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Old 01-21-19, 07:30 AM
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New saddle day for my wife.

Found a Brooks b18 Lady on eBay for 90 bucks.




Hey, let's go for a bike ride! Never a bad time!
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Picked up a Koga-Miyata SilverAce today. Drum brakes, Sturmey Archer "Elite" 3-speed and more importantly, in my size!

No pics as of yet, but it's basically this model:


It's made of Koga's Hardtlite Hi-Magna HM-2 forks and FM-2 chromo tubing and lots of little details are made of stainless steel like the rear carier, rims and handlebars.
I've always wanted a steel 3-speed commuter and it seems like I found something. Mine isn't as pristine as the model above (resprayed top tube and mismatched rims). But a initial test ride shows it is a solid comfortable ride which should be great for riding around town.

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But a initial test ride shows it is a solid comfortable ride which should be great for riding around town.
You Dutch guys get all the nice Kogas

Should be a sweet ride. Hele louke!
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Failure to oil, literally once in a blue moon or maybe tightening the cones too much. Even then, tough to kill. Earlier hubs are considered better.
If these bikes are left outside for a long time I suspect that water can get in the hub and do some damage. The majority of the damage is from poor maintenance and "Bike Mechanics" over tightening the cones. They really need to be finger tight with a little play (looseness). It's an acquired skill. With the bike inverted, the wheel should spin freely while the pedals don't spin, or spin a bit then stop. That's where those little cone spanners come in handy.
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Originally Posted by clubman View Post
You Dutch guys get all the nice Kogas

Should be a sweet ride. Hele louke!
We do but I've seen a few on places like eBay on the other side of the pond.

Mine is a SilverAce or a RoadAce (1982-1992), which is made from Hi-Magna HM-2 double butted tubing with stainless parts (~17.2 Kg). Earlier versions (1982) were available with aluminum parts (16.8 Kg).
I'll have to check the exact model in daylight The frame-tubing sticker and the actual name was sprayed over.

For the slightly lighter (16.5 Kg) Hardtlite FM-2 chromoly frames and Hi-Magna HM-2 forks check out the RoadAce (1985-1994) and RoadTourer (1994).

Later version were even made from FM-1 or FM-3 chromoly spiral splined triple buttedtubing. Many had Sturmey Archer 3-speed and 5-speed hubs. From 1998 they switched to aluminum... and a Sachs Elan 12-speed hub!

I don't remember all of this from the top of my head but Koga has an awesome collection of brochures spanning all the way back to 1976!

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If these bikes are left outside for a long time I suspect that water can get in the hub and do some damage. The majority of the damage is from poor maintenance and "Bike Mechanics" over tightening the cones. They really need to be finger tight with a little play (looseness). It's an acquired skill. With the bike inverted, the wheel should spin freely while the pedals don't spin, or spin a bit then stop. That's where those little cone spanners come in handy.
Yes, only a very thin cone wrench will get in there. On the old hubs I've opened, the grease and oil dried and turned to crusty sludge might have helped ward off corrosion. But sprockets, spacers, dustcap are all out in the open and all oil or grease washed off by exposure yet nothing but very superficial fine powdery rust. Well, the dustcap is galvanized, I think. This isn't "stainless" steel but it is very durable. Come to think, it would be interesting to know the alloy.
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This isn't "stainless" steel but it is very durable. Come to think, it would be interesting to know the alloy.
Up until the 90's there we're many Euro manufacturers using cadmium plating, providing good resistance to oxidation. BMW used it on all their exposed steel (motorcycle) hardware. Maybe SA/Raleigh used it too? It's banned now.
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Originally Posted by paulb_in_bkln View Post
Yes, only a very thin cone wrench will get in there. On the old hubs I've opened, the grease and oil dried and turned to crusty sludge might have helped ward off corrosion. But sprockets, spacers, dustcap are all out in the open and all oil or grease washed off by exposure yet nothing but very superficial fine powdery rust. Well, the dustcap is galvanized, I think. This isn't "stainless" steel but it is very durable. Come to think, it would be interesting to know the alloy.
The older outer dust caps had a black finish like the cogs. There were many black finished parts on the older Raleighs, but they slowly changed to that silver/gray finish or chrome over the years. Raleigh seemed to take finishing their steel parts seriously. All of them were of high quality.
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The older outer dust caps had a black finish like the cogs. There were many black finished parts on the older Raleighs, but they slowly changed to that silver/gray finish or chrome over the years. Raleigh seemed to take finishing their steel parts seriously. All of them were of high quality.
I hadn't noticed that one dustcap is galvanized, one not. All these pieces are off bikes that were outside untouched for months. They got some soaking in mineral spirits, and some attention with a brass brush. The black finish is worn thin on some of the gear teeth.
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Interesting Bike for sale

Listed as a Canadian built Gold Medal circa 1954 with SA components.
A sharp looking bike with good paint.

Could be a CCM sub brand.
Seller is asking $180.00
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You Dutch guys get all the nice Kogas

Should be a sweet ride. Hele leuk!
Still looks good in daylight!

It still needs some work but I started a thread with some more info.

Turns out is is a 1989 RoadAce.
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Interesting Bike for sale

Listed as a Canadian built Gold Medal circa 1954 with SA components.
A sharp looking bike with good paint.

Could be a CCM sub brand.
Seller is asking $180.00
Here's another one.
Badge says D.F.H. MFG. CO.


Anyone know about these?
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Here's another one.
Badge says D.F.H. MFG. CO.


Anyone know about these?
Answering my own question..
D.P.Harris..
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Answering my own question..
D.P.Harris..
All I know is it's speedy just looking at it.
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Huffy Sportsman

New poster here. I have seen quite a few posts on this site while researching my recent purchase of a Huffy Sportsman. The SA hub says 1964. It was in fairly nice original condition. The add was up for months for $200, but I finally bought it for $100 which is probably too much for a Huffy. I just wanted to try a quality 3 speed.

Kinda fun to mess with, and in nice enough condition to have patina but not be a junker. Needs teardown I suppose for lube, but rides/shifts decent after some oil in the hub, and ditching the twist shift for a vintage thumb lever shifter. I recently bought a nice Brooks B72 from the era to replace the uncomfortable ugly tan springer small triangular 80s seat that was on it.

A nice casual ride for around the urban neighborhoods. I also swapped out the rear sprocket to get a bit easier gearing for this old man thanks to the info I found here. Winter here in NW Ohio, so little riding and just more reading and wrenching.
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New poster here. I have seen quite a few posts on this site while researching my recent purchase of a Huffy Sportsman. The SA hub says 1964. It was in fairly nice original condition. The add was up for months for $200, but I finally bought it for $100 which is probably too much for a Huffy. I just wanted to try a quality 3 speed.

Kinda fun to mess with, and in nice enough condition to have patina but not be a junker. Needs teardown I suppose for lube, but rides/shifts decent after some oil in the hub, and ditching the twist shift for a vintage thumb lever shifter. I recently bought a nice Brooks B72 from the era to replace the uncomfortable ugly tan springer small triangular 80s seat that was on it.

A nice casual ride for around the urban neighborhoods. I also swapped out the rear sprocket to get a bit easier gearing for this old man thanks to the info I found here. Winter here in NW Ohio, so little riding and just more reading and wrenching.
It might actually be a Raleigh. Huffy Sportsman was one of the many re-badged Raleigh light roadsters that were imported here in the 50s and early 60s. This changed later. Not sure about 1964, but if it has a cottered crank, it's probably a Nottingham made re-badge.
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It might actually be a Raleigh. Huffy Sportsman was one of the many re-badged Raleigh light roadsters that were imported here in the 50s and early 60s. This changed later. Not sure about 1964, but if it has a cottered crank, it's probably a Nottingham made re-badge.
Yeah, the Raleigh made Huffy Sportsman is a nice bike, basically a Raleigh Sports without any special features. $100 isn't a bad price for it. Here's an example of a Raleigh made one:

The Raleigh made ones will have the cottered cranks like @BigChief mentioned, and have lugs. They should also have a "Made in England" indicator somewhere (if it didn't wear off):



The American made Huffy Sportsman will have a one piece crank and lack lugs. It'll more likely have a Shimano three speed hub (but not always.) It'll look something like this.


In any case, @sd5782 please post a pic!
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Interesting Bike for sale

Listed as a Canadian built Gold Medal circa 1954 with SA components.
A sharp looking bike with good paint.

Could be a CCM sub brand.
Seller is asking $180.00
Those are some mighty interesting frame angles! Wish I was in the market as I love mystery bikes....
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Bicycles remind me of musical instruments. They're different from other machines in the way that they require constant input and close contact to operate. Just like musical instruments, seemingly minor details make large differences in the overall feeling you get from using them. I put a lot of miles on my 51 Rudge during my visit to Florida. It gave me a chance to really bond with this bike. I've never had a Raleigh this old before and now I'm ready to relay an opinion to my fellow roadster enthusiasts. I am now going to make a distinction between 2030 and pre 2030 Raleighs. In the 1954 catalog, Raleigh states " Most Raleigh cycles are now built of 2030 the new high carbon content steel tubing. 2030 gives a stronger and more rigid cycle combined with extra liveliness" I believe this is accurate. When I had the 51 Rudge apart, I noticed that the frame felt heavier than other 23" Raleigh Sports frames. Riding, this bike doesn't feel as "lively" as later light roadsters. The feeling is more old fashioned. Not bad at all, enjoyable in it's own way, like a DL-1, but not as sporty as the 2030 framed bikes.

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@BigChief: I recently stripped down my 49 Humber and was surprised that the frame felt as light as it did, but I have not had access to a post 2030 frame in the same size to compare.

Riding it I did find it a bit heavy feeling but I attributed that partly to the Panaracer tires (lovely ride but soft) and the higher gearing of the Humber chainwheel - perhaps it was indeed the weight.

Warning to the patina police: I finally decided I was fed up with the condition of the paint (it was Humber blue over black and the factory blue was 3/4 missing) so Iíve repainted and I must say I am glad I did. Looks amazing (not up to @SirMike1983 level but ...). Photos coming after I put on the decals which wonít be for a while - too icy here.
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It might actually be a Raleigh. Huffy Sportsman was one of the many re-badged Raleigh light roadsters that were imported here in the 50s and early 60s. This changed later. Not sure about 1964, but if it has a cottered crank, it's probably a Nottingham made re-badge.
yes I believe I recall seeing that one for sale on CL in Toledo area. It had wire basket on the front, black paint, a son selling his father's bike.

If so that is definitely raleigh built and was/is a nice bike. Let's see pictures. Here's my '65 sports that I am selling in case you need another . Also have '63 and need to make room!

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Yes, mine is a Huffeigh, and nearly identical to the black one pictured by Adventurepdx. I knew it was a Raleigh actually, but didn't think the Huffy branded ones were as desirable in the collecting world, and hence my reluctance to pay too much. The condition is very similar to the one pictured. It had a cheap "Persons" 80s tan triangular compact springer seat similar in style to the two tone one pictured. Will try to get a couple pics up soon too.

Slowride is also correct about seeing the bike listed for sale. It was posted for months with no takers, and did have the basket on the front which interfered greatly with the cables. I was able to engineer the basket to the rear. The twist grip shifting worked poorly. I was able to get a nice vintage SA thumb shift and a NOS shift cable. One NOS brake cable too. I did manage to find a very nice vintage B72 saddle for it, but haven't ridden on it much yet. Pics soon.
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Dirty, but you get the idea. Seat in basket came installed. Basket was on front.


NOS shift cable, and stickers



Thumb shifter and different grips and accessory mirror
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I prefer your Huffy crankset to the typical generic crank on most other Raleigh rebrands. Probably a Nicklin. Nice bike.
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Dirty, but you get the idea. Seat in basket came installed. Basket was on front.


NOS shift cable, and stickers



Thumb shifter and different grips and accessory mirror
I'm curious as to why there are 2 cable stops...
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