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02-22-22, 04:49 PM
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Posted By BigChief

I'm using Nicelite NL432 front and NL437R rear...

I'm using Nicelite NL432 front and NL437R rear LED bulbs in my 51 Rudge's Dynohub system. I highly recommend them. Since the 437R is actually red, it makes up for the faded plastic lens on the rear...
02-11-22, 08:57 PM
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Posted By BigChief

I've always used silver brazing wire to make up...

I've always used silver brazing wire to make up custom cables. This goes back to my vintage motorcycle days. You must use the proper flux. Lead solder flux won't do. Except for Sturmey Archer shifter...
02-11-22, 07:55 AM
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Posted By BigChief

Brilliant!!! Museum quality work. ...

Brilliant!!! Museum quality work.
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01-16-22, 09:03 AM
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Posted By BigChief

Got my catalogs back! Seems like the modern deep...

Got my catalogs back! Seems like the modern deep mudguards didn't appear until the 1940 catalog. Odd that the ladies light roadster came with the chainguard but the gents didn't. ...
01-15-22, 11:51 PM
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Posted By BigChief

That's the most interesting Raleigh I've seen in...

That's the most interesting Raleigh I've seen in a while. This is pre-hockey stick and models without chaincases had bare chainrings. I have to find my backup files with catalogs and load em into...
12-26-21, 11:10 AM
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Posted By BigChief

Nice! Love those art deco designs. I lived along...

Nice! Love those art deco designs. I lived along the Pennsylvania RR as a kid and will never forget how impressive these GG1s were blasting by....
07-06-20, 08:01 AM
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Posted By BigChief

Nice! That's an early one. Possibly even pre war....

Nice! That's an early one. Possibly even pre war. What date is stamped on the hub? Amazing that it has the original handlebar grips. Or at least the correct short style these bikes came with...
06-29-20, 02:11 PM
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Posted By BigChief

I never thought of the heat shrink tubing. Great...

I never thought of the heat shrink tubing. Great idea. I do have a time saving trick that works well making these cables. I cut the length of 3/32" brass tubing with a file. Then I use JB Weld to...
06-28-20, 10:20 AM
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Posted By BigChief

I look at it this way. Every time I make an old...

I look at it this way. Every time I make an old English roadster useful again it pushes it's life span up another 10 or maybe even 20 years into the future. They might even be picked up and boosted...
06-15-20, 07:14 PM
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Posted By BigChief

Something odd about this hub. Looks like a...

Something odd about this hub. Looks like a regular Raleigh hub but there's no shoulder on the axle for the fixed hub to bottom out on. That design won't work without one. What happened here is the...
05-23-20, 06:10 PM
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Posted By BigChief

From the 1939 catalog... Looks like original...

From the 1939 catalog... Looks like original pedals. Incredibly rare.

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05-23-20, 06:01 PM
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Posted By BigChief

Wow! This is a pre-Raleigh Rudge. Late 30s I...

Wow! This is a pre-Raleigh Rudge. Late 30s I figure. I'll poke through some catalogs and post what I can find. Great find!!!
05-07-20, 10:33 AM
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Posted By BigChief

I think I see a Vitus 172 label. If it is, you're...

I think I see a Vitus 172 label. If it is, you're in luck. I think it was around 1975 they upgraded the GT from Hi-Ten to Vitus.
05-07-20, 07:01 AM
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Posted By BigChief

I bought a Moto GP new in 1976. I rode a lot back...

I bought a Moto GP new in 1976. I rode a lot back then. It was only to hold me over until I saved enough to buy a high end touring bike. I ended up liking this ride so much that I never bought the...
04-25-20, 06:41 AM
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Posted By BigChief

This whole bike is very well done. The seat post...

This whole bike is very well done. The seat post seems like a perfect adaption for your height too.
04-11-20, 05:21 PM
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Posted By BigChief

Sometime in the early 50s, Raleigh changed Rudge...

Sometime in the early 50s, Raleigh changed Rudge rims from Westrick to Endrick. My 55 had Endricks. My 51 has Westricks. Raleigh had an unusual method of lacing wheels and both of these wheels are...
04-08-20, 02:31 PM
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Posted By BigChief

Rudge is my favorite of the Raleigh built...

Rudge is my favorite of the Raleigh built roadsters. I've owned a few over the years. Here's my '51 full dress roadster. The next is a 1955 made from a rust bucket into a stripped down, repainted...
04-04-20, 07:31 PM
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Posted By BigChief

The reflector in the catalog picture appears to...

The reflector in the catalog picture appears to be similar to the Lucas rubber case reflectors used on Raleighs. For a 1960 bike, you would want one 2 inches across. That's including the case. They...
04-03-20, 01:24 PM
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Posted By BigChief

That is a nice one. A lot of work, but very well...

That is a nice one. A lot of work, but very well worth the effort.
03-31-20, 05:57 AM
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Posted By BigChief

I think the frame geometry is what makes these...

I think the frame geometry is what makes these bikes so comfortable on poor road surfaces. My DL-1 is much nicer to ride on bumpy and gravel roads than my Sports.
03-24-20, 05:37 PM
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Posted By BigChief

That's great, looks like fun. Maybe someday I...

That's great, looks like fun. Maybe someday I can get back into traveling to new and exciting places to ride. Although, these days it will have to be flatter terrain than this.
02-22-20, 08:36 AM
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Posted By BigChief

I've learned that what I lack in skill and...

I've learned that what I lack in skill and equipment can be made up for with hours of compounding, polishing and touching up with an artist brush. In the end, it does look like a professional job. I...
02-01-20, 05:42 PM
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Views: 1,782
Posted By BigChief

We roadster enthusiasts tend to prefer our bikes...

We roadster enthusiasts tend to prefer our bikes with original finishes whenever possible. Many times a compounding and wax will bring up much of the lost gloss. If there is serious rust issues with...
01-20-20, 07:23 PM
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Posted By BigChief

Yeah, Canadians got the cool Superbes with two...

Yeah, Canadians got the cool Superbes with two tone paint and chrome socks. Different colors too. I think it's a Superbe. Is that an AG hub? Very nice. 58 looks right.
01-12-20, 12:59 PM
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Posted By BigChief

My 1951 Rudge had the threaded driver. I believe...

My 1951 Rudge had the threaded driver. I believe Sturmey archer started using the 3 splined driver in 52 or 53, but the Brampton version continued to use the threaded type. I swapped in a later 3...
01-09-20, 06:17 AM
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Posted By BigChief

It can be tricky setting drive screws by hand....

It can be tricky setting drive screws by hand. The body of the screw is supposed to be .001 to .002 over the size of the hole, so it has to be a perfect match. I think .002" might be a bit too tight...
01-06-20, 05:30 PM
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Posted By BigChief

A fine looking machine and very well done.

A fine looking machine and very well done.
01-05-20, 11:14 AM
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Posted By BigChief

I just used the NL437R LED bulb. Screws right in...

I just used the NL437R LED bulb. Screws right in to the original holder. They claim that it should be used with a regulator, but I've been using it for 2 seasons now without one. Hasn't burnt out...
01-05-20, 06:11 AM
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Posted By BigChief

I used a wire brush to remove loose rust, cleaned...

I used a wire brush to remove loose rust, cleaned the area with acetone then spread on a layer of JB Weld. Permatex Steel weld works well too.
12-31-19, 05:01 PM
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Posted By BigChief

Here's one with the lamp in place. ...

Here's one with the lamp in place.


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12-21-19, 06:32 PM
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Posted By BigChief

The 50s windows are my favorites. Mostly because...

The 50s windows are my favorites. Mostly because I like the longer lever, but I think the trigger shifter reached perfection was the pre window 3 or 4 speed with the whole plate embossed in relief....
12-17-19, 07:52 AM
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Posted By BigChief

Dang, I'd be embarrassed to be out in public with...

Dang, I'd be embarrassed to be out in public with that fake mustache.
12-04-19, 06:26 AM
Replies: 35
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Posted By BigChief

To me, being a cycling/historian, the original...

To me, being a cycling/historian, the original finish on this bike is very important. On this bike, you have all the original finish features intact. It would be a shame to erase this history without...
11-30-19, 10:10 AM
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Posted By BigChief

Well, there is an option. I'm 6' with a 33"...

Well, there is an option. I'm 6' with a 33" inseam and one of my favorite riders is a modified old 21" frame Rudge. SunLite makes a long 22.2mm touring stem. If you don't mind making up new cables...
11-26-19, 08:52 PM
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Posted By BigChief

Ahhh perfection... there ya go. Brown leather...

Ahhh perfection... there ya go. Brown leather saddle and brown "R" grips. It really looks good here. I was searching for a pair of R grips for my scorcher, but the only ones I can find now are on...
11-04-19, 08:58 PM
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Posted By BigChief

Notice Kurt is using MKS touring pedals on his...

Notice Kurt is using MKS touring pedals on his vintage Sports. I also use these on any bike I put serious mileage on. Maybe not period correct, but they work great and look fine in my opinion. Here...
11-04-19, 06:28 AM
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Posted By BigChief

You're doing a great job on this. Wonderful that...

You're doing a great job on this. Wonderful that you could restore the original finish as well as you did. Looks very good. All these bikes came with a lug on the chain stay for an enclosed chain...
10-26-19, 05:08 PM
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Posted By BigChief

The dyno hub doesn't ground to the frame like...

The dyno hub doesn't ground to the frame like bottle generators. 2 wires run to each lamp.
10-15-19, 08:58 PM
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Posted By BigChief

I didn't know about the 3000S. Rounded diamond...

I didn't know about the 3000S. Rounded diamond plate on both ends and no reflector. Even better. They are harder to find, but a google search turned up a $20 price.
10-13-19, 08:06 AM
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Posted By BigChief

Speaking of short rod brake grips...Here's...

Speaking of short rod brake grips...Here's something odd that I found while doing my usual "vintage grips" search on eBay. These "R" grips are very close to the mid to late 50s Raleigh grips and are...
10-10-19, 04:23 PM
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Posted By BigChief

Thanks for posting these. Now I have another...

Thanks for posting these. Now I have another reference. This is an earlier version than the dyno headlamp on my 51 Rudge. Here's my 51. It has a 3 position switch at the bottom of the lamp. The...
10-08-19, 04:35 AM
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Posted By BigChief

This is the first style "flick" trigger first...

This is the first style "flick" trigger first introduced in 1938. Lucky you have the original cable because these use a lolly pop style cable end that would have to be custom made. Here's an ad from...
10-02-19, 05:51 AM
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Posted By BigChief

Alloy rims do work great on these roadsters. You...

Alloy rims do work great on these roadsters. You may run into a couple issues with modern dual pivot calipers. I have only one roadster with modern Tektro R559 calipers. It has no mudguards so I have...
10-01-19, 03:37 AM
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Posted By BigChief

That's the right tube. The 590mm tires are 37mm...

That's the right tube. The 590mm tires are 37mm to 40mm wide so that comes out to around 1 1/2"
09-25-19, 05:23 PM
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Posted By BigChief

I think the 1950s were a high point in Sturmey...

I think the 1950s were a high point in Sturmey Archer quality. It's very popular here to gear down 3 speeds to varying degrees. For me, upright roadster riding is more of a laid back, take in the...
09-25-19, 08:44 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,895
Posted By BigChief

Good find! I don't think this is a modified...

Good find! I don't think this is a modified roadster. Looks to be an original mild steel sport (club) version. On the good side...no worries about bending the fork straight again. That steel can take...
09-18-19, 07:52 AM
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Posted By BigChief

Just an update on my experiment with replacing...

Just an update on my experiment with replacing Sturmey Archer's zinc (or whatever it is) plating on a thoroughly rusted surface. I discovered Action Magic dry lubricant back in my tool and die maker...
09-12-19, 06:29 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,964
Posted By BigChief

It's good to see you back. The HB is an excellent...

It's good to see you back. The HB is an excellent site and it's great to have your catalog scans available. I'd be more than happy to share the reference material I've collected if you think it might...
09-11-19, 07:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,964
Posted By BigChief

Beautiful bike. This would be the Mediterranean...

Beautiful bike. This would be the Mediterranean Blue mentioned in the catalog. These older roadsters are getting harder to find all the time. Funny that, at least here in New England, they don't...
09-11-19, 03:07 PM
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Posted By BigChief

Nice looking Sports there...I don't think your...

Nice looking Sports there...I don't think your Dyno Hub is from the 60s. Here's mine from my 1951 Rudge. Yours looks like an even older design than that. Sometime in the early 50s Sturmey archer...
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