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Offline rickpaulos

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1974 Raleigh Sports 3 speed
« on: March 23, 2021, 10:32:43 PM »
1974 Raleigh Sports.  One of countless millions made.  I got this one at a police auction. Someone had sliced the tires and pulled the inner tubes out. I got it for the seat but when I got it home I decided to clean it up.  I've ridden on a number of Lake Pepin Tours and ABCE rides in the Twinn Cities.  1974 was the first year for the self adjusting brake levers, a solution for a non-existing problem.

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Offline JenniferC

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Re: 1974 Raleigh Sports 3 speed
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2021, 12:42:28 AM »
Both of my '73 Brown Sports have the non self adjusting brake levers but I still have one female small frame that has them and I couldn't give that bike away at Trexlertown.

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Re: 1974 Raleigh Sports 3 speed
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2021, 05:16:56 PM »
The self adjusters always remind me of that Cowboy Junkies song, “Cheap is how I feel”.

And I'm searching all the windows for a last minute present
To prove to you that what I said was real
For something small and frail and plastic, baby
'Cause cheap is how I feel

"You never see rust spots under a run in the paint" Ted Senior, R.I.P. 1929-2009.
 '59 Tiger, 5, count ‘em, '67 Raleigh Sprite internal hub 5 speeds,'72 Heavy-Duti '73 Le Tour, 1963 Raleigh Colt, 1972 Peugeot UO8, ‘53 Raleigh Sports Tourist, 4 Raleigh DL1 Roadsters, 1941 Colson Scout.

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Re: 1974 Raleigh Sports 3 speed
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2021, 05:51:54 PM »
I sold a pair of those self-adjusting levers on the 'Bay a while back. I had never seen the design before, and I have to admit it was pretty clever, but I also have to agree that, like elbow deodorant, it seemed like a solution in search of a problem.