The first Reader's Road bike posted on Retrobike, a few people have pm'd requests to see it. New in 1984 as a present for passing my 2nd year exams at university.
It no longer has the standard fit Shimano 105 groupset, a shop I used had some of these early 600 groups available(in 1985)at an attractive price so the 105 was sold to a friend.
Specification is as follows, 22.5" frame, Reynolds 501 throughout-quite a lively tubeset. Prugnat short point lugs and chromed Gipiemme dropouts, Shimano 600 brakeset, chainset, mechs, gearlevers, hubs, headset, BB and freewheel. Cinelli 64/42 Giro D'Italia bar with white Benotto ribbon and Cinelli chrome endplugs, Cinelli 1a stem. SR pedals, Christophe clips, Binda straps, Cinelli strap buttons. Original Weinmann rims, original SR seatpin, and a red suede(faded in 20+ years!)Rolls saddle(a favourite).
The bike in this specification was built by Steve Smith; a mechanic working at Harry Perry Cycles - Steve is mentioned in the book"Wide Eyed and Legless"about the ANC Halfords squad in the 1987 TdF by Jeff Connor. Steve worked on the 1987 Tour de France with Steve Snowling, the famous pro cycling mechanic.
This type of Lightweight Unit bike(excepting the frames of the SBDU)is at the pinnacle of Raleigh's output in the 1980s. My Corsa is in great condition due to a low mileage(2000mi), as I was lucky enough the year after graduating to be able to order a Raleigh SBDU frame-that's another story though.
The colour: often referred to as Pearl White, it's called"Oyster".
Image a bit big, not sure how to reduce - perhaps someone could pm me the"how to".
Hope you like it, Roadking.
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Co-founder of a V-CC section, member South Eastern Road Club and owner of - 2005 Bianchi Reparto Corse (modern), 1985 Raleigh SBDU Pro Super, 1984 Raleigh LU Corsa, 1980 Allin Stan Butler Special, 1978 Ron Cooper, 1975 Bill Philbrook tourer, 2 x very early Roberts (mid/late 1960s), 1966 Raleigh Superbe Roadster, 1964 Allin Stan Butler Special Belgique, 1951 Hobbs of Barbican S/C, 1950 Hobbs of Barbican S/C, 1947 Hetchins Super Special, 1908 Centaur Featherweight. 1988 Specialized Stumpjumper.
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