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Old 06-28-2010, 03:49 PM   #71
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I love old Raleigh's so so much. This is a neat thread. Never noticed it before.

Here's my camping bike:



I was working on it so had it up on the table. It looked so good I took a photo.
Nice Ride!
What is the base bike?

FWIW I love old Raleighs too, we have over a dozen of them and most are IGH (Internal Gear Hubs) I am trying to score a Raleigh Alyeska in my size this week too.

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Old 06-28-2010, 06:11 PM   #72
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Thanks so much!! It's an old Murray frame (early 70's). I had it sand blasted then I sprayed clear coat over it. The fork is from a 60's Murray Spaceliner. The wheels and tires are new. Rear is a Sturmey Archer internal 3 speed that I adapted an old Shimano stick shifter to. I made the tank myself from some aluminum and Olympic Rivets.

I love old bikes. i'm working on a 50's JC Higgins now. I'm not going to paint it. I want to leave all the patina just clean it really well and make it function. I don't have the original wheels so I will probably get a Nexus 7 speed internal rear wheel at some point. I love internal geared hubs. Many come with a coaster brake so you don't need to run cables for brakes.

I just sold a 71 Raleigh 3 speed that I found in the weeds on the side of the road. it must have been there for a year. I got it home, cleaned it, greased it and it rode near perfectly.

I still have my Raleigh 10 speed from 1977 hanging in my garage. I plan to restore it next.

Can a guy have too many hobbies?
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Old 06-28-2010, 07:19 PM   #73
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I have a Murray frame like that too, but I suspect mine is from the mid 80's given the crappy brazing job on it (chinese?) I have mine stripped down but haven't gotten much further. I want to build it up to look like an old board racer. I have a 2 speed Bendix kickback that I may use or if it doesn't work Sturmey Archer has a modern kick back listed on their site (may be vaporware though). I like bicycles for a variety of reasons, the best one being that they are relatively cheap to play with compared to planes or boats...and golf

Too many projects and too little time...c'mon retirement!

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Old 06-28-2010, 09:28 PM   #74
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More Vintage Steel

Here is another picture...I call this one my Hat Trick and it DOES have Airstream content.

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Very nice collection!! the ride in the back is very similar, but a bit higher option level to the one I just sold.

Airstream content?



I made an Airstream bike for Boy too.


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Old 06-29-2010, 06:37 AM   #76
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Very nice collection!! the ride in the back is very similar, but a bit higher option level to the one I just sold.

Airstream content?



I made an Airstream bike for Boy too.


Sweet!

That picture of mine is only about 1/3 of the Raleigh collection. According to my bride we have 28 bicycles...but who's counting

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So we both have two Airstreams and too many bikes.
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Old 06-29-2010, 08:48 PM   #78
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So we both have two Airstreams and too many bikes.
I am working on getting another Airstream and I just picked up two more bikes on the way from Iowa to NC

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Old 07-22-2010, 07:55 PM   #79
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Update

Just wanted to update on the bike.I finally finished it.
I changed out the cassette,derailleur and shifter from Sram to shimano.I hated the twist shifter.I feel I have way better control on the gears now.
Got some MKS quick disconnect pedals as the others were worn out badly.
new Marathon Racer tires by Schwalbe.They are wider than the ones I had and are great.Very smooth and very sticky on the road.
I got some new handle grips from Ergo.These things are nice and for me they are very comfortable.I like the way they have it extended for your palm to rest on while riding.Your hands dont tend to start slipping off when your hands are sweaty on that hot day.
All in all.I am happy with what I now.Just a couple more things to get like a seatpost rack and a small bag for the wallet and keys and thats it.
Hope you all like what I did to it.
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