I posted this bike up sometime last year with a bunch of my other bikes
but thought since I've been lingering and my collection is growing I'd post up some fresh pics and give this bike a thread of its own.
This is how I picked it up:
It's a Raleigh Strada, I think early to mid 90's with a 531 frame:
The original intention was to chop it up and turn it into another 20's style board track bike but it was too nice to cut, so I gave it a barebones build, a polish and a lick of paint and I use it as my main daily hack. This is what it looked like until I made a few riding position tweaks:
Then I changed the tyres and had an accident on my RSW-66 so had to crank the bars up to take the pressure off my wrists and this is how I'm rolling it now:
Was really amazed how much weight the tyres shaved off. Total weight is about 9.2kg according to the scales. Note the seriously tatty and battered brake levers though:
I decided since this bike has served me so well and rides really nicely I'd splash out on a good set of Shimano 105 levers and new hoods. Probably could have got some brand new Tektro levers for the price but these are really nice:
The bike is due a rebuild. Bit of rust poking through the paint because I didn't clean it properly after all the salt last winter and the aluminium bits could do with another going over with some polish. I need to check and re-grease the bearings and stuff. Update on this soon, and I'll add it to this thread.