Sunday, December 28, 2008

1981 Raleigh Popular

I was looking around for a bike to restore when one of my employees, who couldn't have know about my search, asked me if i was interested in 'an old bike' she had in her shed. Did I want it? If not, it was going to the tip. I asked what it was and she told me it was an 'old-man's bike'.
I said I would come for a look but wasn't too optimistic from her description. A couple of weeks passed and I thought I had better go and see, just to be polite, and if it was something I wasn't interested in, I'd take it to the Re-Cycle charity in the city.
When I arrived at her house, the bike was leaning against a wall probably 50 feet away and I was excited already. It had been stood next to a wood saw for the last ten years and was covered in sawdust, but even so, I could see it was just what I had been after and appeared complete.
I asked what she wanted for it and she said that it was mine and that I was doing her a favour by getting out of the way.

It was in the back of my car in seconds and my wheels probably spun as I pulled away - just in case she changed her mind or there was a catch! When I got it home I wheeled it around my house and went to work on it. Within 20 minutes I was riding it and since then, I have spent only another hour or two on titivation.
It is a 1981 (from the hub stamp) Raleigh Popular, the last year they were made after a run of more than 60 years. I'm not sure if they always had rod brakes or whether they were made like this in the final year to commemorate the past. It has the original tyres, pedals etc. The only thing I have had to replace, rather than just cleaning up/oiling/polishing/painting, is the bell. The only thing that is missing is the printed plate on the gear select.

I would love to restore it at some point but the paintwork, with its gold and red pinstripes would cost a lot to renew.
For now, it's fine as it is and still turns heads whenever I ride it.

By the way, I gave the lady a larged, framed photograph I'd taken (not of the bike) and knew she liked. We were both happy.


Lots more here.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

1969 Raleigh Sports

Just got it this past month on craigslist for my first bike since childhood. I had no idea on the heritage of Raleigh's til I started reading more about them. So to pay homage to the bike, I added some components that would really showcase it's classic features and history. Hope you like!

More here.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Raleigh with nice chaincase and top-tube shifter

From this bike's owner:

Trash rescue, had to replace saddle, tubes, tires, one brake cable, pedals and grips.

Added non-standard (transparent) pie-plate, non-standard (rectifier+regulator+LED) head and taillight.

Replaced spoke, trued wheels, rebuilt front hub.

Later had rear hub partially rebuilt, upsized the cog, and replaced the chain.
Also added a frame lock, and it no longer has toe clips.


Monday, December 1, 2008

1966 Raleigh DL-1

From PH in Fort Worth:

When I got back from my trip, I made good (so far, anyway) on commuting more often. I also got another look at that Raleigh. It had two flat tires, rusty chrome everywhere, an old, cracked, leather seat (oh... um... on bicycles I understand they are referred to as saddles by those who are knowledgeable about such things), some wires hanging limply that went from a generator to a headlight, a 3-speed hub and some weird looking, funky brakes.

I decided to buy The Old Gentleman, as I've begun to call him, and took him home. I took some pictures that first night. Not much to look at- an old, worn-out saddle, a saddle bag with broken straps, the wires hanging around...

The final result:

Lots more background and pictures here.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

1973 Raleigh DL-1

Here's a photo taken a couple of years ago of me and my Raleigh DL-1. I think I bought this one around 1973 (new). It came from Charlie the Bicycle Man, in Lima, Ohio. With 24-inch frame, low angles, and 28 x 1 1/2 tires it's perfect for the brick streets in the neighborhood where I used to work. It looks rough but still is in good mechanical condition.
I had an earlier one, bought new in 1969, that got stolen. I had retrofitted it with an AW-4 hub. For a while I had it set up with a 3-step sprocket assembly and derailleur by Cyclo, that gave me 12 speeds. I had already removed the derailleur setup before the bike was stolen. Someplace I have a photo of that rig; I'll scan it if it turns up.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Thursday, September 4, 2008

1962 Robin Hood

More images here.

Garth K.

1963 or 1968 Raleigh Sports

It sat out in the elements for several years with an antique store’s sign attached to it. Luckily the store owner seems to have brought it inside on occasion.

Since the photos I have completed my work and put a solid 30mi ride in on it and I must say it looks and rides fantastic! New photos and details of the clean up to follow.

Eric D.

More images here.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

1971 Columbia Sports III

More here and here and here.

Thanks to Thom in San Diego for this submission.

Friday, June 20, 2008

1961 Ranger

The date code on the S-A hub is 61. I put it on the C&V forum on Bike Forums and responders have suggested that it is a rebranded Hercules or Phillips. The guy at the fleamarket said it was a very good bike and was "made in France," as clearly indicated on the top tube where it reads "Made in England." Elsewhere on the bike are the words "Genuine English Light Weight." There's a cowboy on the badge.

I'm planning on cleaning it up next weekend and maybe even driving it to work.

Savannah, Georgia

1963 ladies Dunelt

From the owner of this bike:
I've just finished fixing up a 1963 Dunelt 3 speed womens' bike (black). Works well, except for the twist shifter, which is a little rough. I suppose I could change it over to a trigger type. If my wife rides it much at all I'll probably put new tires/tubes on it.
Found the bike behind the dumpster at 8100 Knox in Bloomington. They redid their parking lot and got rid of all the bikes left unclaimed and chained to signposts in the lot. There was a nice Free Spirit mens 3 speed also but it was still chained to two other and in a pile of about a dozen bikes, you know how they can get tangled up when piled that way. The Dunelt was on the outside of the pile and when I was looking at it the maintenence man came along and said I could take anything I wanted. I quietly pushed that baby away, got it in the car and after about 4 hours of work it's ready to go, my wife will love it.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Thursday, May 15, 2008

1937 Phillips City

Esteban sent these photos along:

Saturday, May 10, 2008

1967 Robin Hood

Robin Hood renovated

The bike I fixed up for my mom to ride on the 2008 Lake Pepin 3 Speed Tour. New alloy rims and seatpost, new saddle, new grips, new brake pads.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Raleigh Tourist

This Raleigh roadster belongs to Rob, who resides in Minneapolis.

Monday, May 5, 2008

a sample of the weekend

A couple of 3-speeds that came through the shop during the past few days.

1973 Raleigh Sports
1973 Raleigh

1973 Raleigh

Late 1960s Dunelt ladies coaster brake:
1960s Dunelt

Ride awheel on Sheffield Steel!
1960s Dunelt

More to come.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Early 1950s Merlin 4-speed

Early 50's build. Bob Jackson owned Merlin at the time. 531 DB tubing throughout. Prugnat lugs. Original paint and hand striping of lugs, decals. Built specifically for a 4 speed FM SA Hub. Stronglight cranks; Campy Tipo front hubs. Bleumels fenders. Original rack. Rides like a dream.
St Paul, MN

Friday, May 2, 2008

1963 Montgomery Ward Hawthorne

Here's my 1963 Montgomery Ward Hawthorne, which was built by Hercules. By 1963, Hercules was owned by Raleigh, which means my bicycle probably rolled off the Raleigh assembly line in Nottingham, England.

I bought it for $40. I spent about $7 on spray paint and a couple bucks for the pinstripe stickers. Cheers .

Jack D.
Humboldt County

1960 Raleigh Sports with modern refinements

This is my main 3-speed.
raleigh at minnehaha creek

a detour

I added a new saddle, alloy seatpost, alloy rims, sealed cartridge bottom bracket, alloy crank, and new Continental tires.

Jim Thill
Minneapolis, MN