The day before I found the Raleigh Cameo, I spotted a very badly listed rear wheel on eBay. The wheel was allegedly from a Pashley Mailstar, described as being a 26 inch wheel with a three-speed drum brake hub, the title of the listing described it as an X-FD hub, which is actually a front drum hub. I decided that for the price it was going for, it’d be worth buying for the hub alone (whichever one it turned out to be). Including ’48 hour’ delivery it came to £21.50; a week and a half later and it was here.
The wheel was filthy on arrival
After a bit of a clean
When I found the Cameo, I realised that the wheel might be the first part for the project. Whilst the bike has a functional back wheel, steel rim and caliper is no match for a drum brake wheel. Being from a Pashley, I imagined that it would be an ISO 590mm 26 inch wheel (as used on the Princess). The difference between the two main “26 inch” sizes is not all that great, so I couldn’t tell which one it was by eye.
When the wheel eventually arrived, it was filthy. After giving it a bit of a clean I spotted a stamp on the rim, indicating against my expectations that it was an ISO 559mm wheel. Thankfully, one of the advantages of drum brakes is that wheel size becomes a bit less crucial as there are no brake reach problems. There are also many more tyres available in this size, so I have decided that the Cameo will run 559mm wheels.
I am happy to trade the various parts I accumulate from the Cameo (and other bikes) for other bits the Cameo needs. So far I have the following parts for trade:
- ISO 590mm Sturmey Archer AW three-speed rear wheel (1979) which I will happily service before any trade
- Brompton extended seatpost
- 1979 Raleigh single pivot caliper brakes (front & rear)
- 1990 Sturmey Archer AW three-speed hub
- Front drum/roller brake hub
- ISO 559mm rim (36h)
- Front drum/roller brake wheel (ISO 559mm)
- Rear mudguard (steel) from a similar bicycle
- Long-reach caliper brake
Feel free to discuss trades in the comments, or contact me at manchestercycling (at) gmail (dot) com.