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Newly acquired 1954 Triumph

Old 05-19-14, 03:54 PM
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Newly acquired 1954 Triumph

Missing pedals and a kickstand but has everything else and more:

Ser# 445 CA

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That is a seriously beautiful bike! How did you find it?
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So dowdy, so Brit, so cool!
You will enjoy this bike immensely, that is, once you get it underway. (These bikes are so heavy they come with their own gravity, but are built for eternity!)
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Originally Posted by Mos6502
That is a seriously beautiful bike! How did you find it?
Answered the ad shortly after it was posted, (my brother called shortly after I did he, he, he)
Local C/list ad. He had another a '48 Raliegh, black, missing a piece of the rear chain case in very nice condition, ready to ride. Alas! Short on funds from buying English bikes I "have to have".

I have to lug my bikes over a boat stand to get to my garage, yes it is heavier than my others! It is so cool and the added weight will help with mine!
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One question. It has what appears to be a speedometer drive on the front wheel. Not that I see a need for one but if Raleigh offered one back then I may look for one.

Was it an option when new?
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OK- that is a COOL bike!
Must admit-initially I thought you had posted an evil 4 wheeled motor machine-and I was expecting to see it.
Chain-full enclosed-not in an oil bath is it-or with an oil wipe of some sort?

How does it ride?
One of my first firm memories in life was seeing an ENGLISH RACER parked on the sidewalk-Philly 1955. It was as if a Jet had landed on our street-really exotic for most locals USA- 1955.Skinny tires, 3 speeds handle bar shift lever-speedometer-generator on tire-headlight
YEAH- we called them English Racers

Cool bike!!
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Originally Posted by phoebeisis
OK- that is a COOL bike!
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How does it ride?

Cool bike!!
Haven't had a chance to ride it, I want to clean, lube and fix stuff first. I can hardly wait.

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Awesome fine....in great condition too. I am sure it will clean up really well. I see RI stands on ebay fairly regularly; pedals may be hard to find in good shape but for now pretty much any rubber block ones would be appropriate. And that fender tag - have one like it on my 49 Humber and when questioned the general wisdom was that it was an indication of some kind of tax payment - if you find out any more or have a different theory would love to hear it.
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Originally Posted by markk900
Awesome fine....in great condition too. I am sure it will clean up really well. I see RI stands on ebay fairly regularly; pedals may be hard to find in good shape but for now pretty much any rubber block ones would be appropriate. And that fender tag - have one like it on my 49 Humber and when questioned the general wisdom was that it was an indication of some kind of tax payment - if you find out any more or have a different theory would love to hear it.
Mark,

Assuming you mean the tag on the front fender, it is the same as the insignia on the fork in the previous photo: Sir Walter.

I have started cleaning parts starting with the frame and handle bars. The frame was extremely dirty the paint is fading. I started with soap and water, then mineral spirits diluted, a very fine rubbing compound using very light pressure. There is still,lots of original paint and with a lot of patience and care it should come out really well. I like the results, so far. One ting I've found is that the are some remnents of two gold pin stripes on the frame. Not much left, they'll be barely noticeable. The chain wheel looks as shiny as when it was new. I've rebuilt the rear Dynohub, cleaned and polished the rim and have a great looking tire. The original tires were in reasonable condition tread wise but are badly cracked so they'll be replaced. Anyone have suggestions for "correct" tires? I did find some black / black Kenda tires but i'll save those for a 74 Sports I have.

I need to "fire up" my electrolytic rust removal machine for the brake levers and calipers......more to come.
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I meant the gold paint strip along the top of the fender....I had seen it in a lot (but not all) photos of bikes from that era.

Have you tried the aluminum foil and wd40/vinegar/coke trick for the rust removal - it was amazing how effective it was!
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This?

For rust removal I've been using oxalic acid and a brass wire brush, or electrolysis.


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I meant the gold paint strip along the top of the fender....I had seen it in a lot (but not all) photos of bikes from that era.

Have you tried the aluminum foil and wd40/vinegar/coke trick for the rust removal - it was amazing how effective it was!
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Yup - that's what I meant. On another post it was suggested that was an indication of taxes being paid or something similar. Mine is worn similarly.

I also use the brass brush, but for light surface rust a polishing with a wad of aluminum foil lubricated a bit with WD40 or vinegar does a great job.
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I was finally able to get the Triumph assembled enough to road test it. It's a beast!

More later:

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Originally Posted by autoteacher
I was finally able to get the Triumph assembled enough to road test it. It's a beast!

More later:

Nice.

As I said before, you will enjoy this bike immensely - but a note of caution: You have the same infernal calipers as my Sports and they almost made a road pizza of me today. (Good thing these are not the fastest bikes in the world.)
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"You have the same infernal calipers as my Sports and they almost made a road pizza of me today. (Good thing these are not the fastest bikes in the world.)"

I've been slowed down quite a bit with an ongoing battle with a medical problem so speed limiting won't be a problem. Riding a bike slowly actually eases the pain.

(Minor problem (kidney stone) I wouldn't bore you with)

Thanks for the advice, I am having lots of fun with this one!

I have a pair of "correct" pedals but the rubbers are real bad.Does anyone know of replacements?

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