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Old 01-22-15, 10:47 AM
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Raleigh Winkie

I have been looking to buy a Winkie since I saw one. I've missed two and then found the one pictured. This is quite an interesting tricycle. Built in the mid fifties through the 60s(I think). I have three young grandsons so we'll see if they like it?? I wish I was a kid again, I took it for a ride but it's a bit small for me.



Done: (except for a few bits of touch up for the fenders. This was a fun project. It rides great with an old guy on it.

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Pics of you riding it would've been awesome.
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"Winkie?"

Kind of odd how euphemisms evolve over time and across the ocean and stuff...

I think you'd get arrested if you said children took turns riding on your Winkie.
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Originally Posted by sloar View Post
Pics of you riding it would've been awesome.

Maybe a video when I'm done with it?
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I would discourage the use of tricycles for children today. Training wheels are also obsolete. Kids should be started on a strider and go direct to two wheels. They develop a superior sense of balance this way and learn how to use their body to balance, it's better for their development and far more fun. However, tricycles are cool in a historical kind of way and that looks interesting, it would be good for a child with balance issues. My friend's kid was riding "skinnies" and a teeter totter on a pedal bike before he was 4. The C&V crowd might not know what that is, but these terms originate on the "North Shore" which is in North Vancouver, British Columbia and is perhaps the most influential area for mountain biking as it is today.
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Before I do something dreadful, does anyone know if the LEFT axle nut is LHT?
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Originally Posted by autoteacher View Post
Maybe a video when I'm done with it?
I know grown men that have and ride the kids' Schwinn bikes. To me, that sounds frightfully uncomfortable.

In cases like these, it's not about the ride. And if you can share that with your children/grandchildren all the better!
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Very cool. It looks like they used the handlebar and rod brake directly from the DL-1; is the brake stirrup enclosed in some kind of fairing?

As for the axle nut: no idea, haven't seen one before. I can't think of a reason why it would be LHT. Is it just really stuck? PB Blaster and patience can do wonders.
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Gloden Boy,

Yes indeed. The main reason I bought this was for my "age appropriate" gandsons. There are no better times than time spent with them! Last weekend we fine tuned Pepere's (me) desktop Trebuchet and attacked a dragon's castle. Great fun!

It may be fun to get all the parts to the Winkie ready to assemble and have the boys help put it together.


Brianinc,

Very much like the DL-1 but smaller, the front fork is in two pieces that enclose the stirrup. I'll post pictures tomorrow.

I have to fabricate a holding device for the left axle and see if it's right or left hand thread. I have access to an impact wrench but don't think it wise to try it. The axle nut threads are 26 TPI and I would hate to have to repair them if I chose the wrong direction!
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I would discourage the use of tricycles for children today. Training wheels are also obsolete. Kids should be started on a strider and go direct to two wheels. They develop a superior sense of balance this way and learn how to use their body to balance, it's better for their development and far more fun. However, tricycles are cool in a historical kind of way and that looks interesting, it would be good for a child with balance issues.
Really?
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Originally Posted by cyclotoine View Post
I would discourage the use of tricycles for children today. Training wheels are also obsolete. Kids should be started on a strider and go direct to two wheels. They develop a superior sense of balance this way and learn how to use their body to balance, it's better for their development and far more fun. However, tricycles are cool in a historical kind of way and that looks interesting, it would be good for a child with balance issues. My friend's kid was riding "skinnies" and a teeter totter on a pedal bike before he was 4. The C&V crowd might not know what that is, but these terms originate on the "North Shore" which is in North Vancouver, British Columbia and is perhaps the most influential area for mountain biking as it is today.
Right you are, just look at what happened to these two.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYTb06bDtMc&authuser=0
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Very nifty Winkie.

I agree that training wheels are dumb. Misguided more than obsolete. They were never a good idea. But I don't think tricycle riding has no value.

Somewhere there is a picture of me on the interwebs wearing my little daughter's helmet and riding her little bicycle. I'm also shirtless. You folks are free to dig it up and embarrass me.
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A Royal Winkie, at the 32 second mark:

Clips of The Prince of Wales as a child | Royal Childhood
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Originally Posted by cyclotoine View Post
I would discourage the use of tricycles for children today. Training wheels are also obsolete. Kids should be started on a strider and go direct to two wheels. They develop a superior sense of balance this way and learn how to use their body to balance, it's better for their development and far more fun. However, tricycles are cool in a historical kind of way and that looks interesting, it would be good for a child with balance issues. My friend's kid was riding "skinnies" and a teeter totter on a pedal bike before he was 4. The C&V crowd might not know what that is, but these terms originate on the "North Shore" which is in North Vancouver, British Columbia and is perhaps the most influential area for mountain biking as it is today.

Some people don't have the motor skills to ride a two wheeler and a tricycle may their only option. I knew an elderly gentleman that had that issue, he rode a racing tricycle and was a helluva lot faster than many people on road bikes. FWIW his twin brother rode fixed gear had faster TT times than people half his age, they were in their 70's at the time.

Tricycles serve a purpose and there is nothing wrong with them.

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Some people don't have the motor skills to ride a two wheeler and a tricycle may their only option. I knew an elderly gentleman that had that issue, he rode a racing tricycle and was a helluva lot faster than many people on road bikes. FWIW his twin brother rode fixed gear had faster TT times than people half his age, they were in their 70's at the time.

Tricycles serve a purpose and there is nothing wrong with them.

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Originally Posted by sloar View Post
Pics of you riding it would've been awesome.

How about the Duke of Edinburough instead?

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Interesting design, well made tricycle. The rod brake is very much like the DL-1.
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