped into the bottom of the bottom bracket though.

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Old 03-10-12, 09:10 PM
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Thought I would post some pics of a 1970 Hercules that I bought last month. Disassembled, polished, relubed, and put some new tires on it. The AW hub wasn't healthy so I tore it apart and ended up replacing some pawls and springs.








Hmm, something's not quite English, though.

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Very nice, gmt13. And now the hub is good for another 42 years!
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Feels like spring is here and have been doing a fair amount of pootling around on the Twenty which likes puddles... have been off the bike for almost two weeks and was not riding much before that to let my ankle heal up so it actually felt like work.

Joyous work.

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Figured I'd share some recent pics of my 1973 Raleigh 3 speed Sports

It gets commuted on very regularly and is one of my favorite bikes


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I just did a women's version of the 73 Sport for my sister.....I had not realized how lovely the colour was until I got one.....yours is just glowing!

(Are those alloy rims? If not, how are the koolstops on the steel rims?)

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Originally Posted by markk900
I just did a women's version of the 73 Sport for my sister.....I had not realized how lovely the colour was until I got one.....yours is just glowing!

(Are those alloy rims? If not, how are the koolstops on the steel rims?)

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I use the Kool Stops on my steel rims and they are almost too good, they pointed out the fact that there is a bad bump in the rim and cause pulsating when braking, now I am going to upgrade to alloy to get smoother braking

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Thanks, yes Aaron is right, they stop in a dime, even in wet wether. Now, my rims are original, and the sidewalls are "machined" and have a great braking surface. I've seen many Raleigh 3 speeds with a smooth sidewall, and this is where I believe most people are dealing with poor braking. Mine even stopped just fine with the original brake pads, they were pretty dry though so I changed them to the kool stops.
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Originally Posted by gmt13
Thought I would post some pics of a 1970 Hercules that I bought last month. Disassembled, polished, relubed, and put some new tires on it. The AW hub wasn't healthy so I tore it apart and ended up replacing some pawls and springs.

Hmm, something's not quite English, though.

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Looks like the bike cleaned up VERY nicely atmo! I have DF and STF 73's that I only hope clean up half as nicely as yours did. Are the tires Kenda K40-HP's? If they are, I like them quite a bit and have a pair on my 1956 Hercules Royal Prince. The K40-HP's allow you to pump up to 90 PSI which can be useful at times.
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Originally Posted by cobrabyte
Figured I'd share some recent pics of my 1973 Raleigh 3 speed Sports

It gets commuted on very regularly and is one of my favorite bikes
Hey cobrabyte, she's a nice looking creature indeed! I can see why you like it as much as you do. The brown on those bikes adds a richness to them that some of the other colors didn't quite attain atmo.
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Thanks photogravity! Yes, i too love the tone of the brown paint. I had another Sports in the same color, but too small for me (has been sold), who's finish had dulled over the years, this gave it a nice character too. My current Sports must have lived indoors for many years because the finish just shines like new, especially with a thin coat of wax

I have also always liked the grey color option as well: (not my bike, but stunning)

Raleigh Sports by protorio, on Flickr
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Originally Posted by photogravity
Looks like the bike cleaned up VERY nicely atmo! I have DF and STF 73's that I only hope clean up half as nicely as yours did. Are the tires Kenda K40-HP's? If they are, I like them quite a bit and have a pair on my 1956 Hercules Royal Prince. The K40-HP's allow you to pump up to 90 PSI which can be useful at times.
Thanks and good eye - the tires are Kenda K40-HPs. They mounted easily and look pretty good. I kinda wish the sidewalls were a bit less yellow, though.

Nice score on the Royal Prince, BTW

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I have Kool Stops on my Rudge. In dry weather, they are excellent. I couldn't ask for better brakes. I have the original steel rims.

In wet weather, they work adequately AFTER I dry them, and I dry them by pre-braking, so to speak. But all of this means it's not really good for emergency stops. If it were my primary bike, I'd change the rims.
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Another source of Sturmey Archer hubs and parts

Has anyone dealt with these guys?

https://www.mtnbikes.net/hubs.aspx

They seem to be pretty similar to SJS, in parts offering and in price.
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Here's a couple of three speeds that are getting a new lease on life. The mens model is marked '74 on the hub and the womens is marked '77.

I may be looking to get rid of the womens' model if anyone is interested.
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Originally Posted by garage sale GT
Here's a couple of three speeds that are getting a new lease on life. The mens model is marked '74 on the hub and the womens is marked '77.

I may be looking to get rid of the womens' model if anyone is interested.
Raleigh Tourists I assume - - Drive side pics please!

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Raleigh Tourists I assume - - Drive side pics please!
It's just a couple of old AWs which are still coated in oil blackened dust.
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It's just a couple of old AWs which are still coated in oil blackened dust.
The bikes are the Tourist model, yes they have AW hubs. The rod brakes and the geometry are the give away. What is the date on the hubs? I am guessing late 70's to early 80's. They were discontinued in 1984, IIRC.

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Originally Posted by wahoonc
The bikes are the Tourist model, yes they have AW hubs. The rod brakes and the geometry are the give away. What is the date on the hubs? I am guessing late 70's to early 80's. They were discontinued in 1984, IIRC.

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'74 and '77.
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I recently picked up this 1966 Raleigh RSW. I’m not sure what to do with it. I figure it'll make a great bike to loan out to visitors for short rides downtown, etc. I'd like to ride it too, which may be a tall order. So far, I’ve made a couple of changes to try to get it to accommodate my freakish 6’6” frame. I added a longer seatpost and modified the handlebars to bring them up several inches. But it still seems a bit small.

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I recently picked up this 1966 Raleigh RSW. I’m not sure what to do with it. I figure it'll make a great bike to loan out to visitors for short rides downtown, etc. I'd like to ride it too, which may be a tall order. So far, I’ve made a couple of changes to try to get it to accommodate my freakish 6’6” frame. I added a longer seatpost and modified the handlebars to bring them up several inches. But it still seems a bit small.

That looks great! And the original carryall on the back, that's true unobtanium. My wife has one of those, the deluxe model with dynohub and the headlight built into the front fender, very cool. At 6' I can ride it well enough, but the cockpit is short.
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Restore my Dad's Ramsey

New to this, I hope I have the wright space. I'm looking to have my Dad's 3speed Ramsey bike restored I live in Indpls'IN. Thank you
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That looks great! And the original carryall on the back, that's true unobtanium. My wife has one of those, the deluxe model with dynohub and the headlight built into the front fender, very cool. At 6' I can ride it well enough, but the cockpit is short.
Thanks. I'd love to see a pic of your wife's deluxe RSW! I am really intrigued with the 1960s compact bicycles. I've recently found myself overcome by a desire to pursue a Moulton Stowaway and I think my neighbor has one... help!

British actor, Barbara Shelley on the RSW Deluxe, circa 1966.
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New to this, I hope I have the wright space. I'm looking to have my Dad's 3speed Ramsey bike restored I live in Indpls'IN. Thank you
I hope you don't ride it until then. I have often found the grease dried out in the hubs of old bikes. Loose, wobbling hubs or pedals mean you can damage the internal parts if you ride it because the ball bearings are poorly adjusted.
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