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11-28-22, 08:11 AM
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Posted By SirMike1983

I think they well because they pass four major...

I think they well because they pass four major criteria:

Durability - with a few exceptions, the bikes and parts generally hold up pretty well
Reliability - once set up properly, maintenance is...
11-15-22, 09:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 450
Posted By SirMike1983

I would not hesitate to use the wheel....

I would not hesitate to use the wheel. Columbia/Westfield quality had gone south by the 1970s. Those bikes can give decent service in some cases, but they were hit hard with cost-cutting by the...
11-09-22, 08:48 PM
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Posted By SirMike1983

If it's the same salt used on the roads here,...

If it's the same salt used on the roads here, don't ride it in the winter. They use a highly concentrated road brine here, which is sprayed down before snow, and then during the storm dry salt...
11-09-22, 09:46 AM
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Posted By SirMike1983

He had the bike in his garage for many years. It...

He had the bike in his garage for many years. It was always stored indoors. The saddle isn't perfect, but can still be used. What sometimes happens with them is they look good, then start to get used...
11-08-22, 09:09 AM
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Posted By SirMike1983

Thanks very much for looking. I tried a couple...

Thanks very much for looking. I tried a couple sources where I had gotten those clamps in the past, and they said their own sources for the parts had dried up. The clamps tend to get lost or bent or...
11-05-22, 06:48 PM
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Posted By SirMike1983

A neighbor very kindly gave me the 1968 Raleigh...

A neighbor very kindly gave me the 1968 Raleigh Sports he had owned since he received it brand new. It's always nice when people do something like that, and it's a nice change of pace from all the...
10-21-22, 09:29 PM
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Posted By SirMike1983

A recently re-built WWII era Schwinn New World...

A recently re-built WWII era Schwinn New World sold by B.F. Goodrich shops. I gradually reworked this up from a bike core over the summer and fall. I dig the 1930s art deco, wing chain guard.
...
10-19-22, 12:04 PM
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Posted By SirMike1983

Does anyone know if there is a shop/website that...

Does anyone know if there is a shop/website that sells the two-piece clamps that mount the headlight to the traditional Raleigh-type lamp bracket?
...
10-17-22, 09:31 AM
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Posted By SirMike1983

I appreciate the kind words. I enjoy the cable...

I appreciate the kind words. I enjoy the cable brake "sports" light roadster type bikes the most, whether it's a Raleigh Sports or a Schwinn New World, or similar. It's the kind of bike I keep coming...
10-12-22, 10:08 AM
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Posted By SirMike1983

Getting in a few more rides before the season...

Getting in a few more rides before the season here ends - 1958 Raleigh Sports.
...
10-03-22, 02:52 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 2,892
Posted By SirMike1983

Yeah, this has run the course, I think. The sad...

Yeah, this has run the course, I think. The sad thing is it only takes a relatively small number of angry, aggressive drivers to make the road rough for everyone else, especially those of us on a...
10-03-22, 09:15 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 2,892
Posted By SirMike1983

Something like that where I live would be very...

Something like that where I live would be very difficult to create because of two factors: cost and legally obtaining the right of way to construct. Infrastructure money here struggles just to...
10-03-22, 07:19 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 2,892
Posted By SirMike1983

I live in a semi-rural area. The roads here are...

I live in a semi-rural area. The roads here are busier, the drivers are going faster, and some of the drivers are more aggressive. I have found minor improvement by switching my vintage bikes from...
09-30-22, 08:25 AM
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Posted By SirMike1983

Raleigh Sprite on the road the other day: ...

Raleigh Sprite on the road the other day:
...
09-28-22, 07:18 AM
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Posted By SirMike1983

Panaracer, Michelin, Schwalbe - all better than...

Panaracer, Michelin, Schwalbe - all better than the basic Kendas. The ride quality on all of those is decent, and each is a little different. The Panaracer gives the plushest ride and the Michelin is...
09-27-22, 08:09 AM
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Posted By SirMike1983

From a personal standpoint, my interest in the...

From a personal standpoint, my interest in the hobby is the same as ever. I've been involved in the hobby for 26 years or so. I do a complete tear-down and rebuild on a few bikes per year. I don't...
09-12-22, 10:29 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 599
Posted By SirMike1983

The Speedster three speed is a solid, mid-level...

The Speedster three speed is a solid, mid-level utility bike. They're a cut above the basic single speed coaster diamond frame bikes and department store bikes, though not as deluxe as some of the...
09-12-22, 08:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 345
Posted By SirMike1983

More pictures. The extra chainguard is shown as...

More pictures. The extra chainguard is shown as well.


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09-12-22, 08:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 345
Posted By SirMike1983

1963 Raleigh Road Brake Roadster

For sale: 1963 Raleigh road brake roadster. Desirable 21-22 inch frame on 28 inch wheels. Three speed rear hub, dynohub front. Looks to be an "export" model based on the frame graphics. Bicycle had...
09-01-22, 09:32 AM
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Posted By SirMike1983

1967 Raleigh Sprite 5 speed out on a recent...

1967 Raleigh Sprite 5 speed out on a recent evening.
...
08-24-22, 08:55 PM
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Posted By SirMike1983

Made a short trip down the road on my 1950...

Made a short trip down the road on my 1950 Schwinn Superior three speed tonight. We had a classic, humid, late summer evening.
...
08-22-22, 12:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 626
Posted By SirMike1983

The grips are for a traditional British three...

The grips are for a traditional British three speed - Raleigh, Hercules, Phillips, etc. They are the short type grips similar to the ones found on older rod brake roadsters. They're about the same...
08-13-22, 10:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 626
Posted By SirMike1983

Parts for Your Old Schwinn or British Bike

For sale is a variety of nice parts for 3-speed type bikes. Shipping included in the prices; shipped from 06759 - Litchfield, Connecticut
...
08-08-22, 06:51 AM
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Posted By SirMike1983

Thanks for the kind words. The Sprite came to me...

Thanks for the kind words. The Sprite came to me in very good shape, which reduces the replacing parts and work that has to be done. It was nice to have a bike that could be totally gone over in just...
08-07-22, 05:12 PM
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Posted By SirMike1983

It's a Sturmey Archer S5 5-speed hub. Non-drive...

It's a Sturmey Archer S5 5-speed hub. Non-drive lever controls the bell crank, drive side controls the clutch.
08-06-22, 07:42 PM
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Posted By SirMike1983

1967 Raleigh Sprite is pretty much done. I'm...

1967 Raleigh Sprite is pretty much done. I'm nearing the end of testing everything out and getting everything finalized. It came out pretty nicely, but condition is king when you find these bikes....
07-30-22, 07:44 PM
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Posted By SirMike1983

I owned this fillet brazed 1947 Schwinn 3 speed...

I owned this fillet brazed 1947 Schwinn 3 speed for several years. I eventually sold it back to the previous owner when I moved back north.
...
07-21-22, 12:15 PM
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Posted By SirMike1983

A nice mixture of Schwinn and Raleigh utility...

A nice mixture of Schwinn and Raleigh utility bikes - photo from a few weeks ago. I don't think I ever posted it here.
...
06-27-22, 09:34 AM
Replies: 179
Views: 5,167
Posted By SirMike1983

Very true. This thread seems like an attempt to...

Very true. This thread seems like an attempt to spread a simple disagreement in the appraisals area into the general C&V. The original interlocutor there thanked people for their opinions, and it's...
06-15-22, 07:27 AM
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Posted By SirMike1983

This has been a good week for riding so far - no...

This has been a good week for riding so far - no rain, warm weather, and somewhat less pollen (still quite a bit). This spring was tough in terms of cold, rainy weather but we are improving it seems....
06-12-22, 06:26 PM
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Posted By SirMike1983

I'm enjoying the extra daylight we get this time...

I'm enjoying the extra daylight we get this time of year. I'm able to take longer rides after work in the evenings.
...
05-23-22, 09:38 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 209
Posted By SirMike1983

1974 Raleigh Grand Prix 10-Speed

For sale is a nice Raleigh 10-speed Grand Prix I rebuilt a few years ago. I believe it is a 1974 model. 27 x 1 1/4 wheels. Has ornate lugs and wrap-around seat stays. Upgraded Suntour derailleurs. GB...
05-20-22, 07:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 371
Posted By SirMike1983

Thanks for the heads up. I'll poke around and I...

Thanks for the heads up. I'll poke around and I may contact them. I have a couple leads on tools or repair services I'm running down and I'm trying to get a fix that will set the frame right and not...
05-19-22, 08:03 AM
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Posted By SirMike1983

We have a nice, new pedestrian bridge here that...

We have a nice, new pedestrian bridge here that was built in the past few months. And the weather is getting a bit warmer finally as well. The leaves all came out in the past week or 10 days - all at...
05-17-22, 09:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 371
Posted By SirMike1983

Drawing of the tool: ...

Drawing of the tool:

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05-16-22, 08:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 398
Posted By SirMike1983

Brooks Champion Flyer - New, Black

SOLD New Brooks Champion Flyer saddle - black. Never used, comes with original card and envelope.

$115 shipped in the lower 48 states.
...
05-09-22, 02:16 PM
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Posted By SirMike1983

The American-made 3 speeds are interesting....

The American-made 3 speeds are interesting. Durability and ease-of-production seem to have been the two primary driving values for the common (setting aside the higher end brazed stuff) ones: thick...
05-07-22, 06:37 PM
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Posted By SirMike1983

Only one good day this past week (Thursday). It...

Only one good day this past week (Thursday). It has been a cold, rainy spring here so far. I took advantage of the one nice day last week to ride this very nice 1964 Schwinn Traveler three speed.
...
04-22-22, 08:48 PM
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Posted By SirMike1983

The thing is, look at the bike and ask yourself...

The thing is, look at the bike and ask yourself if it adds to your collection in an enjoyable way, or it has something you need to complete a bike core to your collection. Some people collect one...
04-19-22, 08:42 PM
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Posted By SirMike1983

For just the fork, the tools would be the Park...

For just the fork, the tools would be the Park FFS frame arm, the Park dropout sticks, and the Park fork alignment jig/gauge. If you need to straighten the frame due to bends in the top and down...
04-16-22, 06:04 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 292
Posted By SirMike1983

FS: 1960s Schwinn 3 Speed Tall Frame

SOLD For sale is this attractive tall frame 1960s Schwinn Racer 3-speed. Bike was totally gone over in 2020. All bearings have been cleaned and re-lubricated. Paint is in good shape with matching...
04-12-22, 07:51 PM
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Posted By SirMike1983

Started rainy today, but shaped up to be a...

Started rainy today, but shaped up to be a beautiful, warm afternoon for a ride. 1958 Raleigh Sports
...
04-12-22, 12:49 PM
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Posted By SirMike1983

Morris, Connecticut

Morris, Connecticut
04-12-22, 09:09 AM
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Posted By SirMike1983

Couple from yesterday: ...

Couple from yesterday:
...
04-08-22, 08:53 PM
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Posted By SirMike1983

A couple from this evening's ride ...

A couple from this evening's ride
...
04-07-22, 01:20 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,375
Posted By SirMike1983

My impression is that most people buy the...

My impression is that most people buy the frame/project then cast about for the missing parts. That is kind of the natural progression, but you can save a surprising amount of money if you know in...
04-07-22, 12:49 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,375
Posted By SirMike1983

I buy, make, or assemble certain parts in advance...

I buy, make, or assemble certain parts in advance of even having a project that can use them. In doing so, I consider how hard the parts are to find, the likelihood of needing them for the project,...
04-06-22, 11:26 AM
Replies: 26,497
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Posted By SirMike1983

A couple from last evening - 1950 Schwinn...

A couple from last evening - 1950 Schwinn Superior and pond along my route.
...
04-01-22, 07:08 AM
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Posted By SirMike1983

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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An example of a 1950s Columbia 3-speed with Dynohub. The 1950s era bikes had...
03-26-22, 04:00 PM
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Views: 3,851,617
Posted By SirMike1983

The Columbias were made in Westfield,...

The Columbias were made in Westfield, Massachusetts, though many parts were sourced from abroad in later years. By the 1970s they were building the bikes more cheaply, and sourcing parts from...
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