Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Two Cool 3-Speeds; Juliet Mills Where Are You Now?

Aren't these so Nanny and the Professor? The Raleigh came from the local flea market this last weekend. Tires good, gears, as yet unknown. Seat, or "saddle" a positive shredder - utterly unsittable. The bag is present but all the leather bits on it, that is the loops, have been destroyed. The vinyl is still good.

You can date these bikes by the dates on their Sturmey-Archer gear hubs and this one is a survivor from 1969. My mom had this exact bike in dark green, maybe a year or two newer, when I was a kid. We weren't allowed to ride it at first but after a few years it became fair game. That's probably why we don't have it anymore. I think it is a beauty. "Sturmey Archer" how often did I read that name on my handle bars and wonder what the hell it was about?

The Raleigh Ladies Sport of 1969

The other bike is a flea market find from two years ago. It's a 1972 BSA (short for "Birmingham Small Arms" - they retooled for bikes afer the market for rifles flagged). Raleigh bought them out in the 50s, I beleive, so I think it's a Raleigh in all but name. We test rode this a wee bit when we bought it and the gears were good, the seat is good, but I am not sure the tires hold air.

The BSA has a comfy seat

And A Decal to Die For

I am posting these photos and this info. here partly because I have signed up over at the Bike Forums wiki for advice on restoring them and I am directing any potential experts from there to here.

My hope is that the Understudy will have one ready for college (she's 10 now and I need to get started). I was also hoping I might be able to get a bike mechanic to fix one in exchange for keeping one, but maybe that's a stupid idea. Maybe it's stupid because no mechanic would agree or maybe it's stupid because I would be giving away a good bike that wouldn't take much to fix. Keep in mind that I am nearly completely non-mechanical.

I have looked at the cost of replacing the saddle on the Raleigh and it, alone, is prohibitive. (But it could be beautiful, check this one out) In the $100 range for something decent; ditto the bag. (Also beautiful). My thought is that one bike might be able to be cannibalized for the other, but perhaps that is also a stupid idea. Comments anyone?

The Raleigh had the assembly instructions and Guide to Cycling and Warranty card in the bag. Pretty good for $5, no? The BSA was $10, by the way. If I come out of this with one beautifully restored old 3 speed it will be a good day's work.


Wonderful World of Weiners said...

You live in Vermont!

I was challenged by lots of fellow bloggers to run for "President" along with my running mate Mr. Sock Monkey. We are attempting to campaign across America by getting "invites" to visit all 50 states from bloggers.

We have managed to get invitations from all but YOUR STATE and are WORRIED we won't pull it off. (Mr. Sock Monkey is threatening to get ugly...)

I saw your blog listed somewhere and was hoping you might jump on board and invite us to your state!

You can read about our mission here: (this was the original post)

We decided to start our campaign ONLY if we get all 50 states. As it looks now, we are starting to write our WE COULDNT GET ALL 50 STATES CUZ WE SUCK concession speech!

Thanks for considering helping me (and one angry sock monkey!)

Hallie :)

Michelle said...

Oh Please, You have to help Hallie and her VP Running Mate, Sock Monkey. I must inform you that I am to blame. Not only did I send Hallie her long sought after Sock Monkey but I also sent out the video announcing her candidacy for President. This is snowballed out of control. You have to help put an end to it but inviting Ms. Hallie and Mr Sock Monkey to the state of Vermont. PLEASE

KSV Woolfoot said...

Hi Hallie -

I am doing a little insomniac blog maintenance and found your comment re: the Hallie and Sock Monkey ticket. I am not sure what party you are representing but I am happy to invite you to Vermont.

Your friend Michelle's comment showed up on my site: before yours did and I have to admit I was confused about what this was all about. Yours just appeared and I nipped over to your blog and read the details.

Vermont is too often a troublesome and querolous state so I am happy to do my part to ease your way into presidential politics here. As we just met, I don't know what to say about your platform or anything. I have a dear friend who loves weiner dogs though and that is enough for me.

So, consider yourself invited to Vermont.

I hope this suits. If you need something else let me know.