is my daily commuter, recently metamorphosed into a beginner's cyclocross
has been used pretty much non-stop for 10 years (1997 to 2007) as
my means of getting around Oxford, UK. It's a Raleigh Pioneer Trail
Special Edition- from just after Raleigh UK stopped making their
frames with lugs and in Nottingham- it is TIG welded 4130 steel
make in the far east.
upgraded to V-Brakes in 1998, but put the original Shimano cantilevers
back on in the 'cross conversion. I used traditional straddle wires
rather than the original fixed length and angle ones, so I could
lower the mechanical advantage to gain better clearance and modulation
for muddy conditions.
bike has the original STX chainset, rear mech and front wheel. The
front mech is a NOS eBay purchase- Deore LX from the same period
as the bike, which I run with cable going the 'wrong' side of the
fixing screw to get it to work with the road shifters. The sti's
were a bargain from eBay- 7 speed RSX, also contemporary with the
rest of the bike.
are Midge from On-One. The celeste bar tape will match the tires
I have bought for my first 'cross season- NOS Michellin Cyclocross
taken in the Cotswolds near Burford.