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Old 12-14-13, 07:36 AM
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yodatic, that doesn't work. That's like turning a pair of righty scissors over, hoping that will turn them into lefty scissors.
Doh! you're right ! Must be th chmo, lol. tom
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I have read a few small pieces on cotter pins saying the generic ones are not good? I have them available cheap and am not able to get from overseas as I do not have a credit card , so can they be made to work? Why are they not good? I know atop the threaded shank there is a step before the taper that is not really there on the originals so I would guess they leave the cranks not aligned? (Bloody Newbies!?!?)
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Originally Posted by Bicycle Addict
I have read a few small pieces on cotter pins saying the generic ones are not good? I have them available cheap and am not able to get from overseas as I do not have a credit card , so can they be made to work? Why are they not good? I know atop the threaded shank there is a step before the taper that is not really there on the originals so I would guess they leave the cranks not aligned? (Bloody Newbies!?!?)
I'm perfectly willing to believe the "better" ones are indeed better, but the generic ones are good enough for me. They haven't caused me any problems at all.

The important thing is to use a pair of cotters that have exactly the same taper, because the taper is what determines the alignment of the cranks. If the tapers match, and the length is about right, and the diameter matches the hole in the crank, they should work fine. The better ones are said to use better steel, which may well be the case, but I suspect it's more a point of pride, especially among Raleigh riders who want the cotter nut to have that little R on it.

When properly installed the cotter is under even pressure over its length, so you want a steel that will not deform or shear under pressure. What do I know about steel-- I figure almost any steel will do.
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I came up with the idea of threading each bit onto an old cable as I removed it , to keep the pieces "in order".
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I'm perfectly willing to believe the "better" ones are indeed better, but the generic ones are good enough for me. They haven't caused me any problems at all.

The important thing is to use a pair of cotters that have exactly the same taper, because the taper is what determines the alignment of the cranks. If the tapers match, and the length is about right, and the diameter matches the hole in the crank, they should work fine. The better ones are said to use better steel, which may well be the case, but I suspect it's more a point of pride, especially among Raleigh riders who want the cotter nut to have that little R on it.

When properly installed the cotter is under even pressure over its length, so you want a steel that will not deform or shear under pressure. What do I know about steel-- I figure almost any steel will do.
If we are talking about a Raleigh or Raleigh-owned brand, the cotter pins will have a flatted portion that tapers across the entire pin. If it only goes halfway you won't be able to get the pin to go though far enough to engage the nut. There are several problems with the generics. The taper (filed area) is not consistent with them so you should hand-pick them from the bin if you have such an opportunity, or expect to file them a little to make a fit. Another problem is you may well have a cotter press (do not attempt installation without one BTW) but the nut can easily strip despite proper installation otherwise. If they are not matched your cranks won't be 180 degrees apart.

When you install a proper pin in your crank you will instantly be wondering why you messed around with the generics. I only use generics for dry fits to make sure my project it going together right.

You can get proper cotter pins from the Bikesmith (https://www.bikesmithdesign.com/CotterPress/cotters.html). While you are at it, pick up one of his cotter pin presses if you don't already have one- they are essential!
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Originally Posted by Bicycle Addict
I have read a few small pieces on cotter pins saying the generic ones are not good? I have them available cheap and am not able to get from overseas as I do not have a credit card , so can they be made to work? Why are they not good? I know atop the threaded shank there is a step before the taper that is not really there on the originals so I would guess they leave the cranks not aligned? (Bloody Newbies!?!?)
The generics are made of softer steel and need to be filed / dressed to fit... they are inferior to better quality cotter pins like the one Bikesmith offers.
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Hi all, so I have had a little play with the bike, generally just cleaned,oiled things, changed out the front brake cable inner and outer(Tektro outer, but in my defense it was all I had) I also changed out the brake pads for some wtih some life left in them, as the old ones were down to the metal.
This bike is the best condition one so far, I paid $40 NZ (around $32 USD or 20 Pounds Sterling) for it and it is in need of a repaint in something very hard similar to the original Raleigh paint, tough.
I would also like to find some Bluemels (are they still available in 26 x 1 3/8?) and turn it into a 50's day tourer.
So it is no where near the quality of some of the rides here, but I have high hopes . . . .it is a Raleigh after all, a diamond in the rough?

So as you can see I have a long way to go, I would like to get some ride time before I pull it down for a repaint though.
I will re lace some new CP steel rims in, the hub is not selecting properly, I will change out the cable(Is it pretty straight forward?) thinking this and some oil should hopefully do the trick, I have a 28 hole hub as back up parts, so hopefully I will be OK
I have some CP Westwood rims to lace up for the Phillips I showed in a previous photo, because I will leave that as a pretty bare single speed coaster brake bike, I will either clear coat that as bare steel or go with the deepish blue that looks like it may have been the original colour.
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Originally Posted by Bicycle Addict
I would also like to find some Bluemels (are they still available in 26 x 1 3/8?) and turn it into a 50's day tourer.

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So as you can see I have a long way to go, I would like to get some ride time before I pull it down for a repaint though.
Looks like you are on your way to a true resurrection of a great bike; keep us posted!

Fenders...

Don't know if you'll find Bluemels but thought I'd share a pic of a "grocery getter" that I did up for one of my daughters...

These fenders are very light & seem durable; they are "blems" and you can see the flaw on the rear fender in the first pic

I have forgotten the brand but I have more sets in storage and can find out the brand if you want.

3rd pic is "after" baskets and "before" fenders.

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This is a terrific thread and one of the reasons I come back to lurk on the C&V section. Here's my contribution. The frame is from a basket case that came with another bike I bought, and it was so sorry looking that I almost trashed it. But, I had some paint left over from another project and after locating a few odds and ends, and way too much work by a cycling buddy who's pretty handy with a hammer and spray gun, this is the end result. In no way did I want to make a period perfect restoration, it was just something that came together on an ad hoc basis with no regard for history. I put in a link to a photobucket slideshow deal if you want to see more pics.

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Love the powder blue with red pins.....I am all for patina but once in a while something like this one comes along and makes you think about how cool a fresh new bike looks....even if its not period correct.
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Agreed, you nailed this one, worth every hour and penny you put into it. I'm doing one or two of those next year..
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914, that's a really nice job! If you had described it to me I would have said not interested. This is an interesting take on it. I'm glad you didn't aim to make it authentic but you kept most of the spirit.
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Nice build 914, simple, but very striking.

I am glad to see a lighter colour (Sorry for the NZ/British spelling of "color") in a build up, I would keep like to keep any mint, near mint bikes original, but in a case such as this a whole world of possibilities open up. I want to do one in chrome yellow Hot Rod paint.

I think is the beauty of this concept of bike, heavy steel tube that be painted almost any colour and look good, my mates dads Raleigh had been in the family since the 50's and had been about 10 different colours most of which may well have still been there!?
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Mark, Clubman, Tom, and Addict, thanks for your comments on the custom Raleigh. I also prefer leaving a bike as original as possible, but that one evolved into a different deal. Here's a 1963 Sports that I bought for my wife that's in pretty close to original condition. She loves it. It had a bad shifter and rotted out cables, but aside from that it was just a matter of cleaning and polishing. Not too bad for a 50 year old bike. I'm always impressed with the durability of the original paint and chrome from that era, not to mention the comfortable ride you get from these bikes.

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And a happy Christmas day to everyone. A wonderful afternoon doing a few miles on the DL-1 on a sunny 35 degree day. Now to settle in front of a warm fire with a couple of bottles of hard cider.
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Nine14six, it is really gratifying to set a good old bike back to right, whether original or a new take in the same spirit. Here is my latest effort to bring one back from the brink, a '69 DL1 24". A sweet ride.

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Where is the correct position for the shift cable pulley? I see pics of a lot of Raleighs that have them at the top of the tube, close to the seat, but I've seen a few (including the frame I'm building) with the pulley at the bottom, just above the bottom bracket. IS there a correct position, or is it at the discretion of the builder?
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Its up to you. Usually though on a Gent's the shift cable runs along the top tube, with the pulley as seen in the prior post.

On a Lady's, the pulley by necessity is by the bottom bracket. If up high it is more exposed, but likely going to get less dirt.
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Its up to you. Usually though on a Gent's the shift cable runs along the top tube, with the pulley as seen in the prior post.

On a Lady's, the pulley by necessity is by the bottom bracket. If up high it is more exposed, but likely going to get less dirt.
Interesting. I'll have to play with it a bit to see which I prefer.
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FWIW, the 50s and early 60's Schwinn Racer 3-speed had a braze-on bracket for the pulley, mounted on the bottom of the top tube near the seatpost rather than the seat tube.
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With the pulley up high, the shift cable is a little less affected by movement of the axle in the dropouts. This isn't often any problem, though.
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Originally Posted by Salubrious
On a Lady's, the pulley by necessity is by the bottom bracket. If up high it is more exposed, but likely going to get less dirt.
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Interesting. I'll have to play with it a bit to see which I prefer.
The problem I've run into with the pulley by the bottom bracket is that sometimes my shoe catches on the shift cable and causes an inadvertent gear change.
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It is interesting reading about the pulley arrangements on English built and US built bikes.
In NZ a company called Morrison had the franchise for Raleigh and on the NZ builds and the cable was housed in outer from the shifter all the way down over the BB cage and halfway along chain stay where the inner is exposed to the hub

As you can see here, it looks messy (not as neat as the pulley system) but does run well when everything is all good with the hub, unfortunately it is not with this one, shifter needs replacing too, not too easy to find here, so I will try to make it work, I have a new cable and a back up hub so when I am clear of some projects I will get into it, it can't be that hard.
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