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Old 08-16-20, 08:54 AM
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Originally Posted by gster View Post
It's hard to tell from photos the true condition.
I've got this hercules for sale
The rims are great
https://www.kijiji.ca/v-view-details...dId=1507673970

It's currently out on a movie shoot but should be back on the w/e
I'm in Parkdale
Do you rent your bikes out to movie shoots? I had a director friend and he said it is a good way to make money but never lend out anything you care about because it will likely get damaged in some way.
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Old 08-16-20, 09:03 AM
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Do you rent your bikes out to movie shoots? I had a director friend and he said it is a good way to make money but never lend out anything you care about because it will likely get damaged in some way.
Your friend is correct.
I sold a 1950's Flying Pigeon to the same production.
This bike has been working just fine for 65 years.
The propsmaster called me yesterday to say to say
the rear wheel wouldn't turn.
I asked if an actor had touched the bike and
he said yes....
Actors have a strange and unique ability to break
anything they touch.
You could hand an actor a rock as a prop and it will
come back broken....
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I drove to Aurora to see the $35 sports. Rims were quite bad, flaking chrome, rust everywhere. If I had a spare set of wheels i would have considered it but it just wasnt worth my time even at $35.
Aurora, my home town! Last time I visited from Australia, went for a ride with my uncle and baby brother (who was 6 when I moved to Toronto, and 16 I left Canada). I led them through so many 'hidden' paths and trails they didn't know about, I amazed even myself with my memory. Years and years of living on my bicycle in that town left me with a permanent mental map of the quickest and/or most fun way of getting around.
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"One man gathers what another man spills" It was time to pass the baton. Last winter I built a version of a Sports on a Raleigh international frame - 8-speed Sturmey hub, Velo Orange Tourist handlebars, 35c Paselas with fenders, my trusty B66 and racks with a Wald basket up front. It's light, fast and fits me much better. My 10-year affair with my 1966 Sports has come to an end, and it has fittingly been picked up by a young man starting his adulting here in NYC. It was clearly love at first sight, and I was delighted to bid farewell knowing it was going to someone that will appreciate it as I have. And I want to acknowledge the many forum members here that contributed to my understanding and love for these great machines.


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Old 08-18-20, 03:29 PM
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Originally Posted by ascherer View Post
"One man gathers what another man spills" It was time to pass the baton. Last winter I built a version of a Sports on a Raleigh international frame - 8-speed Sturmey hub, Velo Orange Tourist handlebars, 35c Paselas with fenders, my trusty B66 and racks with a Wald basket up front. It's light, fast and fits me much better. My 10-year affair with my 1966 Sports has come to an end, and it has fittingly been picked up by a young man starting his adulting here in NYC. It was clearly love at first sight, and I was delighted to bid farewell knowing it was going to someone that will appreciate it as I have. And I want to acknowledge the many forum members here that contributed to my understanding and love for these great machines.


James and his new 1966 Sports


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Good to see some younger riders who appreciate a well made bike.
The sad truth is, if taken care of, they'll outlast all of us......
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Old 08-18-20, 07:56 PM
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Originally Posted by gster View Post
Good to see some younger riders who appreciate a well made bike.
The sad truth is, if taken care of, they'll outlast all of us......
Oh yes, he was lit up by it. I told him they were built to last 100 years, so it's got another 50 left in it. This one showed all the signs of making it.
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Oh yes, he was lit up by it. I told him they were built to last 100 years, so it's got another 50 left in it. This one showed all the signs of making it.
I just turned 30. My three-speed turns 71 in January. I'm hoping to hand it off to my kid in the future as you have. They're still really good city bicycles. I see quite a few three-speeds in various guises and levels of decrepitude rolling around Ottawa in regular use. With a little bit of maintenance every now and again they're sturdy and dependable. Give the AW / AG a rebuild every 20 years and you're set.
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Old 08-19-20, 09:19 AM
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Just picked this one up from a local CL ad. Not a 3-speed, but with 590/EA3 wheels. Those plus the prestube minor rear rack makes me wonder if Raleigh just took Sports frames and slapped a different rear wheel and Huret shifting bits on them:

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Originally Posted by ascherer View Post
"one man gathers what another man spills" it was time to pass the baton. Last winter i built a version of a sports on a raleigh international frame - 8-speed sturmey hub, velo orange tourist handlebars, 35c paselas with fenders, my trusty b66 and racks with a wald basket up front. It's light, fast and fits me much better. My 10-year affair with my 1966 sports has come to an end, and it has fittingly been picked up by a young man starting his adulting here in nyc. It was clearly love at first sight, and i was delighted to bid farewell knowing it was going to someone that will appreciate it as i have. And i want to acknowledge the many forum members here that contributed to my understanding and love for these great machines.


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Old 08-19-20, 01:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Ged117 View Post
I just turned 30. My three-speed turns 71 in January. I'm hoping to hand it off to my kid in the future as you have. They're still really good city bicycles. I see quite a few three-speeds in various guises and levels of decrepitude rolling around Ottawa in regular use. With a little bit of maintenance every now and again they're sturdy and dependable. Give the AW / AG a rebuild every 20 years and you're set.
Good plan! To be clear, this smart fellow is not my son. My own son Jacob never rode a bike as a kid but when I bought the Sports the seller also had a BSA version I bought hoping to tempt him into riding. It worked until he started college in Manhattan, and we sold that one. He's since graduated and lives in Brooklyn. I gave it to him this Spring and he rode it for a few months. He likes the whole 3-speed vibe but lives three narrow, twisty flights of stairs up in an old house, so it wasn't long before he asked for something lighter. Now he's tooling around on a lovely 1972 Super Course that I found for him and he's just as smitten with it.
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
Just picked this one up from a local CL ad. Not a 3-speed, but with 590/EA3 wheels. Those plus the prestube minor rear rack makes me wonder if Raleigh just took Sports frames and slapped a different rear wheel and Huret shifting bits on them:

A Sprite with 26"? Why the 'ell not?
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A Sprite with 26"? Why the 'ell not?
That chain guard looks a bit out of place as well.
I've mostly seen them on Raleigh's Glider bikes.
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Originally Posted by gster View Post
That chain guard looks a bit out of place as well.
I've mostly seen them on Raleigh's Glider bikes.
I've seen that same 5 speed setup before, with the same chainguard, Huret long shifter with Alvit RD. I had a ~'71 Glider version with dropbars.
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That chain guard looks a bit out of place as well.
I've mostly seen them on Raleigh's Glider bikes.
I usually see lots of these for sale on Kijiji, usually with the derailleur. I check these listings to see if the bike has the Sturmey S5 5-speed hub gear. I missed one here not long ago. I want one of those hubs for...research.
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I usually see lots of these for sale on Kijiji, usually with the derailleur. I check these listings to see if the bike has the Sturmey S5 5-speed hub gear. I missed one here not long ago. I want one of those hubs for...research.
My Townie is 5 speed Sprite with an S5, I love it! I gave it a full on patina/resto-mod build.

I wish the S5 hubs were more plentiful, they come up on Ebay here and there but they aren't cheap...
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Originally Posted by gster View Post
That chain guard looks a bit out of place as well.
I've mostly seen them on Raleigh's Glider bikes.
Looks like Raleigh did that model for a couple of years in the late 1960s. Here’s the 1969 catalog page:

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Sprite

I have a similar bike. Same color same chain guard, same chain ring, but mine is a sprite 27. I used the wheels for my bluestreak project, and replaced them with a 700c Shimano nexus 3 speed setup. It is my go to everyday bike.
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???

I used to be able to post photos. What am I doing wrong???
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Nice Superbe.

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What year is this Raleigh Sports

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Black-Raleigh-Bike-Brooks-Seat-Dyno-3-Sturmey-Archer/283988255461?hash=item421f04e2e5:g90AAOSwJsVfQrDi

Hi guys. Just wondering what year is this Raleigh. The second last photo does show some numbers,but I am not sure what I am reading. Can someone make it out? This is a Sports,right?

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https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Black-Raleigh-Bike-Brooks-Seat-Dyno-3-Sturmey-Archer/283988255461?hash=item421f04e2e5:g90AAOSwJsVfQrDi

Hi guys. Just wondering what year is this Raleigh. The second last photo does show some numbers,but I am not sure what I am reading. Can someone make it out? This is a Sports,right?

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I would date it mid 1950's.
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https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Black-Raleigh-Bike-Brooks-Seat-Dyno-3-Sturmey-Archer/283988255461?hash=item421f04e2e5:g90AAOSwJsVfQrDi

Hi guys. Just wondering what year is this Raleigh. The second last photo does show some numbers,but I am not sure what I am reading. Can someone make it out? This is a Sports,right?

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Rear hub looks to have a 1948 date code.
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Thank you guys! 😁👌
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Rear hub looks to have a 1948 date code.
Good eye.
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https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-1...oAAOSw4CFfRO0I

Very old-school Sturmey Archer 3-speed shifter?
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