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Old 08-14-13, 04:44 AM
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My 1976 Raleigh Folder / Twenty

Photo taken at the foot of Trafalgar Rd. in Oakville, Ontario.

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Originally Posted by adventurepdx
Granted, a lot of the "Gentlemen Cyclists" (and "Ladies!") who ride Lake Pepin get dressed up too.

Something I've learned about ride organization over the years: If you want to see it happen, you have to be the one that makes it happen. That's what I did with the Three Speed Rides here in Portland.
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I recently picked up this pair of matching men's/women's Raleigh Superbes to restore and have started on the men's already


(MORE MEN'S BEFORE SHOTS)




Recently I moved cities and sold a bunch of finished/unfinished bikes as I initially had no where to keep them and didn't want to move them all. The French 3 speed below was one of them and I somewhat regret selling it even though I got a great price for it. My wife would have enjoyed keeping it and it was in amazing shape



So I felt really lucky when I found the matching men's and women's bikes. They are in no where near the condition the French one was but I think it's going to be fun riding around on matching bikes.

So far I have completely tore down the men's and before today had cleaned, polished and assembled all the body, rebuilt and greased the bottom bracket and the steering bringing it to the point in the picture below. I was too excited to get building that I forgot to take pictures of it completely broken down.



Today was a short day, I worked from 5:30am-7am, because there is too much real life in may way lol but, I managed the polish and install the brake callipers, brake levers, shifter and seat post bringing it to the point below. It's starting to look like a bike again



Just thought I would share a little bit of my new English 3-speed project.
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The bike is looking great .......... can't wait to see the pair done.
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Looking for a black woman's 3 speed. Don't really care what brand as long as it's English. If anyone's selling a black woman's 64 Raleigh Sports, that'd be absolutely perfect. Anyone selling anything?? Nothing has been popping up as of late..
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Here is the next set of progress pics.

Next I have to rewire the light set, drill out a damn pedal that won't come out of the arm, shifter cable, and replace the rear chain guard mount. After that I will get hung on the wall for 2 reasons one, I am on spending freeze and everything else that needs to be done requires money and two, i want to get the women's to this point as well and then buy all matching parts for them.




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I recently found a DL-1 for a good price. I have never worked on Rod brakes before, so I need some advice:
Do the brake pads (both front and rear) need to be removed before a wheel can be removed? I can't see any way around it, unless I'm missing something.
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No need to remove the brake pads. Loosen the adjusters at the head and then you can slip the locating pins on the stirrups out. The rear is actually easier because they are in slots. Once out the stirrups can be expanded open to let the wheel out.
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Originally Posted by JBC353
No need to remove the brake pads. Loosen the adjusters at the head and then you can slip the locating pins on the stirrups out. The rear is actually easier because they are in slots. Once out the stirrups can be expanded open to let the wheel out.
Thanks, I'll give it a try.
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I should add that to get enough clearance to raise the pins out of the holes on the front brake you may need to take the front wheel just out of the dropouts, push it up into the fender and then move the stirrup up enough to get the pins out.
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Nabbed another one today ........... I am just starting the dating process, Sturmey AW hub with no date code so I am out of luck there. I will start looking through some old catalog scans and see what I can come up with. If anyone has any input feel free to chime in. At any rate, on to the pics, taken minutes after unloading it from the van. This is as found condition.





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Looks Canadian. White fenders/white headtube.
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Alright, time for another Society of Three Speeds hosted Three Speeds ride in Portland, Oregon!

The details:
THREE SPEED RIDE
SAT SEPT 21
1 PM
MONTAVILLA PARK, NE 82ND AVE AND GLISAN ST

(meet on the Glisan side by the picnic pavilion)
A ride celebrating the humble internally geared three speed bicycle. Bring your trusty three speed or other internal hub gear bicycle. (If you don't have one, it doesn't matter, just come! But if you had the choice between a high-performance crabon fibre racer and an old beater, bring the beater.) Casual paced ramble of approx. 15 miles, mostly flat with a hill or two. (No shame in walking it!) We'll take breaks, refuel and all that. The ultimate destination is Chapman School in NW to watch the Vaux Swifts. Bring lights!

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Originally Posted by rmwill
Photo taken at the foot of Trafalgar Rd. in Oakville, Ontario.

Hey, that spot is on one of my regular riding routes. I'll have to keep my eyes open for you and that bike.
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Originally Posted by gna
Looks Canadian. White fenders/white headtube.

Interesting, has a "Wheel Goods Minneapolis" sticker and a Minneapolis bike license. I did some looking last night and I can't match it up to anything I have seen, the lettering font is very different from anything else I have seen. Maybe it is from "up nort".
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Originally Posted by fixed1313
Nabbed another one today ........... I am just starting the dating process, Sturmey AW hub with no date code so I am out of luck there. I will start looking through some old catalog scans and see what I can come up with. If anyone has any input feel free to chime in. At any rate, on to the pics, taken minutes after unloading it from the van. This is as found condition.

My guess would be late 60's Canadian model.

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Originally Posted by wahoonc
My guess would be late 60's Canadian model.

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Ditto, early solid pedals, paint scheme. What about wheels? EA1 or EA3?
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Originally Posted by wahoonc
My guess would be late 60's Canadian model.

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Thanks, I am thinking it is a "Sports" with drop bars, the decals are throwing me off though, can't find pics with those decals, even looked through a Canadian three speed blog. Found pics of copy with that style of decal, a Rex Classique. Here is a link to that one.

https://jimlangley.blogspot.com/2011/...assique-3.html
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Originally Posted by clubman
ditto, early solid pedals, paint scheme. What about wheels? Ea1 or ea3?
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The white fenders and chain guard point to Canadian market, the white head tube was used on US spec bike up until 1961, the gold foil wraps on the down tube were 1965-1968.

Problem is Raleigh would build just about anything for anybody and once something got used didn't mean they wouldn't pull it out of the parts bin and use it years later.

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I put in a few miles on this Raleigh Tourist on a suitably English afternoon over Labor Day weekend. I was surprised to learn that it was (primarily? only?) a 1970s model. The mechanics of the bike seemed older to me.




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I don't think I have ever posted this one.
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Originally Posted by jethin
I put in a few miles on this Raleigh Tourist on a suitably English afternoon over Labor Day weekend. I was surprised to learn that it was (primarily? only?) a 1970s model. The mechanics of the bike seemed older to me.
Actually,they really are a timeless classic...err starting from the 1930's.

https://sheldonbrown.com/english-3.html
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Originally Posted by michael k
Actually,they really are a timeless classic...err starting from the 1930's.

https://sheldonbrown.com/english-3.html
Ah, that makes more sense. Maybe at some point I'll try to pin a decade down on this one for curiosity's sake. I'm guessing it's on the older side as it has a full chain guard.
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Originally Posted by jethin
Ah, that makes more sense. Maybe at some point I'll try to pin a decade down on this one for curiosity's sake. I'm guessing it's on the older side as it has a full chain guard.
Judging from the decals, and the reflectors, that is a '70s model.

I'd like a full chaincase on mine.
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