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Old 10-03-15, 12:19 PM
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Originally Posted by noglider

You could get a lot of joy if you bought that blue ladies bike, fixed it up with a trigger shifter, and sold it to a nice college student. I did that. The young women have nice senses of style, and you will find someone who just loves the way it looks.
I've noticed this too. Last winter, I bought a 69 Sprite in what the catalog called "burgundy" color and younger women have gone out of their way to compliment my pretty bike. I was surprised at this because none of them seemed to have an interest in vintage bicycles. Not sure if they even knew it was an old bike. I think it appealed to them purely on it's aesthetics. Note to bicycle manufacturers...You might want to consider making modern bikes that aren't so darn ugly.
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Originally Posted by michael k
It was a bikeshop find and has no markings.It also has two mounts for lights just below the top area.

May have come off an old Bridgestone Youngway
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Yikes!
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Originally Posted by BigChief

Yikes!
Scale models versions.
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Ahhh, too bad. I really wanted one
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at least its not a 3 speed
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Originally Posted by michaelz28
at least its not a 3 speed
Thank god!
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@gster - Did the college student like the bike?
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I had a chance to get out on the DL1 with the newly installed 22T cog yesterday. I haven't been a really strong rider for years, but even if I still were, I would prefer this lower gearing for this bike. I can't imaging why Raleigh would have chosen the original 16T cog. The combination of a 46T chainwheel, 16T cog and a AW 3 speed hub on a 40 pound bike doesn't make sense to me. It is much, much more practical now. I can manage hills and stiff headwinds with underdrive. Normal is great for around town, no shifting riding and overdrive gives me a good tempo for cruising level roads at about 12 to 14mph. I highly recommend this mod.
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Originally Posted by Velocivixen
@gster - Did the college student like the bike?
Yes she did! I adjusted the seat and gave her some basic pointers on 3 speeds and off she went.
I had a good lock in the garage that she got as well. Just to clarify, she paid for the bike as I'd told her I would find one in her price range. I tuned it up, added new pads, a bell and a kickstand (my contribution). She'll bring it back in the spring for a new set of tires.
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Originally Posted by BigChief
I had a chance to get out on the DL1 with the newly installed 22T cog yesterday. I haven't been a really strong rider for years, but even if I still were, I would prefer this lower gearing for this bike. I can't imaging why Raleigh would have chosen the original 16T cog. The combination of a 46T chainwheel, 16T cog and a AW 3 speed hub on a 40 pound bike doesn't make sense to me. It is much, much more practical now. I can manage hills and stiff headwinds with underdrive. Normal is great for around town, no shifting riding and overdrive gives me a good tempo for cruising level roads at about 12 to 14mph. I highly recommend this mod.
Good advice.
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Originally Posted by michael k
I actually quite like these....
I picked one up a few years ago for $100.00 not knowing what it was. A very small frame and the store I purchased it from had removed all the extraneous racks/lights etc.


This bike was given as a gift to a young woman who was working for me.
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Originally Posted by gster
A nice college student is coming over today to pick up this bike......
She doesn't mind riding a men's bike.
That's what I'm talking about! I hope your exchange was fun.

Yes, the young folks really do have nice senses of æsthetics. And they know a handsome bike when they see one.

You actually can get newly made bikes that look this good. You just have to look.
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Originally Posted by noglider
That's what I'm talking about! I hope your exchange was fun.

Yes, the young folks really do have nice senses of æsthetics. And they know a handsome bike when they see one.

You actually can get newly made bikes that look this good. You just have to look.
There's a Toronto company called Simcoe Bikes that are making some good looking British repro bikes..
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Originally Posted by gster
There's a Toronto company called Simcoe Bikes that are making some good looking British repro bikes..
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I didn't read about them, but I took a look. Nice looking bikes and nice looking models.
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Originally Posted by gster
There's a Toronto company called Simcoe Bikes that are making some good looking British repro bikes..
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Yep, there are a few other companies that make reasonably priced, decent looking city/utility bikes. Linus, Public, and Virtue come to mind. All of them offer three speeds, though Virtue is the only one of those who offer new S-A hubs. Virtue also sells an inexpensive cycle truck that I would be interested in purchasing.

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Originally Posted by gster
I actually quite like these....
I picked one up a few years ago for $100.00 not knowing what it was. A very small frame and the store I purchased it from had removed all the extraneous racks/lights etc.


This bike was given as a gift to a young woman who was working for me.
Currently restoring one of these. Not much info, but it's an interesting bike.
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Linus are very nice bikes, reasonably priced. A similar line is Biria, even better made, with better paint. We have a lot of both brands here. The bike shop a block from my home, which is now closed, used to be the biggest Linus dealer in the US. He also sold Biria.
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Originally Posted by Shp4man
Currently restoring one of these. Not much info, but it's an interesting bike.
Does yours have all the accessories?
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Originally Posted by noglider
Linus are very nice bikes, reasonably priced. A similar line is Biria, even better made, with better paint. We have a lot of both brands here. The bike shop a block from my home, which is now closed, used to be the biggest Linus dealer in the US. He also sold Biria.
Before I got into the 3 speeds, I bought a Linus Gaston single speed and quite liked it. I REALLY wanted a Pashley Guv'nor but couldn't justify the cost.
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Yet another bicycle purchase. 1960 Norman 3 Speed with a AG Dynohub. Rough but workable. I didn't pay much for it ($75.00 CDN), so I don't mind spending a bit to get it back on the road. I spotted this one in the spring at a used clothing/stuff store. The original asking price was a whopping $350.00 but obviously, there were no takers. I offered $60.00 and we settled on $75.00.

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Originally Posted by BigChief
I had a chance to get out on the DL1 with the newly installed 22T cog yesterday. I haven't been a really strong rider for years, but even if I still were, I would prefer this lower gearing for this bike. I can't imaging why Raleigh would have chosen the original 16T cog. The combination of a 46T chainwheel, 16T cog and a AW 3 speed hub on a 40 pound bike doesn't make sense to me. It is much, much more practical now. I can manage hills and stiff headwinds with underdrive. Normal is great for around town, no shifting riding and overdrive gives me a good tempo for cruising level roads at about 12 to 14mph. I highly recommend this mod.
I have similar gearing on my 1990's Raleigh Chiltern. In 'Normal' gear, I can whizz round the local lanes at about 12mph and a reasonable cadence. It feels quite efficient. I only use Top gear for flat surfaces and I can pop it into Low gear for the odd slope. There are some larger hills round here, of 1 in 6 or more, where I get off and push.
I'm not the strongest rider in the world, but that gearing works really well around my corner of Hampshire..
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@gster, I like that Norman. The dynohub puts out 1.8w, I believe, but you might be able to power a modern light with it.
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Originally Posted by noglider
@gster, I like that Norman. The dynohub puts out 1.8w, I believe, but you might be able to power a modern light with it.
Modern LED lights work really well with dynohubs.
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