Vintage Bicycle Repair and Riding: American and English Bicycles
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Raleigh Sprite - February 2017 Rides
The Raleigh Sprite represents the ultimate development in the internally geared Raleigh Sports-type bike line. By the mid-1960s, Sturmey Archer had developed a five speed hub, derived by changing the shifting mechanism of the previous, four-speed FW hub.
The result was the first generation Sturmey Archer S5 hub. This hub was meant to be a performance upgrade on both the FW and AW hubs, offering very high and very low extra gears. The hub was set into Raleigh Sports-style wheels with steel spokes and Westrick pattern rims. The Raleigh Sports platform of frame, fork, and accessories was the platform for this hub.
The result was basically a higher performance Sports bike: the Sprite. This late 1960s-era Sprite has been in my collection for a couple of years. I recently swapped a Brooks "Honey" colored saddle onto the bike.
I also located a set of Raleigh frame pump clamps and added a traditional frame pump.
We had another mild day today, at least mild for February. The roads were clear of salt and dampness, giving me a chance to take this Sprite out for a nice ride.