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02-02-23, 09:11 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,243
Posted By SirMike1983

You'll be fine. I've sold some bikes I could not...

You'll be fine. I've sold some bikes I could not replace. In terms of regret, it ranges from "none" to "maybe a tiny bit". It's nothing heartbreaking or where I feel later I have to get it back.
...
02-01-23, 08:30 AM
Replies: 26,685
Views: 3,902,460
Posted By SirMike1983

They can be a real problem if they have been...

They can be a real problem if they have been abused or ridden a lot in improper adjustment. I agree with Sheldon pointing out the problems of running the brake through the drive train, though I would...
01-26-23, 09:24 AM
Replies: 26,685
Views: 3,902,460
Posted By SirMike1983

I appreciate that. Going to an improved shifter...

I appreciate that. Going to an improved shifter set up is on the table for the Sprite this year. The only think that has held me back is the very high degree of originality on the bike. I replaced...
01-24-23, 09:58 PM
Replies: 26,685
Views: 3,902,460
Posted By SirMike1983

What kind of friction shifter do you look for...

What kind of friction shifter do you look for when doing the set up? I have a 5-speed I may be converting later this season if I continue to get occasional skips with the stock shifter.
01-24-23, 08:56 AM
Replies: 26,685
Views: 3,902,460
Posted By SirMike1983

Yeah, the asking price is steep, though if it...

Yeah, the asking price is steep, though if it were closer to me, I'd offer $75 or $100 and buy the thing for parts. The wheels / rear hub and shifter are pretty valuable. The rack has a little value...
01-19-23, 08:40 AM
Replies: 26,685
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Posted By SirMike1983

The bike is quite old, but whether it goes all...

The bike is quite old, but whether it goes all the way back to the 1920s, you'd have to look at the bike more closely to see. On early bikes, there should be nickel rather than chrome plating. Bikes...
01-18-23, 01:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 492
Posted By SirMike1983

Bump

Bump
01-06-23, 07:47 AM
Replies: 26,685
Views: 3,902,460
Posted By SirMike1983

A tired pawl spring is certainly one place to...

A tired pawl spring is certainly one place to look if you have a slipping hub and simpler repairs like cleaning or the various external adjustments to the hub and shifter will not solve it. And all...
12-23-22, 03:58 PM
Replies: 26,685
Views: 3,902,460
Posted By SirMike1983

The last hub I had with a persistent slip was a...

The last hub I had with a persistent slip was a 1950s AW that turned out to need new pawl springs. I took it apart and replaced the springs.
12-06-22, 10:47 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,962
Posted By SirMike1983

I have an older generation of the Bike Smith...

I have an older generation of the Bike Smith press and it works great on both my Schwinn and Raleigh three speeds with cottered cranks. It's worth it if you plan to do you own bottom bracket work on...
11-28-22, 08:11 AM
Replies: 26,685
Views: 3,902,460
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...
11-23-22, 12:40 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 22,735
Posted By SirMike1983

Yes - some riders who tend to push harder and are...

Yes - some riders who tend to push harder and are more particular about cadence will like the AM medium ratio. If you have to have it even closer together, the rarely-seen AC close-ratio hub is...
11-15-22, 09:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 591
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
Replies: 26,685
Views: 3,902,460
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
Replies: 26,685
Views: 3,902,460
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, 08:32 PM
Replies: 26,685
Views: 3,902,460
Posted By SirMike1983

Neal, thanks. I sent you a PM so as not to clog...

Neal, thanks. I sent you a PM so as not to clog up the public thread.
11-08-22, 09:09 AM
Replies: 26,685
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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
Replies: 26,685
Views: 3,902,460
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...
11-04-22, 09:20 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,640
Posted By SirMike1983

I use Lucas green lithium grease for most...

I use Lucas green lithium grease for most purposes, out of a small grease gun. It's slick and lasts a pretty long time.

I use Lucas sticky red grease for the particular surfaces in coaster brakes...
11-01-22, 08:15 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 8,544
Posted By SirMike1983

A few things are happening that make the last two...

A few things are happening that make the last two years tougher than before. COVID closed many manufacturers (and some are still reduced or never came back), there's a labor shortage in many places,...
10-31-22, 07:09 AM
Replies: 26,685
Views: 3,902,460
Posted By SirMike1983

I saw those - they're maybe 75 minutes away from...

I saw those - they're maybe 75 minutes away from me. I suspect it's two listings for the same hoard. Nyack and Congers are both on the Hudson, near the Tappan Zee Bridge/Mario Cuomo Bridge. It's...
10-21-22, 09:29 PM
Replies: 26,685
Views: 3,902,460
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
Replies: 26,685
Views: 3,902,460
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
Replies: 26,685
Views: 3,902,460
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...
10-13-22, 07:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 316
Posted By SirMike1983

For a whole frame, I'd use oxalic acid. A kiddie...

For a whole frame, I'd use oxalic acid. A kiddie pool could work. Another option to cut one side off a bicycle frame box, making a clam shell out of the box. Line the clam shell with a watertight...
10-12-22, 10:08 AM
Replies: 26,685
Views: 3,902,460
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.
...
10-10-22, 08:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 638
Posted By SirMike1983

Schwinn pedals are sold. Lycett Saddle...

Schwinn pedals are sold.

Lycett Saddle available for $45 shipped.
10-03-22, 02:52 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,385
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: 3,385
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: 3,385
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
Replies: 26,685
Views: 3,902,460
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
Replies: 26,685
Views: 3,902,460
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
Replies: 120
Views: 4,545
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...
09-19-22, 08:34 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 4,545
Posted By SirMike1983

Bikes: -BMX and early high-end mountain bikes...

Bikes:
-BMX and early high-end mountain bikes seem strong to me. The prices are pretty high and steady. Quality parts for these are also going strong.High-end, vintage balloon tire bikes are steady....
09-19-22, 07:44 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 672
Posted By SirMike1983

It's an easy swap. There's a circular clip that...

It's an easy swap. There's a circular clip that holds the cog, spacers, and dust crap in place on the hub. You pop that off, swap the new cog into the same position as the old, then put the clip back...
09-19-22, 07:27 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 672
Posted By SirMike1983

Mine are the stock 46 (standard pitch) in most...

Mine are the stock 46 (standard pitch) in most cases, or 48 tooth stock (in the cases of a couple older three speed bikes from the 1940s). A 22 rear works pretty well with both of those on the hilly...
09-19-22, 06:53 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 672
Posted By SirMike1983

I use a 22-tooth cog on my 3-speed Schwinns. Most...

I use a 22-tooth cog on my 3-speed Schwinns. Most of the running then is in 2 or 3, with 1 being for steeper climbing.

I say leave the fork stock if it's comfortable for you. They're a little...
09-12-22, 10:29 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 672
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: 5
Views: 492
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: 5
Views: 492
Posted By SirMike1983

1963 Raleigh Rod 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...
09-11-22, 06:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 638
Posted By SirMike1983

Prices reduced: Schwinn bow pedals - $60...

Prices reduced:

Schwinn bow pedals - $60 shipped
Lycett Saddle - $45 shipped
09-05-22, 03:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 638
Posted By SirMike1983

Prices reduced: Schwinn bow pedals - $60...

Prices reduced:

Schwinn bow pedals - $60 shipped
Lycett Saddle - $50 shipped
Bluemels Grips - $30 shipped
09-01-22, 09:32 AM
Replies: 26,685
Views: 3,902,460
Posted By SirMike1983

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

1967 Raleigh Sprite 5 speed out on a recent evening.
...
08-29-22, 12:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 596
Posted By SirMike1983

You are correct to replace pitted cones when...

You are correct to replace pitted cones when possible. The situation only worsens if left unchecked, accelerates damage to the bearing balls, which may in turn eventually then damage the cup. It also...
08-28-22, 09:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 638
Posted By SirMike1983

Prices reduced: Schwinn bow pedals - $70...

Prices reduced:

Schwinn bow pedals - $70 shipped
Lycett Saddle - $60 shipped
Bluemels Grips - $35 shipped
08-24-22, 08:55 PM
Replies: 26,685
Views: 3,902,460
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, 07:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 638
Posted By SirMike1983

The caliper had the inside diameter at just over...

The caliper had the inside diameter at just over 22mm (.873in)
08-22-22, 12:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 638
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...
08-21-22, 05:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 638
Posted By SirMike1983

Prices reduced: Schwinn bow pedals - $80...

Prices reduced:

Schwinn bow pedals - $80 shipped
Lycett Saddle - $70 shipped
Bluemels Grips - $40 shipped
08-15-22, 07:41 AM
Replies: 26,685
Views: 3,902,460
Posted By SirMike1983

I would be interested in seeing how the 3d...

I would be interested in seeing how the 3d printed reproductions work out. I like the look of the smaller shifters better than the later throttle type, but the original plastic ones were known for...
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