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PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2020 4:22 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Been working on a Raleigh superbe from 1961 lately just wanted to show progress... frankly the bike could do with full refurbishment.


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 Post subject: Re: handlebar stem
PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2020 4:25 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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I'm having some trouble getting the handlebar stem out... I reckon it's an expander joint but I'm gonna double check and see how I can get it off so I can get access to the bearings. I don't have spanners in the sizes


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:10 pm 
rBoTM Winner
rBoTM Winner

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Location: Derby
It is always worth getting the right tools{spanners} for the job . Otherwise you end up rounding nuts off etc .Avoid adjustable spanners .Buy your self a tin of plus gas .
Enjoy your project .Keep us all posted.
ps for chrome work use tin foil and a dab of oil . Some folk on here also coke .....:
Add Cola first . auto solve polish is another favorite.


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 Post subject: Re: 1961 Raleigh superbe
PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2020 9:11 am 
Retro Guru

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Location: Cotswolds
The expander bolt needs to be undone about 3 turns then gently tapped down to release the wedge.

Keith


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2020 2:35 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Thanks for the advice guys.. I've managed to grease bearings in the steering head, crank and pedals. All that's left for bearings is the wheels. Using bike hut Teflon grease.


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 Post subject: Re: bikes condition
PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2020 2:41 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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In terms of the bikes condition. It did ride well and the dynamo as well as lights still work. In 2017 I removed the DIY stuff the previous owner put on and replaced it with a Dyno-Luxe Filter Switch unit which also worked albeit poorly, Until the bottom plate was misplaced. Will have to fabricate a new bottom plate. The only issue really is that the chain case catches on the pedal. The previous owner added a clamp to pull it away from the pedal but I took it off.


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 Post subject: Re: 1961 Raleigh superbe
PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2020 3:40 pm 
Retro Guru

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Location: Cotswolds
Always a problem with the chaincase. The RH crank may be bent, often they bent very easily. You may be able to loosen the cotter pin and move the crank on the axle.
Generally we had to push and pull the chaincase, but often it would revert back.

Keith


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 Post subject: Re: Raleigh 1961 superbe
PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2020 5:29 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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I had the bike apart to clean but my chain tools are crap so I've left the chain as is.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2020 5:31 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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I also put some underbody seal on one of the mudguards.. not sure if it was a good idea or not


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 Post subject: Re: mudguards
PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2020 5:44 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Mudguards... possibly the first things to go on these bikes


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