Monday, November 22, 2010

1968 Raleigh Sports

Joe sent photos of his 1968 Raleigh Sports with this note:

1968 Raleigh Sports given to me by my son. This bike slowly accumulated all its parts from here and there. It was missing a chain guard for a long time. I was fortunate to come across a Raleigh parts bike on CraigsList for $40 that had just about everything I needed, including the Heron headlamp bracket. The best part is a Brooks leather saddle that is contemporary with the bike, although I don't see one like it in Brooks catalogs, so it may be a discontinued model.

His Flickr set shows some of the transformation of this bike from mismatched to magnificent. Go see them:


Thanks for the pics, Joe.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Vaughn submitted this single, artsy, shot of what looks to be a Raleigh Sports. The description, like the number of photos, was succinct.

glad the site is back. i have three. no, four. wait... well, i love them. more pics to follow. v

We anxiously await additional pictures and descriptions.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

I answered the call, and I suppose that means this blog is under new management. So, much like Jim I'll start up with some pictures of my 3 speed. This is my Robin Hood Sports 3 speed:

According to the hub, it's a 1959 model.

I've not seen any other Robin Hoods with the white contrasting head tube. It makes me wonder if somebody has modified this at some point.

I've ridden this bike on the 3 speed tour several times.

I've done very little to this bike, it's nearly stock and virtually identical to when I got it. The only nod to comfort/modernization is that I put my newer Brooks B66 on for the 3 Speed Tour and I added a bell. Because bells are fun. The previous owner added new tires, but other than these minor changes the bike is pretty much as it would have been 50 years ago. Now, as I imagine it would have been then, it's pretty fun to ride.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

help wanted

I am doing a bad job of keeping up with reader submissions (even just a few per month), and frankly I lack motivation to administer this blog anymore. A lot of people are interested in looking at old 3-speeds, however, so it would be a shame to just have the blog end or go dormant forever. If you are interested in taking over this blog, let me know.


Tuesday, June 29, 2010

1965 Raleigh Sports

Here is a pic of my 1965 Raleigh Sports. I found this bike rotting in a garage amongst a pile of others. Someone had painted it all silver, including the rims and tires to use as either advertising or art. Anyway it was completely stripped, sandblasted and epoxy painted in a red that is sort of close to the original hue that the 65's came in. The spokes were cut out and the wheels rebuilt with Wheelsmith Stainless 14 gauge. The stickers were made using Windows "Paint" program and printed on water slide decal paper which you can now buy at Staples. The saddle is a modern Brooks (of course) and all brake shoes cables tires brake levers and grips are new. The generator set is an NOS unit from 1967. I wanted to have a "new" three speed that looked old. So before anyone trashes me for not using all original parts, keep in mind it was more of a rescue mission that a faithful restoration project. It is about 98 percent done. I still need some chain guard mounting hardware and the little thing that keeps the shifter cable from slipping through the cable clamp on the top tube. I also put on a large 22 tooth rear sprocket so I can climb hills. It is a fun ride and an even more fun project.

PS My other two 3 speeds (posted Jan 2010) have found new homes. The 79 Schwinn found a new owner here in Asheville for 400 bucks and the 1969 Gold Raleigh Sports went to the Atlanta area for a cool 500.

Flying Jet and Raleigh

I like your web page and have recently returned to riding a bicycle. I
wanted to find a three speed like I had when I was a kid. So I found 2
on Craigs list. Mine is a 1956 Flying Jet made in the Netherlands, and
my wifes is a late 60's or early 70's Raleigh. Both just needed lots
of cleaning and polish. Since I have bought them I have added a
Sturmey Archer Dyno Hub and light set from an old Raleigh found on
C.L. and a new seat to the Jet. My wife's bike got a new seat and a 19
tooth rear sprocket to lower the gear ratio a bit. They are really fun
to ride.

Raleigh Sports Path Racer

I really think your "Old Three Speed Gallery is one fine web site. Last year I submitted my German 3 speed bike that you shared with your readers. This
is my 70's Raleigh Sports "Path Racer".

I started with a Raleigh Sports frame set I bought on e-Bay plus a '74 Coffee Brown Sports donor that was just a bit too tall for me. I stripped parts from the '74 that would be used on my project bike; all mechanical parts, wheels, fenders, chain guard and handlebars. The frame set was disassembled, the head set, bottom bracket and and crank going into my stash. The frame and fork would be used in the project.

I had the frame and fork, fenders and chain guard sand blasted and powder coated a semi-gloss black by a local powder coater that I did business with as a result of my previous employment.

Once I had the frame and other parts back home, I began reassembling the bike.
All chrome pieces were thoroughly cleaned and polished The headset and bottom bracket were installed with an application of fresh grease. I added the fork, stem and cranks original North Road handlebars were installed in a flipped position for a race bike look. I finished the reassembly by installing the brakes and levers, 3 speed shifter lever, the wheels, fenders and chain guard.

I added a few personal upgrades to the bike; a Brooks B17 saddle in honey, a pair of matching leather grips, a chrome hand pump, a vintage black vinyl saddle bag, and rat trap pedals with black leather straps. I finished the bike off by adding a set of Raleigh decals.

Additional pictures may be found here:

1949 Schwinn World Tourer

Thought this bike might be a nice addition to your site. Its a mostly original 1949 Schwinn World Tourer (original except tires, and now saddle, too. Still have the correct Brooks mattress saddle, but it's far too uncomfy for the lady). This was a step above some of the other ladies models because of the DynoHub and saddle bag (which is sadly long gone). I am the third onwer. Previous owner told me that the tires were replaced in 1963 or so (this was told to him by the original owner, who purchased the bike in '49), but the original tubes were retained (they still ride fine!). All decals are in wonderful shape, SA shifter still works flawlessly, the bike rides silently and smoothly. Even the DynoHub still works perfectly, and the lights both light up.

This bike is my girlfriend's bike, a companion to a 1946 Schwinn Continental that I ride on occasion.

More here.

Sears 3-Speed

Sears 3 three-speed. I need to put the front fender back on once it is cleaned up. This bike was probably made by Steyr of Austria. The classic sears logo on the top tube is in good shape. Pedals are made in Germany; brake made in Switzerland (weinmann)

More here.

Monday, January 18, 2010

1972 and 1973 Raleigh Sports

I was in your shop last week to get new tires for my bike. Here's some pictures of our Raleigh Sports. As near as I can tell, they are both late '72-early '73 bikes, judging by the serial numbers. They were both Craigslist finds.

We wanted to ride bikes for fun and excercise, and the junky, uncomfortable mountain bikes we had weren't much fun to ride. After some cleaning, lubing, tires, tubes, and new brake pads, the bikes were on the road. I fitted the Pletscher racks and set them up with baskets and saddlebags. I fit a 20T cog for my wife, and tried a 21T cog on mine to ease the gearing. I've been riding my bike to work 2-4 days a week for the past six months.

We're already looking forward to the 2010 Lake Pepin Three Speed tour.

1954 Raleigh Sportster

heres a 1954 raliegh sportster 3 spd which my friend gave me,it was his grandads,who bought it new from a raliegh dealer in cockburn street,edinburgh,the frame still has the sticker on the frame,it has a 53 dated hub but i believe its a 54 as half chaingaurd and no red pinstripes on mudgaurds,it also has a smiths aftermarket speedo,hub gear driven which needs a new cable,apart from that rides as good as new...bruce

Gold 69 Raleigh and 79 Typhoon

Here are some pics of my cherished 3 speeds. The gold one is a 1969 Raleigh Sports "All-Gold Edition" in beautiful un-restored original condition. The tires and seat are new but everything else is as it was in 1969. The seat is a new Brooks Leather Saddle. Fitting to the bike. We have a Raleigh dealer here in Asheville that has been in business since 1896 (yes 1896) so the local yard sales are always turning up old Raleigh's. The Schwinn is a 1979 Schwinn Typhoon. It is my daily rider. It has new Sturmey-Archer hubs with drum brakes front and rear, laced to some modern alloy 26" rims. The front hub has a dynamo built in and the lights are 1960's Royce Union 6V 3w set. The front sprocket is a 28 tooth (and if you have ever been to Asheville NC you would know why.........) Love your site and keep up the great work.

1972 Columbia Tourist Expert III

This is my 1972 Columbia Tourist Expert III. The "Expert" series had 27" wheels which makes it a bit interesting for a 3 speed.

The hub is the typical Sturmey Archer AW. Wheels are Rigida SuperChromix, and the brakes are alloy Weinmann 810s.

David G.