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Old 07-21-19, 08:28 PM
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Originally Posted by gster
Please do.
I'm not seeing anything that says what time the show opens. I plan to take my bike on the Go train and ride up from Exhibition Station.
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Old 07-21-19, 08:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Dan Burkhart
I'm not seeing anything that says what time the show opens. I plan to take my bike on the Go train and ride up from Exhibition Station.
9;00-5:00
I'll be there early.
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Old 07-21-19, 08:58 PM
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Originally Posted by gster
9;00-5:00
I'll be there early.
Are you going to be tending a booth, or just wandering around like me?
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Old 07-22-19, 04:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Dan Burkhart
Are you going to be tending a booth, or just wandering around like me?
I don't have a booth, but ask around.
Most of the vendors will know me.
Hope to see you there.
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Old 07-22-19, 09:56 AM
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Fixing up a Raleigh for a coworker. It's pretty rough.
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Originally Posted by gster
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Here's a 1967 Raleigh 5 speed Sprite for sale here in Toronto

It has the double "throttle" shifter that I like.

By coincidence, it has a Northampton tag on it.
I lived in Northampton 1975-1977.

Seller is asking $325.00 (CDN) which I think is reasonable considering
-the rarity
-condition
-completeness
I've invited the seller to come to the bike show next weekend.
The 23" Sprite is an especially good find. Although it is missing it's leather Brooks saddle. I'm not sure how many people would realize how nice they are. Might be a tough sell at that price. Great bike, needs a saddle and has a limited fan base. I'd have a hard time passing it by at 200.
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Old 07-23-19, 05:55 PM
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Originally Posted by BigChief
The 23" Sprite is an especially good find. Although it is missing it's leather Brooks saddle. I'm not sure how many people would realize how nice they are. Might be a tough sell at that price. Great bike, needs a saddle and has a limited fan base. I'd have a hard time passing it by at 200.
I paid $325.00 for mine a few years back but don't ride it often enough.
I'll bring it to the show this weekend.
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Don't believe I have posted this here.

This is my 1981 DL-1

Just got it back up and rolling earlier this year.

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Originally Posted by wahoonc
Don't believe I have posted this here.

This is my 1981 DL-1

Just got it back up and rolling earlier this year.

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Old 07-24-19, 04:25 AM
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Originally Posted by BigChief
The 23" Sprite is an especially good find. Although it is missing it's leather Brooks saddle. I'm not sure how many people would realize how nice they are. Might be a tough sell at that price. Great bike, needs a saddle and has a limited fan base. I'd have a hard time passing it by at 200.
Mine came with the proper saddle which, sadly, ripped shortly after.
I've forsaken the car this summer and have been putting a lot of miles on these two.


A Glider Bitsa, year unknown.
It started out as a $20.00 frame.



1962 Robin Hood, also assembled from the parts bin.

As found.
Both are well suited to a cross town commute.

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Originally Posted by gster
Mine came with the proper saddle which, sadly, ripped shortly after.
I've forsaken the car this summer and have been putting a lot of miles on these two.


A Glider Bitsa, year unknown.
It started out as a $20.00 frame.



1962 Robin Hood, also assembled from the parts bin.

As found.
Both are well suited to a cross town commute.
I tend to do most of my riding on my scorcher and my dumpy DL-1. But, I do really like the S5 hub on the Sprite. Mine is a 21" and is a bit small for me. It needs to go. I have this NOS S5.2 hub that's just begging to go into a scorcher. I've decided not to take on any more projects until I get rid of some bikes. But I do already have a 23" 70s Sports that the world wouldn't miss if I customized. I had to replace the fork and it already has a 36H CR-18 rim laced onto the original AW. The spokes are crossed over the air valve, so it needs to be taken apart anyway, bugs me. I have this nice vintage Bayliss Wiley 32H steel hub to lace onto another CR-18. So, I do already have the bike sitting there...doesn't count as "another bike" right?
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Old 07-24-19, 07:47 AM
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Nicely preserved 1950s 23" men's Sports with chaincase near Concord, NH, at a reasonable price:

https://nh.craigslist.org/bik/d/cont...940248337.html
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Old 07-24-19, 09:57 AM
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Originally Posted by nlerner
Nicely preserved 1950s 23" men's Sports with chaincase near Concord, NH, at a reasonable price:

https://nh.craigslist.org/bik/d/cont...940248337.html
Wow, that's the best CL ad I've seen in a long time. Early 50s. 50 or 51 maybe. All there, even the braided cable housings. Terrific! If I didn't just buy the 51 Rudge, I'd be on my way now. This is the kind of situation where I'd send the saddle off to Rudy just to keep the original saddle frame.
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Originally Posted by BigChief
Wow, that's the best CL ad I've seen in a long time. Early 50s. 50 or 51 maybe. All there, even the braided cable housings. Terrific! If I didn't just buy the 51 Rudge, I'd be on my way now. This is the kind of situation where I'd send the saddle off to Rudy just to keep the original saddle frame.
It is funny how different my '50 Sports / Superbe is to that one. The original buyer picked a Cyclo 3 speed derailer off the shelf, so it got the hockey stick chain guard instead of the full one. They also picked the AG hub instead of AW with the separate dynohub. Other than that, they are the same. My saddle is in much nicer shape (after a few treatments with proofhide). Time will tell about the saddle once I start riding it regularly. In a few days, it'll be out in the sunshine as a rideable bicycle. The Tektro 800 front brake came in the mail yesterday. I am also reusing the original braided cable housings. The rear brake cable housing isn't in the greatest shape, but it is OK for now. They cleaned up nicely. The green really came through.

I rode my '77 AO8 home from work yesterday. At a stoplight, I noticed an older gentleman perhaps in his early seventies waiting at a light on a bicycle. I took a second look - it was a Raleigh Tourist. I wished I'd had my Raleigh in that moment. He did notice the Peugeot, and gave a nod. Maybe I'll run into him next week when I take the Raleigh to work for the first time. There's a guy closer to my age around here with a '60s looking Sports in black. I'm gonna try and run into him with mine.
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Old 07-24-19, 02:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Ged117
It is funny how different my '50 Sports / Superbe is to that one. The original buyer picked a Cyclo 3 speed derailer off the shelf, so it got the hockey stick chain guard instead of the full one. They also picked the AG hub instead of AW with the separate dynohub. Other than that, they are the same. My saddle is in much nicer shape (after a few treatments with proofhide). Time will tell about the saddle once I start riding it regularly. In a few days, it'll be out in the sunshine as a rideable bicycle. The Tektro 800 front brake came in the mail yesterday. I am also reusing the original braided cable housings. The rear brake cable housing isn't in the greatest shape, but it is OK for now. They cleaned up nicely. The green really came through.

I rode my '77 AO8 home from work yesterday. At a stoplight, I noticed an older gentleman perhaps in his early seventies waiting at a light on a bicycle. I took a second look - it was a Raleigh Tourist. I wished I'd had my Raleigh in that moment. He did notice the Peugeot, and gave a nod. Maybe I'll run into him next week when I take the Raleigh to work for the first time. There's a guy closer to my age around here with a '60s looking Sports in black. I'm gonna try and run into him with mine.
Looking forward to hearing how you're getting on with the Cyclo. I've never had a chance to try one. Would love to someday.
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Originally Posted by clubman

Only $65.00 Canadian? And nobody rushed up there to grab it yet?
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My English 3-Speed, with pump


This is my 1973 Raleigh Twenty. The pump is not classic or vintage, cut it down from a pump bought new and had it painted to match. Still haven't used it, but I like how it looks.
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Only $65.00 Canadian? And nobody rushed up there to grab it yet?
I think I'm the only collector in the this rural area and it's about 45 minutes drive.I've already got 4 interesting sports, a few clubs, a couple of roadsters and a Moulton. No more for now.

Fine work [MENTION=44107]harlond[/MENTION] Looks like a mobile beekeeping hive.

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Oddly...I live in Hopkinton NH but I have my Father's Raleigh Sports purchased, I estimate, 1935 from the BicycleExchange in Cambridge Mass. The same store I purchased my Raleigh Grand Prix in maybe 1974. The Grand Prix is gone but I still have his Raleigh, SN 57658 stamped in seat tube AFTER paint. I need this 1950 version like a hole in the head. I hope to someday get my Dad's on the road. Interesting to me about the bike. The bike is 100% original. IMO. The Sturmy Archer shifter is on the top tube. The rims are not what Sheldon calls the Raleigh Pattern Rim. They have no center ridge. The front wheel is radial spoked. My father told me that he and his two buddies got Ben Olken to order three of these new high tech multi speed bikes and they rode them all over New England. The original catalog is somewhere in the small fraction of stuff I kept when cleaning out the parent's house of 50 years. I sure would like to find it!
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Can you fit 2 bikes inside your Mini?
I have fit 3 bikes inside my 2013 Mini Countryman (2 road, 1 mtb), 2 road bikes fit into the "mini" 2006 Mini (yes, all wheels removed). Toughest was one bike only: 1936 Raleigh DL-1 with both wheels in place.
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Originally Posted by AD-SLE
Oddly...I live in Hopkinton NH but I have my Father's Raleigh Sports purchased, I estimate, 1935 from the BicycleExchange in Cambridge Mass. The same store I purchased my Raleigh Grand Prix in maybe 1974. The Grand Prix is gone but I still have his Raleigh, SN 57658 stamped in seat tube AFTER paint. I need this 1950 version like a hole in the head. I hope to someday get my Dad's on the road. Interesting to me about the bike. The bike is 100% original. IMO. The Sturmy Archer shifter is on the top tube. The rims are not what Sheldon calls the Raleigh Pattern Rim. They have no center ridge. The front wheel is radial spoked. My father told me that he and his two buddies got Ben Olken to order three of these new high tech multi speed bikes and they rode them all over New England. The original catalog is somewhere in the small fraction of stuff I kept when cleaning out the parent's house of 50 years. I sure would like to find it!
Radial spoked front wheel? Hmmm...I don't think this would have been used on a run of the mill roadster. Sounds more like a club or racing machine. Sure would like to see some pictures. I don't think Raleigh came up with their Raleigh pattern dual purpose rim until after the war. It was meant to be able to use both caliper and rod brake systems.
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Prior to the war could well have been Dunlop steel rims, which are quite nice.
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Here she is. There is absolutely no alpha with the SN. I will try to get other photos. Since I was a small child this bike was in the stall. Rarely ridden by my father but still his pride and joy. He grew up in Cambridge Ma, the small front odometer says 1192. Sadly one of the rotted rubber hand grips blew off as it rode in the back of my truck. I have the chain guard. He was born in '23. I would assume he got it when 13. That would make it a 1936. I suspect, since he tells me he had the first 3 speed in Cambridge and he had to have the bike store special order it, the cost was significant. 1200 miles on a 3 speed is doing something. I suspect that when he turned 16 or 17, cars quickly replaced the bike. I think the bike is a bit of a time capsule that I will carefully clean and ride some day. The handlebars are black, not chrome or nickle. And very narrow. You have to work at keeping your knees in to avoid hitting the end of the bars. he was 5 11, I am 6. I mean other than hang it up in the shop and ride it for parades, 3 speeds in my part of NH are hard to work up and down the hills. The rear hub does not have the normal dating so that is of no use.

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What are the markings (or lack thereof) on the rear hub? AW with no date usually = 1936, I believe. Until the 1940s, the AW hubs were dated with a single digit for the year, e.g., AW-7 = 1937.
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My wife will shoot me. I asked her to drag it out of the barn and take a photo. And check the SN again. I think I have used up my pretty please at this point. I am leaving Columbus and heading to Eau Claire WI for the next assignment. Work. Gets in the way all the time. Here are a few other photos. I will work on the hub. My recall, oily. I could not find anything. But, I was likely keen for the conventional Sturmy Archer logo. The shifter has the SA logo. It is my belief it is a stock bike from that era.

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