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Old 08-14-17, 07:47 AM
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That's so cool. Tell me that doesn't look like a Sturmey Dyno hub with the armature exposed. 48 holes, tough to get that gauge of spoke these days. Super!
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Old 08-14-17, 08:17 AM
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Originally Posted by clubman
That's so cool. Tell me that doesn't look like a Sturmey Dyno hub with the armature exposed. 48 holes, tough to get that gauge of spoke these days. Super!
I concur! Is that a turbine?
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Originally Posted by gster
This weekend I had the opportunity to visit a small hydro-electric power station in the Ottawa Valley.
This station was built in 1907 and is still running the original Westinghouse generators built in 1905!
These were designed by the great Nikola Tesla. I'd like to see something built today that will work continuously for 100+ years!
Proof that things really were built better in the old days?
Nikola Tesla was a great man that was ripped off by a well known person, but that's not a story for here.
Thanks for the photos. Very enjoyable.
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Originally Posted by Velocivixen
I concur! Is that a turbine?
Strictly speaking, it's a generator when current flows out. Should current flow in, it would be a motor.
There is a double "turbine" connected to the shaft that extends into the water/sluiceway.
Something like this.
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Old 08-14-17, 09:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Ballenxj
Proof that things really were built better in the old days?
Nikola Tesla was a great man that was ripped off by a well known person, but that's not a story for here.
Thanks for the photos. Very enjoyable.
According to the engineer, the coils in these generators were rebuilt in the 70's, not because there was anything wrong with them, they were upgraded to put out more power. So yes, built to last, as were our English bicycles.
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When I restored the John Deere I had the frame and pan sand blasted at a cemetery monument shop. Great on steel frames not good on sheet metal. There's much talk about glass bead blasting as easier on the metal. When I restored the 56 outboard I stripped every part by hand, long tedious process, bike frame and fenders would be easier. Both paint jobs where from rattle cans. In both cases the rattle cans were job specific; I mean that the John Deere spray can and the Gale outboard can were designed not to sputter at the end. Rustoleum and Krylon spit as the paint runs out. It wasn't necessarily any skill of mine that helped the paint job look nice. When I first posted on this site I asked about Raleigh paint. I'm still asking, I could pick from anyone of a dozen black paints. What is the correct Raleigh Black?

The stripping doesn't bother me. Part of the process. I would have to research the paint and primers and try to build confidence in my skills as a painter.
As an ex-auto body repairman, I can tell you "black is black" the same paint code for black paint was used regardless of what make the car was. The "Black Pearl" they've come up with since I got out of that line of work would be different, of course.
White, on the other hand, had 50 different mixing codes.
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How does one acquire a key for a 1969 Raleigh Superbe fork?
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Originally Posted by johnnyspaghetti
How does one acquire a key for a 1969 Raleigh Superbe fork?
Get the number off the lock and then goto ebay...
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Originally Posted by Salubrious
Get the number off the lock and then goto ebay...
Thank you very much
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[MENTION=185977]clubman[/MENTION] & @ gster- so those are for hydroelectric use? If not, what exactly are they used for?
My magnet keeper will definitely not work on that if it were a dynamo hub....
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Originally Posted by Velocivixen
@clubman & @ gster- so those are for hydroelectric use? If not, what exactly are they used for?
My magnet keeper will definitely not work on that if it were a dynamo hub....
Great! Another chance for me to make an idiot of myself. Electricity is a black art for me.
With our dyno hubs, the hub spins coils of wire around a fixed magnet inducing a current. In the picture, it appears there's something high speed spinning with the axle (magnets?) and the coils are fixed in place. You can see a blue blur in the somewhat empty middle.

How did I do? (calling electrical engineers...)

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It doesn't matter which spins- the magnets or the armature. Either way current is induced in the wire.
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Old 08-15-17, 05:43 AM
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Sorry, this one's English but it's a four-speed.

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Old 08-15-17, 12:01 PM
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Had a Twenty pop up on the local CL. Pic won't load but it would be a rust project for sure. Looks complete but strangely the owner won't say a price..
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Had a Twenty pop up on the local CL. Pic won't load but it would be a rust project for sure. Looks complete but strangely the owner won't say a price..
Vintage Collectable.
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow
Had a Twenty pop up on the local CL. Pic won't load but it would be a rust project for sure. Looks complete but strangely the owner won't say a price..
Offer $20. and see what they say?
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Took a lap around the business park this morning on the 1974 Raleigh
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow
Had a Twenty pop up on the local CL. Pic won't load but it would be a rust project for sure. Looks complete but strangely the owner won't say a price..
I've found that when the "seller" won't state a price then they are running a silent auction trying to be clever and thinking they have something worth much more than it usually is. Offer $500, see what they say, then say no thanks because you found a better one for free in your cousin's chicken coop.
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Originally Posted by treebound
Took a lap around the business park this morning on the 1974 Raleigh
You make it sound so simple but some of those business parks are HUGH! I bet it was a nice ride.
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Originally Posted by treebound
I've found that when the "seller" won't state a price then they are running a silent auction trying to be clever and thinking they have something worth much more than it usually is. Offer $500, see what they say, then say no thanks because you found a better one for free in your cousin's chicken coop.
I got a chuckle out of that. The ad had most every word misspelled and so did the email replies. I got the feeling like they really thought they had struck gold with this English bike. I will still ask them again and see if they respond.
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Old 08-16-17, 12:29 PM
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I passed a pile of bike parts about a mile from home yesterday so (naturally) I stopped for a little look see. Extracted a Raleigh-built girl's Armstrong, complete but for wheels and chain.

Photos tomorrow maybe.

It's a little strange, though. Standard Raleigh frame, fenders, stem, handlebar, crank, chain guard; but no serial number and no brakes. No cables of any kind. Must have been a coaster brake one-speed. 18" frame. The remains of a low end Idéale saddle were included, the nose hardware missing.

Anyone have an EA3 / 650a coaster brake wheel you want to be rid of?
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[MENTION=73614]rhm[/MENTION], I think some Malaysia-made bikes lacked serial numbers.
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow
You make it sound so simple but some of those business parks are HUGH! I bet it was a nice ride.
A perimeter lap is about 3.5 miles. I usually take walks and by taking different roads I can do loops anywhere from a mile to 3+ miles. Garmin shows today's average speed around 12.4 mph with a max speed of 17.4 mph, I never really got into 3rd gear. Nice change from walking. I'm thinking of extending a ride tomorrow to connect to the local MUP during lunch. I'll have to bring my helmet in so I'll have a mirror, and will need to raise the seat a bit higher (hopefully the seatpost is long enough).
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12.86 mile lunchtime ride today ending in a little rain. Escaped from the business park and rode a section of the Oak Leaf trail.






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There is this 1968 Raleigh DL-1 24 inch that I want to purchase for $175. I am fairly new to this market and was wondering if this price seems bad? The market that I am in has them priced out at $300+ in great condition. This one has rust on the chain guard and some on the rims. I honestly think it might be a little too big (I am 5"8') but I am either expecting to flip it or restoring it and putting it on my wall.
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