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Old 01-28-16, 02:58 PM
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Originally Posted by gster

Brilliant find!
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Old 01-28-16, 03:08 PM
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Originally Posted by ascherer
Brilliant find!
I haven't bought anything from him but he's got a few things I might like.
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Old 01-28-16, 03:12 PM
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Originally Posted by ascherer
Sentiment is exactly the point. '73 Pro in Mink Blue/Silver is a Grail bike for me, along with the PX-10 that I got. The International isn't but I know what a great frame it is.
I spent many years lusting after the mink blue Pro, and I'd like to try one one day, but I suspect it will be similar to bikes I own or have owned. It might be close to my McLean. I think I let go of my lust in recent years.
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Old 01-28-16, 05:01 PM
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Originally Posted by BigChief
My problem with the AW is the 33% jump from normal to overdrive. For me anyway, overdrive is too tall to be useful. .
The AW is quite simple, 1 for uphill, 3 for downhill, 2 for everything else.
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Old 01-28-16, 06:06 PM
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It's just a matter of opinion. I prefer medium ratio hubs. My only real gripe is that they are so hard to find.
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Originally Posted by browngw
The AW is quite simple, 1 for uphill, 3 for downhill, 2 for everything else.
I'm a believer in 3rd is cruise, 2nd is for hills/headwinds, and 1rst is for bighills, I'm tired/lazy, or really want to go slow.
I coast down hills
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Originally Posted by browngw
The AW is quite simple, 1 for uphill, 3 for downhill, 2 for everything else.
I usually set up my AW hubs so that 3rd is my main gear and then I have two steps down for the heavy lifting like riding into the wind and steeper hill climbs.

Exception would be that 1954 Raleigh of mine that has a fairly typical set up and a 48/65/84 gear inch drive set up but it doesn't tow anything and I usually ride this pretty light and fast.

The 20's have much lower gear ranges since they are little mules.

The winter 3 speed tops out at 65 gear inches.
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Old 01-29-16, 02:34 PM
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Originally Posted by choteau
I'm a believer in 3rd is cruise, 2nd is for hills/headwinds, and 1rst is for bighills, I'm tired/lazy, or really want to go slow.
I coast down hills
That's how I geared my Rudge in Maplewood, NJ which has steep hills. I shipped it to Florida where my mother in law lives. Now the gears are too low, because the only challenging part of the terrain is a headwind. I'll bring a smaller cog down next time I visit. It has a whopping 24T now.

But for my normal riding, even a medium spaced three-speed is too wide for my taste. Same for the 5-speed hubs. That's one reason I don't often ride IGHs. I'm sure I'd love the NuVinci hub with the continuously variable ratio.
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Old 01-29-16, 08:54 PM
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Originally Posted by IronDan
I just picked up another 3 speed that I won on EBay for the sum of £2.70 or $3.88

it's a 1980 Raleigh Transit with the original Brooks saddle, saddle bag and side stand.
I thought from the sellers pics that it had white paint all over it but after picking it up it turns out that it's bird poo where it's been stored in a barn

I think you've paid too much.
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<<I'm sure I'd love the NuVinci hub with the continuously variable ratio. >>
Never heard of it. Wow, fluid drive! Amazing!
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Originally Posted by gster
I think you've paid too much.
yeah, he got skunked on that one
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This is my 1936 Raleigh Golden Arrow with SA K series three speed with two cogs and a tensioner under the chainwheel to make It a six speed.
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Old 01-30-16, 08:59 AM
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Originally Posted by John D

This is my 1936 Raleigh Golden Arrow with SA K series three speed with two cogs and a tensioner under the chainwheel to make It a six speed.
I really like this bike.
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@John D - what a great looking bike. What is the ride quality like? How did you end up with the bike? P,ease share more.

@gster- you have got to stop allowing those sellers to take advantage of you! Sheesh.

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Originally Posted by Velocivixen
@John D - what a great looking bike. What is the ride quality like? How did you end up with the bike? P,ease share more.

@gster- you have got to stop allowing those sellers to take advantage of you! Sheesh.
You're right!
The most I've paid is $435.00 (CDN) for a near perfect 1967 Sprite 5 speed followed by a 1977 near perfect DL-1 fully equipped @ $425.00.
The lowest I've paid is $0.00.. .. But generally I like a bike in the $75.00 range...
These are the ones that see the most use as I'm not as concerned with the cosmetics.
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow
You forgot to mention the bell! That is another nice brown one to show up here. I would like more details and pics of that saddle bag. Plaid at that!

Good catch.
Here a close up of the saddle and bag, the white marks are bird poo which I've already cleaned up and it needs a new strap because one is broken but apart from that it's perfectly useable.

This photo is from the EBay listing I will take some more pics when I've finished cleaning it.


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Quite different from the usual black Raleigh bag. Should be useful once it's put right.
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Originally Posted by Velocivixen
@John D - what a great looking bike. What is the ride quality like? How did you end up with the bike? P,ease share more.

@gster- you have got to stop allowing those sellers to take advantage of you! Sheesh.
Sorry, I don't understand, what's this?
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I finished the refurbish of the 1978 Raleigh Superbe ladies frame I've had for a few months now. Missing lights and chainguard and fork key but otherwise everything is there and in good order.
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@John D - I was asking you to share more about your bike. Then I made a comment to forum member gster.

Would you like to tell more about your bike?
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Originally Posted by noglider
@ascherer, Larry might have some. Also, since Hal at Bicycle Habitat will know what it is, perhaps he stocks old parts, too. I don't know, but it's worth asking.

I have an entire cottered two-chainring crankset from a Falcon 10-speed bike. I don't know if the spindle has the same dimensions. Perhaps not, but maybe it would work anyway.
I had to go to Long Island today so I stopped by my go-to shop and got lucky - sourced a NOS spindle and heron chainwheel. The new one is 44T and the old one had 46T. I've already got a larger cog on the hub but I don't think my wife will mind the lowered gear ratio.
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It's so cool, so original looking...wait, radial spokes?
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Originally Posted by Velocivixen
@John D - I was asking you to share more about your bike. Then I made a comment to forum member gster.

Would you like to tell more about your bike?
Thank You.
The photos are from my first ride after overhauling. I rode just over 20 miles. Quite enjoyable ride. I spotted it in a photo from an estate sale. Behind a couple gas pipe ten speeds. I observed what looked like a pre-war lightweight. Sure enough it is, the Sturmey Archer hub is marked "K6". here are some as found photos.
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