Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Randor Traveller 5 Speed folding bike

Hello, I got some masonry work in this week, so not too much to report. I did manage to get the folding bike cleaned up a bit. The top photo is when it first arrived. Look closely and you can see some rust. And a slightly kinked cable. I did a little rust removal and installed new brake-cables and housings. Also re-positioned the bicycle brake shoes so they make better contact with the rim. I think I will install new rear brake shoes. Although it is better, it still feels a little weak. Also the spring on the rear rack was sprung. I just re-wound it a bit, and it seems fine now. So now I will polish the rims first chance I get. And I need to clean-up the white-walls a bit. And wash the bike. Then it should be good to go! Oh yes, I do need to adjust the rear derailleur a bit. I`m only getting 4 out of 5 gears. I don`t expect that to be a problem as the derailleur looks to be in good condition. And the adjustment screws are clearly marked. The Next Project is a Schwinn "World" with a "Giant" built frame. And some pretty nice Belgium made alloy bicycle wheels. It is very dirty but appears to be in really good shape. A definite case of LTSD (long term storage disorder). I`m thinking about doing a step by step restoration on the blog. If you think that would be cool please leave a comment and let me know. Remember, RESCUE-RESTORE & RECYCLE Cheers, Hugh

12 comments:

  1. The Marquette Police Department is having a silent auction today ( i think). they have A LOT of bikes that they find abandoned. I was thinking maybe the Police Departments down by you, near a major college campus might have the same deal.

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  2. Hi,I just bought a Randor Traveller folding bike at a thrift store for $65.00. It is not obvious on it where the gears are..so I can't tell if it is a single speed. It looks in very good shape, folds easily and the tires are good as are the brakes..I am a petite woman and thought it would be a good choice for me.
    I am somewhat of a novice to bikes(except as a child)...did I make a decent purchase and if I take it to a bike repair shop will they know how to work on it?

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  3. Actually the Randor Traveller is one of the cheaper folding bikes around. But if it is in good condition and you enjoy it. I would say 65.00 is an ok price.I don`t think I would want to invest a lot in the way of repairs. But then again I`m kind of cheap...lol

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  4. I have this same bike, color and all. I have been trying to figure out if I want to fix it up or sell it. I my have been to rough on it at first. Now it seems it needs alot of love. Did it cost you much to fix?

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  5. This one needed a few new cables and some rust removal.I also had to fix the spring on the rear rack. But it was mostly cleaning and adjusting. I would not invest too much into this particular model. As it is (or was) one of the cheaper folding bikes out there. I actually have another one that belongs to an acquaintance.I need to do some repairs on it. But honestly it isn`t worth the amount of work it needs.One of those things I wish I had never gotten involved in.

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  6. Guy gave me a Randor Traveller at a yard sale, very rusty and a few problems getting it apart. Looks well made and low usuage, too bad people don't take better care....gonna be awhile on this one.......TE

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  7. Hey TE, I can relate to that. I just picked up a "West-German" KALKHOFF folding bike that is pretty rough. It was tossed-in with a vintage MotoBecane that I purchased.(for restoration) I may just sell it as a "project bike". The stem is very rusty and will probably have to be re-plated or replaced. At this point I`m not really sure what I`m going to do with it. And you are right, it is a shame people don`t take better care of their bikes.

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  8. I have this same bike in orange and really good shape for its age and its use its for sale and if anyone has a specific price just tell me at blainelheureux@gmail.com

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    1. I have started repairing the bike and found that the white wall tires needed replacing. Any suggestions of how to get new ones that are the right size?

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    2. Hey Longhauler,
      Good question, And yes I do have a suggestion. Every tire has a size like like < 27 x 1 & 1/4 > But it also has an i.s.o. size. A typical i.s.o. number for a < 27 x 1 1/4 > would be < 630 > If you have ever had a bicycle tire that keeps blowing off the rim, chances are the ISO number is wrong. So check the numbers on the side wall carefully before ordering.
      I might also mention not all bicycle inner tubes have the same type air stem valve. A typical American air stem valve is a Schrader valve. A thinner and usually longer valve stem (Euro type) is called a Presta valve.
      There is also a newer "uncommon" valve called a Dunlop style air stem valve. But those are very uncommon, at least around here.
      Some old Schwinn bikes also require a special type tire, they are marked on the side wall. it will say some something like Type < S - 7 > tire. good luck with your project. Cheers
      Cheers

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  9. where can I find parts for Randor Traveller ?

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    1. I would start with e bay then Craig's List. If you plan on keeping the bike long term you might consider purchasing a parts bike.

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