I bought this 1986 Raleigh Gran Tour frame new, toured on it extensively and have recently restored it for daily use, as my only bike for winter Sportive training and a 12 mile each-way commute.
The old 600 tricolour groupset remains in places, including the silky hubs on the MA40 handbuilts from 1990.
New saddle, bars, stem, transmission (compact with a seven speed including a bail-out 34 sprocket), headset, brake pads (amazing difference from the old) on the superb old Weinmann centre pulls.
And of course a new colour, in dedication to my two year old (Nell Lois) and because I've always wanted a pink bike since lusting after the pink Italian tour beasts (Colnago mebbe?) many years ago.
It rides like a new bike and looks much much better in my opinion (not all will agree with that !!). I'm delighted to have my old friend back in fulltime duty after all these years.