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Old 02-08-16, 12:30 PM
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Well, not all of them were. This bike's head badge says made in England, it seems to have a SA hub and still, the long aluminum tip on the front fender.
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Old 02-08-16, 01:50 PM
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Originally Posted by gster
Now that I realize that they're non British I'll stop posting about these....
This is what makes these British bikes classic, the fact they they were so widely emulated across the planet.

Some of the higher end Japanese bicycles used SA hubs as did most upscale makers because they were recognized as being better, Suntour sold SA hubs under license as well.
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver
This is what makes these British bikes classic, the fact they they were so widely emulated across the planet.

Some of the higher end Japanese bicycles used SA hubs as did most upscale makers because they were recognized as being better, Suntour sold SA hubs under license as well.
I looked at a 3 speed a few weeks ago that appeared to be British but turned out to be a Suntour SA hub. I passed.
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[QUOTE=shadaboot28;18515357]
Originally Posted by Bicyclz

Yes it is amazing how the mudguards have survived! Mine are mint with no cracks or damages at all!

And I've seen your clipper and I love it! I really want one for myself but they are the rarest ones to find out of all the brother/sister bikes....

And here's a picture of the transfer.

Wow! Your mudguard decal is even better than mine!
Quite amazing how they survived over all these years, being so really, really delicate.

In my opinion the remaining Raleigh Lentons are very cool.
The Rudge & Humber variants are so much rarer!!
Especially in prime condition.
I say no more; )
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Old 02-08-16, 05:46 PM
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[QUOTE=Bicyclz;18521319]
Originally Posted by shadaboot28
Wow! Your mudguard decal is even better than mine!
Quite amazing how they survived over all these years, being so really, really delicate.

In my opinion the remaining Raleigh Lentons are very cool.
The Rudge & Humber variants are so much rarer!!
Especially in prime condition.
I say no more; )
I confess! My Rudge transfer is a replica I put on as the original was almost completely missing.

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What's the significance of the Rudge Hand?
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Originally Posted by gster
I looked at a 3 speed a few weeks ago that appeared to be British but turned out to be a Suntour SA hub. I passed.
It is an SA hub, just branded Suntour.

A lot of my spare SA parts that I picked up from various shops came in packages marked Suntour... for a while many local shops were getting rid of their SA parts and quite a few gave them to me.

Same thing happened with my cog boards.

It is good to know people and now those shops send business to me when it comes to SA hub service and custom freewheels.
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[QUOTE=shadaboot28;18521738]
Originally Posted by Bicyclz

I confess! My Rudge transfer is a replica I put on as the original was almost completely missing.


That's naughty, but honesty is always the best policy!!
It is still very nice: )

But, has yours got the other, little one, above it??
The 'New Elizabethan' one?
; )
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Originally Posted by arex
What's the significance of the Rudge Hand?
That goes way way back in Irish heraldry. Google The Red Hand Of Ulster. It's interesting
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Originally Posted by arex
What's the significance of the Rudge Hand?
Good question.
I have not researched this, but as a Brit, the Red Hand relates to Ulster.
Has political connotations hereabouts, perhaps.....

The bicycles are very nice though: )
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Anybody in the uk looking for a lenton?

Vintage Barn/Shed find 1950s Raleigh lenton sports 531 Reg Harris road model | eBay
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver
It is an SA hub, just branded Suntour.

A lot of my spare SA parts that I picked up from various shops came in packages marked Suntour... for a while many local shops were getting rid of their SA parts and quite a few gave them to me.

Same thing happened with my cog boards.

It is good to know people and now those shops send business to me when it comes to SA hub service and custom freewheels.
Made by SA for Suntour or made by Suntour in Japan under licence?
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[QUOTE=Bicyclz;18521890]
Originally Posted by shadaboot28


That's naughty, but honesty is always the best policy!!
It is still very nice: )

But, has yours got the other, little one, above it??
The 'New Elizabethan' one?
; )


I don't think the Rudge version had any transfers above it. I think it was only the Humber that did.
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I'm looking for one to be part of my collection. If the paintwork was in better condition I would definitely go for this!
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Originally Posted by CuttersRidge
Excellent condition, even the decals it looks like, beautiful, I hope I can put a Craig's list ad in because for posterity these are nice and won't be sold probably soon at this price.


https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/c...433967045.html
Could these be the same bikes?
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Originally Posted by gster
Made by SA for Suntour or made by Suntour in Japan under licence?
I just picked up an NOS Suntour 3 speed set up. Looks very much like SA made and the pulley wheel is even labeled SA.

One thing missing is the trigger shift. Crowd tells me a SA will shift it also. Would be nice to find one eventually to match the Suntour hub but I can make due for now.
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1965 Raleigh Sports


I found this at a bike show and swap meet on the front lawn of the Lars Anderson Transportation Museum in Brookline, Mass. a few years ago. It was completely disassembled and the parts were spread out on a blanket behind a vendors tent. Many of the small parts were packed into a cake box from Hoff's Bakery in Medford. As I carried the box to my car I could hear the ball bearings rolling around on the cardboard. Although mostly complete, it was missing the pedals, chain, tire inflator, and kit bag. The paint, box lining, and chrome are very good, but I suspect someone tried to pressure wash it and spoiled some of the decals
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While not original John Bull, I saw that Harris is now carrying these Fibrax "rain cheater" brake pads:

Fibrax Raincheater Vintage Brake Pads f/Steel Rims - Harris Cyclery bicycle shop - West Newton, Massachusetts
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A collection of non SA triggers.
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Originally Posted by gster
A collection of non SA triggers.
But made under license from Sturmey-Archer.
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Originally Posted by gster
Made by SA for Suntour or made by Suntour in Japan under licence?
Based on how much it would cost to tool up to produce what was a smaller number of hubs and components, I'd say that most of the complex parts were made in England and then sent to Japan for assembly.

Some of the simpler internal parts would have been easier to produce than others so there is probably some local content as well.

As it is, Suntour 3 speed hubs are not very common at all.
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