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 Post subject: Raleigh Milk Race
PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 6:26 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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HI all!
New to Retro bikes and love it!
Just bought a Milk race Raleigh, does any one have any info on bike?
Thanks


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 4:01 pm 
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post up a pic and I'm sure you'll get some interesting replies with date etc


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 Post subject: Re: Raleigh Milk Race
PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 4:15 pm 
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Bona Kona wrote:
HI all!
New to Retro bikes and love it!
Just bought a Milk race Raleigh, does any one have any info on bike?
Thanks

Fairly base line model. They released loads of different editions over the years over what were pretty much the same base model. (Eg Raleigh Banana)
My guess from blind is it will be steel 18:30 basic tubing with steel wheels and Sachs Huret Groupset. Possibly base level Weinmann brakes?

I used to have an old Raleigh Pursuit years ago as purely a training bike, pretty much the same model I would say. Tough as old boots and took some right abuse.

Semi horizontal dropouts I would thought...Ripe for a fixed project!


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:04 pm 
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See here for full spec:

http://www.cyclemuseum.org.uk/ncl/pics/ ... %20Library).pdf

They were a low range model so it didnt get a reynolds frame, but as said above the old raleighs are very tough. If its a 21" frame or smaller they are fairly light anyway.

The gears, brakes, wheels etc will be steel with chrome plated ((if still original), they will be heavy & prone to rust compared to alloy. You could replace these with retro or new alloy bits to make the bike lighter, smoother and easier on the eye. Dont go too mad on the spends though, i saw a 1988 mint Elan (top of the raleigh reynolds 501 range with shimano exage biopace groupset) on ebay for £70 BIN recently!

Well worth fitting a 7speed shimano screw on freewheel cassette, for more gears and it will transform the ride smoothness and gearchange. They are only £15.


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They were a low range model so it didnt get a reynolds frame, but as said above the old raleighs are very tough. If its a 21" frame or smaller they are fairly light anyway.

The gears, brakes, wheels etc will be steel with chrome plated ((if still original), they will be heavy & prone to rust compared to alloy. You could replace these with retro or new alloy bits to make the bike lighter, smoother and easier on the eye. Dont go too mad on the spends though, i saw a 1988 mint Elan (top of the raleigh reynolds 501 range with shimano exage biopace groupset) on ebay for £70 BIN recently!

Well worth fitting a 7speed shimano screw on freewheel cassette, for more gears and it will transform the ride smoothness and gearchange. They are only £15.


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 Post subject: milk race
PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:20 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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thanks for info!
It is all orginal and in very good condition, but i am thinking of fixie?
Is that a good idea? :?


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:16 pm 
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Depends on what you want to do I reckon. I personally love riding fixed and the look of the bikes. If you prefer gears just tidy it up and cruise around....


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 Post subject: milk race
PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 9:10 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Thanks. I have decided to fixie the Raleigh, but keep all parts just in case.


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