From this thread viewtopic.php?f=12&t=245791
What do you do, when an old friend, in the form of a bike, reveals a secret history that you knew nothing about ? That's how I felt this weekend, when I discovered that 'that old yellow bike in the garage' as my wife would refer to it turned out to be what TimColnago kindly referred to as the "Jewel in the Crown" of Raleigh Banana's.
Well, being an IT geek, you probably start to google it !
So, let me start by telling you a little about it's previous owner.
This bike was made in '89 by the SBDU (Specialist Bike Development Unit) of Raleigh, for Dave Rayner, a promising young rider from Bradford, West Yorkshire. Riding for the Raleigh Banana team, he won the under 22 award for the Milk Race in three consecutive years, 1987-89. In both of the two latter years he combined this with an 8th place overall.
As a result of Dave's untimely death, the Dave Rayner Fund (http://www.daveraynerfund.co.uk/
) was setup, supporting up and coming young riders. A worthy cause, I encourage you to take a look, and support them.
The purpose of this build, is to restore the bike to as close (as is humanly possible) to it's 1989 specification, to preserve it, and ensure that the end result is a fitting tribute to Dave's successes.
Your comments are encouraged, whilst I'm not originally a yorkshire man it is my adopted home, and we do like plain speaking.
Frame: Raleigh SBDU Reynolds 753 with Cinelli Lugs/Spoiler BB
Fork: Raleigh SBDU Reynolds 753 with Cinelli
Headset: Campagnolo Corsa Record
Stem: 3TTT 8cm Alloy
Bar Tape: Cinelli Black/White Camouflage Cork
Brake Levers: Campagnolo Corsa Record (with Quick Release integrated into Levers)
Brake Calipers: Campagnolo Delta
Brake Pads: Campagnolo
Brake Cables: unknown/ non original
Shifters: Simplex Friction
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Corsa Record Braze-on
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Corsa Record
Derailleur Cables: unknown/original
Cassette: 7sp 13-21
Cranks: Campagnolo Corsa Record 172.5
Bottom Bracket: Campagnolo Corsa Record
Pedals: Campagnolo Chorus Look Compatible (not original)
Rims: Campagnolo Sigma Pave
Hubs: Campagnolo Corsa Record
Hub Skewers: Campagnolo Corsa Record/Tacx Rear (!)
Tyres:Vittoria Corsa CX Tub(front) Unknown Rear
Saddle: Selle Italia Turbo
Seatpost: Campagnolo Corsa Record
Seatpost Binder: Alloy Hex bolt
Bottle Cage: Elite (original)
Paint work appears to be original, but needs attention, and transfers (Raleigh/Banana) on the Front Fork, and the ("Banana the Energy Fruit!") Top Tube.
There's also no Raleigh Head Badge.