Vintage 3 Speed English Bicycles


1972 Raleigh Sports Update

All in all a very quick and easy turnaround on this one.

I think my camera’s on a strange setting….


Luckily, the bike was very complete and original to start with.


-Bike purchase @ $150.00

-New Tires @ $32.00

-New tubes @ $10.00

-New Cables @ $4.00

-New cotters and brake pads @ $16.00

-New ferrels and cable ends @ $2.00

-Supplies @ $5.00

TOTAL: $219.00

This number does not reflect any labour.


From stock I pulled some period pedals, a couple of cable guides and an old Wrights saddle.

I re used the original ribbed cable housings as well as the 3 speed cable.


Still to finish:

-Attach rat trap

-Attach kick stand

-Perhaps attach lock

4 responses

  1. The bike is like new someone buying will realize you have to be paid
    a little for the hours into it. You should get at least 300.00 right.

    May 7, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    • I may sell it to a friend, so would do so at cost.

      May 7, 2017 at 1:30 pm

  2. John Bunch

    Nice work Greg. This example does point out a problem I have had in the past. I have trouble getting more than about $95US for nicely restored 3 speeds and I often have more invested in them than that (especially if many parts are needed) Maybe it’s just that semi-urban central Virginia simply isn’t the market your city area is. Still enjoy bringing them back to life, however! Perserere!

    May 8, 2017 at 9:47 am

    • There’s little to no money in these things unless you can pick them up for almost free…
      I do the work on them because I find it relaxing and enjoyable.

      May 8, 2017 at 12:15 pm

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