Here's another custom winter project just about finished, a bling little 5 speed retro fun bike. It began life as a very tired teen-sized 1976 Raleigh with bent forks which I picked up on eBay... I say Raleigh, they definitely made it - but Lord knows what it was badge up as!
I completely stripped it down and faced the BB and headset mountings before having the frame (and a an pair of flat steel 'bars) sandblasted at Descaling Services in Levenhulme. Here it is back in the summer... fresh from 'blasting with the 57cm Sun Worksop I finished in December:
The fork and bottom bracket threads were masked off before I handed the frame and 'bars over to my buddy Andrew who began by applying several layers of etch spray primer followed by six coats of the main ivory colour. After two weeks of air hardening in his studio the deep red lug detailing was applied (his idea!). We then fitted NOS Raleigh decals to the downtube and seat-tube before six coats of clear lacquer were applied. After two more weeks of air-hardening, the headtube badge was refitted to the finished frame and the rebuild process began.
Freemans supplied the new fork and the lovely Stronglight headset was from the spares box... I cut the fork a little long to allow for potential future fitting of centre-pull brakes (ie there's space for a cable hanger on the steerer). The bars, pedals, saddle, grips, mech, cable guides, chain and brakes also came from my spares bin and I have another crankset with an integral chainguard in case it throws it's chain (it hasn't so far)! LGF donated the stem (ta!) and the rest came from eBay and the RB forum.
Frame: Raleigh made 50cm lugged steel frame sprayed ivory with deep red lugs and NOS decals... features horizontal drop-outs, braze-on top tube pump mounting and eyelets for mudguards
Fork: NOS chromed steel 1” threaded fork with mudguard eyelets
Headset: Stronglight 1" threaded (roller bearings)
Stem: 85mm Cinelli 1A quill
Handlebar: unknown flat steel bar painted to match the frame
Grips: Brave Connectors lock-on (brown with gold lockrings) + new generic end caps
Brake Levers: chromed steel (from a 1981 Hercules roadster)
Brake Calipers: Weinmann Capella
Brake Pads: new (steel specific)
Brake Cables: new inners with vintage gold outers
Brake Cable Guides: chromed steel x3
Rear Derailleur: Huret Svelto (Raleigh edition)
Derailleur Cable: new inner with vintage gold outer
Derailleur Cable Guide: Huret (downtube band-on pipe type)
Freewheel: 14-28 tooth Regina Atom 77 5 speed
Chain: Sedis gold
Cranks: cottered steel
Chainrings: steel 46T 3/32"
Bottom Bracket: cottered with new bearings
Pedals: Union rat trap
Front Rim: Rigida Superchromix 27 x 1 1/4"
Rear Rim: Raleigh 27 x 1 1/4"
Rim Tape: Hermanns
Front Hub: 1975 Normandy large flange (with new axle assembly and bearings)
Rear Hub: 1985 Maillard small flange with new track nuts
Tyres: Michelin World Tour 27 x 1 1/4"
Tubes: 27 x 1 1/4" Presta
Saddle: San Marco brown suede
Seatpost: chromed 25.4mm
Seatpost Binder: Raleigh
Extras: gold cable end crimps
PARTS FOR SALE:
vintage Brooks Professional saddle | Specialized FACT CX fork | Columbus fork | Reynolds 531 fork | Avid Arch Rival v-brakes | various 700c, 27" and 26" wheels | vintage Weco hubs (fixed/freewheel) | vintage Raleigh ladies frames + lots more!