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07-23-21, 07:21 AM
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Posted By SirMike1983

I have never been able to nail down an exact date...

I have never been able to nail down an exact date for "no date code" hubs. You are correct that the "Patent Applied For" predates the "Patent" marking. They all have an old style stamping otherwise....
07-20-21, 09:07 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 541
Posted By SirMike1983

There are many different chrome steel rims worth...

There are many different chrome steel rims worth saving. A good set of Rigida or Araya rims are worth saving, as are a good set of Schwinn or Raleigh rims. The old Dunlops are also worth saving in...
07-12-21, 08:09 AM
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Posted By SirMike1983

I would be on that quickly if it was local - it's...

I would be on that quickly if it was local - it's a Coventry-era Triumph, not something usually seen in the USA. I love the old-style "rain gutter" fenders. It's a good deal for that price.
06-13-21, 09:04 PM
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Posted By SirMike1983

I love these longest days of the year here in...

I love these longest days of the year here in western New England. I had a nice, long ride on my Schwinn 3-speed Friday evening after work.
...
06-10-21, 09:03 AM
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Posted By SirMike1983

Part of my thinking is that the decline of "old...

Part of my thinking is that the decline of "old school" manufacturing jobs coupled with a certain disposable goods mindset is that the cheap "Wal Mart bike" sets a standard for many people. I think...
06-10-21, 08:49 AM
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Posted By SirMike1983

Thanks. Is that chart for the 36 hole wheel or...

Thanks. Is that chart for the 36 hole wheel or the 32? It looks like 1970s era printing. I'll pull out my calipers and use a Spoke Calc and compare to the chart. I had a notebook with spoke lengths...
06-05-21, 08:34 PM
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Posted By SirMike1983

If you really have to have a Dutch type opafiets,...

If you really have to have a Dutch type opafiets, that's not a bad buy. They're a little bit different because of the parts they use and those drum brakes. Some people really like them, and some...
06-01-21, 09:19 PM
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Posted By SirMike1983

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05-31-21, 02:54 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,433
Posted By SirMike1983

Pretty much the same thing as now - working on...

Pretty much the same thing as now - working on old 3-speeds of various sorts and the occasional single speed balloon tire bike. My shop and tools are a little nicer and more complete now though. And...
05-30-21, 09:40 PM
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Posted By SirMike1983

I'm looking for spoke lengths for the following: ...

I'm looking for spoke lengths for the following:

36 hole GH6 front hub to 36 hole Westrick ISO 590 (26 x 1 3/8 standard Sports) rim. This would be a 1974 and later stock front wheel set up with...
05-26-21, 07:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 291
Posted By SirMike1983

On the coaster brake portions I use Lucas high...

On the coaster brake portions I use Lucas high temp red grease, but you could get away with something like the Lucas green standard lithium grease if you're not riding the brake down big hills.
For...
05-25-21, 09:18 PM
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Posted By SirMike1983

And a Schwinn 3 speed for a little variety. ...

And a Schwinn 3 speed for a little variety.

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05-25-21, 07:32 AM
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Posted By SirMike1983

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05-06-21, 08:23 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,944
Posted By SirMike1983

I had a set of rims sit for about 3 weeks before...

I had a set of rims sit for about 3 weeks before finally showing up yesterday. It was USPS standard mail. You're not alone, and it's a case of just having to sit and wait for it to arrive unless you...
04-16-21, 01:53 PM
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Posted By SirMike1983

There's a Bell Systems crimper tool that makes...

There's a Bell Systems crimper tool that makes good crimps for brass hobby tubing over shifter cables.
04-16-21, 07:59 AM
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Posted By SirMike1983

This one has 1962 hubs on it, and that seems...

This one has 1962 hubs on it, and that seems about right for the bike. It originally had a very heavy and somewhat damaged West German drop stand on the back instead of the kickstand. One of lugs on...
04-15-21, 09:17 AM
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Posted By SirMike1983

I'd never do another yard sale after the last one...

I'd never do another yard sale after the last one I helped my wife's parents with. We did a basement and garage clean out, and this produced a number of items, some new and some old. Nothing was...
04-11-21, 05:40 PM
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Posted By SirMike1983

I have the same label on my 1974 Sports - Made In...

I have the same label on my 1974 Sports - Made In England Assembled in USA. My bike has a Nottingham serial number. I wonder if these were broken down further than the normal bike, imported basically...
04-10-21, 10:18 PM
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Posted By SirMike1983

It sounds a lot like the Craigslist buyers I'd...

It sounds a lot like the Craigslist buyers I'd come across a few years back. I'm not doing the Craigslist thing any more these days. It was like you'd get 1 real buyer for every 3 flakes - people who...
04-08-21, 10:04 AM
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Posted By SirMike1983

The concern with the cheap leather is not so much...

The concern with the cheap leather is not so much metal fatigue as it is flaking up chrome plating or encouraging pitting to start on metal. I've had several cheaper bags and saddles that turned out...
04-08-21, 10:01 AM
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Posted By SirMike1983

My experience with the "no date" AW hubs is that...

My experience with the "no date" AW hubs is that they tended to be produced shortly before and shortly after WWII. How late they went, I do not know. Internally they were a fairly early generation of...
04-07-21, 01:16 PM
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Posted By SirMike1983

Be careful of cheaper leather - the lower-cost...

Be careful of cheaper leather - the lower-cost tanning processes can leave residual chemicals in the leather that corrode metals when in prolonged contact.
04-07-21, 07:02 AM
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Posted By SirMike1983

Interesting, I'll hold onto those imperfect...

Interesting, I'll hold onto those imperfect drivers then. I can't say as I notice additional drag, but I'm usually busy trying to avoid potholes and crevices in the roads here.

Do you reckon it's...
04-07-21, 06:54 AM
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Posted By SirMike1983

Finally, the riding season is starting here in...

Finally, the riding season is starting here in western New England. We had a moderately snowy winter, then some wind storms and a couple cold snaps. But now with better weather, the season begins in...
04-06-21, 09:44 AM
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Posted By SirMike1983

Is there any consensus on how bad the races on...

Is there any consensus on how bad the races on the drivers have to be to basically dump them? I've got a pair of drivers that look kind of like the one on the left in Kurt's picture. They're not...
04-05-21, 08:48 AM
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Posted By SirMike1983

For a small, barrel-type bag, I use the Banjo...

For a small, barrel-type bag, I use the Banjo Brothers Minnehaha canvas barrel bag. The Minnehaha has a hard plastic interior liner that is kind of a half-log shape that prevents it from getting too...
04-04-21, 09:36 PM
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Posted By SirMike1983

The 1970s-era vinyl bags are a nice accessory to...

The 1970s-era vinyl bags are a nice accessory to have for completeness, but as bags go, they're kind of mediocre. If you could get it fixed conveniently, do it because it's nice to have original...
03-23-21, 09:11 PM
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Posted By SirMike1983

I'm a Sturmey FW fan as well. The bottom gear is...

I'm a Sturmey FW fan as well. The bottom gear is nice to have. The S5 probably has a bigger fan base, but my preference are the FW and AW.
03-15-21, 08:31 PM
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Posted By SirMike1983

The last time I had the indicator pop out and not...

The last time I had the indicator pop out and not go back in was quite a few years ago. Turned out to be a broken axle key. They do break on rare occasion.
02-24-21, 09:45 AM
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Posted By SirMike1983

Those blocks are a good idea. I probably could...

Those blocks are a good idea. I probably could make a set up using a compass, jig saw, and sander. I have a ball ring tool on-order with Gentleman Cyclist.
02-23-21, 01:06 PM
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Posted By SirMike1983

Yes - these are spare hubs not mounted in a...

Yes - these are spare hubs not mounted in a wheel. The smaller, round notch tends to fight the punch method, and meanwhile the hub tries to slip around in the padded vise. Maybe I'm just babying the...
02-23-21, 10:21 AM
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Posted By SirMike1983

What do you guys use to dismount the ball ring on...

What do you guys use to dismount the ball ring on the later Sturmey AW hubs that don't have a vise flat on the shell? Older hubs let you use a vise on the shell and punch on the ball ring to open up...
02-21-21, 09:31 PM
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Posted By SirMike1983

I've done the CR-18 swap on a couple bikes that I...

I've done the CR-18 swap on a couple bikes that I later sold, and I've put together CR-18 wheelsets for a couple people who wanted them. The rims are reasonably well-made, and they're certainly...
02-18-21, 03:13 PM
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Posted By SirMike1983

I agree about there being a little more charm in...

I agree about there being a little more charm in the 1950s bikes than the 1970s ones. They pre-date many of cost-cutting measures Raleigh went through in the 1960s and early 70s. They have some of...
02-12-21, 04:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 188
Posted By SirMike1983

Yeah, the cone under the dynamo is fixed in the...

Yeah, the cone under the dynamo is fixed in the sense that you are supposed to bottom it on the flange at the end of the threads. The accessible cone then is the adjustable one to set the tension....
02-12-21, 08:56 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 188
Posted By SirMike1983

GH6 Replacement Axles

I am working through a box full of old GH6 hubs, cleaning and restoring them. All the magnets are still good, and all produce electricity. I am short an axle, maybe two, because of stripped threads....
02-02-21, 03:22 PM
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Posted By SirMike1983

I love the chainring on that old Royal Enfield....

I love the chainring on that old Royal Enfield. That and the Norman are among my favorite chainrings - very expressive things (that is, as chainrings go).
01-29-21, 10:15 AM
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Posted By SirMike1983

Thanks. I'll probably convert to the loose 1/4...

Thanks. I'll probably convert to the loose 1/4 bearing balls when I run out of caged bearings.
01-27-21, 09:25 PM
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Posted By SirMike1983

Any thoughts on loose 1/4 inch bearings in the AW...

Any thoughts on loose 1/4 inch bearings in the AW as a substitute for the 1/4 inch x7 caged bearing? I finally have depleted my stock of caged bearings and I'm not finding them for cheap any more....
01-26-21, 11:25 AM
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Posted By SirMike1983

January's project was to rehab these 1930s-era...

January's project was to rehab these 1930s-era English bike parts.
...
01-20-21, 12:49 PM
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Posted By SirMike1983

I gave up on the SW. The last one I had was so...

I gave up on the SW. The last one I had was so bad I ended up re-building the wheel with an FW. It just would not shift reliably, and would not stay in gear reliably. The FW, on the other hand, is a...
01-14-21, 09:44 AM
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Posted By SirMike1983

These are neat bikes and an interesting concept...

These are neat bikes and an interesting concept of a little bit heavier-duty 3-speed. They're kind of the forerunner to today's hybrid bikes, but they're somewhat hampered by the undersized...
12-24-20, 08:59 AM
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Posted By SirMike1983

Nice color on that frame.

Nice color on that frame.
10-18-19, 09:29 AM
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Posted By SirMike1983

The interesting thing is that I bought two sets...

The interesting thing is that I bought two sets of Duro whitewall tires within a few months of each other for two different bikes. The set on the 1958 Sports had a lot of premature cracking of the...
10-15-19, 08:21 AM
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Posted By SirMike1983

The 3000R and 3000S are decent pedals. I usually...

The 3000R and 3000S are decent pedals. I usually hunt for the 3000S on sale via eBay or similar. They seem to go in and out of stock, and on and off of sale. The R is easier to find and usually a bit...
10-14-19, 06:50 PM
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Posted By SirMike1983

1958 Raleigh Sports with the FW hub. One of my...

1958 Raleigh Sports with the FW hub. One of my favorite bikes, and a nice day for a ride to see the leaves.
...
10-13-19, 06:08 PM
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Posted By SirMike1983

Nice day for a ride. The weather is starting to...

Nice day for a ride. The weather is starting to turn here in western New England.
...
09-18-19, 07:37 AM
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Posted By SirMike1983

When I lived in the MD/VA/DC area, the riding was...

When I lived in the MD/VA/DC area, the riding was mostly flat. There were lots of bike/pedestrian trails there and lots of suburban development type areas where you could ride relatively safely. If...
09-15-19, 05:58 PM
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Posted By SirMike1983

Phillips, Schwinn, and Raleigh 3-speeds. ...

Phillips, Schwinn, and Raleigh 3-speeds.

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07-15-19, 08:10 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,409
Posted By SirMike1983

If you are close enough to the DC area, try the...

If you are close enough to the DC area, try the DC Area Used Bicycle sales group on Facebook. Ebay with local pick up only is an option, but hold off until you've tried the Facebook group,...
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