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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:39 am 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Tue Sep 30, 2014 5:41 am
Posts: 33
My 653 Raleigh has not been on the road for 20+ years. Back in the day I won a few road races on this bike. I gave it a dust, pumped up the tires and lubed the chain and went for a ride on it today for old times sake. I cant believe how nice and smooth it felt and the drivetrain was as smooth as butter. It took some getting used to down tube shifters and a 13-18 block but it brought back many happy memories. The only thing that was less than perfect were the brakes but they did get better as the ride went on. I suppose the rubber had glazed a bit in 20+ years.


As far as fit goes I dont think I have ever managed to get a bike that fit me so well. I instantly felt comfortable on it.

Retro Goodness :)

PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:10 am 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:02 am
Posts: 40
Nothing like getting to know an old friend again. Now keep it going!

PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:59 pm 
Gold Trader / MacRetro rider
Gold Trader / MacRetro rider
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Joined: Mon Feb 11, 2008 12:03 pm
Posts: 6426
Location: held captive by baby haggis in a cave in Scotland
Looks very smart and it's always nice to find an old ride still fits as you remember and surprises with the ride.
As James says, keep it going and post some more pics as you go.


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