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10-20-19, 07:49 PM
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Posted By BigChief

That's what I was thinkin, but then my eyes were...

That's what I was thinkin, but then my eyes were drawn to the attached kickstand.
10-19-19, 07:12 PM
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Posted By BigChief

I did not know about "search by image". I keep...

I did not know about "search by image". I keep learning new things here.
10-19-19, 02:11 PM
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Posted By BigChief

Wow, you found her. Impressive detective work.

Wow, you found her. Impressive detective work.
10-19-19, 04:51 AM
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Posted By BigChief

Great job on this. What a perfect way to put such...

Great job on this. What a perfect way to put such an old roadster frame back in use. Excellent choice of components.
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.
10-15-19, 12:49 PM
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Posted By BigChief

No, these tires are 28 x 1 1/2" 635mm. Easy to...

No, these tires are 28 x 1 1/2" 635mm. Easy to find. I have Continental Tour Rides on mine. I love these bikes. Not for everybody though. Very old fashioned. Smooth, comfy ride. Mine came with a 16T...
10-15-19, 06:46 AM
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Posted By BigChief

Prices for MKS pedals seems to have gone up...

Prices for MKS pedals seems to have gone up lately here in the US as well. Amazon has the "Touring" at 30 USD and the 3000R rubber block at 35 USD
I use the touring pedals on any bike I intend to...
10-15-19, 04:01 AM
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Posted By BigChief

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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10-13-19, 10:30 AM
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Posted By BigChief

Ahhh Thanks for the explanation. Had me stumped....

Ahhh Thanks for the explanation. Had me stumped. I wouldn't mind buying 2 pairs for a rod brake project since, more than likely the long pair would be useful at some point.
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...
10-13-19, 05:50 AM
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Posted By BigChief

Beautiful! I don't remember seeing any photos of...

Beautiful! I don't remember seeing any photos of this project as it came along. Any before pictures? Great bike, well done.
10-12-19, 06:48 PM
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Posted By BigChief

We were talking about vintage grips a while back....

We were talking about vintage grips a while back. The older ones were rubber or celluloid and didn't hold up like modern plastic. Surviving examples are super rare today. Dare grips were used on...
10-10-19, 08:51 PM
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Posted By BigChief

Yes, direct fit. No modification. The strobe...

Yes, direct fit. No modification. The strobe effect at slow speeds is more pronounced with the LED bulb than with a filament bulb, but it is brighter and evens out at normal riding speeds. The tail...
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...
10-09-19, 09:39 AM
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Posted By BigChief

Nice that it has a taller frame and the old style...

Nice that it has a taller frame and the old style shark fin front mudguard. I've never seen a retail bike shop badge in place of the Schwinn head badge before.
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...
10-07-19, 11:58 AM
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Posted By BigChief

I like this one a lot. Tall frame, paint looks...

I like this one a lot. Tall frame, paint looks like it might gloss up with some polishing. Chain ring may even clean up. 54 is a good year. It still has the old style lugs, but has the lighter,...
10-04-19, 07:47 AM
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Posted By BigChief

An issue for a 1950 Raleigh conversion to 700...

An issue for a 1950 Raleigh conversion to 700 would be the hubs. Raleigh used 40 spoke rear and 32 spoke front hubs back then. They didn't change to 36/36 until sometime in the mid 70s.
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"
09-29-19, 01:41 PM
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Posted By BigChief

Nice one. Only missing pedals, saddle, reflector,...

Nice one. Only missing pedals, saddle, reflector, front mudguard tip and of course the original grips. Those gray R grips would go nicely on this one. Dyno in the rear hub here. That's different from...
09-29-19, 07:01 AM
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Posted By BigChief

Candy paints, white darts and steering tubes,...

Candy paints, white darts and steering tubes, chrome fork tips...Darn. You Canadians got all the goodies. Here in the US, we had the choice of any color we wanted...as long as it was bronze green.
09-29-19, 05:26 AM
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Posted By BigChief

That's the "candy" style paint that got popular...

That's the "candy" style paint that got popular in the 60s. They used a silver base paint then sprayed it over with a translucent color. I thought Superbes were always green.
09-26-19, 09:09 PM
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Posted By BigChief

AW hubs always have 2 spacers you can use to...

AW hubs always have 2 spacers you can use to adjust the chain line. They look to be around 1/16" thick. The Sturmey Archer cogs are 1/8" but I don't think you would have a problem using a 3/32"...
09-25-19, 08:02 PM
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Posted By BigChief

We tend to date our 3 speeds by the date stamp on...

We tend to date our 3 speeds by the date stamp on the hub. Not that it's entirely accurate, but since there are no official model years and serial numbers are inconsistent, hub dates are plenty close...
09-25-19, 07:20 PM
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Posted By BigChief

51 Rudge? cool...me too. Here's mine ...

51 Rudge? cool...me too. Here's mine

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1200x900/img_1369a_b9ee6b22da1f17800867ce5867edd33db357197e.jpg
09-25-19, 05:29 PM
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Posted By BigChief

the original driver ...

the original driver

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/700x569/img_1308_7287fa2a644bf8da0125d72893a88ee8c7026799.jpg

and the splined driver
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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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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...
09-24-19, 04:27 AM
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Posted By BigChief

What a nice and rare bike. I couldn't resist this...

What a nice and rare bike. I couldn't resist this project either. I too have trouble riding drop bars. I end up on the tops where there just isn't enough control. Still, one more great old Brit being...
09-19-19, 12:44 PM
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Posted By BigChief

The frame is exactly the same as my 55 Rudge. To...

The frame is exactly the same as my 55 Rudge. To the best of my knowledge, Raleigh only used this style lug shape from 1955-56. I have one of those frame mount guide wheels ... somewhere.
09-18-19, 08:25 AM
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Posted By BigChief

The rural New England paved roads are very...

The rural New England paved roads are very dangerous to ride. They are curvy and narrow with no shoulders, lots broken pavement, washouts and pot holes at the edges. Lots of blind dips and curves....
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...
09-18-19, 07:06 AM
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Posted By BigChief

Nice job on this one. Looks great. I know it's...

Nice job on this one. Looks great. I know it's crazy expensive, but these bikes deserve a real Brooks saddle. I'll go as far to say they really need one. I'm spoiled now. To me, they are an essential...
09-17-19, 04:06 PM
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Posted By BigChief

Still, some valuable research done here. If you'd...

Still, some valuable research done here. If you'd care to explain what you think went wrong and why, I'd like to hear. I like experimental projects.
09-17-19, 05:08 AM
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Posted By BigChief

I'm looking forward to seeing your Pathfinder....

I'm looking forward to seeing your Pathfinder. That's the grail bike I never found in all my years of hunting.
09-17-19, 04:51 AM
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Posted By BigChief

Nice one. Could be 1970, but could also go back...

Nice one. Could be 1970, but could also go back to the late 60s. Check the hub date stamp. It's really nice that it has the traditional Humber chainwheel. One of my favorites. Raleigh gave up on...
09-16-19, 05:36 AM
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Posted By BigChief

This one is a mystery to me. Every Raleigh I've...

This one is a mystery to me. Every Raleigh I've seen has shaped head tube lugs. This does have the Raleigh style rod brake linkage piece that pivots on both sides of the down tube. Most other...
09-15-19, 09:15 PM
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Posted By BigChief

This appears to be similar to a Dawn Tourist but...

This appears to be similar to a Dawn Tourist but a different head tube lug shape. Maybe an older model? Hard to say
...
09-15-19, 08:47 PM
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Posted By BigChief

Thanks for the explanation. I've been wrenching...

Thanks for the explanation. I've been wrenching old 3 speeds exclusively and never understood the reasoning behind not reusing chain link pins. Mystery solved.
09-15-19, 06:45 PM
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Posted By BigChief

How about pressing in a regular link instead of...

How about pressing in a regular link instead of using the master link. I know you're not supposed to reuse a chain pin after it's been pressed out, but it's one of those things that might be against...
09-15-19, 06:27 AM
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Posted By BigChief

and the "light roadster version of 1935 ...

and the "light roadster version of 1935

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/579x762/1935sportslightroadster_7e00ab433239aae247af71a67306ac3eea693944.jpg
09-15-19, 06:21 AM
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Posted By BigChief

This is the pre-1936 frame ...

This is the pre-1936 frame

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/760x507/1934_raleighsports_40e02ff634ec8743cd60a021163502178c2a506d.jpg
09-14-19, 04:03 PM
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Posted By BigChief

I'm afraid serial numbers out of Nottingham...

I'm afraid serial numbers out of Nottingham aren't reliable. I'm sure the frame is post 1935. It has the more modern rear dropouts. A feature you could use to establish a latest date would be the...
09-14-19, 09:38 AM
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Posted By BigChief

If you go back a page and check out the 1940...

If you go back a page and check out the 1940 catalog page I posted you'll see an image of the Dynohub in the lower left corner. It matches yours exactly. I never noticed the difference before. So all...
09-13-19, 04:14 PM
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Posted By BigChief

Yup, all original except...the 70s crank, pedals,...

Yup, all original except...the 70s crank, pedals, front wheel, handlebar and chainguard and that's just what I can see in the small pictures. Still a cool bike, but "all original" it ain't.
09-12-19, 07:50 PM
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Posted By BigChief

Here's a shot of the fat grips shown in the 1948...

Here's a shot of the fat grips shown in the 1948 parts catalog.

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/923x613/50sgrip2_b4010c780b961a639401ab1c2076de42f2f5b64b.jpg
09-12-19, 07:37 PM
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Posted By BigChief

Ahhh those look to be the same plain ribbed...

Ahhh those look to be the same plain ribbed torpedo grips shown on the 1954 catalog page above. These seem to be common on light roadster Sports models from the mid to late 50s. Just after that, by...
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, 09:08 PM
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Posted By BigChief

Oh...I like those gray grips. Wish they were...

Oh...I like those gray grips. Wish they were still available. I suppose we have to be happy with the R imports now though. I did my best researching grips, but there's not much information out...
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