This bike left the stable in late 2015
The Raleigh Wayfarer. While I had owned a couple three speeds before this one, the Wayfarer got me really into three speeds, so much so that I’m now president of the club!
The Wayfarer was acquired as a project bike with the idea of it being a fun “sunny day” bike, but then in the restoration process became a true utility/commuter/everyday/citybike.
I purchased it from the depths of East Vancouver in December of 2010 for a paltry $30 by an old guy who likes to work on old bikes, just like the guy I bought the Cycle Truck from. He said that he got the bike 10 years ago, fully intending to restore it, but never got around to it. The main issue was the 3 speed Sturmey-Archer hub “doesn’t work”, which usually means the person doesn’t know how to adjust it.
- Replaced front wheel with new handbuilt alloy wheel. Aluminum (alloy) Sun Rims CR18 650A/590mm size rim, spokes, Dynotech dynamo hub, V-O locking skewer.
- Replaced internals of the 1956 Sturmey-Archer 3 speed hub (AW model) with a working 1954 internals.
- Rebuilt rear wheel with original hub/shell (see above) and new aluminum (alloy) Sun Rims CR18 650A/590mm size rim, and new spokes. (March 2012)
- Replaced tires with Schwalbe Delta Cruisers 26″ x 1 3/8″ (650A/590mm), and new tubes.
- Generator lights: Spanninga front and rear LED, plus wiring and bracket accessories.
- Replaced handlebar/stem with “North Road” handlebars,used stem , cork grips , Japanese Crane chrome bell.
- Replaced block pedals with used “rat trap” style, then MKS Lambda “Grip King” pedals (fall 2011).
- New cotter pins for cranks.
- Water bottle cage.
- New chain and 20 tooth cog for rear.
- New brake cables and brake pads.
- Took off old kickstand, replaced with Greenfield rear-triangle kickstand.
- New longer seatpost.
- Brooks B-66 saddle and Carradice saddle bag.
- Hoseclamp and rings to rear rack for attaching panniers.
- Replaced original rear rack with black “Dutch” style one (spring 2011).
Since then, I’ve tweaked the bike some more. The original rear wheel eventually failed, so I had a “new” wheel with alloy CR18 rim built around the original hub, and an even bigger 22 tooth cog. And I got a better headlamp (B+M) and classy Linus rear rack. The rear seatstay on the drive side separated from the cluster, so Bob of Bantam Bicycle Works repaired it.
In 2014, I had the bike stripped, repainted, and rebuilt. Here’s the new bits:
- Cockpit: Nitto Albatross/North Road handlebars, Kalloy stem, Rivendell Miesha Portuguese cork grips, Sturmey-Archer bar end shifter
- Kickstand: Pletscher double-legged kickstand
- Fenders/Mudguards: Velo-Orange steel fenders
- Saddle: Brooks B-17 saddle, new seatpost