I bought this frame from another forum member a little while ago and started to gather the parts for an all purpose 'hack' road bike.
I wanted to make it pretty age related and so I started to gather a few Shimano Tricolor bits and pieces together, plus some Ultegra 9 speed shifters / brake levers, and then plans changed, as my unicorn, a Rourke 853, came up for sale.
A couple of weeks ago my daughter decided she'd quite like a road bike, figuring that her brother and dad were having all the fun (little does she know). She came down and tried my Raleigh 853, with the seatpost suitably lowered and to my huge surprise, fitted it like a glove. So, being the kind and generous dad I am, I offered to sell her one of my two spare frames and the one she chose was the Raleigh. I should add at this stage that my daughter is an art teacher (and forum member) so the colour scheme is not all of my doing.
I kept being beaten to Tri 600 rear mechs, and then, by luck found an early Shimano 105 F&R mech, and as the rear mech is pretty much a 600 with a different finish, that started the build in earnest.
The cranks are FSA Vero compact and came from a friend of my son's, the BB is new, forum member Jones supplied the Planet X wheels, pedals are Ritchey spd's supplied by forum member Azaro and other bits and pieces came from stock.
Later this week it will be fited with a suitable 'girlie' saddle and be pressed into service.
Don't worry about the little orange thing, it's just an arrow I used to hold the bike up.
"Try not to punch any clowns"