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Old 04-18-11, 08:34 PM
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Raleigh Sports project finally finished! (pics)

It only took me a year, but it's finally complete. Here is a before and some after pics.

Seat bag is courtesy of Zaphod (thanks!) and the adjustable bb cup is courtesy of nlerner (thanks!).

A few details: Homemade led headlight in an old union casing (led plans courtesy of sciencemonster). Sun CR-18 rims, laced by me, trued by local shop. Dynamo front hub. VO model 8 saddle. Aluminum north road bars. As you can see this bike could not have been completed without this great forum and its wonderful members. I would just like to thank everyone on this forum because everyone is so nice and helpful. A bunch of really good people!

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Very nice, love the small details.
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very nice, it looks orignal, but better!
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Originally Posted by flammenwurfer
It only took me a year, but it's finally complete. Here is a before and some after pics.

Seat bag is courtesy of Zaphod (thanks!) and the adjustable bb cup is courtesy of nlerner (thanks!).

A few details: Homemade led headlight in an old union casing (led plans courtesy of sciencemonster). Sun CR-18 rims, laced by me, trued by local shop. Dynamo front hub. VO model 8 saddle. Aluminum north road bars. As you can see this bike could not have been completed without this great forum and its wonderful members. I would just like to thank everyone on this forum because everyone is so nice and helpful. A bunch of really good people!

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Which Dynohub is that? Bike is Awesome!
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The gold chain is what really sells it, I think. We got one into the shop today on a trade-in, it's nice but not as nice as yours! It's got good paint but rusty chrome and a missing seat. I think I'm going to make that my high-grading project.
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You also changed the rear sprocket for something bigger, didn't you? I just did that and couldn't be happier.

Nice work. And nice to see you here again. Seems like you were gone for a while.

I just came home from a Passover seder. Talking to my cousin whom I only see every few months, she told me about her online communities. She writes fan fiction, novels, and other stuff. She has friends all over the world. I told her about my bike hobby. Both of these activities couldn't be what they are nowadays without the internet.
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Great job! I also like the look of that gold chain. How does a lightened Sports ride?

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Thanks everybody!

Sirrus rider: That is the dynohub that Velo Orange sells...or used to sell. Looks like they don't have them now.

noglider: Good eye. Yes, that is a 20T cog, I think. It's been a while since I ordered but I'm pretty sure it's 20T. Yes, I've been gone for a while. Unexpected things happen and life gets crazy sometimes . I hope to be around here more often. You're right, without the internet I don't know that I would have ever gotten to know bicycles quite this well.

nlerner: It rides pretty darn well! It's not a night and day difference but it helped make it feel a little more nimble.

I agree about the gold chain. I think it really gives it that extra pop. Might be my favorite part of the bike!
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Absolutely beautiful!


Inspiring I want one just like it, all I need is the frame. and the saddle, and the bag, and the chain, and the lights, and the rims, but I have everything else on hand. ;p
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Originally Posted by flammenwurfer
Sirrus rider: That is the dynohub that Velo Orange sells...or used to sell. Looks like they don't have them now.
That's interesting. How did you deal with the front dropout spacing? I need to build an alloy 590mm front wheel; I have the rim and one of those dynohubs!

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Originally Posted by nlerner
That's interesting. How did you deal with the front dropout spacing? I need to build an alloy 590mm front wheel; I have the rim and one of those dynohubs!

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I was nervous initially about the fork modifications needed to be able to use the dynohub. I used some rags and my bench vise to hold one side of the fork and very carefully pulled on the other. I stopped very frequently during the spreading to measure so I wouldn't spread them too much. To my surprise it worked perfectly. Then I used a file on the rear part of the dropout to open them just enough to get the hub in. Pretty painless in hindsight, but a little nerve-racking during the process.
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Nice ride! you should of ordered a old dynohub, proberly would of costed what that one did then no spacing requiered unless you put a Spedo on it like I did, what a pain lol them old forks that hold the axel are a big bother
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I guess I never really considered finding an old Raleigh dynohub. Not sure why. Raleigh certainly did things their own way .
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So you changed out your rear cog to a 20 tooth? What was it originally... 18?

I've thought about doing this on my DL-1 so it would be more cruiser friendly for riding with my wife.
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Yes, I believe 18t is what a Raleigh Sports has from the factory. I think I changed to a 20, but it could be a 22. I'll check when I get home. Whatever it is, it makes 3rd gear much more usable.
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It looks like a 22. I changed my 18 for a 22. It's much better. So now, rather than having 3, 2, and 1, I have 2, 1, and 0. I'm going to be relabeling my trigger. ;-)
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How hard is it to change out the rear cog to a 22 and where do you get a 22. Any other mods for easy cruising? Just got my 3 speed project. thanks
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Very handsome bike!
Are those 32mm Paselas?
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How hard is it to change out the rear cog to a 22 and where do you get a 22. Any other mods for easy cruising? Just got my 3 speed project. thanks
Not too bad. You pry off the C-clip (circlip?) on the driver with a small straightslot screwdriver (er, that's what I use). That's all that holds the cog on. There may be a few spacers behind it.

The three-ear driver shape/size/arrangement is standard. It's the same as all modern coaster brake hubs (somebody correct me if I'm wrong). Cogs are everywhere. Unless you want old-stock sturmey-archer, that's probably a different story.

After you put the new cog on (matching the direction of the dish to the original), you work the c-ring back onto the driver, and it snaps into place (make sure of this or you may have an unpleasant surprise out on the road while trying to accelerate).

In the past, I have had to file down the ears on the cog just a tiny bit to get it to seat up. That was only once, though.

EDIT: Of course you'll needs a few extra links of chain as well, so you need a chain tool.

EDIT2: https://sheldonbrown.com/harris/sturm...her-parts.html ... scroll down to cogs. There are probably cheaper sources.

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If you put a larger cog on you are going to need a longer chain. Budget about $10 for a cog and $10 for a new chain. Cogs can be found just about anywhere -Amazon has them. The Shimano Nexus hubs share the same cog driver pattern so new cogs are still being made for those too. You can find any size from 18 to 24. I've heard that some larger than that exist but they are not very easy to find.
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Yep, it's a 22 tooth. One of the easiest modifications on the bike.

Those are Sunlite Nimbus tires. I believe they are made by Kenda.

Thanks for the compliments! I'm pretty proud of it. Turned out just as good as I dreamed it could.
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Originally Posted by flammenwurfer
Yep, it's a 22 tooth. One of the easiest modifications on the bike.

Those are Sunlite Nimbus tires. I believe they are made by Kenda.

Thanks for the compliments! I'm pretty proud of it. Turned out just as good as I dreamed it could.
Hey flammenwurfer if you're still around I'd like to maybe pick your brain about this bike and the restoration & mods you did.

A few weeks back I picked up a Sports exactly like it - even the frame size - and it's in decent shape but I'm gonna go all the way through it and make it my daily rider because it fits me [5'10" + maybe 1/2" on a good day LOL]. Right now the bike I use for that is a black 1973 LTD-3 21" frame and it is great but it cramps me a little.

Ping me back if you see this; if you don't I'll probably try to contact you back channel thru BF.

BTW, I found out about this thread at POST 1704 here:

https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-speeds/page69

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Hey there. Very cool that you found a Sports that fits you. Sounds like you and I are about the exact same height. Mine fits me perfectly as well.

I've made a few minor little changes since the last photo I posted as well.
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