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A True Scorcher

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Here’s a modified Raleigh 3 Speed that I consider the epitome of the Scorcher name.

Not my bike but I wish it was. The extended reach stem is perfect.

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9 responses

  1. Daryl

    Hi Gary,

    Why a “scorcher” and not a “path racer”? All the best, Daryl

    October 23, 2017 at 11:04 am

    • Daryl Ingram

      So a Scorcher is the rider!

      October 23, 2017 at 3:43 pm

      • Over on the 3 speed forum we’ve been referring to this style of bike as a scorcher…
        Most of us are too old to be scorchers….

        October 23, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      • Daryl,
        Did you ever figure out how to straighten those forks?
        I have a similar problem.

        October 23, 2017 at 5:09 pm

      • Hi Greg,

        Yes. I figured the bend was due to someone trying to free the locked fork by twisting hard to the left. I clamped the fork blades securely in a vice and placed a steel rod through the fork crown (thimbles and lock removed, of course). I twisted with an even and light pressure. The fork yielded quit easily and the alignment was restored to about 95%. There was still a very slight twist. It was really not visible useless one really looked at it for a bit. I didn’t want to get into over twisting and moving the crown back and forth. All the best, Daryl

        October 23, 2017 at 6:43 pm

      • Daryl Ingram

        Oops…Greg. My apologies.

        October 23, 2017 at 6:31 pm

  2. Is there a link to the three speed forum?

    October 23, 2017 at 6:44 pm

  3. Lawrence S

    Just picked up a 1980 Raleigh Gent’s Tourist sans mud and chain guards. Was going to find replacements but I might just keep it as a “Scorcher!” Thanks for a wonderful and informative blog. I agree with Greg Chown above – definitely too old to be a scorcher!

    July 18, 2018 at 11:46 am

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