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morton

I live for the CABE
Nov 9, 2007
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1,612
York, United States
#5
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.
 

SirMike1983

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 27, 2008
2,943
2,372
United States
#6
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.
 

WVBicycles

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 26, 2015
127
120
Dracut, United States
#7
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.
 
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usarnie1

Look Ma, No Hands!
Aug 10, 2015
58
113
Woodland Hills, CA
#8
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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SirMike1983

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 27, 2008
2,943
2,372
United States
#10
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:

https://bikeshedva.blogspot.com/2017/07/raleigh-grand-prix-vs-schwinn-super.html
 

SirMike1983

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 27, 2008
2,943
2,372
United States
#12
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.

https://bikeshedva.blogspot.com/2017/07/the-maintenance-carousel.html

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SirMike1983

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 27, 2008
2,943
2,372
United States
#17
1958 Sports out and about on a summer-like day.

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I am riding a patched rear tube on it now: I last rode this bike a couple weeks ago. The day after I last rode it, I noticed the rear was flat, and found a piece of glass in the tire and tube. I patched it the old way - I still use the old-style, red and black glue-on patches. I find the old way still works fine. But what I am also finding is that fewer people seem to be using the traditional patches. I'm noticing more and more people just replacing the tubes, or using sticker patches.

I trash the really cheap tubes (Duro, for example) when they get a flat. But I still patch middling and better tubes - Kenda, Forte, and the thorn-resistant heavy duty tubes.
 

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