Garagesus brings me a bike

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Garagesus was good to me last weekend. A quick 3 stops and 10 dollars later I own yet... another... raleigh... project... bike. This time some sort of 1966 (from the AW hub) enamled black raleigh 3 speed roadster with 590 wheels. The bike, judging from the speckled bird crap and horrible sunburn on the brooks saddle, spent some time outside, but this being NM it is in pretty good shape. What is not in good shape, is the bike itself thanks to the too smart for his own good scientist who was the previous owner. It obviously was about 20 minutes into an overhaul by the guy who thought, it was just a bike, how hard could it be. It sports a new rear tire and the right pedal has been taken off. It is also missing the hub cones and shifty mechanisms, the brakes, the levers, the front fender, the nuts from the cotters (?!?) and other bits. I am guessing it was midway through dissasembly when the scientist guy either could not get off the left pedal, or got really scared of the innards of the Sturmey AW hub. Or maybe it took until he went to the LBS to find replacement SA innards and then got scared off. Hmm...

Anyhow, all the stuff missing is not there. The previous owner was sheepish and evasive when questioned directly about missing parts, justifying my theory above. Luckily I have a JC higgens donor bike mouldering about for just such an occasion with a suitable front fender and a seventies AW hub to make things right.

I am up in the air about whether to make this a 3 speed with chromed steel rims, or with Aluminum rims, or if I lace up a coaster brake to the OG rims, or if I make it a 584 bike with maybe with a 2 speed kickback bendix, I can use the 584 rims I got off a schwinn hybrid I got at a garage sale last year. Hmmm...

It was worth it just for the weird B72 saddle:

Lots of proofhide, a bit o' tension and a touch of skirt lacing and it should be good to go.

For those who enjoy such things, here is a high res photo of the developing basement lair. There is a fridge, a workstand and enough room for about 15 bikes behind me when I took the pic. This is the first dedicated bike workshop I have had since 1997 or therabouts.

Thanks to sweetnourishingbikes for garage sale bike display inspiration.


Kris Green said...

Hey, Tarik:

I just finished a new build for my wife, using her '63 Raleigh Sport. I used an aluminum-shelled AW hub in the rear and a Schmidt Dynohub in the front, laced to MA-03 rims and wearing Ruffy Tuffys. It glides along gorgeously, but the truth is there's suprisingly little difference in feel from the old steel rims. It was a worthwhile update for me, though, because I went from a coaster brake to Mafac centerpulls, and it rains here a lot.

Kris Green said...

Clever me. I gave you the wrong address for my blog.

Tarik said...

Thanks Kris, was that a 590 to 622 (700c) conversion, or was it a roadster size (635) down to 700c?

If I keep the steel rims, it will be for a coaster brake, otherwise it will go aluminum.

mas said...

B-72s are NOT wierd! They are fine as can be. I had one for years and deeply regretted giving to the ex-girlfriend. It's just those double rails that make them...uh....wierd.

Brad Upton said...

Hey Tarik,

I have a '53 Raleigh Sports that I converted to 622 wheels. (I wanted aluminum rims for better braking in the rain, relevant because I live in western Oregon!) I had to convert to "long" reach sidepulls (used some Shimano 600 single pivots I had laying around). But with 622 x 32 (actual) Pasela tires there's plenty of room for fenders. Rides and looks great!

I think you should stick with the AW hub. Either that or go fixed.

Best regards,

Brad Upton
Corvallis, OR