Sunday, September 7, 2014

Some 3 speeds

Sean sent along several bikes from the fleet.

I have something ive never seen before  till I got this one. Ive never really seen a brown Raleigh superbe  from 70's always green. This one was in bad condition when I got it. missing many parts and lots of rust. It was listed as free to a good home where it would  be reborn. I missed it. person who got it was someone I knew lol so yeah I got it and after  alot of work. here it is. Sadly it has a green superbe rack. Im having a hard time finding brown.

This is another neat one I came across. Ive never actualy seen one in person. Ive seen more RSW then these. a none folding Raleigh twenty with dyno 3 speed and 20x1 3/8 wheels. also needed alot of work its  all cleaned and greased. just waiting on rear rim and deciding on headlamp and a piece of a rack.

This is  just a 1960's CCM I got its a lovely looking ride waiting for a new home, I liked the CCM Imperials.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

1969 Raleigh Sports

Jon submitted this way back.

Over dinner this last Holiday during a family visit in Palm Springs, my wife's brother asked me what I had been up to, hobby-wise. When I described my developing interest in old Brit 3-speeds, he mentioned that his 12-year-old son, Martin, had been given a 3-speed bike by an older neighbor who had had it since college, but that he couldn't ride it because the gears didn't work. Since we were visiting there the week between Christmas and New Year's, I suggested that they drop it by and I would have a look at it. The next morning the bike was parked out front, faded, dried out and indeed weathered from exposure to the California sun and heat. It was a 26" DL-22 Raleigh Gent's Sports; according to the Sturmey archer hub date, a 1969. It had a 1970 Berkley campus license plate. The shift cable was hanging loose, it had a huge, faded beach cruiser seat, dried out '90's-style ergonomic grips on 'townie' bars in a clamp-style BMX stem, and no fenders. The original Raleigh block-style pedals were completely "roached". So I disassembled it wheels-off, degreased everything, gave it a good wash, polished out the frame, fork and chrome as best as I could, and gave it a good lube. The local bike shop fabbed a new cable for the 3-speed. To get a more sporting attitude, I replaced the pedals with BMX-style pedals, added diamond-pattern rubber grips and replaced the old cruiser saddle with a diamond-tufted BMX saddle. Since the fenders were gone, I also removed the chain guard, again to get a little racier look. We saw their family again New Year's Eve and when I gave him his bike back, he was very pleased with the redo. When I got back home, I sent him a chrome frame pump to go on his braze-on pegs, and reminded him to save the chain guard and keep the Berkley plate on because they are original to the bike. So I spent a relaxing vacation bringing another Raleigh 3-speed back to life, and Martin now has a set of wheels to cruise with his pals, which he does regularly; I'm told that he is careful to store his bike inside when he's not on it, all of which I have found very gratifying.