Vintage 3 Speed English Bicycles


1972 Raleigh Sports Progress

I spent the afternoon yesterday stripping the bike and making a plan.


Hubs and rims cleaned up quite well.


Fenders are in good shape as well.


It came with this period wheel lock that I don’t think will be put back on.


Sadly, the cotter pins are frozen solid. I may need to visit George at Parts Unknown to use his press.

7 responses

  1. Cecil

    Looking good… enjoy your site and pictures..nice find…

    May 4, 2017 at 8:45 am

  2. Any reason why you’re not putting the wheel lock on?

    May 4, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    • Now that you’ve brought it up, I might reconsider….

      May 4, 2017 at 7:55 pm

  3. John Bunch

    Hi Greg,
    As a lifelong bicycle lover and amateur mechanic/restorer for many years, I have very much enjoyed your posts. I love and appreciate the simplicity, durability and elegance of older designs, particularly English 3-speeds. Lately I have restored a Raleigh 20, a Raleigh Sports, and a Western Flyer/Raleigh. And I am finally getting relatively comfortable overhauling SA hubs. I now have a Robin Hood, women’s Raleigh Sports, and two more Raleigh 20s to do. The latter were advertised as “barn finds” but were more like “pond finds!” Rough, but I think they have possibilities!
    This may be familiar to you but thought I’d share my stuck cotter pin (usually successful) removal method. I have found that by putting a socket on the smooth side of the pin and a nut on the thread end and putting this assembly in a rather large vise and using a cheater pipe on the vise arm, I have been able to free all the pins (adding some PB Blaster seems to help)
    I will try to get organized and forward some pictures later (much more skilled with bicycle work than with electronic things!)
    Keep up the good work

    May 5, 2017 at 8:05 am

    • Than you for your kind words and advice. I’ve seen the vice method used and it seems a good option.
      My vice fell apart last year so I should get a new one. I’ve only encountered one set of cotters that refused to budge and I drilled them out.Yes, please send some photos of our bikes/projects, readers submissions are always welcome and encouraged!

      May 5, 2017 at 8:15 am

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