Very kindly given to me by a friend to replace my knackered MTB that I did about 400 miles on between late August and late November.
It needed a good clean which I am nearly finished doing, it has a nice coat of Autoglym SRP and some Collinite on it now. Some of the chrome is pitted but I can live with that...
Got two new tyres on order as those look as though they might be the originals and are very cracked/perished, I've gone for Schwalbe Delta Cruisers with whitewalls (took ages to decide on whether to go for whitewalls or just black tyres!).
The Sturmey-Archer AW hub seems to be in good nick although the twist/grip shifter doesn't work. That's OK because I don't really like it anyway, so I've got one of these to replace it with:
along with new cables etc.
Can't wait to use it in the Spring, I'll be doing the 6 mile each-way commute to/from work with it
Very nice, How isnt the gripshift working thou? Very simple internally. Nothing realy to go wrong....
And a hell of alot better to ride with than the trigger, Imho, Seeing as I own several 3 speed equipped bikes, and my favorites are the gripshift ones, Just so much simpler.
Of my trigger equipped bikes, I find them ok to ride, And I wouldnt go as far as changing them to grip. But they just take more effort. And the point between gears is alot longer...
There are no internals in it, the ball bearing and whatever else(? from what I can gather should be in there) are missing. I had a look round on eBay and couldn't find any cheap replacements, and I got along nicely with the trigger SA last time I had one years ago. I can always keep an eye out and change it back if I get the right bits, I'll see how it goes
my raleigh Travellers from 1979 and is very similar to your bike. Its got a trigger gear shift. I did get a twistgrip from ebay. but not fitted it to any bike yet. My Raleighs sitting upside down in the bedroom. rear tyres flat...again. And front tyres off. As Ive built new alloy rims onto the hubs. not finished truing up. Its going to get Weimmann alloy sidepull brakes and big old Leechi MTB levers then
Oh sorry, no picture. I had a few on Photobucket. where are they? My Flickr pics will not show on here. this is soooooooo annoying.
What's the gearing on yours? Mine is set up as 42t front (with Biopace ring!) and 22t rear, which, on 700c wheels, gives 69", 51" and 38". I find it perfect for the rolling terrain that I normally ride, but with those mountains you might want something a bit lower!