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Old 09-14-14, 09:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver
Dawes Kingpin with a little custom work and powder... built this for a friend's 10 year old daughter.



It has a new AWC rear hub...

She will never need another bike...
I always liked those Kingpins and that's just pristine! Nice
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Well, it's English, and it's a three-speed, but it's not an English three-speed.

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Originally Posted by clubman
I always liked those Kingpins and that's just pristine! Nice
The 24 inch wheel conversion required some frame work and a new fork... but it was nothing extreme to do relative to some other projects I have done. The original 500A wheels and tyres were far too obscure to be practical so I opted for a more common size.

The Kingpin is a really nice bicycle with a well made frame and very nice hinge mechanism, and it is fairly light too.
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Not usually a fan of purple, but that's really beautiful.


Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver
Dawes Kingpin with a little custom work and powder... built this for a friend's 10 year old daughter.



It has a new AWC rear hub...



She will never need another bike...
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Originally Posted by 1000MPH
It looks like this is a date stamp but it's not in the usual location.
Looks like 71 / 11 to me but I have no idea.

I'd go with '71 as well. By 1974, AW hubs had ribbed shells rather than smooth shells.

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On this glorious day I rode my Raleigh a few miles up the Hudson River to Jeffrey's Hook, where stands the Little Red Lighthouse, tucked under the East tower of the George Washington Bridge. I've been playing around with Photosphere, so here's a 360-degree panorama of my '66 Sports at the lighthouse: https://www.google.com/maps/views/vi...78297380603282
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And...the next Three Speed Ride in Portland is happening on Saturday October 11, 2014!
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Originally Posted by adventurepdx
And...the next Three Speed Ride in Portland is happening on Saturday October 11, 2014!
Added to the Vintage Cycling Events calendar. (Note that the calendar's time zone is Central time, so it shows up as a noon start.)
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Speaking of Paul Bunyan, I'm hoping this weekend to do a 3-speed ride up the Paul Bunyan trail in Minnesota. I will probably start at Nisswa and go to Pine River, about 22 miles. Should be some fall colors up there somewhere!
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Originally Posted by smontanaro
Added to the Vintage Cycling Events calendar. (Note that the calendar's time zone is Central time, so it shows up as a noon start.)
Thanks, Skip! I have the Vintage Cycling Events calendar embedded in my Google Calendar, so it shows the correct time zone there. Though I doubt will be done by 2 PM PDT/4 PM CDT.
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Originally Posted by SirMike1983
Does anyone offhand know the spoke length from a modern Sturmey Archer 3 speed to a Sun CR18 ISO 590mm rim? Pattern is 36 cross 3. I did a calc and it ran 275-ish. Anyone think that sounds right?
Yes, that sounds right. Get them a little shorter, 273 or so.
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Replaced the tires on the Hercules in the last couple of weeks. About 4000 miles, zero flats, mostly commuting/city riding on the Kenda K40's, the cord started to show. Pleased with these. Care to guess what I replaced them with? (Hint, it's the same thing)
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Some of my spoke nipples were rusted and cracked. If anyone is rebuilding their wheels but wishes to keep the spokes as I did, these spoke nipples are what I used:

DT Swiss Brass Spoke Nipple 14G (2.0 x 12mm), Box of 100
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Those are the best nipples I've ever used and are well worth any extra you pay.
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Originally Posted by noglider
Well, it's English, and it's a three-speed, but it's not an English three-speed.

Holy Chainrings Noglider...is that a 64T or are my eyes deceiving me?
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Heh. @Velognome, it's a 52T chainring and a 16T cog. It does look big, and I love the way it looks. The whole bike is so sprightly, I guess because it's light and has fat-ish tires (32mm). Since the hub only steps down, by gear inches are 55, 66, and 88. The cranks are a tiny 155mm, which I expected to feel weird, but they don't at all.
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My wife and I rolled our Raleighs up the Hudson River Greenway to the Little Red Lighthouse under the George Washington Bridge this past Sunday. A perfect adventure.
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My wife and I rolled our Raleighs up the Hudson River Greenway to the Little Red Lighthouse under the George Washington Bridge this past Sunday. A perfect adventure.
You're making me regret shipping my three-speeds to Florida. I think I have to modify one of my remaining bikes to be slower and relaxeder.
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Originally Posted by noglider
You're making me regret shipping my three-speeds to Florida. I think I have to modify one of my remaining bikes to be slower and relaxeder.
I love 'em on the Greenway, Tom. Relaxder is the right word, another bike would make it a different experience. All the Stravaboys are huffing along trying to pass, and we're just: smile, smile, smile!

I use the Sports all around town when I'm not commuting. I've got folding baskets on mine for shopping, it's just right for tootling around Manhattan. Mine's a '66 and Adina's is a '72 Ladies with a wicker basket on the bars. They go together nicely.
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Originally Posted by ascherer
I love 'em on the Greenway, Tom. Relaxder is the right word, another bike would make it a different experience. All the Stravaboys are huffing along trying to pass, and we're just: smile, smile, smile!

I use the Sports all around town when I'm not commuting. I've got folding baskets on mine for shopping, it's just right for tootling around Manhattan. Mine's a '66 and Adina's is a '72 Ladies with a wicker basket on the bars. They go together nicely.
This has me itching to get mine finished. Money's been tight lately.
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Did any Schwinns ever ship with Sturmey AW hubs?

There's someone at my jobsite that commutes on a very old Schwinn women's bike, and it had an old AW hub on it. It's smooth-surfaced, with a metal oil port. I didn't try to get a date code off of it. I'm not sure if it was originally equipped with the hub, or if it was retrofitted later. The bike itself isn't in particularly good shape, but not bad for its age.
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^ I have seen many Schwinn with SA hubs: Traveler, Racer, Speedster, Paramount, Breeze, etc.
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Schwinn "lightweights" such as the New World, Superior, and sometimes even the Paramount, came with Sturmey Archer hubs in the 40's-50's.
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Originally Posted by arex
Did any Schwinns ever ship with Sturmey AW hubs?
All three-speed Speedsters I've encountered had Aw hubs. I cleaned up a '59 Speedster (step-through frame) for my niece a few months ago that had a metal oil port cap. I don't know when they switched to plastic caps.
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Here's a quick project that I was working on last weekend. A 1964 Raleigh built 3 speed for Eatons of Canada. I t still have a few details to finish but all and all a nice ride.
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