Photos If Campagnolo had an embarrassing secret vice, it was its love for single pulley derailleurs. This despicable dalliance started with the Campagnolo Sport. It was still raging, unabated, certainly until , when the Campagnolo Sport Extra was featured in the catalogue. It possibly even continued as late as Surely someone should have taken Tullio Campagnolo aside and told him to get a grip on himself. These derailleurs pandered to an ancient fear amongst some cyclists that the extra friction of a second pulley wheel would hold them back. Everything that makes a good derailleur was sacrificed in order to avoid this dastardly friction. In terms of gear changing surely an important aspect of a derailleur these models were about as much use as a chocolate fireguard. I once spent a whole afternoon trying to get a Campagnolo Sport to change reasonably across an undemanding mid range freewheel – to no avail. After this marathon session, it took only five minutes to remove it and fit and adjust a SunTour.
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. I enjoy its charming simplicity, its flaws, and the fact that I’m probably the only person who can get it up to speed.
I’m certainly the only person who can stop it.
May 29, · An AM hub –medium range, three speed– is a rather scarce and highly regarded hub, much more interesting than an AW wide range three speed. I would assume yours, since there is no date, is a very early one.
Servicing Sturmey-Archer 8-speed hubs Sturmey-Archer History Sturmey-Archer was one of two major manufacturers of internal-gear hubs in the early and mid 20th century. Shimano has mad internal-gear hubs since The Sturmey-Archer AW 3-speed hub, by far the most popular one, was durable and, easy to maintain and rebuild. Quality issues also began to creep in. Sturmey-Archer history is covered in the book The Sturmey-Archer Story and its online update by Tony Hadland ; bits and pieces of the history are in the technical articles on this site.
Sheldon wrote, sometime before his untimely demise in Sturmey-Archer was a division of Raleigh Industries until autumn, , when the parent company ran into financial difficulties. For a while it appeared that it would disappear entirely into bankruptcy. The land the factory stood on was sold, and Sturmey-Archer was nearly liquidated by a corporate raider.
Fortunately, a Taiwanese company called SunRace came to the rescue, and bought the company assets more or less intact.
Sheldon Brown’s Raleigh Twenty Bicycle Page
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:
Cotton – 2 3/4 hp Blackburne engined model launched at Olympia motorcycle show in , with 2-speed Sturmey-Archer gearbox with clutch and kick-start. Cotton were to continue to offer Blackburne engines until (using stock following Blackburne’s cessation of engine manufacture in ).
Brakes Older Raleigh-made brakes used special cables with moulded ends on both ends of the cables, as shown. These cables are no longer available. They were supplied in different configurations for front, gent’s rear and lady’s rear applications. The cable came with the adjusting barrel. To replace the cable assembly, you would unbolt the adjusting barrel from the caliper.
These cables can often be revived by dripping oil into them and working them back and forth.
The History of the Folding Bike
Hold up, I’ve got one of those that you might want to look at. There were Ann Arbor registration stickers all over the bike dating from to so he figured it was at least that old. I wiped just enough grime off the hub to reveal the date. I was awe struck; it was the oldest Raleigh Sports I had ever seen in person. Apparently this bike rolled into the recycling center a few weeks prior and Kay was quick enough to save it and claim it for himself.
Vintage Schwinn Breeze 3 speed Bicycle. tires, Step Through Frame, Hi rise handle bars, Full chrome fenders, front and rear handbrakes, comfort spring seat, Sturmey Archer 3-speed rear hub with finger trigger shifter.
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. I modified mine to 20 x 1. The bike has been transformed, and is now very nippy, thanks to the full pound each wheel has shed!
# SA Speed Ace (ex. Jack Manning)
As a longtime bicycle mechanic, cycling author and former Bicycling Magazine tech editor, I get bike baskets full of email. Saw your site online, I have what looks like a an old Raleigh 3-speed, which my wife likes very much. I just bought a basket for her and while putting it on decided to see if I could fix her shifter. The bike was only shifting to 2 instead of 3 gears.
Initially I was thinking single speed, but I have quite a few of those now, and I already had a 40H Sturmey Archer FW 4-speed hub in a good 27″ wheel. The hub is dated to , which is pretty close to the of the AW 3-speed that I think was on it originally.
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. So I started looking at weird French brake levers.
I first had a set of these cool slim-lined aluminum brake levers. They looked great and also had a great feel. But I wanted something even cooler, weirder looking. My friend Fred had purchased a french Porteur bike from us a couple years ago, and it had Mafac inverse brake levers.
Jim Langley’s Bicycle Beat: August
Caithness, Highlands, Scotland Hi folks, first post as I happened by a rough old Raleigh today which I decided to adopt. I’m trying to firm up a model and manufacturing date before deciding to either just give it tyres and tubes along with basic fettling and a wipe with an oily rag, or to take it further, but just a couple of things are throwing me. All thoughts appreciated, I’m more used to playing with things with engines and actually trying to ride it will either finish me off or be the start of new found health Careful cleaning revealed the remnants of a Raleigh decal on the headstock, and I found a number on the frame just below the seat.
More searching has me thinking it is a “Dawn model 11” Thoughts and clarification would be good if anyone knows for sure, there is also another number on the frame underside below the peddles that is with a Z above it. What is puzzling me is the lack of bright work, what little there is has been painted black at one point though some of that has flaked away, handlebars and wheel rims show no signs of ever having had chrome but I suppose age could have done away with it, even the three speed Sturmey Archer AM hub was black before I cleaned the paint away to try to get a date, there isn’t one, just “patent applied for” where the date would normally be.
I’m also under the impression the quadrant gear selector should have been a trigger on the handlebar type under the “optional extra” geared hub.
A custom restoration build, 3 speed rear hub, combination of old and new, built as a daily commuter, small ’s frame with chrome forks, great juxtaposition of patina and bling chrome and polished alloy.
Aug Not sure if I agree. Fancy bikes might disappear to heaven knows what country, just as stolen cars do. On the other hand, just this week someone I know mobilised all her Facebook friends to try and find her stolen bike back. Guess what, it worked. Anna Aug Not sure too about what you say Aniek. I am not Dutch but we have the same problem in my city and an expensive posh bike will surely be stolen, You can bet on it! Those of us who use bikes everyday, do use old bikes. What I found a bit difficult in Amsterdam, instead, was knowing the way ahead and I admit sometimes I caused some trouble to people behind me because I had to change route all of a sudden.
So, before swearing, please think that Amsterdam is quite chaotic and have mercy!! LOL Martijn It depends on how it stands out. Astrid Jun It would have to depend on the way your bike is unique — if it is unique in a posh and luxurious way, that is the best way to get your bike stolen.
NOS Cyclo Benelux 5 Speed Derailleur: ‘s English Red Blue Logo Racing
The Yale is now sold Frame Number? A very pretty British-style sidecar was attached to the bike, which itself had received a comprehensive make-over. 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.
It’s possible that the owner was a little short in the leg, as the bike featured a slightly lower seat position than seen on other Yales from the same era. Careful examination of frame and tank during the restoration process was unable to shed light on whether the seat position was changed at the factory or during later modification, so this aspect of the bike was left ‘as found’.
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.
The frame was free of rust, and in unusually nice condition for its age. I kept as much as I could of the original Dura Ace components, but I knew that I would replace the wheelset, not wanting to ride on 27 inch 20mm tubulars through downtown Portland. At first, I considered a b conversion as the best option for adapting this bike to my riding style. While possible, this amount of reach is not ideal.
There are brake calipers which have enough reach to accomplish the conversion, but they are not in my constellation of desirable components. Instead, I converted it to c, using the existing anodized Dura Ace calipers, which had plenty of reach for a c wheelset. Mavic Open Pro c rims Campagnolo Record hubs Pasela c 35 mm tires And that wheelset turned out to be one that I had built a while back and which I had used on my old Davidson: Campagnolo Record 36 hole hubs built up on new Mavic Open Pro rims.
The tires are Panasonic Pasela x They have a tread pattern which is different from all other Pasela tires. The big tires on c wheels make for a tall bike, which I noticed throwing a leg over and while riding in its new upright position. Being visible is a plus for cycling commuters. Blackburn rack with single stay attachment to the brake bridge For the modifications to convert this bike to city use, I selected some of my favorite components: Most useful was a NOS Jim Blackburn rear rack with its single stay attachment to the rear brake bridge — a great solution for bikes without rear rack mounts.