Retrobike Forum Index

It is currently Wed Dec 07, 2016 3:37 pm

* Login   * Register * Search  * FAQ



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 7 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Is this frame savable?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 2:29 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Fri Oct 19, 2012 9:46 pm
Posts: 46
First time posting in the Road section here.

I picked up an old Raleigh racing bike, I think the model is a 'Rapier' (see pic of fork decal) from the 60's, with a low end Hi-ten steel frame, cottered cranks, with 26tpi BB (70mm shell), centre pull brakes, 27" wheels.

It had been sat in a farm shed for who knows how long before I was given it, unfortunately the roof of the shed partially collapsed at some point and its been exposed to the elements for a time and the top tube is fairly rusty. Basically I'm wondering if the corrosion has consigned the frame to the skip. Wasn't planning on a faithful restoration, just a basic, possibly, single speed parts bin hack bike. Also its got wrap around seat stays, would this be a Carlton built frame? And what kind of rear mech is it, I'm not much of an expert on vintage road bikes

Profile
Image

Front End
Image

Fork (and rapier(?) decal)
Image

Top tube
Image

Rear Mech
Image

Andy


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 2:48 pm 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Mon Mar 02, 2009 4:22 pm
Posts: 1481
I'd love to find something like that! Looks to me like there's nothing wrong with it at all. A set of tyres, new chain and a liberal dose of oil and it's good to go. I would!

Also make sure you slather that saddle with Dubbin and it'll soften up again. It doesn't even look like it's far out of shape.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 3:56 pm 
Retro Guru

Joined: Sun Jul 07, 2013 10:04 pm
Posts: 320
The rear mech is a Huret Svelto made up to 1976.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 4:32 pm 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:08 pm
Posts: 2186
Location: Shrewsbury
There was a Raleigh Rapier with wraparound seat stays so you've nailed the model. I'd say well worth saving, it will just be surface rust, underneath there's a bright steel frame crying to get out :)


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 5:11 pm 
Retro Guru

Joined: Sun Aug 22, 2010 7:07 pm
Posts: 1321
Location: Cotswolds
Yet another of the Raleigh / Carltons, they made about 300,000 of them, some with different shaped lugs.
Reasonable ride, but still heavy cheap tubing, made for the market they had at the time.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 4:47 pm 
Old School Grand Master

Joined: Tue Oct 09, 2007 1:55 pm
Posts: 8211
Location: New Forest, UK
Its heavy tubing means that the rust will have had little effect..tidy up and ride!

You could make a fun rat-rod kind of thing from it.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 6:49 pm 
rider | rBoTM Winner
rider | rBoTM Winner
User avatar

Joined: Fri Jan 25, 2008 1:42 pm
Posts: 5132
Location: Wakefield, Yorkshire
That's a Huret rear mech. Stelvio? One of the cheaper ones anyway, made for budget concious cyclists.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 7 posts ] 

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Frizzaldo, G1jkb, keithglos, Tgb55 and 18 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

About Us

Follow Retrobike

Other cool stuff

All content © 2005-2015 Retrobike unless otherwise stated.
Cookies Policy.
bikedeals - the best bike deals in one place
FatCOGS - Fat Chance Owner's Group

Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group