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Old 07-20-14, 08:45 PM
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Originally Posted by jjhabbs
If you cant tell by the picture its a Superbe.
It was the top of the line in Raleigh's Sports hierarchy. The finest utility bicycle money could buy back in the day.
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I'm learning. This one just fell into my lap.
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1957 Elswick Hopper - Invincible "Modele de luxe"

I saved this one from the rusted heap that it was, did it up, and gifted it to my mum who loves it. Another one converted

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awesome save, is elswick a local aussie brand? i've never heard of them... looks sweet!
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Originally Posted by jjhabbs
I'm learning. This one just fell into my lap.
i have the same color in a sports model, yours is amazing.. great catch.. how did you get it ? do you have the key for the fork ?
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Originally Posted by GordoTrek
awesome save, is elswick a local aussie brand? i've never heard of them... looks sweet!
British:

Ellswick Hopper Bicycles, main
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Old 07-21-14, 07:49 AM
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson
thanks for the tip...
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Originally Posted by GordoTrek
i have the same color in a sports model, yours is amazing.. great catch.. how did you get it ? do you have the key for the fork ?
The Bike belonged to my young neighbors father inlaw. He was going to bring it to Good Will...My neighbor said that he knew a guy into bikes and would show it to me. He said just pay him what ever you think is fair..wow. just fell into my lap. Honestly. I knew I wanted a vintage Raleigh 3speed but didn't know much about them. Looks like I found a good one. Nope. I do not have the key.

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What's the story on that basket? Looks like a good one.
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Originally Posted by GordoTrek
thanks for the tip...
Yeh I'm not sure how it made it out to Australia. I trawled the net and you can only find a handful of pictures of them. From what I understand old Aussie bikes of this era would have 'curved in' handlebars so that they were parallel with the tubes... but that is my thinking.
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There is an interesting bike on our local Craigslist, a Raleigh Courier. Raleigh Courier The last thing I need is another bike. I can't remember seeing one of these before. It appears to be at least a 23".
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Originally Posted by Schwinnsta
There is an interesting bike on our local Craigslist, a Raleigh Courier. Raleigh Courier The last thing I need is another bike. I can't remember seeing one of these before. It appears to be at least a 23".
looks like an 80's variant.. interesting, any cool features?
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Originally Posted by jjhabbs
The Bike belonged to my young neighbors father inlaw. He was going to bring it to Good Will...My neighbor said that he knew a guy into bikes and would show it to me. He said just pay him what ever you think is fair..wow. just fell into my lap. Honestly. I knew I wanted a vintage Raleigh 3speed but didn't know much about them. Looks like I found a good one. Nope. I do not have the key.

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Keys on ebay- here's the link: NGN FP Raleigh Bikes Bicycles Original Cut Fork Lock Keys | eBay

Tip: don't leave the key in the lock when riding. Really bad things happen.
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Keys on ebay- here's the link: NGN FP Raleigh Bikes Bicycles Original Cut Fork Lock Keys | eBay

Tip: don't leave the key in the lock when riding. Really bad things happen.
Like..what?
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^^ the mechanism is designed to stay put, fork either locked or unlocked when the key is removed. When the key is present you can operate the lock of course, but if you leave it in the mechanism is freed to move and it can engage the lock on you while you are riding. If it does that you fall off the bike immediately. Its not fun. So always remove the key- its quite unlike a Schwinn locking fork in this regard!
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What's the story on that basket? Looks like a good one.
It came with the bike and was bought locally... it suits the bike rather well and is wire mesh in a nice frame.

The rack / stand is Dutch.
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Originally Posted by arex
What's the story on that basket? Looks like a good one.
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It came with the bike and was bought locally... it suits the bike rather well and is wire mesh in a nice frame.

The rack / stand is Dutch.
Looks like a Basil I like the racks with the fold down wheel stand too. I bought one for my Tourist from Dutch Bike Bits. Haven't had a chance to install it yet...

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Originally Posted by jjhabbs
The Bike belonged to my young neighbors father inlaw. He was going to bring it to Good Will...My neighbor said that he knew a guy into bikes and would show it to me. He said just pay him what ever you think is fair..wow. just fell into my lap. Honestly. I knew I wanted a vintage Raleigh 3speed but didn't know much about them. Looks like I found a good one. Nope. I do not have the key.

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Originally Posted by Salubrious
Tip: don't leave the key in the lock when riding. Really bad things happen.
Originally Posted by jjhabbs
Like..what?
Road vibrations can make the key turn in the cylinder and lock the steer tube while you're riding.
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1937 Raleigh Sports on Boston Craigslist right now. I've gotta get out of here on an errand; maybe someone can grab pics and post them...

I'll try to do so this evening when I'm at a more capable computer...

1937 Men's Raleigh Sports 3-speed 23" frame
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Originally Posted by PalmettoUpstate
1937 Raleigh Sports on Boston Craigslist right now. I've gotta get out of here on an errand; maybe someone can grab pics and post them...

I'll try to do so this evening when I'm at a more capable computer...

1937 Men's Raleigh Sports 3-speed 23" frame
Wow...that's pretty cool, and not terribly pricey.
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Originally Posted by BGBeck
Would this be a good candidate for conversion to 3 speed?
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It would, but I think it is kind of pricey.

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I just picked up a 1963 Hercules from a yard sale on the way home. I was not even looking for one but saw it from the road. It has one of these high and funny looking chain guard.

It was left outside for many years so most of it are too far gone. However, I was able to strip it all the way down to pieces without a fight. The cotter pins even came out without me even using the press.

The frame is all right; the fork crown chrome and headset parts are all good; bottom bracket (with an oiler hole) is tight but looks OK if overhauled. With an overnight bath of OA, the cranks, handlebar, chainring, ets all came back to very acceptable conditions. The AW hub is a bit tight now but I plan to overhaul it. The shifter moves freely after some WD40. The shifter cable is broken, however.

The worst parts are the fenders. Pretty rusted but no holes.

I am thinking to built it up as a fixie. I have a set of 27" wheels and they fit the frame (without the fenders) fine with the 27x1-1/4 tires.

Not too bad for the cost of a meal.

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A new hub - 5 speed Sturmey Archer or 7 speed Shimano Nexus would give you a wider range gearing than the old 3 speed hub. Drum brakes would provide reliable all weather stopping power. And some pretty Honjo hammered fenders would really bring your Hercules back to life.
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