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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 6:34 pm 
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Hello all I'm new to all this just got back into cycling and wanted something retro back from my youth! A friend of mine said I have an old bike I used for racing in my barn needs a bit of work you can have it free. So a bike arrived I don't know much about it except It was light so any help with colours and I need a new seat would be helpful this is what I know.
Raleigh.
Has team banana wrote all over it and Reynolds
At present a la salle seat
531 stamped on frame and forks
Shimano gearing
Colours are a black,blue and yellow
Also has alloy compango wheels

So I serviced gearing all works fine went for a ride all good as said before would like to put on a new seat in keeping and respraying is it worth it or should I just leave it.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:05 pm 
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Welcome to the site! The 531 stickers refer to the Reynolds tubing the bike is made from. Depending on the bike, this will form all or just the 3 main tubes. Either way its good stuff.

Before going for a respray, try a dman good wash, T-Cut and polish. Clean all the oily bits too. Check the tyres very carefully. Repacing them would be an astute move. Cable inners/outers may also need replacing or lubing at the very least.

Take a little time to make sure it fits as well as possible too!

Get some pictures up as well!


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:44 pm 
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Absolutely get some pics up. This sounds like a real team banana rather than a cheeper replica :D


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 6:41 pm 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 6:42 pm 
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cant believe that worked lol. also im after advice tried to raise seat today and it wont budge any ideas


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:17 pm 
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Steptoe wrote:
cant believe that worked lol. also im after advice tried to raise seat today and it wont budge any ideas


The most recent thread on your problem.

Lovely bike that.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 12:41 pm 
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Nice bike, I dreamed of owning one of these in my teens.

Re stuck seat post, try here: http://sheldonbrown.com/stuck-seatposts.html


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