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 Post subject: Raleigh Wisp 1984 Mixte
PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:37 pm 
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A new thread to show some pics of progress so far, we bought the bike second hand for my other half as she thought she might like a road bike, but she wasn't so keen with the drops after trying it. So I put some flat sweep back bars on for her to try it and so far so good.

So we decided to strip and respray and update some of the components to make it easier to use as the stem shifter was pretty naff.

So far I've put a taller better looking stem on, although it may be too tall, will have to see. New brake levers, new index shifters, bog standard six speed tourneys to go with the new 6 speed freewheel on the back and the intended triple up front.

Whilst the rims looked ok the spokes had lost there shine and would be a lot of work to restore, my lbs had some cheapish Raleigh 27 inch wheels in stock so have put those on, but have had to spring both front and back to fit the new hubs, I may take it to a local frame builder later to get it set and realigned.

New headset also, using the 27mm jis size but again the lbs came to the rescue where the web failed to source one.

Seat post is also new, and whilst the size is a match it's very tight, so might need a downsize.

Gone for a sprung brooks b67s, and have ordered some dapper dan tan leather ergo grips. It will have white cables and the original steel fenders.

Any comments welcome :) will update as work progresses.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:47 am 
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That's coming along really nicely ;)

I've got some spare new old white rubber pedals if you want to go that route?


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:38 pm 
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Thanks bikenut

Not sure about the pedals yet as haven't sorted any cranks yet so haven't fully decided what were after. Cheers.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 11:24 pm 
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Some more pics to show progress, chainset is temporary, also need grips to match the saddle. Rear mech was found at the back of the shed, old deore model, front mech is NOS exage 500 from about 1990. The brakes tektro 559 deep drop dual pivot, work really well but the cable run to the rear is a bit untidy.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 6:01 am 
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Looks lovely, very well done. Any decals planned for it?


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 3:09 pm 
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Spokesmann wrote:
Looks lovely, very well done. Any decals planned for it?


Thanks

I have the original headbadge to put back on, not sure how to fix it yet, and also the little R logo if the seatpost bolt which fell off when cleaning the bolt.

The frame does look a little bare, so maybe some Raleigh decals on the downtube. The ones for this age are the block caps ones, i do prefer the later handwriting type ones. I think white rather than black lettering. Doubtfull i can get any Wisp decals and it's not reynolds tubing so again no tubing stickers.

Have just ordered some brooks grips with their 40% discount, so will finish the bars off.

Just need a decent chainset now, something like the stronglight from spa but second hand and cheaper :)


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 8:15 pm 
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Clear silicon sealant should stick your head badge on.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 8:27 pm 
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Thanks I'll give that a go


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 7:30 am 
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If silicone sealant doesn't work, get some "Trim Tape", only a couple of quid for a roll from Wilkos and the like.

It's the stuff they use to attach badges to cars, so can withstand heat, cold and wet.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 1:50 pm 
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Nice refurb! The white cables look lovely. Very pretty but would look nicer with a 5 bolt crankset (eg DX to match the mech) but then you have hinted at it being temporary. Seatpost should be 25.4mm, what did you fit?


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