More Spring Cleaning

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  1. #1 Posted Apr 8, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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  2. #2 Posted Apr 9, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    Finishing touches on the Hercules and refreshing a 1947 Schwinn New World:

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  3. #3 Posted May 1, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    A couple from this weekend:

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  4. #4 Posted May 15, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    Raleigh Sprite 5-speed and Grand Prix 10-speed.

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  5. #5 Posted May 16, 2017

    I live for the CABE

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    Beautiful bikes......and if the backdrop means anything, you have a beautiful place to ride!

    Here in central PA there aren't many flat spots. Used to ride to work as it was only 3 miles but had to climb 1 very steep and 2 long hills so you were either coasting at 30 mph or pedaling your guts out to go 5 mph.
     
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  6. #6 Posted May 16, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    That's my favorite area to ride. The few miles around my house are mostly flat in that direction - in the 1700s and 1800s this was a Virginia tidewater plantation where corn and tobacco were grown. It's very warm and very humid here from late May through late Sept or early Oct. The downside is that the streets here are deteriorating somewhat. We have more pot holes than ever it seems.
     
  7. #7 Posted May 16, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    I live in Massachusetts theres more potholes then people living in this state when I go ride New Hampshire the roads are like glass so smooth no potholes or moon craters.
     
  8. #8 Posted May 16, 2017

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    All the bikes in your stable look great! However, your '46 Hercules is my favorite!

    I still have not successfully been able to identify and date the frame on my Tourist. I think it may well be a 1959 or 1960 transitionary frame, as it has the early bosses brazed to the frame for the SA 3 speed pulley, a boss to mount a fully enclosed chain guard and a Kingfisher Leads metal flip top oiler cap on top of the bottom bracket. Additionally, my Tourist has the post 1960's Raleigh Industries front sprocket and rear fender stay holes behind the rear axel's drop out.

    The only original parts on my bike are the frame, fork, 3 piece bottom bracket, front stem, and handlebars. Everything else are replacement parts, that I added.

    The other confusing issue with my frame is that it has a Tourist decal, on the head tube, instead of the usual brass Hercules Tourist shield. Can anyone help me identify and date the frame on my bike?

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  9. #9 Posted May 18, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    1947 Schwinn Continental 3 speed last evening.
     
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  10. #10 Posted Jul 6, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    1974 Raleigh Grand Prix: I really, really like some of Raleigh's plain jane 20-30 steel frames (this Carlton-Raleigh Grand Prix and my Raleigh Sports are great riders). Raleigh is sometimes criticized for it's 1970s-era products in terms of quality control and cheapening components. But I honestly have had good luck with all of my 1970s-era Raleighs, and they run the range from the Grand Prix road to the Sports utility to the DL-1 roadster.

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    Short comparison of my 1972 Schwinn Super Sports and 1974 Raleigh Grand Prix projects:

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  11. #11 Posted Jul 6, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    nice bikes all of them look spotless
     
  12. #12 Posted Jul 15, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    Flat tire on the 1958 Raleigh - rotted tube from a blown grease seal gradually leaking oil. Not a big loss; the tube was a Duro brand that came with the tires, and those are pretty damned cheap. I refreshed the grease seals at the cones with better grease and replaced the rim tape and tube. The tire itself was fine.

    While I had the wheel in the vise, I took a picture of the spoke heads. These 1940s-50s era Raleighs had some high-end touches, including brand name "R" strikes on each of the spoke heads. The modern spoke makers do this too, but back in the day Raleigh did it as well. The spoke washers are Velofuze brass types I added when I re-built the wheel as a four speed with an FW hub from 1956.

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  13. #13 Posted Aug 26, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    Cleaned up the kickstand and saddle bag a bit today; gave this Raleigh a little oil as well. Fun bike.

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  14. #14 Posted Sep 4, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    Had a weekend away visiting family - where I store my 1978 Raleigh DL-1. This bike got a cleaning and a short ride on a nice day. Our longer ride day was rained out.

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  15. #15 Posted Sep 7, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    Losing daylight - so I like the B&M Lumotec Classic headlight and original tail light on this 1974 Sports with Dynohub.

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  16. #16 Posted Sep 13, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    Got this window sticker for my Jeep.

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