Thursday, June 25, 2009

1970 Hercules

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This is my 1970 Hercules 3 Speed. I paid $37 dollars for it...sort of. I found a clean Schwinn ladies 10 speed and swapped it with a neigbor for the Herc. I cleaned and oiled the bike, adjusted the brakes, shifter, chain tension and read Sheldon Browns page on English 3 Speeds. I added the Wald Basket and Pletscher Rack for getting groceries. The paint and chrome are very clean and yes those are the original Dunlop tires and tubes.
Paul in Ohio

Sunday, June 21, 2009

1955 Huffy Sportsman

John, in Central Ohio, has completed a preservation on a 1955 Huffy Sportsman manufactured in the Raleigh Nottinghan plant in England. John was lucky in finding this example as it was virtually rust-free. The bike was disassembled, surface cleaned/polished and clear acrylic was lightly applied to fenders, chainguard and frame in order to protect decals/transfers and to guard against further UV light damage.
Parts/components of 'dubious' origin were; 3rd party front fork (branded 'Yama' or 'Yoma'), aluminum seat post and a Taiwanese mattress saddle. More here:

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

1978(?) Raleigh

Bought this lovely Raleigh in 1978 for getting me to work,a year later I fitted a saddle on the bar for my child,the year after I fitted a seat at the back for my second child. We have great memories of our journeys together around holiday spots in Ireland and I now carry my grandchildren on the very same bike. Wonderful bike...Pat

1971 Triumph

This is my 1971 Triumph. When I bought this bike she was in pretty rough shape. The original rubber block pedals fell apart within a couple of days, the original Brooks Mattress saddle was nearly broken in half, and the front wheel had a nasty bend in the rim. I have put on a Brooks B-17, MKS touring pedals with MKS clips and leather straps, and elk hide leather grips from Velo Orange. I also flipped the original northroad bars since I'm used to riding in dropbars and this gives me a slightly more aggressive riding position. With the rear rack and basket, this has become my day trip and camping bike. I routinely ride her to a blufftop winery off the Missouri River that is located on the Katy Trail.

1957 Three Spires

Hi Jim!

I really liked looking over your Old Three Speed Gallery. A friend tipped me off when he saw the pix of the Huffy Sportsman by Raleigh.

I wish I were better at photography, but I sent you a link to some pix of my Three Spires 3-Speed anyway. Bought it for $40 last week.

My bike was in grubby and greasy original condition and I think very lightly used. The rubber on the pedals is pristine. Each one clearly bears the Raleigh Industries logo, which is repeated all over the bike. The Dunlop tires were in fair shape, but the rear tended to lift its bead off the rim, so I've upgraded to a used gumwall on hand. The original gray rubber grips had congealed into a real mess. Other than the grips and the rear tire, it's all original. After a good cleaning and lubrication it works great.

The 26 X 1 3/8 Dunlops bear the precise inflation instruction: "Inflate Hard."

Of interest is the SA type SW 3 speed hub, with wider range than the AW. This one works perfectly. It's a delight to have the wider range.

Stock rear is 18T. I plan to try out a 20T and 22T rear to see how that feels. I have a 20T on my 1960s Huffy Sportsman, also by Raleigh. That's my in-town stealth bike for use in downtown Boston. DK the Huffy's true year, since I upgraded the very rusty rear wheel before I knew about date coding on SA hubs. It's always there when I return! I've had that one for about 20 years, since rescuing it from the curb on trash day.