this bike from the original owner near Manchester, UK. It was in
almost unridden condition, having hung in the garage for 20+ years.
My wife rode it around London every day and toured the countryside
with it. Came to the U.S. with us in a Delta airliner hold.
here it needed some low gears for the steep canyon rides we have,
so it got this DX crank (but would look better with that new crank
from Pauls Components ;-). The rear der is a Campy Veloce I had
in the shop that handles the range, and the front der is a deerhead
Deore from the early or mid eighties. Narrow cage needs too much
trimming for her riding style so a newer-fashioned der will replace
it sometime. The shifters are Deore thumbies. All friction, although
the cassette is Shimano from the same era as the shifters so it
needed more stem rise so on went the Riv dirt drop Nitto stem. The
bar is the original Sakae Road Champion. It's very different than
the Dove bar she has on another bike, and she rode this bike with
each bar before she decided what she liked best.
also inherited this pair of light 700 wheels I built for her. Shimano
600 hubs, 32 by 15g, 3x, alternating green and red alloy nipples--sad,
I know. Ruffy Tuffys. Huge clearance. Those are the original fenders,
sorry mudguards, but my wife is eyeing some aluminum ones (and dreaming
about a Son dyno hub). For now these are wearing the Gilles Bertoud
brakes are Raleigh-branded Weinman, and the levers Weinman flat
bar style, much more solid and robust than I'd have expected. Looked
all around for the brown cable housing my wife requested, but I'm
still looking for a long enough piece to run cable further down
between the double laterals.
and half clips were original to the bike, the first clips my wife's
tried that work with clogs. Raleigh-branded pump works well, although
I haven't figured out where to put a water bottle. Chromed rack
was original to the bike and is light for steel at 14 ounces. My
wife is looking for a basket, maybe a Wald to sit on the rack.