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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 12:06 am 
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Hello

Thought I'd say hello on my own, first post, and show a couple of photos of a project finally coming to an end.

I bought a knackered 50's Raleigh Lenton frame, and have been doing it up for the missus. Apart from a bit of fettling like hooking up the hub gear, getting mudguards and getting the chainwheel on it's nearly there!

I built an AW 3-apeed and old SA front hub on to new Raleigh 26 1 3/8 alloys. Diacompe brakes will help stop her. I'd like to get a Brooks saddle on eventually, but I'm skint at the moment. I reconditioned the BB and replaced the headset. The BB was a nightmare because it is some odd size.

I have four other Ralieigh frames- a Road Ace, Richmond, a factory sell-off job, and a Special Build modified frame with cutout BB and Braze-on Front Mech. I'll get round to them, and fancy converting one or more in to a light weight Sturmey Archer AW hub commuter. Time will tell, and I'll post pics when they are more like a bike and less like a pile of wasted money!

I have a yellow Raleigh Randonneur which is an amazing ride, but ugly as sin!

Hope to spend more time on here in the coming months. Great site!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 11:57 pm 
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Welcome lurker!

There is something very nice about that bike but i cannot put my finger on it hmmmmmmm

I like it but why?

More pics please

and welcome to the land of non-lurkers - good to see you!!!


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:47 am 
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Hi! I'm glad you like it, thanks for your reply. I'll take some more pictures of it when I get home this week. The frame is proper shabby, but I love the part visible transfers. I won't repaint, but may lacquer it o preserve it's condition, or smash some clear shoe polish on it!

Here's some pictures as I first received it.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:53 am 
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Here's the Yellow Peril. A Raleigh Randonneur with Royal forks, without its mudguards for summer. Sorry about the saddle (flogged that for £30 so that particular horror has gone) and the saddle bag is a bit scrotal because it had a load of tools in it to correct my mistakes on the road (it was my first rebuild)!


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 2:25 pm 
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I have another look at the Lenton frame, the more i look at it, the more i like it - still don't know why - it just has a very honest look is my best guess!

Keep up the good work!!


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 12:03 am 
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Good job on the Raleigh, I'd thought about going for yellow with my Equipe refurb but was ordered to have it snot green by my 5 year old...what's the chainset you've got on it?


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 12:21 am 
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Meejoir wrote:
Good job on the Raleigh, I'd thought about going for yellow with my Equipe refurb but was ordered to have it snot green by my 5 year old...what's the chainset you've got on it?


Hey, thanks! I quite the yellow, but it's a bit garish. I had thought of a respray to a duck-egg blue or somesuch, but it ain't broke so why bother?!

The chainset is the original shimano Biopace triple. It's got a thousand miles or so left in it, and with regular servicing the BB is lasting well. I actually have a NOS Biopace 40-52 double and BB to chuck on it when the current one dies. I quite like biopace, and suits me quite well, but I'm not in a rush to put it on to my racer projects! The Randonneur is a cracking frame and although my Raleigh Royal is same but for the spare spoke holders the ride seems much smoother (might be the wheels I suppose).


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:54 am 
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Welcome aboard, great bikes and good to see another Shrewsbury member :)


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 12:14 pm 
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Robbied196 wrote:
Welcome aboard, great bikes and good to see another Shrewsbury member :)


Thanks! I'll do some better photos of the Ladies Lenton when I get back. I feel a bit ashamed of my phone pics having seen some smart bike photos on here!

What's your local bike shop?


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:43 pm 
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Yellow_Peril wrote:
What's your local bike shop?


Its in my shed :lol:

I pop into Stan Jones once in a while but to be honest, the latest bikes and kit aren't really my scene. I'm more of a collector and restorer of bikes from the 60s/70s/80s.

Or even 50s :)

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