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Old 08-02-15, 09:22 AM
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Here is a photo of my 1969 DL1. I bought it from the original owner who claimed it had only been ridden twice. It traveled all across the country in several household moves and wasn't stored as well as it could have been. It has a fair amount of scratches and required a full service and detailing. It never was equipped with a side stand. I bought a Greenfield stand for it and had to spend a bit of time with my die grinder to make it fit between the chain stay and the brake rod.

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Last but not least, my 1948 CWS. As you can see it is still in project state. I'm taking my time with this one. Ordered a set of cotters for it this morning because I didn't like the way the originals were fitting. I'll do a full write up after it is officially completed.

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Wow, beautiful bikes. where in the world did you ever find a Ulster hand crank set? The original on my Rudge was replaced at some point in the past with a 44T generic star pattern one. I'd swap it out in a heartbeat, but I haven't found even the more common 48T original yet.
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drove to Tucson yesterday to pick up this Superbe, it is going to need some work. The rear hub is rough, probably from no oil, seems to stick, might add some oil to see what happens. Also the front wheel dynohub is rocking, like it wasn't adjusted properly. Missing things, rear rack, pump, part of the self adjusting lever, and red plastic cover for rear light. The paint is good and nice, lightly faded on the top tube. other than that it is in nice shape.



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It would take a lot work to make it rideable.

I invested in a GT Eightball, which with a few mods will serve nicely as a Raleigh Superbe/Sports replacement.
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Originally Posted by BigChief
Wow, beautiful bikes. where in the world did you ever find a Ulster hand crank set? The original on my Rudge was replaced at some point in the past with a 44T generic star pattern one. I'd swap it out in a heartbeat, but I haven't found even the more common 48T original yet.
The Rudge has been a bike of luck from the beginning. I bought it from the original owners daughter and it had been in their basement since the mid-sixties. Price paid was $30. The chain ring popped up on EBay with a buy it now of $30. The rack came from a Superbe I bought for $50 that had a bent frame. The mint condition Brooks B67 from the bent Superbe is on the CWS.
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Originally Posted by Gasbag
The Rudge has been a bike of luck from the beginning. I bought it from the original owners daughter and it had been in their basement since the mid-sixties. Price paid was $30. The chain ring popped up on EBay with a buy it now of $30. The rack came from a Superbe I bought for $50 that had a bent frame. The mint condition Brooks B67 from the bent Superbe is on the CWS.
That's quite a bit of luck, especially $30 for the Hand chainring.
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That's quite a bit of luck, especially $30 for the Hand chainring.
Like the song says, "sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug". There are an awful lot of bug days in between the windshield days
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I re-built an old 60's vintage Top-Lite with a modified socket and LED flashlight bulb that fits on the old brackets. I have been moving it around and would love to find some more.


It is still powered by two D cells.
this lantern came on my 74 sports . it never had a battery leak . it still had its original instructions inside with original bulbs .
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Originally Posted by Gasbag
The Rudge has been a bike of luck from the beginning. I bought it from the original owners daughter and it had been in their basement since the mid-sixties. Price paid was $30. The chain ring popped up on EBay with a buy it now of $30. The rack came from a Superbe I bought for $50 that had a bent frame. The mint condition Brooks B67 from the bent Superbe is on the CWS.
Sweet bikes.
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Started taking the Superbe apart turns out it is a 1974. The stem was stuck but finally got it out with some WD-40. The thing is covered in grease, needs to be washed and polished. The paint like I said is pretty darn good. The front wheel needs to be adjusted and the rear needs oil.

here are some pics. Even took some awesome black and white stuff.











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Originally Posted by jamesj
Started taking the Superbe apart turns out it is a 1974. The stem was stuck but finally got it out with some WD-40. The thing is covered in grease, needs to be washed and polished. The paint like I said is pretty darn good. The front wheel needs to be adjusted and the rear needs oil.

here are some pics. Even took some awesome black and white stuff.











that's nice . I have a 74 also . a sports . your decal looks like its in a different location than mine ?

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What type of lock is this? The bike was left on my son's front lawn. It's a Panther Luxus-Sport Klasse, according to Jake. If his attempts to contact the owner via the local PD and Craigslist are fruitless, how does he unlock/disable the lock?


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Old 08-03-15, 06:22 AM
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^^^^^^^

That is a Tres Lock. I have one on a Raleigh, but fortunately it is in the unlocked position. That type of lock mechanism does not appear to be too complicated, so you may be able to jimmy it open with a bent wire or a modified luggage key. Worst case - hacksaw or grind off the part that protrudes into the path of the spokes.
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@dweenk Thanks. Passed along to Jake.
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That is an interesting bike. Does it have 24" wheels, or oversize tires?
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First thing yesterday morning, an ad popped up in the local CL for a Raleigh Tourist - asking price $100. The photos looked like everything was in order, so I wasted no time in contacting the seller. We made arrangements to meet as soon as he returned from work that afternoon. I tried the bike and everything was in good order, so I didn't waste time by haggling over the price. Here are some "as found" photos.



Does anyone have suggestions on the best place to find replacement consumables (tires, tubes, brake pads)? Also, is there an easy method to remove the wheels (without completely removing the brake pads) for tire repair/changes?
Sorry to quote myself but I located the serial number (MS000547). The hub corroborates that, having a date of (80, 1). So I suppose I have a 1980 Malaysian made Tourist.
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Every Raleigh badged bike from Asia I've ever seen bore little resemblance to the English made models. Here's an example. Your bike looks English to me.
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That is an interesting bike. Does it have 24" wheels, or oversize tires?
Jake says the tires are 26x1.75...
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my Raleigh that I was hit on was exactly like this one.
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Originally Posted by dweenk
Sorry to quote myself but I located the serial number (MS000547). The hub corroborates that, having a date of (80, 1). So I suppose I have a 1980 Malaysian made Tourist.
That would be Malaysia (M), December (S), 1980 (O) production # 00547 . Raleigh Serial Numbers & Charts
Eleven months passed between hub production and frame stamping.

Are the brakes oriented rear right hand, front left hand? That is a good clue to whether the bike was built for USA import or came to our shores as someones personal belonging. It only applies to countries such as England that drive opposite of us. My CWS is LH rear brake, RH front brake.
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That would be Malaysia (M), December (S), 1980 (O) production # 00547 . Raleigh Serial Numbers & Charts
Eleven months passed between hub production and frame stamping.

Are the brakes oriented rear right hand, front left hand? That is a good clue to whether the bike was built for USA import or came to our shores as someones personal belonging. It only applies to countries such as England that drive opposite of us. My CWS is LH rear brake, RH front brake.
Every bike I've ever had used the right hand lever for the rear brake...except the rod brakes on my DL-1. Always thought that was odd. Mine is a 1973 export model with the hockey stick chainguard.
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Every bike I've ever had used the right hand lever for the rear brake...except the rod brakes on my DL-1. Always thought that was odd. Mine is a 1973 export model with the hockey stick chainguard.
The plot thickens. I just checked both of my DL-1s and the 1969 mens frame is lh rear brake and the 1972 loop frame is RH rear brake. It is my understanding that in England and Japan LH rear brake is mandated for safety as they hand signal their intentions with the right hand.

It just occurred to me that the original owner of the 1969 DL-1 was of Asian descent and his accent was strong suggesting he may have immigrated. So who knows on that one?

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Originally Posted by Gasbag
That would be Malaysia (M), December (S), 1980 (O) production # 00547 . Raleigh Serial Numbers & Charts
Eleven months passed between hub production and frame stamping.

Are the brakes oriented rear right hand, front left hand? That is a good clue to whether the bike was built for USA import or came to our shores as someones personal belonging. It only applies to countries such as England that drive opposite of us. My CWS is LH rear brake, RH front brake.
The brakes are LH front, RH rear.
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I never noticed this before, but do you suppose it was deliberate on Raleigh's part to rout the brake cables differently than the home market for bikes exported to America? Didn't do a lot of research, but the English catalogs I see on line all show right hand to front cable routing and the American catalogs show right hand to rear. That would explain the the right hand to front brakes on my DL-1. Right hand to front was the standard and they just didn't bother to change the rod linkage for export.
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