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Raleigh Sports 3-Speed Women's tune up

Old 06-01-13, 12:21 PM
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Raleigh Sports 3-Speed Women's tune up

Just picked up a Raleigh Sports women's bike for $40 at a garage sale as a gift to my wife. Seems like it's in excellent shape and highly original. Smooth rider for sure. The only issue I'm seeing right now is the brake pads don't stop it smoothly. Instead of a smooth curve down in velocity, it kind of oscillates when braking, so it's really fast/slow/sort've fast/slow/medium/slow/slow/slow. It feels like skidding to a stop every time. What's going on? Are the brake pads not grabbing hard enough? They are clearly new.
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How are the rims? Straight and true, or dented and/or wobbly?
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I would bet on either a bent rim or possibly a high spot where they were welded together. Also if they are the original pads they are probably very hard, even if they look okay. I would have the wheels checked for trueness, then put on a set of Koolstop Continental brake pads.

FWIW I have multiple Raleigh 3 speeds and the couple of them had very bad rims on them, I made them into much better riders by swapping out the stock rims with Sun CR-18 rims, it is a straight swap over, don't even have to use new spokes. The ride is even better and the braking much better.

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Sun CR-18 rims work with the gear shifting setup?
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Sun CR-18 rims work with the gear shifting setup?
Sure, why not? The gear shifting doesn't involve the rim at all.
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Sorry, I looked up what it is and it makes more sense. The rims look fine however. Is there not something a bit simpler I can troubleshoot first before blowing cash on whole new rims?
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I would bet on either a bent rim or possibly a high spot where they were welded together. Also if they are the original pads they are probably very hard, even if they look okay. I would have the wheels checked for trueness, then put on a set of Koolstop Continental brake pads
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Sorry, I looked up what it is and it makes more sense. The rims look fine however. Is there not something a bit simpler I can troubleshoot first before blowing cash on whole new rims?
See above.
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Sorry, I looked up what it is and it makes more sense. The rims look fine however. Is there not something a bit simpler I can troubleshoot first before blowing cash on whole new rims?
Have the wheels checked for true, see how much they wobble. It may be something that can be fixed, if it is a flat spot in the rim or a bump where they were welded together, may be not.

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You can install " Kool Stop " pads for better braking. Also, clean sides of rims & pad surfaces with alcohol, often.
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I think there may indeed be some trueness issues. Thanks for the recommendation about the Kool Stop pads, I will check those out. The ride is smooth and the gear shifting is excellent for something this age.
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