I took my Trek 1000 out for a brief ride for the first time since I bought it on eBay. I would have taken it out sooner, but I needed to change the tires as the ones that were on there were too wide, and rubbed against the frame. Also the weather has been poor. But yesterday I decided to take it for a ride up the road and back. Just a short ride, less than a mile.
The first thing I dealt with was getting my feet into the straps on the pedals. It has been about 15 years or more since I have had my feet strapped to bike pedals. So it was pretty awkward. But I managed to get my feet on the pedals. I didn’t tighten the straps.
I pedalled the bike, accelerating quickly, I shifted to the big ring, and had the chain pop off. I stopped and got off the bike. I moved the shifter a little and got the chain back onto the big ring. I got back on the bike, and got it going again…slowly since now it was in high gear. I shifted through all gears on the back. All the shifting worked fine except for the shifting to the big gear.
When I got home, I put the bike up on my homemade bike repair stand. I ran the bike through the gears, and was able to repeat the chain being thrown off of the big ring. I got a screwdriver, and adjusted the limiting screw about a quarter turn. I turned the cranks by hand, and changed gears. It was a little better, but I still got the chain to go off of the big ring. I adjusted the limiting screw again, and repeated the process. I finally got the derailleur adjust so that the chain would not fall off of the big sprocket.
Now I am looking forward to another opportunity to take my bike out for a ride. Maybe this coming weekend, since it will be dark when I get home from work during the week days.
It is a 1969 Raleigh with rod brakes. It says “Made in England”. I am still researching the model, but I think it is either a Tourist or Superbe. I am leaning to it being a Tourist. I bought it off of eBay for $81, and am going to clean it up, and ship it to my dad.
He had bought a bike like this years ago, and gave it to me to clean up for him. I never had a chance to do much with it. It was still at my mom’s house when I moved out. When we later cleaned out my mom’s house, the bike was gone. I think one of my brothers may have sold it for beer money. But my dad still mentions the bike now and then. When I saw this on ebay being sold by a local seller, I bid and won it. It needs a little bit of work, but is in much better shape than the other bike.
The front brake pads are missing. But I can buy those. I have seen some pictures, and it looks like some similar bikes have some sort of extensions the project the front brakes slightly forward, but this bike doesn’t have them. Not sure if it didn’t have them, or they are missing. I don’t think I will need them.