There was no appropriate bridge for to mount a caliper to, so I brazed the studs to the stays. ); Bullhorn bars, front brake (Mafac) has dual controls. Newly reconfigured, it now features a Shimano Nexus 8-speed internal gear hub. This bike has a flip-flop hub with a fixed sprocket on one side, and a 2 speed freewheel on the other.With light 622 mm rims, this bike also has Ritchey 32-622 Tom Slick tires. I used to have it set up as a fixed gear (42/15), with Scott AT-3 LF bars, Sun 14A rims, Campgnolo Record high-flange hubs, 28/24 spokes, Brooks Swift saddle, 165 mm Shimano 105 cranks (with a Biopace chainwheel, which most people will tell you is impossible..isn't, it's merely improbable! This gives me three different gears, but I have to stop and move the chain (or reverse the rear wheel) manually to shift.In 1959, when I was a sophomore in high school I got my first "serious" bike, an Elswick "Tour Anglais", with 630 mm (27 inch) wheels, drop handlebars and a 4 speed Sturmey-Archer gear hub-very hot stuff for the place and time!I almost immediately made it into a 12 speed by adding a derailer and three sprocket cluster to it.It has 559 mm (26" mtb) wheels, Shimano 105 cranks, straight bars w/Haro add-on unit, Tommaselli motorcycle brake levers, walnut-grain contact paper finish, very strange indeed! S-A 5-speed hotrod, aluminum rims and crankset, wild-looking Uni-disc wheel covers, front and rear, Mitsuboshi Comp Pool tires. It was originally built to be used with a kidback, as in the photo, but my kids have outgrown this, so it now has a semi-conventional front crossover drive.Originally an 8- or 10-speed club bike, I rode this for a long time with a 1950 Sturmey-Archer ASC 3-speed fixed gear hub, alloy rims, modern tires; otherwise reasonably stock. The fork came from a Fuji touring bike, the Sturmey-Archer AW hub has 6 sprockets. These days this bike has Scott AT-3 handlebars in front.I took my first tour on that bike, from Marblehead to Alfred, Maine, about 120 miles each way.My scoutmaster and I did it two days up and two days back, including camping out in a graveyard the first night, for want of a better spot.
The Mk III was the only Moulton model built by Raleigh.
I also have written extensively on (primarily technical) bicycle matters, first for Bike World, then for several years with Bicycling, and most recently American Bicyclist, a trade magazine that goes to every bike shop in the country.
I wrote for them both under my own name and the nom-de-plume "Christopher Joyce." American Bicyclist was recently sold, and the new owners canned everybody, so I am between magazines. Originally came with a Rosa 48/30 crankset and a 14/16/19/26 freewheel, with Fiamme 622 mm (700c) rims. I built this in the late '60's from two Raleigh Sports frames brazed together.
When I was a kid, the Marblehead town dump was one of my favorite hang outs, and I eventually noticed that there were lots of bike parts there.
I had long done my own bicycle maintenance, with the help of a friendly bike shop owner, so I knew enough to be able to put bikes together out of parts from the dump.