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HARPO

I live for the CABE
Dec 28, 2010
1,193
976
Floral Park, NY, United States
#1
I just picked this one up last night off of Craigslist here on Long Island. The seller, a very nice guy, had been listing the bike at $250...then $200. With only a few photos, I emailed him and told him to look at the rear hub to determine the date, which he did, and found it to be September, 1970. He thanked me and that was that.

A few days later I emailed him back to say that given the condition of the photos he showed, he was off on the price. Missing the correct seat and a grip...no key...not sure if the Dynohub worked or even if it went through the gears. Paint and chrome, of course, was obvious to him.
He told me it had been given to him about 15 years ago from a friend with a terminal illness, and although he never rode it, he kept it out of friendship. So years after being kept in a damp garage, it languished untouched, and turned into its present state. He had no idea as to value, but took a shot, hoping someone would rescue it as he couldn't bare to send it to the scrap heap. When I emailed him with some of my Raleigh's, he said that he was hoping someone like me would get the bike and do something with it. Over the phone he even mentioned just giving it away, but wanted me to come take a look at it. I agreed, took a 45 minute ride and brought it home. He was happy it wasn't going to a landfill, and I offered him at least $20 (good for the two pumps at least), which he said to me "Are you sure?" knowing what I was in for to bring it back to life.

What you see in the photos is what I'll be starting with. I have extra fenders, saddle, etc. so I hope all works out. Oh...the Dynohub works! Spun the front wheel and on came the light. Hopefully I'll be as lucky with shifting and some of the paint and chrome. Time will tell! ;)

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juvela

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 2, 2014
334
411
Playa del Rey, United States
#3
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Thanks for posting; looks like you've really got your work cut out for you this time!

Question for the wetlands avian mavens -

In looking at a Haden catalogue from the mid-1950's the other day noticed that they were a fabricator of tubular crowns. Were they what was employted by TI or did they use something from another manufacturer?

Did Haden produce the special version with the lock as well? It was not illustrated in the catalogue I viewed.

Thanks for any information. ;)

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bikiba

I live for the CABE
Apr 17, 2014
1,643
683
NYC
#4
i think you did fantastic for $20... i wld have have paid $50. def will come back to life. tht is just dirt and some surface rust.

question - why is there 2 pumps? a backup? :)
 
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HARPO

I live for the CABE
Dec 28, 2010
1,193
976
Floral Park, NY, United States
#5
i think you did fantastic for $20... i wld have have paid $50. def will come back to life. tht is just dirt and some surface rust.

question - why is there 2 pumps? a backup? :)
The one pump is the original Raleigh...the other is a very nice SILCA IMPERO pump made in Italy. As to why the two? Beats me...:tonguewink:

I started cleaning this already, and some of the paint and chrome are coming back very nicely, thanks to WD-40 and 0000 steel wool and a brass brush...all used ever so gently!!!. Polishing and waxing should really do the trick when I get to that point.
I have a rear fender for it and a correct saddle for when the time comes, but that will be quite a while. Disassembly will take place shortly, so that will give a better indication as to what I'm really in for.
 
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HARPO

I live for the CABE
Dec 28, 2010
1,193
976
Floral Park, NY, United States
#10
I figured out why there were two holes in the rear fender in that spot. Look closely at my first photo...one of the fender braces is missing! How the heck someone removed it is beyond me, but the vacant holes allowed water/dampness to remain and begin the rotting process.
 

HARPO

I live for the CABE
Dec 28, 2010
1,193
976
Floral Park, NY, United States
#11
OK, here she (he) is...cleaned up as well as it's going to be...with some parts changed out.

I needed to replace the rear wheel as the original was to stiff, and I wasn't going to attempt to take it apart. Instead, I had a 1973 sports donor bike purchased a while ago for another Sports I needed a couple of parts for.
So, on from that bike went the rear wheel...rear fender (original was missing a brace)...some clips...dried out original but matching tires...and Brooks saddle. I'm still missing a grip, but I think I have one stashed away that I still need to look for to complete it.

I knew the chain needed to be replaced, so after taking these photos I rode the bike down the block and "snap" went the chain. Another piece to get to replacing...maybe from that donor bike

Still glad I saved it from possibly going to the dump (and yes, the headlight works!!), so this will be an around town bike for a while. $20 well spent on a fun project.

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juvela

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 2, 2014
334
411
Playa del Rey, United States
#19
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Wonderful work, thank you for posting! :yum:

When you write "...rear wheel too tight..." are you referring to seized spoke nipples or something to do with the SA hub?

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