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Old 11-07-14, 12:51 AM
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My wife tells me that she had a Raleigh 3-speed when she was a kid, that had belonged to an aunt before her. She says she had fond memories of that bike.
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Very sad that someone nicked my wife's 1972 Ladies Sports - it was a heck of a find, near-showroom. She's heartbroken. Looking to rustle up another quickly and am looking at something that I'm guessing might be a '77 LTD, checking it out tomorrow morning: VINTAGE RALEIGH LADIES 3SP

I don't see the bright green in the US catalogs. Canada model, maybe? Price is right for NYC but I've heard that the later 70's models weren't up to snuff compared to the decades prior. Any opinions? Thanks!
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FWIW Harbor Freight's Chain Breaker is $14.99 right now. https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...ter-press.html
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Great thread!

Are there any companies that are currently making bikes like these in a cro-mo frame with an internal gear hub?

I have found some very nice, similar bikes on the Raleigh website (Port Townsend is a model that looks quite nice) but none of them have internal hubs and most have at least 18 speeds which I don't need.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Originally Posted by Mr_Pacman
Great thread!

Are there any companies that are currently making bikes like these in a cro-mo frame with an internal gear hub?

I have found some very nice, similar bikes on the Raleigh website (Port Townsend is a model that looks quite nice) but none of them have internal hubs and most have at least 18 speeds which I don't need.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

James
I have three English 3-speed bikes but recently bought a new one with cro-mo frame and IGH. Here is the thread:

https://www.bikeforums.net/commuting/...mendation.html
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Originally Posted by Mr_Pacman
Great thread!

Are there any companies that are currently making bikes like these in a cro-mo frame with an internal gear hub?

I have found some very nice, similar bikes on the Raleigh website (Port Townsend is a model that looks quite nice) but none of them have internal hubs and most have at least 18 speeds which I don't need.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

James
Problem here is that it is hard to find a new 3 speed that can compare to our classic 3 speeds and they are still abundant.
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver
Problem here is that it is hard to find a new 3 speed that can compare to our classic 3 speeds and they are still abundant.
Here is an excellent blog post on that topic: Lovely Bicycle!: Lovely Bicycles on a Budget: Vintage vs Modern
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Mechanical question on the AW hub, for those who might know: I have a '71 AW, which has been making a scraping sound in 2nd gear. I haven't been able to get it open completely (I don't have the right tools to loosen the ball ring from the hub shell), but I can get it open enough to pull out the clutch assembly. In any case, I have another hub just sitting around, which I've been able to open up completely, and by comparing the two of them, I've been able to determine that the scraping sound happens when the ring gear is rotated, even with the hub opened up and turning the ring gear with my fingers. Any idea what specifically might be causing this? I'm sure I could figure it out if I was able to open the whole thing up, and maybe even just swap in parts from the other hub, but as it is, I'm kinda stuck.

Here's the bike it's built into...something of a frankenstein, and I'm planning to swap out the stem for one with more reach, so that I can move the saddle forward and have it feel a little more like my main bike.

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That's a very handsome and practical bike!

Are you unable to buy a hammer and a punch? I think that's all you'll need.
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Hi Mr Pacman check out Virtue bikes. They make a model which looks just like a Raleigh with Sturmey IGH, drum brake etc. They also have a dealer in B.C.. They were selling these at a Very good price (IMHO). I think the model is 5M. If I knew how to attach the link to their web page, I would. Just google "Cool Cruisers Vancouver"
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Originally Posted by noglider
That's a very handsome and practical bike!

Are you unable to buy a hammer and a punch? I think that's all you'll need.
Thanks, this is the third incarnation of this basic build! (The first two were both singlespeeds with drop bars, and the second was on a different frame, which was unfortunately totaled in a collision...the reason for the more upright bars on this one is that the top tube is a little too long for me to ride comfortably with drops)

I tried to open it using a screwdriver as a punch, but found that it kept slipping out of the groove on the ball ring. What type of punch would I need to have more success with this?
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Originally Posted by agmetal
I tried to open it using a screwdriver as a punch, but found that it kept slipping out of the groove on the ball ring. What type of punch would I need to have more success with this?
Does your have the half moon indents or the square ones? All of the punches I have tried slip to a certain extent (guess that's why SA made a tool for the job!) but I found adjusting the angle of the punch works (which I am sure you have tried - just suggesting you keep trying). Square indents are easier, half moon ones are a pain.
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I don't remember seeing the kind with half moons, only the flats. Use a punch with a head that looks like a screwdriver head. A screwdriver doesn't work because it compresses when you bang it. Once you have the right tool, it becomes easy.
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I believe mine are flat. I'll see what I can find and give it a shot...probably will be a few days before I actually have a chance, though, and the hub is working well otherwise.
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Originally Posted by noglider
I don't remember seeing the kind with half moons, only the flats. Use a punch with a head that looks like a screwdriver head. A screwdriver doesn't work because it compresses when you bang it. Once you have the right tool, it becomes easy.
I think the change to the half moons, or scalloped notches came along with the switch to NIG. My tool of choice for this job is a large brass punch. The tip, being softer than the steel of the ball ring, will deform slightly to take on the form of the lip when struck with a hammer, and afford better purchase. Never had one yet that I couldn't loosen this way.
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Originally Posted by noglider
I don't remember seeing the kind with half moons, only the flats.
The modern production out of Taiwan has the rounded notches. Sturmey Archer does offer a tool for it; IIRC I got mine from BikeToolsEtc:

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I stopped by Home Depot this evening, and didn't see any flat punches, just chisels and pin punches. What to do...?
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Originally Posted by agmetal
I stopped by Home Depot this evening, and didn't see any flat punches, just chisels and pin punches. What to do...?
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Found the same thing on the Home Depot website, I'll probably have one shipped to the store along my route home from work.
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Originally Posted by agmetal
I stopped by Home Depot this evening, and didn't see any flat punches, just chisels and pin punches. What to do...?
Stop by Lowe's?
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Stop by Lowe's?
There's not one located particularly conveniently
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I had to rebuild a wheel for my GF's Humber Sport. I got a lucky break- found a 1953 AW hub at a donation LBS for $10.00. Upon arrival home I found that the toggle chain would not thread up. Fearing to find the remnants of a broken toggle chain inside or worse, I began taking the hub apart, something I've not done before.

Inside, the hub looked unused. The toggle chain would not go in because the bar it threads into had slipped out of position, likely because a cone somewhere was too loose. I sorted it out and put it back together- it was a snap. Now the hub works perfectly. When I built up the wheel with it, I had to remove the remnants of a tag tied to one of the spoke holes. I'm thinking this hub may be NOS on account of it looks so clean inside! In short, it pays to check out the donation LBS- apparently sometimes they get stock from other shops that have closed down.

I've found NOS domed (the good stuff) cotters this way too.
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I'm getting my Sports powdercoated next week, and I need some ideas and opinions.

I was originally going to have it done in a dark green, as close to the original as I reasonably could. However, it occurs to me that a dark blue would be tasty, too. Opinions or other ideas?

Also, I'll be doing decals on top of the powdercoat. I haven't dealt with decals since I was a kid building models, and I've never done them on a bike. Am I going to have to clearcoat over them and, if so, is there anything tricky about clearcoating over powdercoat?
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My '74 Raleigh Sports

I bought this '74 Raleigh Sports for $100 on Craigslist. I cleaned it up, and put on new tires, tubes, chain, and cables. It reminds me of the Western Flyer 3-speed that I had as a kid. Great bike!
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Originally Posted by salubrious
i had to rebuild a wheel for my gf's humber sport. I got a lucky break- found a 1953 aw hub at a donation lbs for $10.00. Upon arrival home i found that the toggle chain would not thread up. Fearing to find the remnants of a broken toggle chain inside or worse, i began taking the hub apart, something i've not done before.

Inside, the hub looked unused. The toggle chain would not go in because the bar it threads into had slipped out of position, likely because a cone somewhere was too loose. I sorted it out and put it back together- it was a snap. Now the hub works perfectly. When i built up the wheel with it, i had to remove the remnants of a tag tied to one of the spoke holes. I'm thinking this hub may be nos on account of it looks so clean inside! In short, it pays to check out the donation lbs- apparently sometimes they get stock from other shops that have closed down.

I've found nos domed (the good stuff) cotters this way too.
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