Monday, June 13, 2011

Raleigh Lenton Sports Ladies Bicycle recently sold

Recently sold at the shop
53cm Raleigh
Lenton ladies bicycle. Reynolds 531 tubing. Sturmey Archer 4 speed internal rear hub. Milremo pedals. Beautiful Raleigh decaled plastic fenders. 26 x 1 1/4" wheels. This bicycle will clean up beautifully. The paint, decals, and pinstriping is in excellent condition, and the chrome will polish up nice and shiny. This bicycle is a super example of a 1950s-early 1960s unrestored, original bicycle.

More photographs here.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

You know you've been into bicycles when. . .

Click on picture to see full size, to read.
(from On The Wheel magazine)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Bicycle Shop frame stickers

(please note the address is our old address, we are now at 606 So. 9th St.)
I have slowly archiving and photographing bike shop frame stickers with the idea of setting up a Tumblr or something, to display the wide variety of shops. We are here in Philadelphia, so most are local shops, but I have so far come across some distant shops as well, including California and United Kingdom.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Hendee Indian racing bicycle

A collector friend of the shop brought by this beautiful original paint Hendee Indian racing bike. I couldn't find much online about Indian racing bikes but he headbadge suggest it was built before 1923, because the design changed that year. This bicycle is equipped with BSA cranks, bottom bracket and hubs, Duckworth block chain, wood rims, Troxel leather saddle, and Standard toe clips, and what appears to be Torrington pedals. It was originally sold here in Philadelphia on Broad Street, at Star Cycle Company. The color and boxlining are excellent, what a cool bike!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Raleigh Blue Streak for Sale

Raleigh Blue Streak
55cm center to center seattube.
55 center to center toptube.
it was a short lived model from the early 1960s.
Missing the characteristic "Electric Blue"(translucent blue) celluloid fenders.
Cyclo Derailleurs front and rear.
Cotter cranks, steel rims.
Brooks b-15 saddle.
GB Brakes and levers.
The finish of the paint and decals are excellent. The chrome has to be cleaned up.

some history-
" "In 1960 Raleigh brought out the five or ten-speed Blue Streak to push sales in the teenage sports enthusiast sector. Complete with twin bar mounted bottles it certainly was popular!"

"It took the name from the UK Government ballistic missile project that started development in 1954. Blue Streak was part of the British effort to become the third World power in the Cold War arms race. It was a vain attempt to construct a missile that could head East without resorting to buying Thor / Atlas missiles off-the-shelf. Interestingly 6 years and £60m later it was abandoned - the same year that Raleigh launched their own project "Blue Streak" (but at least it crossed continents.)" -
Bob Reid
on Classic Rendezvous website

From Retro Raleigh Website.-(click on for larger image)