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Old 01-10-19, 02:16 PM
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Too hard to tell without pics. IMO very few Sports are worth $200, especially with trashed seats and rust. Many times, $50 is too much. You are more likely to screw up by jumping at offers without an informed opinion so you probably did the right thing. Don't stress, there's thousands of them out there. Where do you live?
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In New England, $200 is a top of the line price for a Sports, but there are a lot of different factors that add or subtract value. Some of them are personal to me and not important to the marketplace. Some good features can cancel out bad ones, so it's a balance of what you want to end up with against what you're willing to spend. Many variations out there, they aren't rare.
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Too hard to tell without pics. IMO very few Sports are worth $200, especially with trashed seats and rust. Many times, $50 is too much. You are more likely to screw up by jumping at offers without an informed opinion so you probably did the right thing. Don't stress, there's thousands of them out there. Where do you live?
I'm near Houston Gulf Coast. Some people say the prices here are inflated because of all the oil money awashed in this region.
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I have a nice Sports with a B-72 that isn't too bad. Its a 1963 IIRC. The frame is a 23". I have new brake pads, tires and tubes on it so its probably going to go for about $125.00 or so. Paint is a bit faded, but the graphics are intact. I'm in St. Paul; pretty sure its not worth the drive!

If that gives you any idea of what a Sports goes for... $200 in the condition of the photo you posted is nuts IMO. You did the right thing.
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If that gives you any idea of what a Sports goes for... $200 in the condition of the photo you posted is nuts IMO. You did the right thing.
Funny can't see a pic. Flyin' blind. BirdBox! Maybe some idiot will ride a 3 speed in traffic
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Funny can't see a pic. Flyin' blind. BirdBox! Maybe some idiot will ride a 3 speed in traffic
You say'n photos or it didn't happen?

I'll see what I can do.
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Originally Posted by Salubrious View Post
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I have a nice Sports with a B-72 that isn't too bad. Its a 1963 IIRC. The frame is a 23". I have new brake pads, tires and tubes on it so its probably going to go for about $125.00 or so. Paint is a bit faded, but the graphics are intact. I'm in St. Paul; pretty sure its not worth the drive!

If that gives you any idea of what a Sports goes for... $200 in the condition of the photo you posted is nuts IMO. You did the right thing.
i would have bought yours last time i was in the twin cities. Love to have a 23.
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Does anyone know why some of the SA triggers have the text upside down?


Like should I be mounting this undearneath on the left side? Is it so people can read it from the front of the bike if its tilted flat?
I've seen it on the old 3 speed ones too and it just seems odd.
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Old 01-11-19, 01:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Buellster View Post
Does anyone know why some of the SA triggers have the text upside down?
Like should I be mounting this underneath on the left side? Is it so people can read it from the front of the bike if its tilted flat?
I've seen it on the old 3 speed ones too and it just seems odd.
They're meant to be mounted "hanging", like this:

They look better on drop bars or flipped bars, which was more common in that era (50's).
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Old 01-11-19, 01:30 AM
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Does anyone know why some of the SA triggers have the text upside down?
Another pic:


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Originally Posted by adventurepdx View Post
Another pic:


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That's how I set mine up as well. Flat and close to the lever.
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Re: Triggers: I am sure a lot of you have seen this but for those that haven't here is an excellent reference for all things SA Trigger:

http://genetics.mgh.harvard.edu/hanc...gersjuly06.pdf

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Old 01-11-19, 06:50 AM
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Shiny!!! Really nice period piece, an Austrian Sears bike that is probably overpriced.

https://richmond.craigslist.org/bik/...792076190.html

SEARS road/commuter classic - $299 (Richmond)







bicycle type: other
condition: like new
frame size: other
make / manufacturer: SEARS
wheel size: other/unknown
Sears Made in Austria bicycle

Steal lugged frame
Original Royce headlight and taillight system/generator
Dual side baskets over rear wheel
Richmond va licence plate
VCU 1975 Bike Registration
3 speed internal rear hub.
Original fenders, pedals, pump
Tires and tubes have been replaced, in great shape no dry-rot.

Great bike for back to school or commuter classic.

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Originally Posted by gster View Post
That's how I set mine up as well. Flat and close to the lever.
This is how I mount mine as well. That's why I prefer the older style with the longer trigger. Apparently, SA was aware of the problem of their triggers getting bent from leaning bikes against walls back in 1939 as they issued this recommendation for "Flick trigger" mounting. They advise mounting them far back on the handlebar to what I consider an inconvenient position. Things got even worse when Raleigh introduced their "light alloy prop stand" in 1954. These are notoriously tippy and today, bent window triggers are common. I think this was the motivation for the short trigger, through body mounting bolt version in the mid 50s. Mine are mounted in the convenient position, but I always use the far more stable alloy ESGE kick stands on my bikes.

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Originally Posted by BigChief View Post
This is how I mount mine as well. That's why I prefer the older style with the longer trigger. Apparently, SA was aware of the problem of their triggers getting bent from leaning bikes against walls back in 1939 as they issued this recommendation for "Flick trigger" mounting. They advise mounting them far back on the handlebar to what I consider an inconvenient position. Things got even worse when Raleigh introduced their "light alloy prop stand" in 1954. These are notoriously tippy and today, bent window triggers are common. I think this was the motivation for the short trigger, through body mounting bolt version in the mid 50s. Mine are mounted in the convenient position, but I always use the far more stable alloy ESGE kick stands on my bikes.

Ideally, it should be positioned so that you needn't remove your hand from the grips in order to shift.
At least that's my style.
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Originally Posted by Buellster View Post
Does anyone know why some of the SA triggers have the text upside down?
I thought it was for easier viewing with drop bars.
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Another pic:


(also, did you see that I PM'd ya, @Buellster ?)
Now that makes sense! I'm gonna need to move mine to that position and see how it feels.
I did!
Unfortunately, I'm out of town that weekend. Thanks for the invite though! And please let me know the next time one is coming up. I'll feel like I belong now that my old style trigger is back in place Haha
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I have had the pleasure of doing Lake Pepin several times. Wonderful event.
I ride my Phillips 3-speed resto/mod up there.
I have a wonderfully original 72 Superbe in my collection as well.
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Forgot to add the pictures.. Here’s the Phillips.
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Now that makes sense! I'm gonna need to move mine to that position and see how it feels.
I did!
Unfortunately, I'm out of town that weekend. Thanks for the invite though! And please let me know the next time one is coming up. I'll feel like I belong now that my old style trigger is back in place Haha
No worries, I will!
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Originally Posted by thumpism View Post
Shiny!!! Really nice period piece, an Austrian Sears bike that is probably overpriced.

https://richmond.craigslist.org/bik/...792076190.html

SEARS road/commuter classic - $299 (Richmond)







bicycle type: other
condition: like new
frame size: other
make / manufacturer: SEARS
wheel size: other/unknown
Sears Made in Austria bicycle

Steal lugged frame
Original Royce headlight and taillight system/generator
Dual side baskets over rear wheel
Richmond va licence plate
VCU 1975 Bike Registration
3 speed internal rear hub.
Original fenders, pedals, pump
Tires and tubes have been replaced, in great shape no dry-rot.

Great bike for back to school or commuter classic.

Please text or email, or leave a voicemail. Thanks, Dak
Way, way too pricey although it is a nice example.
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I'm near Houston Gulf Coast. Some people say the prices here are inflated because of all the oil money awashed in this region.
I'm selling my '65 sports 21" ( as I also have a '63). All original, fully serviced including all bearings replaced/repacked, SA AW hub completely disassembled, fully cleaned, polished, waxed but I'm here in Detroit. Not sure if allowed to post link ; on local CL as intended to sell locally but may consider shipping. I can sympathize with you as I had to drive >300mile round trip as no local supply. As far as I an tell , in those days , this was resolutely schwinn country. Cheers, Steve
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This is how I mount mine as well. That's why I prefer the older style with the longer trigger. Apparently, SA was aware of the problem of their triggers getting bent from leaning bikes against walls back in 1939 as they issued this recommendation for "Flick trigger" mounting. They advise mounting them far back on the handlebar to what I consider an inconvenient position. Things got even worse when Raleigh introduced their "light alloy prop stand" in 1954. These are notoriously tippy and today, bent window triggers are common. I think this was the motivation for the short trigger, through body mounting bolt version in the mid 50s. Mine are mounted in the convenient position, but I always use the far more stable alloy ESGE kick stands on my bikes.

That's a great picture from the early days of the flick shifter. Sturmey had the earlier bar-mounted "barrel" shifter, but the flick was a jump forward for them from the quadrant. Today, the quadrant shifter (and the barrel shifter) sell for high prices, but the old "upside down flick shifter" is still the best shifter Sturmey produced. The 1940s-50s era ones are my favorites (though my avatar is an old quadrant, go figure).
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That's a great picture from the early days of the flick shifter. Sturmey had the earlier bar-mounted "barrel" shifter, but the flick was a jump forward for them from the quadrant. Today, the quadrant shifter (and the barrel shifter) sell for high prices, but the old "upside down flick shifter" is still the best shifter Sturmey produced. The 1940s-50s era ones are my favorites (though my avatar is an old quadrant, go figure).
I have some more detailed pictures, from all sides of this style shifter on my SA Shifters Flickr album.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/150931...57686501575124
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