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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
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Views: 628
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
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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
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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...
09-10-19, 04:27 PM
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Posted By BigChief

Very well done! Great job on this. AW hubs have a...

Very well done! Great job on this. AW hubs have a neutral spot between Normal and High that you need to avoid. Slipping into neutral from Normal suggests a bit too much tension on the cable. A slight...
08-30-19, 05:53 AM
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Posted By BigChief

For the past few years it'm my touring bike that...

For the past few years it'm my touring bike that doesn't get much mileage. Pretty much all my riding is on comfy, upright 3 speed roadsters. My back and wrists aren't as happy riding drop bars as...
08-19-19, 12:18 PM
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Posted By BigChief

I agree. This looks much better with the colors...

I agree. This looks much better with the colors restored even if there's no help for the missing chrome. On this shifter, the colors were gone but the chrome was still intact. There is no chrome in...
08-19-19, 04:15 AM
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Posted By BigChief

I've never had one of these quadrant shifters,...

I've never had one of these quadrant shifters, but if they're like the later triggers, that's an embossed brass face plate on the front. The chrome on the trigger face plates is quite delicate. It's...
08-13-19, 10:01 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 604
Posted By BigChief

Here's mine. Tall frame. This is a very old...

Here's mine. Tall frame. This is a very old picture. I really should get around to taking a new one since the camera built in to my phone is 10 times better than my first digital camera that I used...
08-13-19, 03:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 604
Posted By BigChief

The steering is quick. Great for dodging...

The steering is quick. Great for dodging potholes. I do think the ride is a bit more harsh than other touring bikes. ryansu has the right idea with the sprung Brooks saddle. Very pretty bike. The big...
08-10-19, 01:50 PM
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Posted By BigChief

This Royal Scot is 1963-1965. I think there's...

This Royal Scot is 1963-1965. I think there's enough adjustment in the seat post and stem of a 23" Raleigh to accommodate a 6'1" rider. If not, stems with more length and or more reach are available.
08-08-19, 05:17 AM
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Posted By BigChief

The indicator pins are different lengths

The indicator pins are different lengths
08-08-19, 05:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 510
Posted By BigChief

It's still sitting there in the box. I was...

It's still sitting there in the box. I was holding out for a light weight frame, but I've decided to spend a lot less money and use it on a 70s Sports I already have. A winter project.
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07-09-19, 03:53 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 835
Posted By BigChief

I agree. I also feel a similar level of exertion...

I agree. I also feel a similar level of exertion climbing with either my Rudge 3 speed geared at 48x22 or my Raleigh USA hybrid with it's extra low granny. Both these have plain push pedals. For me,...
06-28-19, 03:32 AM
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Posted By BigChief

I do have to keep "adapting" to my aging body,...

I do have to keep "adapting" to my aging body, but I'm going to keep riding even if that means shorter and easier rides. This summer marks my 60th year of bicycling. Can't complain. I figure anything...
06-17-19, 12:07 PM
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Posted By BigChief

Beautiful bike. Nice work. The brown torpedo...

Beautiful bike. Nice work. The brown torpedo grips go well with the saddle and red color. Those really are NOS Hercules pedals. Quite a rare find. Original Herc-O-Matic shifter too.
06-16-19, 02:20 PM
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Posted By BigChief

I used alloy rims on my scorcher and they do give...

I used alloy rims on my scorcher and they do give the bike a more sporty feel. I never got the old Endricks truly round but these trued up perfectly without much fuss. Something did happen to me, so...
06-09-19, 06:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 553
Posted By BigChief

If you do end up buying this one and it does turn...

If you do end up buying this one and it does turn out to be too short to fit you, there is a fix. You replace the stem with a longer one that can be tightened in a safe position in the fork tube...
06-08-19, 06:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 553
Posted By BigChief

Looks to be in very good condition. Should be a...

Looks to be in very good condition. Should be a sticker somewhere stating the country of manufacture. The only issue I see is that this is a short frame and it looks like a taller person was riding...
05-29-19, 07:17 PM
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Posted By BigChief

The Super Course was a medium priced model. The...

The Super Course was a medium priced model. The important factor is that it has a Reynolds 531 tube frame like the original club bikes. What you're talking about is what we call a scorcher. That is...
05-29-19, 05:43 PM
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Posted By BigChief

There is another option. A daydream of mine that...

There is another option. A daydream of mine that unfortunately isn't practical for me since my old body can't take much time on drop bars anymore. I'd start with a Raleigh Super Course frameset. Find...
05-11-19, 06:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,233
Posted By BigChief

Goes to show, it's the motor that counts. Looks...

Goes to show, it's the motor that counts. Looks like you have a 48T chain ring. The standard cog on Sturmey Archer AW hubs is 18T, so that's pretty tall. In my younger years I spent a lot of time...
04-23-19, 11:49 AM
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Views: 2,176,517
Posted By BigChief

One other tip: The indicator pin chain should be...

One other tip: The indicator pin chain should be supple and not bent. A stuck link or twist can make a precise adjustment difficult. You want both sides of the chain to ride smoothly and evenly over...
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