Supratada: Nice photos, it that you on the RRS?
I really didn’t think my, not so cool Raleigh would get so much attention, I guess its one of those bike lots of folk have fond memory of. Its only taken me 25 years to get my hand on one, after lusting of this bike in my LBS when I was a young lad.
PS any tips on keeping galvanised spokes looking half decent?
It is indeed, with 80's tinted specs. I'm twice the man I was then, mind.
I'll have to ask my mother how much the bike was when they bought it for me. I too didn't realise it was that special at the time, but from reading here it seems I may have been more spoilt as a kid then I have given credit for.
I found that I started breaking spokes on the rear wheel. The hubs did not have countersunk spoke holes and that created a pressure point at the spoke bend, that's where they always snapped.
I dismantled the wheels and countersunk all the hubs, then rebuilt, then disassembled, then rebuilt with Stainless DB spokes, then rebuilt again with aero Wolber rims.
Could be worth checking as I don't think they're up to strong adult forces.