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Old 06-08-11, 09:54 AM
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Crow, I thought I had the record for laid-back frames, that one is the winner!



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Hey people... just received an e-mail from a lady in London who is looking for a shop that can help her with 3 speed parts and wonder if anyone here knows of one that still remembers how these work.

She has a Raleigh Wayfarer that she would like to restore and needs an indicator spindle and a new drive cog.
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver
Hey people... just received an e-mail from a lady in London who is looking for a shop that can help her with 3 speed parts and wonder if anyone here knows of one that still remembers how these work.

She has a Raleigh Wayfarer that she would like to restore and needs an indicator spindle and a new drive cog.
England or Ontario?
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Old 06-08-11, 10:28 AM
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Originally Posted by gna
England or Ontario?
England.
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Old 06-08-11, 12:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver
England.
Now the English are asking us New Worlders for our help with English bikes? Does this portend a shortage of parts?
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Any one have any good tips for removing and installing the front wheel. It seems like it takes me more effort than it should.
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Old 06-08-11, 01:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Schwinnsta
Any one have any good tips for removing and installing the front wheel. It seems like it takes me more effort than it should.
If you put your thumbs on the ends of the axle and grab the fork ends with your fingers, you should be able to spread the fork enough to slide it out with your thumbs.
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Old 06-08-11, 06:54 PM
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Just revived this for my husband's birthday. It was so abused when I found it. Don't mind the ill-fiting rack. He's getting a custom one for Father's Day. : ) https://www.flickr.com/photos/6133923...7626918718152/
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Old 06-08-11, 08:22 PM
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Lucky husband!

David Newton, I see you slack and raise you a degree or two!
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Originally Posted by kiwigem
Just revived this for my husband's birthday. It was so abused when I found it. Don't mind the ill-fiting rack. He's getting a custom one for Father's Day. : ) https://www.flickr.com/photos/6133923...7626918718152/



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Today, I hired a 20 year old college student to help me with bike work. He had never worked on bikes before. He didn't know how to use a wrench, but I taught him a ton.

After we finished tuning up a 1979 Panasonic Sport 500, he took it for a test ride and got lost. I went to pick him up on my Rudge 3-speed. I told him to swap bikes. He asked what it is with 3-speeds. I said, "They're charismatic. You can't get on one and not smile."

He tried, and sure enough, it was true. He yelled, "You're right!" smiling all the way.
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Originally Posted by Velognome
Lucky husband!

David Newton, I see you slack and raise you a degree or two!
Not a 3 speed but this comes pretty close to having some of the slackest angles I have ever ridden and one of the longest wheel bases.

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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver
Hey people... just received an e-mail from a lady in London who is looking for a shop that can help her with 3 speed parts and wonder if anyone here knows of one that still remembers how these work.

She has a Raleigh Wayfarer that she would like to restore and needs an indicator spindle and a new drive cog.
Most of the independent bike shops in the UK are good with 3 speeds, but we're inundated with chain stores that only sell carbon-framed super-priced modern stuff. There are loads of online stores in the UK such as: https://www.freemanscycles.co.uk but her best bet is to contact a good LBS - any idea where in the UK?
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this guy in UK (Surrey, I think) has the parts but he isn't a mechanic.

https://www.oldbiketrader.co.uk/

However she needs to let us know where in London.

I can tell you, in Dorking, Surrey, https://www.scfuller.co.uk/oldsite/SiteTwo.htm can do the job.

they do Sturmey repairs, the mechanic is an enthusiast - all other LBS's in Dorking are mountain bike shops or Halfords
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All right, Dang it, now I'm looking for a late model Raleigh Sports, Mens large frame. Thanks just bunches guys. Just what I needed, another thing to obsess over. HaHa


I'm never going to get rid of another bike ever again!!!
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Originally Posted by Carl Brill
All right, Dang it, now I'm looking for a late model Raleigh Sports, Mens large frame. Thanks just bunches guys. Just what I needed, another thing to obsess over. HaHa


I'm never going to get rid of another bike ever again!!!
If you don't mind paying shipping, I have seen a few nice ones on Columbus Ohio CL recently. Probably better prices than you'd pay in New England.
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Well, I think I finally solved the shifting problems on my '69 Sports. A page or so back I described that it was slipping in 2nd and 3rd, but shifted fine in first. A clutch replacement didn't make a difference. The indicator wasn't a problem as it was slipping without the indicator being attached to the gear cable. I read online that a worn gear ring might cause this problem, but on inspection nothing looked particularly worn. I figured I would just replace as many parts as I could with what I had in the bin: new gear ring, new planetary cage, new pawls (and I'm guessing it was the pawls that were worn). I was reminded what a PIA it is to install those pawl springs just right (particularly when one is too lazy to go and get one's reading glasses). And, of course, I installed the low-gear pawls backwards the first time, so 2nd and 3rd worked fine, but 1st didn't engage. It took a couple of tries and more swearing at pawl springs before I got that correct. So it's shifting great in the stand, and once it stops raining, I'll try it out on the road.

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That's a great sports!..I love the front rack and flashlight.
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1973/74 Raleigh Sports by (cobrabyte), on Flickr


1973/74 Raleigh Sports by (cobrabyte), on Flickr


1973/74 Raleigh Sports by (cobrabyte), on Flickr

sort of a frankenbike really, but all parts are from '72,'73,'74 Sports models, so it's mostly correct.

more here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cobraby...th/5804826135/
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Originally Posted by Velognome
Lucky husband!

David Newton, I see you slack and raise you a degree or two!


velognome- what is it?
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I can play the 'slack angle" game too...



This was my foolish attempt at mimicking a very early Tour de France bike. The frame is one of the Eastman Roadsters; an Indian-made copy of the Raleigh DL-1. Supposedly those are 66 degree angles but the reality is closer to 64 degrees on the seat and 65 degrees on the head. Considering the quality on the rest of the frame, missing an angle by a degree or two doesn't come as any surprise...
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson
Only if you fit the specific mounting hardware onto the lamp:

Where can you find one of these without the light?
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I can play the 'slack angle" game too...
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Er

Oh that sounded like my Dad
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I know someone near me who has two 3-speed models, both mens. One is looks like a 21" frame and the other looks like a 20" frame.
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doh- I'm 6'2". Thanks though. I was all wound up but I've got to get this freakin' Cannondale done before I can take on anything else. It will show up when it is supposed to.

23" or 25", new and rough is good. There's one about two hours from me but it was just listed as "mens three speed so who know.
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