is my submission to your current classics gallery. I will be sending
a Paypal donation soon.
was lucky to find the original bike thru the magic of Craigslist's
"wanted". This classic Raleigh - I'm guessing late 60's to early
70's - was in excellent condition except the paint was heavily scratched
(John Deere green) and the decals almost completely faded. I stripped
down the frame (everything is clamp-on) and had it locally repainted.
The new paint has a silver base coat that really makes the red come
alive in the sun. Fortunately the chrome is in excellent condition.
And check out the lugs! I photographed decals from my other Raleighs
(I also have an International and another Competition) and traced
them using CAD software. A local graphics shop did an excellent
job of creating the gold lettering from my work. The rest of the
decals came from ebay. Finally, I used a gold fine point paint pen
to outline the lugs.
of the drive train shown here came with the bike. I doubt the Campy
Nuovo Record was original. The wheel set was tubular, rotting and
slightly rusted. I cheated and borrowed the wheels shown here from
my Carlton Professional. I redid the bars/stem with the full Rivendell
treatment. Other upgrades include swapping the down tube shift levers
to the ratcheting type, adding fenders and a clamp type water bottle
is a rundown on the parts.
Weinmann rims / Campy Record high flange hubs / Panaracer Pasela
27 x 1.125 tires
Campy Nuovo Record groupo (5 speed) / Rivendell Silver down tube
shifters mounted on Campy down tube clamp
YellowJersey.org long reach dual pivot caliper brakes.
Nitto Moustache bars with white cloth tape, amber shellac and hemp
twine, white Velox bar plugs / Modolo brake levers /Nitto Technomic
Brooks Professional saddle. SKS fenders. REG water bottle cage.
really enjoyed the process of fixing up this old bike. I lucked
up because it turned out that it fits great and the ride is comfortable.
Thanks for looking and thanks for the website and all the posters
for the inspiration.