Monday, November 2, 2015

Time Change

The biggest let down about changing back to Standard Time from Daylight Savings is that my time to ride after work is now limited. With sunset at about 6:15 PM in Daylight Savings, there is just enough time to slip in a one hour ride before it really starts to get dark.

However, with Standard Time, it's now dark at 5:15, which robs a good deal of daylight after work. I telework two days weekly, and I can ride on those days if I get started on work very early (about 7 A.M.). However, when I go into the office and you throw in the commute time, I lose the chance to ride after work in Standard Time.

I still get two days of ride during the week and two days on the weekend, which is not too bad. Hopefully the weather holds for a little while yet this season.

Monday, October 12, 2015

1974 Raleigh Sports Update

I periodically clean up and do small upgrades on bicycles I've already "completed". This weekend I replaced the plastic zip ties securing the wire for the light set on my 1974 Raleigh with homemade metal clamps. I made the clamps from sheet aluminum using tin snips, a grinding wheel, and a drill.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Sturmey Archer Parts Haul

This week was good in terms of Sturmey Archer parts to buy. I picked up a 1958 Sturmey Archer AG Three Speed-Dynohub combo. I also got a 1953 Sturmey Archer GS6 front Dynohub, as well as a 1978 Sturmey Archer SC3 coaster brake hub.


Along with the hubs, I picked up a somewhat uncommon Sturmey Archer "4" Speed shifter with silver face and brown paint. These are not truly rare, but you don't see very many come up here in the USA. It's much more common to see the "3 or 4 Speed" shifter faceplate than just the 4 speed with window.

I cleaned a little of the red house paint off of the shifter and put it straight on my 1958 Raleigh 4 speed Sports.

Monday, October 5, 2015

1970 Raleigh Sprite 5 Speed Continued

And here are a few better shots of the now-assembled Raleigh Sprite with Sturmey Archer S5 hub. The bronze green on this bike is particularly nice and has a lot of "shine" to it, at least compared to some of the later 1970s bikes I have seen.

I am debating whether to add frame pump clamps and a frame pump. I have a short Zefal pump here at the shed, and another, more authentic one on the way. We'll see where it goes, but I may leave it as it is now. It's an interesting, "gadget" bike compared to an AW or even an FW Sports.

This one is definitely a "busier" bike to ride, with dual stick shift, hand brakes, bell, rear "bottle" generator, and dual-beam front light. There's a whole lot going on with this one.

 The white wall tires are not entirely my idea. I was inspired by the late 1960s-era Sprites in the U.S. Raleigh catalogs, which had white wall tires. I wanted a "classic" late 1960s-type Sprite look, and I think this one does nicely.
It looks to have the original B72 saddle still, which looks great on this bike. Proofhide really brought out the deep brown of this saddle. The bag is a Banjo Brothers Barrel Bag. This bike has the classic, Prestube Minor matching rack.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Raleigh Sprite 5 Speed: Getting Close

With a rainy weekend and cooler weather closing in, I worked overtime on the Raleigh Sprite 5 speed project this weekend. It is 95% done. The remaining 5% is to clean up a set of frame air pump clamps and mount a frame air pump on the bike.

The bike has two "muscle car" style tall sticks to operate the 5 speed hub. This is a pretty cool feature of this particular Sprite.

I also equipped the bike with a custom electrical system. I used a new 12v/6w tire generator and headlamp, but re-used an old miller bracket and tail light I had around. I put an appropriately rated tail light bulb in the tail lamp.

The tires are Duro white walls. The 1967 Raleigh catalog shows a Sprite with white wall tires and I took my cue from that.

I will get better pictures once I have the pump on and have a bit more sunlight.