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Old 10-05-15, 11:04 PM
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Originally Posted by gster
Does yours have all the accessories?
Just a front rack, fenders and a headlight with generator.
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More Junk!
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.

That's an excellent find. Looks like a taller frame. Is it? I couldn't have passed that up for 75 either.
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Originally Posted by BigChief
That's an excellent find. Looks like a taller frame. Is it? I couldn't have passed that up for 75 either.
Thanks, I think it's a fair price. it's a 23" frame.I've already stripped it down but am having some trouble with the crank cotter pins (the toughest ones to date). George at Parts Unknown has a press, so I'll visit him in the next couple of days.

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Here's what it would have looked like when new.
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Is there a good-quality aftermarket metal fender set that'll fit 26x1-3/8 wheels? 700C-sized would be too large (I think) and regular 26"-sized would be too small (I think). The only original Raleigh front fender I've been able to find (to replace the incorrect fender that @noglider spotted) is going for about $100, and I'm cheap.
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@arex, I have a green set of Raleigh fenders. You want them? Email me at the address below.

I think you can use 26" (MTB) size fenders, and they'll fit well enough.
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Originally Posted by arex
Is there a good-quality aftermarket metal fender set that'll fit 26x1-3/8 wheels? 700C-sized would be too large (I think) and regular 26"-sized would be too small (I think). The only original Raleigh front fender I've been able to find (to replace the incorrect fender that @noglider spotted) is going for about $100, and I'm cheap.
I have a blue set to give you a Colour choice.
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I think I have those exact fenders. I'll go out to the barn in the morning and post pics here.
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forgot, I already have some.
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In case anyone was considering something similar, this is a thing that works...one weird thing, though: this lever (Shimano 105 ST-5510) has a trimming position that almost lines up with the neutral position between 2 and 3 on the hub, while my Tiagra 4500-equipped bike has the trimming position where it would be between 1 and 2 instead. Just something to be aware of.




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Originally Posted by BigChief
I think I have those exact fenders. I'll go out to the barn ...
Don't you just love barns? So many places to stash stuff (and forget about it). It's almost like Christmas anytime you go looking for something. "I'd forgotten I had that!"
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Yes! Having a barn means that you never have to pass up an old junker bike.
On the good side, these fenders seem plenty solid enough to use, are very similar to the originals, the decorative tip on the front is aluminum and will polish up like new, I don't have any use for them at all and would be happy if they were useful in a restoration project. On the bad side, the surface rust is substantial and would require at least 3 paint coats with wet sanding to get a smooth finish. And none of the bolts on this bike simply unscrew. Getting them off would be a bit of work, but I don't mind. I do that sort of thing for fun. Walking around up in the old hay loft is a bit tricky. Some of the boards ain't what they ought to be.
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55 Year Old Raleigh Brake Calipers
I recently read about cleaning chrome parts with tin foil and water. It really works! These calipers are off the 1960 Norman and they look almost brand new.
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Good technique, I heard foil and vinegar also.

Those look fantastic. The chrome in that time period for Raleigh was thick !
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On real heavy crude I have been using aluminium foil and glass cleaner with ammonia (windex) Its almost magic. For lighter duty small parts use foil and liquid auto cleaner wax. Two steps at once!

Cleaned up this rusty Brooks frame nicely.
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In my experience, English chrome is some of the best.
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Good News (for me)
I've been working on my 1960 Norman and making progress.

After 55 years the Dynohub still works....

As Noglider suggests, I'll look into a modern bulb.
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Nice work.

Looks like the rims turned out nice as well.
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow
Nice work.

Looks like the rims turned out nice as well.
They're pretty rough..
The wheel's spinning in that photo.
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This is a fake bike shop that we set up in Hamilton, Ontario last month as a set for an upcoming Christmas Movie. There was another sign that covered the existing Panini sign. It's hard to see but the bikes on display are a Raleigh Superbe, a Dunelt and the Mustang style bike is a new Hot Rod that we painted Christmas Red and added some vintage red sparkle grips.
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow
Good technique, I heard foil and vinegar also.
I use aluminum foil and lemon juice. Works great.
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1960 Norman

It's back together and just needs some fine tuning and adjustments.
Modified with a Hercules chain ring and an Raleigh/Glider chain guard.
Pedals are new MK 3000.
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Originally Posted by gster
1960 Norman

It's back together and just needs some fine tuning and adjustments.
Modified with a Hercules chain ring and an Raleigh/Glider chain guard.
Pedals are new MK 3000.
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The Schwinn Brighton 1 bears an uncanny resemblance:

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Originally Posted by NormanF
The Schwinn Brighton 1 bears an uncanny resemblance:

Quite a few companies have come out with repro Roadster style bikes in the last few years. The colour on this one is similar to a 70's Raleigh Superbe.
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Originally Posted by gster
1960 Norman

It's back together and just needs some fine tuning and adjustments.
Modified with a Hercules chain ring and an Raleigh/Glider chain guard.
Pedals are new MK 3000.
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Nice job! The 23" frame is a rare find these days too.
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Originally Posted by BigChief
Nice job! The 23" frame is a rare find these days too.
Thank you!
I picked up yet another Eatons Glider (1962) on the w/e from a neighbour for $40.00.
It had some very nice parts which have already been harvested and moved over to the Norman.
A near perfect trigger and better brake levers. It also had a pair of pump brackets.
I have a question about the frame and will post some photos later.....
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