I have been scouring Gumtree daily for the past few weeks to find a bike I can go touring on next year. I stumbled across an old Raleigh that had few details, and couldn't tell much from the pictures. I decided to go and have a look, and its an old Raleigh Randonneur. I don't know much about that particular model, but after I saw the Brooks saddle and 105 equipment, I realised that those alone were easily worth more than the £30 he was asking. So I paid my money and pushed it home (6 miles!).
As you can see from the photos, it is in clear need of some work doing to it, but I love a good project so I don't mind the condition its in. The spec (as far as I can tell) is as follows:
Brooks saddle (not sure which one)
Deore MT60 Biopace crankset
Deore DX FD
105 Brake levers
Mavic Module 4 rims
It seems like it'll be a really nice bike once it's cleaned (I haven't had a chance yet), the paintwork seems pretty much intact, although it needs a new set of decals. I also don't think that the fork is original, but I quite like the chrome.
It was missing a chain and derailleur, so I have ordered a contemporary Deore XT derailleur and a chain. I'm also on the lookout for some hoods for the brake levers, and plan on changing all the cables, outers and handlebar tape.
If anyone has any more information on these bikes then please let me know! And also if anyone has an idea how much it'll be worth when I finish (bear in mind i spent £30 on it!)