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Old 07-06-11, 09:13 AM
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Black Heron Restorations might be looking into the purchase of a swaging tool and producing double-sided cables for sale on the website.
That would be really cool. What kind/color cable cover would you use?
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Old 07-06-11, 09:33 AM
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Hey mkeller234,

I notice you have the same kickstand as I do and not the Pletschers that I've seen on other Raleighs. I wonder if this is also a sign of a Malaysian made Raleigh.
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Originally Posted by cazoo
Hey mkeller234,

I notice you have the same kickstand as I do and not the Pletschers that I've seen on other Raleighs. I wonder if this is also a sign of a Malaysian made Raleigh.
It's possible but I have no idea.
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I've seen that kickstand on English Raleighs many times.
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My theory is that a lot of Raleighs came in without kickstands and this was a common unit in American bike shops that got put on them. Perhaps it was a weight issue and the kickstands were just left off to save it.
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I'm not buying that theory.
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Originally Posted by Fenway
Don't hold your breath. We are still hoping that someone will offer new 26 TPI headsets.
They still make and sell them in great abundance in India. We just need to find an importer.
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson
They still make and sell them in great abundance in India. We just need to find an importer.
It would be nice not to have to ditch the fork and put in a junk SunLite unit and new cheap headset when they are bad.
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Is it inconceivable to file down the threads, build it up with some sort of metal, and cut new threads in it?
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How hard is it to put a new steer tube onto a fork? I've read about such a thing on Sheldon's page but never have ever seen it done.
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Hmm, a frame builder who brazes or silver-solders should be able to do it. I could ask Ryan Reedell of Folk Engineered if you like. I think his rates are lower than others because he's getting himself established.
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I wonder how much that would cost in the end and if it would be worth it -just as an interesting idea. One can find a cheap fork at Niagara for about $14 and a cheap headset is under $5. If one is ordering other stuff anyhow and combining shipping the overall cost of ditching the fork is only a hair over $20 including the new headset.
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It's an academic question until someone actually needs a headset. And sacrificial bikes aren't that hard to find here in the northeast.
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I can usually save the top races when i have a bad one. The bottom set can be easily replaced with parts from a cheap $5 headset.
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Well, there ya go!
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It still would be nice to have other options. 26tpi BBs would be nice too.
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson
They still make and sell them in great abundance in India. We just need to find an importer.
Will double check but am sure one of our supplier offers 26 tpi headsets and that if you look across the pond that many shops still
stock them.

I have a small stock of aftermarket 26 tpi headsets and could source more at the co-op... thing is that they are so well made they rarely need replacement.
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Originally Posted by cazoo
Is there a big difference in quality with the Malaysian made Raleighs? I just checked on my '72 Raleigh Sports and I've got that same sticker on mine.
Not that I have noticed. I have one that has well over 35,000 miles on it and is still chugging along. The only noticeable differences: No head lamp bracket, no pump pegs, and Endrick pattern rims. Everything else appears to be the same. (mine has a replacement fork, due to a crash with a parked car 10 years ago)

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I picked up this 1976 Phillips last week from a flea market for $20. At the time I didn't even know what an "English 3-speed" was! I had a blast fixing it up. It needed new tires, cables, and chain but it was worth the small investment. I'm used to riding a road bike and was blown away by how comfortable and fun this machine is to ride.
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I picked up this 1976 Phillips last week from a flea market for $20. At the time I didn't even know what an "English 3-speed" was! I had a blast fixing it up. It needed new tires, cables, and chain but it was worth the small investment. I'm used to riding a road bike and was blown away by how comfortable and fun this machine is to ride.
Shhh! Posts like this will make everybody want one!
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But, but, but,... if it's made in Malaysia, how can you possibly call it an "English three speed"**********
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English designed, by folks at an English company?
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Union Jack on the factory flagpole? Men with handlebar mustaches and white linen suits named "colonel" as bosses?
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I just finished up this '71 lady's Sports for a forum member who'll be in town this month and needs a bike:



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I just finished up this '71 lady's Sports for a forum member who'll be in town this month and needs a bike:

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And so clean and shiny, you could eat off it!
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