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Old 11-29-16, 10:52 PM
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Originally Posted by ollo_ollo
This 3 speed has been hanging out on the Portland, OR CL for a few months, asking $300:

"OK first things first..this Bicycle looks like it just came off the showroom floor! This made in Norway DBS or (Den Beste Sykkel) translated The Best Bicycle... all original down the the tires and equipped with a Torpedo Sachs made in west germany 3 speed... DBS is in excellent condition and rides beautifully. It has dual brakes... coaster brake and Front Drum brake. Front and rear lights are generator activated and work great. Standover height is 30.5 inches. Thanks for looking Mark Local Pick up only"
Yeah, that bike has been there for awhile, and for that price, will be there for awhile! From what I've read, the DBS bikes (or Norwegian bikes from this era) were below what you'd find in the UK, France, Germany, Austria, or Italy. It is interesting that it has a front drum brake. My roommate has a women's version of this same bike in the basement which needs work. I think they used 650B tires. Also note the one piece crank.
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There was also a fairly good looking late 50's-early60's, 3 spd, ladies Schwinn Traveler for only $25 in Vancouver for a while, but expired now. When it 1st showed up, I suggested overhauling it for Mrs. ollo, but she wasn't even a little bit interested. Looked to have good blue paint & nice decals too. Don
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Old 11-30-16, 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by ollo_ollo
When it 1st showed up, I suggested overhauling it for Mrs. ollo, but she wasn't even a little bit interested.
Yeah, it's a shame when they don't appreciate what you're trying to do for them. I have a nice little Raleigh Sports in the garage that I saved from a snowdrift in a friend's yard and it's now ready to ride. Been ridden? Nope.

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Very nice! I think it's a male/female thing, or, as one of my grand daughters remarked about a drop bar road bike I gave her a few years ago, "They're not in style anymore". I don't get it, tons of style in my book. Don
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Originally Posted by thumpism
Yeah, it's a shame when they don't appreciate what you're trying to do for them. I have a nice little Raleigh Sports in the garage that I saved from a snowdrift in a friend's yard and it's now ready to ride. Been ridden? Nope.
Man, I wonder how many fathers go through this.

A winter's worth of love went into this `67 Dunelt. But when Spring came along, and I presented this to my then 16 year-old daughter, she told me it was too "old and rickety" for her. This, after I built up an alloy front wheel for better braking, repacked the bottom bracket and headset with new balls, tuned it and tweaked it and devised a front basket setup strong enough to carry her considerable load of camera equipment on those creamy new Schwalbe tires. All for naught.



So I traded it for a Raysport 531 Turismo frame, and I'm building that into the ultimate British-style Light Roadster. She's saving for a car...
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Originally Posted by DQRider
Man, I wonder how many fathers go through this.

A winter's worth of love went into this `67 Dunelt. But when Spring came along, and I presented this to my then 16 year-old daughter, she told me it was too "old and rickety" for her. This, after I built up an alloy front wheel for better braking, repacked the bottom bracket and headset with new balls, tuned it and tweaked it and devised a front basket setup strong enough to carry her considerable load of camera equipment on those creamy new Schwalbe tires. All for naught.



So I traded it for a Raysport 531 Turismo frame, and I'm building that into the ultimate British-style Light Roadster. She's saving for a car...
That is gorgeous! Beautifully done. You didn't even mention the corrected gearing. Old and rickety? Ouch
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Old 11-30-16, 10:09 PM
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Originally Posted by crank_addict
Recently spotted these split designed tubes. Might be ideal for three speeds and rod-brake / caliper types. I realize one could still patch without complete wheel removal or use a goop sealant but for complete tube change, these look interesting.

Where did you spot these tubes?
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I still need to order a bunch of parts, and some of what's shown is stuff that I'm only using to help visualize things, but here are a couple progress shots of my ANT roadster project, compared to my 1937 Raleigh that I'm modeling it after:




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Originally Posted by elcraft
Where did you spot these tubes?
Walmart and Meijer, though odd they don't show them at their online stores. Called Huffy Quick change inner tube. Walmart store had them priced approx. $8, double the standard inner tube cost.
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Old 12-01-16, 01:37 PM
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Originally Posted by ollo_ollo
Very nice! I think it's a male/female thing, or, as one of my grand daughters remarked about a drop bar road bike I gave her a few years ago, "They're not in style anymore". I don't get it, tons of style in my book. Don
I don't think it's necessarily a male/female thing, or a young/old thing. Some people just don't appreciate "old" things and wonder why you are wasting all this time fixing up an old bike when you can go down to Wal-Targ and get a brand new one.

And some folks like the "idea" of having/riding a bike, as long as it's just an idea. When the idea presents itself as reality, then all the sudden they have second thoughts.
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Getting ready to order spokes for my Superbe. Are they the standard 14ga that i want? Danscomp has them for .25 each which is a great deal but im not sure if that is the correct gauge. I ordered them once before but they only take phone orders and cant recall what i ordered the last time. Here is what im looking at currently. https://www.danscomp.com/products/43...14G_Spoke.html
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Nice bike, but $1500!!!

A local Kijiji ad has this BSA listed at a massive $!500.00. I doubt he'l get many calls...
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[QUOTE=DQRider;19224018]Man, I wonder how many fathers go through this.

A winter's worth of love went into this `67 Dunelt. But when Spring came along, and I presented this to my then 16 year-old daughter, she told me it was too "old and rickety" for her. This, after I built up an alloy front wheel for better braking, repacked the bottom bracket and headset with new balls, tuned it and tweaked it and devised a front basket setup strong enough to carry her considerable load of camera equipment on those creamy new Schwalbe tires. All for naught.



My 22 yr old daughter and I restored this Superbe. She worked about two or three hours on it, and the other 40 by me.. but rides it from time to time, even going with me on a wine tour this summer.
She plans to get her friends and borrow some of the vintage fleet off me so the girls can all go...
At least it's not sports cars!
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A local Kijiji ad has this BSA listed at a massive $!500.00. I doubt he'l get many calls...
Not even that nice, missing parts. substitute parts etc. Where's the gorgeous fork crown?
$50 imo
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Not even that nice, missing parts. substitute parts etc. Where's the gorgeous fork crown?
$50 imo
yeah, I agree.
I'm always on the look out for a nice BSA to add to the stable but you're right.
Even the pump is worthless..
There's a lot of wishful thinkers out there.
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In good condition, the Lucas King of the Road Challis bell is worth $50 to the right buyer.
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Originally Posted by ollo_ollo
This 3 speed has been hanging out on the Portland, OR CL for a few months, asking $300:

"OK first things first..this Bicycle looks like it just came off the showroom floor! This made in Norway DBS or (Den Beste Sykkel) translated The Best Bicycle... all original down the the tires and equipped with a Torpedo Sachs made in west germany 3 speed... DBS is in excellent condition and rides beautifully. It has dual brakes... coaster brake and Front Drum brake. Front and rear lights are generator activated and work great. Standover height is 30.5 inches. Thanks for looking Mark Local Pick up only"
The stem on this bike is not original. It is missing its rear rack. The crank is a "Fauber crank", different from other similar cranks and common all over scandinavia in those days. They all had that drum brake.

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The stem on this bike is not original. It is missing its rear rack. The crank is a "Fauber crank", different from other similar cranks and common all over scandinavia in those days. They all had that drum brake.

The expert is here: Restureringsverksted 1890 - 1990 : Den Rustne Eike
I recognize that stem. It's an extra long SunLite. Very handy. You can use them to set up a smaller framed bike for taller people. Even with it's extra length, it looks like it's set a bit past max to me.
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Oddly, my 21 inches Raleighs and my two 23 inch frames have the same top tube length. Not only that, one of my 21s, my coffee colored coffee cruiser, is 1/3 inch longer in the top tube than either of my 23 inch frames. But I would like to get one of those Sunlight stems with a little more reach.

I am normal sized, but fore and aft, I feel a little scrunched on these E3S bikes.
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Oh yeah, the SunLite stem is the way to go if you're tall and want to ride a 21" bike. They make a 10" long 21.1mm touring stem that also gives you about 2" more reach. The clamp is for 1" bars and Raleigh bars are 15/16" so you need a 1/32" shim if you're going to use the original bars. I think soft metal like copper work best. Lately, I've been using lead chimney flashing. I keep hammering it down and trimming the sides until I get a nice fit. Works great, never slips.
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Originally Posted by BigChief
Oh yeah, the SunLite stem is the way to go if you're tall and want to ride a 21" bike. They make a 10" long 21.1mm touring stem that also gives you about 2" more reach. The clamp is for 1" bars and Raleigh bars are 15/16" so you need a 1/32" shim if you're going to use the original bars. I think soft metal like copper work best. Lately, I've been using lead chimney flashing. I keep hammering it down and trimming the sides until I get a nice fit. Works great, never slips.

Thanks, good info.I have some copper and brass shim material. These can be bought a machine tool type and mechanics shops. I think I will look into one.

But, like I said, the 21 inch bike is bigger than the 23, I am not sure why Raleigh bothered with sizes because raising or lowering the top tube without lengthening or shortening the top tube is not a different size bike frame, it is just the same size bike frame with a lower or higher choice of top tubes. Weird. I prefer the 21 with the linger top tube, feels better.
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This 1941 Schwinn roadster had been stripped of its parts. I bought the bike because I had a bunch of 1940s-era parts for it. I bought the handful of things I needed to finish it. Before and after:



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This 1941 Schwinn roadster had been stripped of its parts. I bought the bike because I had a bunch of 1940s-era parts for it. I bought the handful of things I needed to finish it. Before and after:



What an excellent build! Congratulations. I really like that SA quadrant shifter on the top tube. I've got that same Banjo Bro.s saddlebag on 4 of my bikes. They fit right in on a vintage bike, and you can't beat them for the $.

How does it ride?
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"She worked about two or three hours on it, and the other 40 by me.."
That's actually a pretty good division of labor for kids/grand kids. Don
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This 1941 Schwinn roadster had been stripped of its parts. I bought the bike because I had a bunch of 1940s-era parts for it. I bought the handful of things I needed to finish it. Before and after:



Wow, great job. Glad this frame found it's way to someone that could do a quality restoration like this.
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