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Old 05-30-16, 02:50 PM
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Cheap Eatons Glider
I've done a quick rebuild on this one. Originally a 5 speed, I bought the frame for $20.00 and spent as little as possible to put it back together. Not much to look at but it rides fine and stops...The rear wheel has a 1968 Sturmey Archer Coaster hub and there's a single caliper on the front.
Total cost on this one:
Frame @ $20.00
Back Wheel and tire @ $10.00
2 cotter pins @ $2.00
Supplies @ $5.00
Everything else was either on the frame or came from pieces in the shed. Frame also came with a nice period kickstand which will migrate over to one of my bikes in need.
This will either go to a former student (at cost) or be a loaner for a friend who's coming to visit.

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They're Out There

Okay, I know this isn't the Craigslist thread, but somebody on this thread needs to go and get this: Vintage Raleigh 3 speed bicycle

[h=2]Vintage Raleigh 3 speed bicycle - $50 (La Crosse)[/h]



The rack and the chaincase are each worth the asking price alone. If I were able to get over there today, it would be mine - but I've got commitments. The ad has been up for two hours now - I'll bet it doesn't last the day.
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Originally Posted by gster
Cheap Eatons Glider
I've done a quick rebuild on this one. Originally a 5 speed, I bought the frame for $20.00 and spent as little as possible to put it back together. Not much to look at but it rides fine and stops...The rear wheel has a 1968 Sturmey Archer Coaster hub and there's a single caliper on the front.
Total cost on this one:
Frame @ $20.00
Back Wheel and tire @ $10.00
2 cotter pins @ $2.00
Supplies @ $5.00
Everything else either was on the frame or came from pieces in the shed. Frame also came with a nice period kickstand which will migrate over to one of my bikes in need.
This will either go to a former student (at cost) or be a loaner for a friend who's coming to visit.
Good Job! I love rescued bikes like this. Under 40 dollars is as about as efficient as it gets. That's a good kickstand. I save those for my better bikes.
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Originally Posted by Narsinha
^ only in first gear, definitely coming from the rear, not pedals, cranks or chain - or chain only at the rear end? But it is a hard metallic "knack" rather than the chain touching something.. will test tomorrow evening, so few time.
I had a similar "knack" sound the other day, once every rotation while pedaling. My first thought was a frozen link in the chain, or the chain hitting something. It turned out to be the very edge of the left crank hitting against the very edge of the kickstand. A simple kickstand adjustment cured it.

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Originally Posted by w1gfh
I had a similar "knack" sound the other day, once every rotation while pedaling. My first thought was a frozen link in the chain, or the chain hitting something. It turned out to be the very edge of the left crank hitting against the very edge of the kickstand. A simple kickstand adjustment cured it.
I've never experienced this condition with any regular AW hub and I can't think of anything in a AW that could cause this. Since the noise is intermittent, only in low gear, shifting is normal and in no particular place in the crank rotation I'm going to guess it has something to do with the drum brake while the clutch spring is fully compressed. Now, I don't know this hub at all, but the coaster brake hubs I've had apart used a worm gear and shuttle to expand the brake pads. Perhaps, the tension from the clutch spring interferes with the braking system somehow and causes the sound. Wild guess
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Originally Posted by DQRider
Okay, I know this isn't the Craigslist thread, but somebody on this thread needs to go and get this: Vintage Raleigh 3 speed bicycle

Vintage Raleigh 3 speed bicycle - $50 (La Crosse)





The rack and the chaincase are each worth the asking price alone. If I were able to get over there today, it would be mine - but I've got commitments. The ad has been up for two hours now - I'll bet it doesn't last the day.
That's a very good deal for someone.
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Originally Posted by w1gfh
I love the Lenton Clubman! I believe it's the one Albert Finney was riding in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning: Film clip

More likely he was riding a 1962 Sprite...superficially similar to the Lenton Clubman.


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A couple from the long weekend:

1946 Hercules



And some progress on a 1948 Raleigh Dawn Tourist

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Originally Posted by SirMike1983
A couple from the long weekend:

1946 Hercules



And some progress on a 1948 Raleigh Dawn Tourist

Lovely!
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Poll: On older bikes with very relaxed frame angles, how many people are putting the saddle on the front of the seatpost, and how many are putting it on the back? Primarily talking about Brooks and similar leather saddles. I tried my B66 on the front of the post, and it felt too cramped, but looking at the 1937 Raleigh catalog, it looks like a lot of the bikes have them on the front.
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I have to have my seat post in front of the clamp so I can run the Brooks all the back. Might not be a right or wrong here.
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I am tall so I find I need the knee room. On my slack-angled 30s bike I have a gallows type seatpin turned backwards to get the saddle position right back.
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Originally Posted by streets
I am tall so I find I need the knee room. On my slack-angled 30s bike I have a gallows type seatpin turned backwards to get the saddle position right back.
Interesting. I did see a picture recently of a Swiss M-05 military bike that was set up that way.
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Both in front of the seatpost. It just so happens it's comfortable this way for me, with the bonus of being catalog correct.
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Anyone come across a WH Cartwright bike before?
The bike has Sturmey Archer 3 speed and is a ladies model.
It has what looks like an integrated headset with internal cups.
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Also bottom bracket is made by Bayliss Wiley England.

Only mention I can find is in Graces Guide.
W. H. Cartwright and Sons

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Originally Posted by agmetal
Interesting. I did see a picture recently of a Swiss M-05 military bike that was set up that way.
I saw it once on a path racer type bike and thought it looked pretty good. It also serves to lower the saddle beyond the height of the top tube as it's a tall frame even for me. There's pics of it somewhere in this enormous thread!
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The $40.00 Bicycle
I couldn't let this one go with mis-matched tires, plus it needed some refinements as well.I didn't want to spend any more money on it but still wanted it looking presentable.New tires were purchased for a couple of my regular bikes and the discards (still good) made there way onto the Brown Bike. I also added a pair of shortened inverted bars, a newer brake lever and new pads.
The headset bearings were feeling a little "crunchy" and when I got it apart I found that I'd put an extra bearing in the top......I took it out for a couple of hours today for a shakedown and it's quite a nice riding bicycle.
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow
I have to have my seat post in front of the clamp so I can run the Brooks all the back. Might not be a right or wrong here.
Me too!
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The reversible nature of the seat clamp direction, sliding saddle rails, and if you have one, gallows seat post is meant precisely to provide frame/fit adjustment. These were the days when only a couple of frame sizes might be made for a particular type of bike, so finer adjustments were made in such smaller ways. Ride it however is most comfortable for you.

I run all mine forward so I can sit straight up while riding comfortably, with relaxed arms. But your fit may differ.
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Especially with 21" frames, which are really a bit small for me. I find I can raise the seat higher if I have it mounted more forward. Moving the seat forward has the same effect of lessening my weight on the bars as raising the stem.
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Some pics as promised

I have the wheels but can't date as the rear hub is rusty.
Should be able to date from the gear shifter.
Unusual brake lever also.
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We can date the Sturmey Archer trigger shifter to the late 1950s. I have seen those stirrup style brake levers used on 1950s Norman and Phillips bikes.
I can't guess the brand except to say not Raleigh. Not sure if the fenders and chainguard are original to the frame. They look a lot like Raleigh, but the picture is to small to say.
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Originally Posted by Delboy Avenger
Some pics as promised

I have the wheels but can't date as the rear hub is rusty.
Should be able to date from the gear shifter.
Unusual brake lever also.
I think it might be a Hercules, going by the shape of the head badge. If so it would date it to 50s-60s, which is when Hercules used that shape head badge.
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