My GF was wishing for a city bike the other day and perused the ‘for sale’ listings when she came across one that fit our criteria: rideable, charming, cheap.
We came across this 1977 Triumph TrafficMaster made by Raleigh with Sturmey-Archer 3 Speed hub and a flashy electric-blue paint scheme. The tires were flat, the cable to the internal geared hub was broken and all the guy could say about when my girlfriend asked about the age of the bike is “It’s older than you”. Thankfully the original bike shop sticker was still affixed to trace it’s origins (Stows Slough Bike Shop outside of London) and all Sturmey-Archer hubs are stamped with the manufacture date. This one said “10/77”.
I’m no retro bike connoisseur as this is my first attempt working with a bike older than 1995. But I was excited.. because my GF was excited… and I thought it had some potential if it got fixed up and she would look pretty damn cute on it. The project only took only 1 day to mount, lube, and polish. I think it came out pretty good for a first attempt at this sort of thing. We sure are going to have fun getting baguettes with this blue beauty! Here are the restoration photos of the Traffic Master.
Still need to purchase a new cable to the internal geared hub. That’s all for now, my fingers hurt too much to type any further.