Acquisition: Picked up this beater almost 100% original for
50bucks from some girl in Williamsburg Brooklyn after someone stole
my new "Maid in Tawain" Dawes ClockWork.
it Off: Wasn't happy with the original Simplex Shifters that
came on it so I ripped them out and made it a SS.
Prix: Never cared much for old bikes before this Grand Prix.
In its original state everyone wanted to buy it as they said it
was a classic and fun to ride - I agree but, I didn't like the derailer.
The lug work is beautiful and I plan on repainting the whole bike
one day with the lug work a different color for contrast.
The Wheels are Alex Subs 700c and they came with tubes n' Tires.
Very Stiff Ride if that's your thing. It's mine.
Bracket: After 35 years the bottom bracket was not smooth. I
took the cotter crank out, cleaned it's housing, stripped out the
old grease, replaced the bearings with 22 new 1/4" bearings (original
a Grip: I am riding NYC streets so these help me weave in and
out of traffic.
I like the Weinnman 610 center pull brakes but they bleed onto the
surface of the tire since the the original rims were 27". If you
know of a brake pad that is off-center let me know so I can spare
my tire sidewalls the punishment.
Left Overs: I don't think I will ever make this bike original
again so the derailers, rims, handlebars, brake levers
that needs to be done: Thinking about powder coating it if I
ever get out of debt. (i doubt it). Change the seat polish. Polish
the neck. Find a modern BB, crank that will fit the old Raleigh
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