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Today I found this Vintage (1964) RALEIGH SPORTS 3 Speed. I drove 35 miles to AnnArbor Mi to pick it up. I know eventually I could have found a cheaper one at a Thrift Store. But I got tired of waiting for one to turn-up. So there it is in all it`s not yet restored glory. Last week,I almost purchased a Vintage Norman 3 Speed (also English) but it never happened. Probably a good thing as the seller was asking $135.00 Which made this one seem like a bargain at $75.00. I might also mention I spotted a 1969 RALEIGH "Sports" today in very good condition on C.L. (missing saddle) for 400.00 . This thing is a little rough cosmetically, but everything works. The chain-guard is banged up a bit as is the rear fender. But like someone told me once as a young apprentice "If it was easy, everybody would want to do it" Also this means I have something to do while waiting for parts for the SPORTEX project. Like the 10 or so bikes waiting for restoration was not enough. Oh well what can I say "It`s a disease" I`m so stoked about this project I almost hope I get rained out tomorrow, so I can spend the whole day putt sing around in the shop/garage. Till next time, Ride Safe & Remember to Always... RESCUE, RESTORE & RECYCLE!
UPDATE: March 30th 2013
I had no idea at the time of purchase I would not restore this bike until late in the summer of 2012 . When I got the bike home and had some time to really think about it, I knew I was not ready for this restoration. Three years latter, after another really intensive Raleigh restoration. I knew I was as ready as I would ever be.
Above: The 1964 Raleigh Sports restoration. Shortly after this photograph was taken I purchased a set of NOS mid 60's Raleigh Replacement pedals. And also rewired the Dynohub & headlamp.
Welcome, My name is Hugh. I grew up in the Metro-Detroit area. My love for bicycles goes back to the mid 1960`s. I was not a bicycle tech by profession. I was a Mason Contractor. I am now retired. As a boy I was taught how to repair and maintain my bikes by my friend Mike Armstrong. I also learned a few things from the guys at Powers Schwinn Bicycle Shop. In 2003 I was told by my doctor that I would not be able to continue working as a mason. So I asked myself, What did I like to do before construction work? The only thing I could think of was bicycles. So one day I picked-up an old road bike to see if I could "fix er up". By the end of 2009 I had stoped doing masonry work altogether. This blog is about that journey. And about sharing some of the things I have picked-up over the years. I hope you find something useful here. I will try to respond to any comments you may have. Thanks, Hugh