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Can anyone tell me about my vintage triumph 5 speed?

Old 05-28-14, 06:27 PM
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Can anyone tell me about my vintage triumph 5 speed?

Hi all,
I'm new here (I just posted my 1st question about my Miyata 10 speed a few minutes ago) & Love this forum so far!
I'm hoping someone can tell me about my vintage Triumph? I found it in a storage auction I won, along with the Miyata, a Ross Apollo & a Specialized Stumpjumper. I've been told it's a 1950's to a 1960's model & that it was a promo only available to Triumph motorcycle dealers.
It has a short chain guard that another "expert" friend told me was rare and a spiderweb looking sprocket.
Can anyone help me learn about my bike? (to me it looks like a Sears Free Spirit I had that was all green, loaded with everything from mirrors to a front wheel generator for the light & very "English" looking).
Is it worth restoring?
I appreciate any help.







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Old 05-28-14, 08:02 PM
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Looks to be late 60's. Raleigh made, good utilitarian rider if it fits you. Tire size? Some of these came with hard to find 26 X 1 1/4 tires.
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It looks like it has a Huret Allvit derailleur, and that might have a year stamped on it. In any event the Allvit dates it to the early 1960s at the earliest. Triumph bicycles had nothing to do with Triumph motorcycles by the 1950s, the bicycle arm of the company had been sold off in the 1930s, and later was absorbed by Raleigh.
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Clean it, lube it, tune it, ride it.

It will make a kewl rider, it is worth around a hundred bucks, ready to ride
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Originally Posted by miamibeachcg View Post
I've been told it's a 1950's to a 1960's model & that it was a promo only available to Triumph motorcycle dealers.
Naw, they'd give you a free one with every Triumph Spitfire automobile you'd buy, back in the 1960's; kinda like the Jetta/Volkscycle promo they did in the late 90's.

(What? This is the internet, misinformation is a big part of the deal )
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PS: the short chain guard is because the bike has a derailleur. The chain has to move sideways a bit to change gears. The normal full length chain guard would cause the chain to snag when shifting.
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