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Old 08-31-19, 09:09 AM
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Unexplained Tire Failure...
This 1964 Raleigh Glider was out on loan to a former student for a couple of weeks.

It was returned today with a ruptured back tire.

Tire was newish.
Over inflation?
I've got this same tire on a number of bikes and
have not had any previous problems.
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Originally Posted by gster
Unexplained Tire Failure...
This 1964 Raleigh Glider was out on loan to a former student for a couple of weeks.

It was returned today with a ruptured back tire.

Tire was newish.
Over inflation?
I've got this same tire on a number of bikes and
have not had any previous problems.
On closer inspection, the tire was older than I thought....
Never mind.
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Originally Posted by gster
Unexplained Tire Failure...
This 1964 Raleigh Glider was out on loan to a former student for a couple of weeks.
It was returned today with a ruptured back tire.
Tire was newish.
Over inflation?
I've got this same tire on a number of bikes and
have not had any previous problems.
Tires are weird, no telling. Could have been a defect, could have been bruised, (hitting curbs can do that) could have been a bad batch, or just plain old bad luck.
A friend had a set of tires on a trailer that would blow out by (seemingly) looking at them too hard. Could even have been unnoticed separation. This is why I always look for good quality tires, but even then, there are no guarantees.
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Just getting into bikes. Picked up a 70's Raleigh Sport. It's missing the pump, where can I buy one? Google searches are coming up empty.

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Just getting into bikes. Picked up a 70's Raleigh Sport. It's missing the pump, where can I buy one? Google searches are coming up empty.

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https://www.ebay.com/p/Raleigh-Schra...nch/1740517665

https://www.ebay.com/p/Sunlite-Pump-...23536921&rt=nc
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Good prices on both links.
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I have some of those Sunlite pumps on my bikes. They work well. The plating is very cheap and they rust easily. A light coat of wax will solve the problem. I have one painted black on my 51 Rudge. That's another option.
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Still Out There

Raleigh built Glider for $100.00

on Kijiji, Toronto

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@gster - saddle is worth nearly that amount....
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@gster - saddle is worth nearly that amount....
Agreed.
I suspect it's a saddle from India.
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I've seen those saddles from India. I have no idea how they compare to a Brooks. After all these years of 3 speeding, I have come to realize that a quality saddle is essential if you are to experience what these old English roadsters are all about. It would be nice if the less expensive alternatives mitigated the saddle being more expensive than the bike issue. It's the comfort along with the surprising efficiency that make these bikes so much fun to ride. So far, I haven't found anything to rival a Brooks leather saddle.
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Originally Posted by BigChief
I've seen those saddles from India. I have no idea how they compare to a Brooks. After all these years of 3 speeding, I have come to realize that a quality saddle is essential if you are to experience what these old English roadsters are all about. It would be nice if the less expensive alternatives mitigated the saddle being more expensive than the bike issue. It's the comfort along with the surprising efficiency that make these bikes so much fun to ride. So far, I haven't found anything to rival a Brooks leather saddle.
Something to this. I have a leather Gyes saddle on one bike, from Taiwan. Superficially it's nearly indistinguishable from a B72, if a B72 had single rails. And it's well made; the leather is if anything thicker than what Brooks use, and is lined with fabric underneath. The difference: it's not as comfortable. It won't shape, even after much riding and sweating.
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Originally Posted by BigChief
I have some of those Sunlite pumps on my bikes. They work well. The plating is very cheap and they rust easily. A light coat of wax will solve the problem. I have one painted black on my 51 Rudge. That's another option.
Thank you for that. I've been considering getting one for my Sports. Either that or a Zefal. Your review will be saving me a bit of money.
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Raleigh Suburbe

I just recently came into posession of a 19?? Supurbe. Two questions. The Three speed is an AW, but there is no date stamped anywhere that I can see. However I have been known to be blind before... The AW is so faintly stamped, that I had to use a flashlight to make sure of the "W", so maybe that is the case, I just need to look harder with a very bright light?
Next question, where is the serial number located? I've looked in all the usual places, seat tube, drop-outs and the bottom bracket. The only thing I've found was the letter G on the bottom bracket. Any suggestions?
Thank you in advance.
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Bitsa Project
I found a Ladies' frame in the trash (Japanese Road King) and
took off some parts I could use.


I thought I'd put it back together with some SA parts I've got and give it to
a lady friend of mine.
It won't be much to look at but
will ride ok.
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Originally Posted by Iron Horse
I just recently came into posession of a 19?? Supurbe. Two questions. The Three speed is an AW, but there is no date stamped anywhere that I can see. However I have been known to be blind before... The AW is so faintly stamped, that I had to use a flashlight to make sure of the "W", so maybe that is the case, I just need to look harder with a very bright light?
Next question, where is the serial number located? I've looked in all the usual places, seat tube, drop-outs and the bottom bracket. The only thing I've found was the letter G on the bottom bracket. Any suggestions?
Thank you in advance.
Eric
There were a lot of small changes made to Raleighs over the years so although we can't be as precise as a hub date we can date most of them to within a year or two from other features. Faint stamping on the hub shell says 70s to me. SA started getting sloppy by then.
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Originally Posted by BigChief
I've seen those saddles from India. I have no idea how they compare to a Brooks. After all these years of 3 speeding, I have come to realize that a quality saddle is essential if you are to experience what these old English roadsters are all about. It would be nice if the less expensive alternatives mitigated the saddle being more expensive than the bike issue. It's the comfort along with the surprising efficiency that make these bikes so much fun to ride. So far, I haven't found anything to rival a Brooks leather saddle.
I have an Eastman B33 Indian knock off, on an Indian path Racer.
It's well made and looks great but the leather is very tough
and difficult to break in.


This bike was my first attempt at a Path racer build when I realized how
expensive a Pashley Guv'nor was.
On another OT note:

I bought some expensive black enamel paint (Epifanes) for the hull of the boat.
It may be a good frame paint as well.
It's very dense and a coat takes a day to dry.
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Originally Posted by paulb_in_bkln
Something to this. I have a leather Gyes saddle on one bike, from Taiwan. Superficially it's nearly indistinguishable from a B72, if a B72 had single rails. And it's well made; the leather is if anything thicker than what Brooks use, and is lined with fabric underneath. The difference: it's not as comfortable. It won't shape, even after much riding and sweating.
I have a Gyes saddle as well and agree.
Looks good but hard as a rock.
I much prefer used Brooks saddles on
my projects.
Let someone else's ass do all the hard work.
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Originally Posted by Iron Horse
I just recently came into posession of a 19?? Supurbe. Two questions. The Three speed is an AW, but there is no date stamped anywhere that I can see. However I have been known to be blind before... The AW is so faintly stamped, that I had to use a flashlight to make sure of the "W", so maybe that is the case, I just need to look harder with a very bright light?
Next question, where is the serial number located? I've looked in all the usual places, seat tube, drop-outs and the bottom bracket. The only thing I've found was the letter G on the bottom bracket. Any suggestions?
Thank you in advance.
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The hub stampings were getting pretty faint towards the end.
I have a hub with the oil port drilled right over the year stamp.
Post some pictures and the viewers here can help identify by pedals/brake levers etc
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Pictures as requested. I noticed this morning under better lighting conditions, that it appears there is a very faint "69" just above the word "three". Somebodies younger eyes will have to double check me. Amazingly enough, I still can't find that silly serial number. I know I need new glasses, but this is getting ridiculous. Ha!
Thank you all for your help!
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Originally Posted by Chulapit
Just getting into bikes. Picked up a 70's Raleigh Sport. It's missing the pump, where can I buy one? Google searches are coming up empty.

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Another option in that vein is the Zefal Lapize, which looks like this:


I have a somewhat battered one somewhere (I think). If anyone wants one at a cheap price, get in touch.

And while I get why people get these pumps for vintage bikes, I'd much rather use a modern pump in day-to-day use.
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I could just pull up a chair , crack a beer and watch the paint dry on that runaround. Nice work!
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Originally Posted by Iron Horse
Pictures as requested. I noticed this morning under better lighting conditions, that it appears there is a very faint "69" just above the word "three". Somebodies younger eyes will have to double check me. Amazingly enough, I still can't find that silly serial number. I know I need new glasses, but this is getting ridiculous. Ha!
Thank you all for your help!
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69 would fit. That bike is from 69-72. Look on the seat lug for a serial number.
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Originally Posted by Iron Horse
Pictures as requested. I noticed this morning under better lighting conditions, that it appears there is a very faint "69" just above the word "three". Somebodies younger eyes will have to double check me. Amazingly enough, I still can't find that silly serial number. I know I need new glasses, but this is getting ridiculous. Ha!
Thank you all for your help!
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Your trigger dates from 1966-1970, so your date of 1969 seems right.
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I can make out "69" on the hub.
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