I'm also a huge 80's Raleigh Road Bike fan - hadn't seen one of these before. What a superb machine!
If it were me doing it, I'd sympathetically modify it for the sake of using it and enjoying it and keep an ebay saved search for the rare bits that you need to put it back to original spec. They'll turn up eventually!
I think I may be able to help with the RALEIGH decal - it looks the same text as on my 1983 Record Ace, and I've had all the decals re-drawn in Adobe Illustrator so I can refurbish my bike in the future.
Is this any good?Print
, on Flickr
Thanks for that, but the font is a bit different, i know a signwriter who can replicate them if i get the bike replated.
Luckily the bike is almost intact of its original parts. the only bits missing were minor, a wheel reflector (but i had a spare), the toeclips & straps, and the rear rim is damaged (but i've sourced an identical replacement). the brake lever hoods and saddle arent brilliant but they look much better after a spruce up. Other than that it hadnt been molested or monkeyed with (despite the abuse and neglect it had had). It even still had the original cables and tyres when i got it! The chain that come with it looked very recent but i changed it anyway (and found it was slightly stretched).
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