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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:36 pm 
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Some may disagree with the above. Everyone is entitled to their own views.
I recently picked up a very nice original spec (apart from pedals) 21” 1988 Raleigh Routier. It had clearly not been left outside and still had original tyres which stayed inflated. The whole bike will be stripped down and as many original parts as possible cleaned and refitted. The BB is fine and handlebar stem and seat post are all free not seized. No play in headset or cranks. I plan to replace the tapes, pedals, tyres and all cables. The bike must have been kept near to somebody spraying green paint as one side was speckled green. This has been removed with some Tcut and some minor scratches will be treated in the same manner. The frame will be clear lacquered when I am happy with the finish. Some may say cheap as chips! but I was surprised how sweet the bike rides after freeing seized and dried out chain links, adjusting the brakes and resetting the gears. Very pleased with this little bike.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:01 pm 
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Wow, that certainly does look pretty good for it's age. Even better that you find it rides really well. Certainly all the right parts still on it.
That's what really matters these days with the old bikes I find, as long as it puts a smile on your face when you ride it and you get a bit of enjoyment from fettling it, then that's what matters.

Jamie


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:20 pm 
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Jamiedyer wrote:
Wow, that certainly does look pretty good for it's age. Even better that you find it rides really well. Certainly all the right parts still on it.
That's what really matters these days with the old bikes I find, as long as it puts a smile on your face when you ride it and you get a bit of enjoyment from fettling it, then that's what matters.

Jamie




Thanks Jamie....I do like fettling these old bikes. They all still have something to offer. Often they are just lacking a little lustre!


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:01 pm 
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A well loved and restored bike is always worth the effort regardless of marque. Good looking bike!


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:28 pm 
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Stump28 wrote:
A well loved and restored bike is always worth the effort regardless of marque. Good looking bike!


Thanks....your comments are appreciated took it for a spin on my usual 20 mile coast ride this morning, sailed through a heavy rainstorm, a good excuse for a wash, clean and dry off before the starting the frame strip. Forgot just how rain affects these old ‘suicide brake levers’ think well in advance and apply gently allowing for a long stopping distance, drop leaver works better, but all part of the retro ride. The rims are salvageable good old ‘Raleigh made in England’ rims. Tyres are on order and should arrive this week. It is almost a shame to discard the original Raleigh tyres, clearly been on 30 years, but one is splitting so replacement is necessary.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:01 pm 
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Always worth it. I did a europa.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:06 am 
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The History Man wrote:
Always worth it. I did a europa.


Thanks for the above. I enjoyed your thread on the Gran Sport even if I did get lost with some of the banter.


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