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1979 Raleigh Sports 3 Speed

  • I persuaded a co worker of mine to take the vintage 3 speed plunge and he bought this 1979 Raleigh Sports yesterday, ($70.00 CDN). Very complete and restorable. I’m hoping he’ll document the restoration and send me photos of the progress.

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9 responses

  1. Michael Mitchell

    That bike is a beauty, I found one like that in the trash one day around fifteen years ago, one block short of the end of a fhree mile walk. I was determined to find a bike that day, and there it was on top of a pile of garbage bags…..identical to the one pictured minus the head and tail lights. I grabbed it, hopped on and rode the remaining block to my destination.

    I overhauled it, cleaning and regreasing everything but the 3 speed hub (something I plan to learn to do). I repainted the frame and forks fire engine red, and the fenders and chain guard battle ship grey…….I gave it to friend who ran a local bike shop to find someone in need of a good set of wheels because the bike was just too small for me. I have recently reconnected with the friend who owned the bike shop, and am sure to ask about the bike when I speak to him next.

    I have been without a bike until this summer since I gave away that beautiful and loved bike. I finally found a proper bicycle (english 3 speed), and broke down and ordered a 24 1/2 ” double top tube frame Pashley Sovereign, and had the dealer swap out the five speed rear wheel for one with the correct number of gears…….it’s great to be cycling again.

    Sincerely……..Michael a confirmed three speed maniac

    Greg, I wish your friend godspeed with the restoration, and happy cycling

    September 21, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    • Another great story.The sprts in this post looks better in the photos than in person with a fair bit of surface rust on the rims etc.Amongst the bikes in my collection, I tend to favour the “projects” over the “perfect” ones as you can invest your time in them. There’s really nothing to do to the nice examples (except ride them).My original desire for a Pashley Guvnor is what inspired me to build my own version. Congratulations!
      https://threespeedmania.wordpress.com/2013/10/09/indian-eastman-path-racer-update/

      September 22, 2015 at 5:45 am

  2. bazil smith

    an excellent price for a hard to find large frame raleigh

    September 22, 2015 at 8:40 am

  3. Michael Mitchell

    I wonder, what is the largest frame ever made for a Raleigh Sports?
    If i were not six foot three I would have preferred to just get an old Raleigh and put it back in good working order, but I was never able to find one big enough for me. Perhaps a DL1 would have been an option for me……..I have heard of 28″ wheel 24″ frame DL1s, though I’m not certain about their existence, and I already have a bike I am pleased with, and I only ever heard of the DL1 after ordering my Pashley…………

    Michael

    September 22, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    • I have a Raleigh DL right behind my desk and it measures at 24″.

      September 22, 2015 at 3:10 pm

  4. Michael Mitchell

    And I presume the bike pictured above has a 21″ frame, the largest I’ve run into

    September 22, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    • I’m sure this is a 23″ frame.

      September 22, 2015 at 3:11 pm

  5. Michael Mitchell

    I just went and measured my frame carefully and found it is 24 1/2″ from center line of crank to center line of top tube along the seat tube. it has a standover height of 35 1/2″, and a wheel base of 45 1/2″

    It sounds like the DL1 is very nearly that big, and would have suited me just fine…..boohoo
    I am not going to cry over spilled milk, but perhaps I aught to have done more research before shelling out so much dough……boohoo

    I am without such worries when I ride, as it should be.

    I would like to see a picture or two of your DL1 Greg, if you would be so kind as to post them.

    Michael

    September 22, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    • The Dl is a beautiful big bike but it is heavy and the geometry is quite old fashion. It’s not really an everyday get around town bike unless you want to take your time…

      September 22, 2015 at 4:49 pm

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