No. 1: Bicycles

Bedford A few more updates It’s a sort of powdercoat-in-a-can as far as I can make out. You’re supposed to spray with the can nozzle between cm from the frame – any further away and the powder dries and won’t adhere to the frame. It seemed very close, and a little weird to be spraying that close, but there was far less overspray than when priming. After 20 mins, you’re supposed to use a bit of kitchen paper to gently polish and flatten and compress the paint down There are couple of rougher areas where the paint has settled as a powder, and I evidently either left too long before the kitchen paper, or wasn’t aggressive enough – so the surface is a little rougher. I will sand these back a touch before the clearcoat goes on top and touch up as necessary.

Vintage Huffy Sportsman

Larger Image The name says it all – the top of the Schwinn line. Schwinn today is part of Pacific Cycle. While Schwinn often had a reputation for building heavy bikes for kids, the Paramount line had a reputation for finely crafted, relatively light road bikes. That is obviously a great price. The very nice woman selling it was good natured about the low price.

Front Hub: Sturmey Archer HBT Silver. Front Brake: Caliper Promax. Back Brake: Sturmey Archer S-RC5 Coaster Brake. Gustav 3-Speed Bike – Blue Erenpreiss with classics dating back to the s not an uncommon sight—and in , the great-grandson of company founder Gustavs Erenpreiss decided to revive the Latvian icon. Made of sturdy.

Frank Bowden, a successful lawyer and convert to cycling, bought the firm in and in December founded The Raleigh Cycle Company as a limited liability private company. In , Sturmey-Archer gears were added to the product range. Six years later, Bowden bought back Raleigh, which was to remain in family hands for the next quarter century.

By the early s, Raleigh was a world leader, capable of producing annually , cycles, , hub gears 15, motorcycles and 50, motorcycle gearboxes. Raleigh survived the Great Depression well. It acquired Humber cycles in and the following year started producing a three-wheeler car.

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Comment icon Bicycles and electric cars are both great ways to get about, but electric bicycles offer the best of both worlds Credit: One, a Specialized hybrid, rarely sees the light of day because I’m too worried it’ll get nicked. The other, an elderly Hercules with two-and-a-bit gears left in its crumbling Sturmey-Archer hub, has been stolen once already, and until relatively recently was my day-to-day runabout.

The typically American Yale handlebars had been modified (by inverting the steering head bracket, and judicious cutting, bending and brazing) to resemble those found on British bikes, and the single-speed-with-clutch transmission had been replaced with a Sturmey Archer 3-speed rear hub and clutch incorporated in the back wheel.

Riding the Bickerton Introduction Recently I had a canvas bag, with a loose range of wheels and aluminium bits, deposited in my hallway. Gottfried asked if I could make any sense of the bits, which he obtained in exchange for a bottle of whiskey. It turned out that the bag contained a complete Bickerton Portable folding bike dating from This was a challenge worth accepting as I had a few folding bikes in the garage, anyway.

One more was not likely to be noticed. There was an owner’s manual and some information available on the internet, which I have linked at right. I deposited the parts on the carpet in the garage. Gradually it started to look like some sort of bike. When I sat on it the seat stem started to collapse. Clamps were tightened more.

I tried to ride the bike up a hill, but I was discouraged by the handlebars suddenly moving towards me. More clamp tightening gradually achieved a rideable bike. The tightening forces are not excessive, and some lubrication may help.

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Fierce local climbs like Yorkshill and Carter’s Hill near Sevenoaks, Hucking Hill near Maidstone and, slightly further afield, Ditchling Beacon and Steyning Round Hill in Sussex certainly suggested otherwise, particularly when carrying a saddlebag full of food for a self-catering hostel weekend. The solution I hit on was to fit a Cyclo 2-speed converter based on the Cyclo Benelux Mark 7 derailleur to the Sturmey.

In this way, I doubled my number of gears without incurring the cost of a new hub and rebuilt wheel. This arrangement served me well, being used on my first ever solo week-long tour of mid-Wales in right through to a three-week tour of Denmark and Sweden in

Jun 20,  · cycle touring, Donegal, Glencolumbkille, hybrid gearing, stress relief, Sturmey-Archer 3 speed With all the good weather recently it was time for a .

Although the Sports Model was the original backbone of the range, it was the Raleigh 20 which really set the sales records. Slightly cruder than the original Nottingham version, the 20 was nevertheless a sturdy machine which suffered very few problems over its long production life. It was made of local steel, and the main tube was of slightly smaller diameter than the original.

In another departure, the bracing tubes from the main tube to the bottom bracket were missing. This last feature allowed the production of a fully detachable version which was, I think, unique to NZ. The bike originally came fitted with the usual Raleigh equipment: Also fitted was a wiring system for dynamo lights, which ran through the main tube and through copper contact plates at the shotgun style joint.

Bickerton Portable folding bike

Frexel inverse Brake levers I love city bikes. I don’t understand people that ride bikes in the city without fenders and chainguards, and dare I say. Most brake levers found on upright bikes were plain Weinmann or Dia Compe alloy brake levers that haven’t changed much since the s. They are nice and look at home on any classic bike, but I wanted something a little different.

Ladies Raleigh Chiltern Loop Frame Traditional 3-Speed Vintage Retro Classic Roadster / Town Bike. All original. inch frame. 26 inch wheels. Bomb-proof Sturmey-Archer 3-Speed Hub.

Something that could be fitted into a weekend. A nice relaxing cycle break. I decided to return to Glencolumbkille, surely one of the most beautiful places in the entire country. Most of my tours have been longer multi-day events but this was to be a there-and-back ride. I wanted to experiment with this — the overnight stay extends your range as on a long day ride there is only so far you can go before you need to return home. The advantage of just a purely overnight trip like this is the need to take less luggage.

I only really needed to have a set of civilian clothes for the evening. Everything I would need would easily fit into my Carradice saddle bag. Panniers would not be required. A lightweight tour…is there ever such a thing? A nice little test of where my fitness was at before planning further tours during the summer.


Date Matched Sturmey Archer Spares Posted on by Vince Warner February 9, Sturmey Archer spares are available from many different places but not many sellers or repairers will be able to match the spare part with the date of your hub. However if you want to maintain your hub as an authentic original you will want a correctly dated replacement part fitted.

Sturmey Archer spares can be date matched. These clutches are sorted by date period ready for fitting.

I recently got a basic beater bike for pootling around the neighbourhood. All it has for brakes is a rear Sturmey-Archer AWC coaster brake. Having used almost every other kind of hand-operated brake in over 30 years of cycling, the coaster brake seems very strange.

The author has been writing thoroughly researched books on the history of bicycle technology since His primary concern has always been for accuracy, not for financial gain. He has therefore always made it a practice to publish, free of charge, update sheets including additional information and corrections. Below is the first such update sheet for this book. Additional information and corrections Page 8, column 3, line 8: Page 12, column 2, line Although transcriptions of the census e. Page 13, column 3, paragraph 2, last line: We now know from contemporary press advertising that the company was operational by May Since the book was published, Colin Kirsch has acquired a Raleigh that slightly pre-dates the Brooklands machine.

Page , column 3, paragraph 1: Paul Whatley points out that the Raleigh versions, which also first appeared in , were the Gran Sport which featured for the first time a Campagnolo gear , the Sprite and the Blue Streak. All three used the same 72 x 72 degree non frame.

Overhauling 60 Year Old Sturmey Archer 3 Speed Hub