Scored an english armstrong

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  1. Intrepid Wheelwoman

    Intrepid Wheelwoman New Member

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    How much anybody would pay for your Armstrong would depend very much on finding the right buyer. As an example if somebody knocked on my door and offered me a 1953 Armstrong I would be sorely tempted to buy it even at a price above that I'd pay for a Raleigh or a Hercules in the same condition because Armstrong bicycles were never that common in New Zealand. I don't know about other export markets though, Armstrong bicycles might be more numerous in the other countries Raleigh Cycles shipped bicycles to.
     
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    I wont be selling her I was just curious . I will more than likely fix it up for my better half to ride We are getting married on the 11th of this month perhaps we can both ride off into the sunset on two motorized bikes.
    Her on the Armstrong and me on my Huffy/Schwinn combo bike. Intrepid Is this a Terry saddle? H1710023.JPG
     
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    Congratulations on your forthcoming marriage :)

    No that's not a Terry, it looks like Raleigh's basic pattern copy of a Brooks saddle.

    This is a 3 spring Terry. Wonderfully comfortable :)
     

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    I was looking at those on Ebay god Id love one of those on my MB that would look soooo cool and it would go with my theme just perfect
     
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    The basic Raleigh saddle is still a nice saddle and is certainly comfortable enough. They can be improved by recovering in leather when the vinyl covering inevitably comes to pieces.
    The saddles found on English bikes are many with some brand names being less known that others. Brooks is of course the most well known, but I also have bikes with Terry (which you have seen) and Middlemore saddles. The 'Middlemore' saddle always makes me smile whenever I see it because Middlemore is also the name of one our major hospitals specialising in the treatment of limb fractures here in New Zealand.
     
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    What search engine? = Mostly Google, Yahoo, & Ask.com, when I don't know where to start. But generally I know sites of specialty which apply to what I'm searching for. After so many years, my head is packed with trivia about all sorts of things. Sometimes I just know where to look, ya know?

    As to a going rate on the bike = That would be tough even for me. Vintage bicycle forums would be able to put forth an idea of what it was worth, a kind of "blue book value" if you will. Ebay would give an idea of what people are willing to pay, i.e. how much you could get for it if you are patient. But that is also dependant on demand in your area. Craigslist would give an idea of current market value; don't forget to check how long a bike has been on there, that's another indicator of demand. Gee, assigning a dollar value to that bike, it could take me some time to do it right. It'd be almost like doing an appraisal.
     
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    I will just keep it like I do everything else. I like to know the value of things especially if I didnt have it for long E.G someoine came up to me last week while
    I was on my mb I had my metal detector in my little Instep double trailer along with my waders "I like to detect along the waters edge " up to my waist and this guy offers me $600 bucks for "The whole set up" as he called it. No thanks I think I will keep it but I took his number just so he would go away I don't like to be rude to folks. I paid almost a grand for my metal detector. Why would I sell it and another 800 bucks worth of stuff for 6 bones some people. When I got home I asked my wife "Do I look like I'm hard up for cash or something" To which she replied well....... um....no? LOL [/I]
     
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    Is that fork bent? or did they all come like that?
    Cool old bike anyway.
    FR
     
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    Yes FR it is bent I'm guessing it fell of an RV or something because it has a few "bounced down the road faster than a human can get it"
    scars and the bent forks are the worst of them 100% completely fixable right down to factory spec's as well. Just as long as I stay away from the heat. & thank you for the comment it is a cool bike I really like the brass capped oil holes on the front crank area and the rear hub I'm surprised they didn't put on on the goose neck for those bearings as well I'm having a hard time cramming grease in those tiny holes though ....:)
    jk
     
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    If it's an 'oiler' bicycle, - which most of the early 1950's Raleigh products were, - those wee holes will be for putting oil into and not grease. Regular oiling will keep the bearings spinning sweetly and help to generally preserve the bicycle. Oiling fell out of favour once bicycles were no longer stove enamelled black because oil streaks didn't look so good on the two tone semi-metallic coloured finishes that became popular later on in the 1960's.
     
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    LOL. Oh man, that must be like trying to put toothpaste back in the tube by hand. Intrepid's right, don't torture yourself that way. Might be easier to just lube it like every other bike.
     
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    I know I was kidding about jamming grease in there Intrepid. I did fill it up with some wonder lube and expensive gun oil made by Remington, Yea it has those flip top oil holes on on the crank one on the hub rear hub that is
     
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    you see I didn't know that they called them "oilier bikes" that's so good to know your a wealth of info Intrepid!. I wish I could download all the info in your brain about bikes into my brain
     
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    Gun oil in a bicycle! Talk about locked and loaded ;):D
     
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    You know, Smith & Wesson also makes bikes. Makes sense now, doesn't it. :)
     

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