don't know if these pictures are up to snuff, but I've always wanted
to submit a bike or two to the gallery. I think this one would work
well in Current Classics, although given its age, it's a little
more classic than current.
I was taking pictures, I was almost run over by a Segue scooter
tour. I ask you, which is the more elegant and dignified form of
Raleigh Competition, 531 with Nervex lugs made in the Carlton works.
I've got it set up as a gentleman's city bike, to get me around
in style. It's actually quite light as well, at a little over 23
lbs. The only frame modification is the barrel adjuster I've installed
in the rear brake cable stop.
for the geeks-
Technomic stem and Dove bars, Shimano Deore "thumb" shifter pulling
a Campy rear derailleur. Weinmann levers pulling Dia Compe center
pull brakes with Kool Stop pads. Nice and loud!
seatpost holding up a Brooks on it's last legs. Some days it feels
like it's part of me, and other days it feels like I'm sitting on
a horseshoe with the nails still in it.
600 drive side crank with a Tourney off-side crank. Only god and
Picasso can see it from both sides. Shimano(?) 8 or 9 speed chain.
wheels were lucky finds; the rear is a 32 spoke Mavic 501 hub laced
to a Mavic Open 4CD rim. I picked that up at the Trexlertown swap
meet. The front is a Mavic 501 36 spoke laced to a MA40 from Craigslist.
Smooth as french cream these hubs are. Wrapped in heavy duty Panaracer
re-packed the original headset, and I threw in an older, unused
105 bottom bracket. The gearing works out well for a flattish city
like Philadelphia, 40t in the front, and 7 speed 13 to 23 in the
back (I think).