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.



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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.