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So, I found this cool bike at a garage sale yesterday...(5 posts)

So, I found this cool bike at a garage sale yesterday...rwbadley
Aug 18, 2002 8:50 PM
An early sixties Raleigh. I think 1964 by the Sturmey Archer hub, tho' the brooks saddle was dated '62.

After cleaning it up a bit, it is in showroom condition. The frame is even the right size for me! It is black with fenders and three speed internal hub. It had a Brooks b-72 saddle. I changed that out to a slightly different model.

This bike rides really well. The brakes work. It shifts. The gears are even quite sensible. The low is low enough. The high is much higher than I thought it would be. It feels equivelent to about a 53-16 or so. Amazing that the frame is even stiff enough to rock up hills with. I am completely impressed!

The sick thing is, I am hoping to sell the saddle to recover the cost of the bike, and as of right now, it has a bid on it (e-bay) for very nearly that!

Anyway, if you see an old three speed Raleigh, and can pick it up cheap, give it a try, you might like it!

re: So, I found this cool bike at a garage sale yesterday...Rich_Racer
Aug 19, 2002 1:52 AM
Not exactly the same scale, but i train on an 80's Raleigh most days. It's still in great shape. These things were built to last man! My great grandson going to be able to go cycling on this thing!

Cable operated brakes or rod brakes?Spoke Wrench
Aug 19, 2002 4:59 AM
Some of the older Raleighs had brakes that were operated via a series of steel rods and bell cranks rather than the cables and housings that we see today. Replacement parts are still available from Island Bike Parts in St. Paul, Mn.
Cable ...nmrwbadley
Aug 19, 2002 5:54 AM
Neat, roll it over to "Vintage & Retro" and let us ride it ...Humma Hah
Aug 19, 2002 5:38 PM
... a couple of times around the website.

Shame about the saddle tho'. Maybe I should bid on it?