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Old 02-12-13, 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by gna
The S5 hub on the Sprites is very nice. Worth the price of admission alone. Even if everything else is shot, S5 innards will fit in an AW shell, so you could upgrade your current bike if you can't bring back the other bike or salvage the rear wheel.
+1 on all points. Actually, just the bell crank --the little thing attached to the left end of the rear axle-- is worth more than the price of admission.
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'67 Raleigh Sprite 5-spd

Thanks for the imput. I like the bike, and if the hub works, it would be rideable. I'd also considered parting it out, but I try to do that as a last resort. One option I'd tossed around was to clean up the frame, which has the least rust, and maybe de-rust and paint the fenders and chainguard a complimentary color, since they are beyond salvaging the original paint as they are. I'm usually a purist, but I don't want to get into a full restoration at this point in time, but hate to see a perfectly useable bike continue to deteriorate.

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Originally Posted by biglee67
Hubby bought a women's '67 Raleigh Sprite 5-spd at an auction this wknd for $10. It's in pretty rough shape as it appears to have been left outside for about 10 yrs! The tires are shot and the chain is pretty rusty, as are the fenders and chain guard. It is complete, tho'.

My thought was to try to clean it up as best as I can to see if everything is operable.

Are there any thoughts/comments out there about how functional or reliable the 5-spd is, before I get into doing alot of work on it. I now have a Sport 3-sp that I've refubished, but thought a 5 spd was interesting.
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I'm planning on resuming work on this very weird Danish market Raleigh Dawn Tourist from 1965. The prestube rack and chain case are add-ons I've gotten through different parts sources. I will have to paint those to match.

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Originally Posted by SirMike1983
I'm planning on resuming work on this very weird Danish market Raleigh Dawn Tourist from 1965. The prestube rack and chain case are add-ons I've gotten through different parts sources. I will have to paint those to match.

https://bikeshedva.blogspot.com/2012/...t-project.html





I'll be very interested in this one!
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Yes, nice looking Tourist!
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Originally Posted by wahoonc
Got pictures?

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Hope to get some photos taken this weekend!
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You've been busy. Looks good.
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Regardless of the prejudice here, I love to ride this one to work, unless featuring a skirt. The hub is dated 1961 and except for the blemishes on the white tail, it is in excellent condition.

The old B72 is starting to tear at the front rivet and I'm not in love with its matronly appearance. Which Brooks would you choose? I can ride anything. I"ll happily also change the grips and have some cream tires waiting for a home if needed here. Decadence is allowed.
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Originally Posted by slowtostart


Regardless of the prejudice here, I love to ride this one to work, unless featuring a skirt. The hub is dated 1961 and except for the blemishes on the white tail, it is in excellent condition.

The old B72 is starting to tear at the front rivet and I'm not in love with its matronly appearance. Which Brooks would you choose? I can ride anything. I"ll happily also change the grips and have some cream tires waiting for a home if needed here. Decadence is allowed.
I reckon the cream tyres would look great for a start, and maybe get hold of some Raleigh-style grips with the finger indentations? And as for a saddle a nice old brown B66 would look great on that.

Really nice bike - what's the story?
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Sez Sir Mike:
I'm planning on resuming work on this very weird Danish market Raleigh Dawn Tourist from 1965.
What is so wierd about it? Rod operated drum brakes are a great upgrade.
26" wheels? So it isn't a Tourist, but a Sports, but the wheelbase looks xtra long, unless the lack of fenders make it look so.
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Originally Posted by slowtostart
The old B72 is starting to tear at the front rivet and I'm not in love with its matronly appearance. Which Brooks would you choose? I can ride anything. I"ll happily also change the grips and have some cream tires waiting for a home if needed here. Decadence is allowed.
The grips are great! What is matronly about a B72? Or am I misunderstanding??
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The B72 can/will be replaced. It looks "wide" In the rear! If you have no budget, what would you put on this one?

tj, this was a very inexpensive local Craigslist find. I think Royce Unions are viewed as less desirable rides here on the forum. I have the original grips, but prefer the leather ones for comfort.

This is all so much fun!

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Originally Posted by slowtostart
The B72 can/will be replaced. It looks "wide" In the rear! If you have no budget, what would you put on this one?

tj, this was a very inexpensive local Craigslist find. I think Royce Unions are viewed as less desirable rides here on the forum. I have the original grips, but prefer the leather ones for comfort.

This is all so much fun!

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You got seriously lucky there - it's a beautiful bike. That's fair enough with the grips, but I must agree about the saddle - I would go for something sprung, not only for comfort but for the look

My '35 Raleigh has cream tyres on it currently, I'll get a photo in daylight.
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Originally Posted by tjkwood
You got seriously lucky there - it's a beautiful bike. That's fair enough with the grips, but I must agree about the saddle - I would go for something sprung, not only for comfort but for the look

My '35 Raleigh has cream tyres on it currently, I'll get a photo in daylight.
Flyer? I will replace the grips for an aesthetically pleasing result if the new saddle selection clashes with the current grips. The old leather ones will be put to good use or passed along to someone here.
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Originally Posted by slowtostart
Flyer? I will replace the grips for an aesthetically pleasing result if the new saddle selection clashes with the current grips. The old leather ones will be put to good use or passed along to someone here.
Pearly white vintage hand grips on that Royce Union please!


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Flyers a good choice, assuming a rider's narrowish rump, remember Flyers are B17's with springs. I use one on a Sports with a drop bar it and it works well when riding on the tops but that is still a more agressive positon than what is acheived with Northroad bars....unless you flip the bars
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Originally Posted by SirMike1983
I'm planning on resuming work on this very weird Danish market Raleigh Dawn Tourist from 1965. The prestube rack and chain case are add-ons I've gotten through different parts sources. I will have to paint those to match.

https://bikeshedva.blogspot.com/2012/...t-project.html





Drum brakes front and rear. Are these original? It looks like the front rim brake was modified ... maybe not. I had never seen this sort of thing before.
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Originally Posted by Velognome
Flyers a good choice, assuming a rider's narrowish rump, remember Flyers are B17's with springs. I use one on a Sports with a drop bar it and it works well when riding on the tops but that is still a more agressive positon than what is acheived with Northroad bars....unless you flip the bars
Is "assuming" a play on words when referring to seats and rumps? I would happily flip those bars!

This bicycle is an homage to one that had been posted here. I thought it looked elegant with the black and chrome scheme. If you look closely, I think you can see the tear at the front rivet.

I have a sprung saddle on another Sports and like it just fine.



Keep the saddle black? Sprung? The modern and removable lights stay for safety reasons. I can ride any saddle as long as it looks good. (Insert smile emoticon here. I just can't bring myself to use one.)
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Originally Posted by slowtostart
I would happily flip those bars!............Keep the saddle black? Sprung?
Careful, it starts will flipping the bars.....then you'll drop the fenders and then............
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Originally Posted by Matariki
Drum brakes front and rear. Are these original? It looks like the front rim brake was modified ... maybe not. I had never seen this sort of thing before.
They appear to be- apparently that was a set up used in the Danish market. The hub dates are 12/64 and the Danish import number dates to 1965. The wear on the bike matches them always being there as well. I see no sign of previous stirrup brakes.

The set up is documented for the Sturmey Archer BF hub- it uses a horse shoe shaped yoke to move a lever passing between the brake reaction arm and the fork blade.

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That Dawes is great, with the drum brakes and rod action. You could take it to Africa, and it would just keep running and running.
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Although they are less common. rod actuated drum brakes were fitted to many bicycles and with these you never have to worry about broken cables and they can be repaired with almost anything if it comes to that.
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Originally Posted by Matariki
Drum brakes front and rear. Are these original? It looks like the front rim brake was modified ... maybe not. I had never seen this sort of thing before.
Rod&drums could be original, but ya...your hardware looks incomplete

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Although they are less common. rod actuated drum brakes were fitted to many bicycles and with these you never have to worry about broken cables and they can be repaired with almost anything if it comes to that.
The catalogs show hardware for both back to the 1930s, but the rod and drum seems less common. I've seen a couple others with this set up. The export market Raleighs like this one seem to crop up with some different production features.
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