There's not enough low end bikes on here
so here's my '88 Raleigh Ritmo that I'm part way through doing an economy rejuvenation job. Not really a restoration as it was sort of rideable when I got it and I'm no stickler for originallity, just want to get it into good clean useable condition that will last a good few years without any nasty surprises.
As you can see from the sellers pic below, a previous owner had fitted it with flat bars and Deore V-brake levers, so they'll be ditched for some cheap drop bars and Tektro levers. Luckily the other components seem to be mostly original and serviceable, although I've got to fit a new front axle as the cones were badly pitted.
The paintwork had quite a few rust spots showing through some rather slap dash touch-up work. I didn't much like the paint scheme anyway so decided to strip it and economically repaint it with Hammerite smooth blue.
Currently everything has been stripped and cleaned and I'm just setting up to respray the frame without getting paint all over the place.
I'll post some more as I progress but I'm not in a hurry with this one.
There doesn't seem to be much info on the Ritmo out there, does anybody know more about them? A catalogue page scan would be really good!
Here's the spec...
Frame: Raleigh Ritmo WH800nnnn
Tubing: 531 butted main tubes
Lugs: Not known, see pics
Size: 22.5" / 57cm
Frame Without Forks Weight: 1.96 Kg (completely stripped)
Forks Weight: 0.83 Kg (completely stripped)
Stem: SR Custom
Handlebars: ITM (not original)
Bar Tape: Deda black
Brake Levers: Tektro RL-340 (not original)
Brakes: Weinmann 570
Gear levers: Shimano SL-1050 D/T 6spd or friction
Front Derailleur: Shimano FD-Z202
Rear Derailleur: Shimano RD-L523
Cranks: Shimano Golden Arrow 170mm
Chainrings: Shimano 52-42
Bottom Bracket: Tange
Pedals: MKS Sylvan Road Black
Freewheel: Shimano TZ21 14-28
Chain: Shimano HG-50
Rims: Weinmann alloy 700c 36H 15mm
Tyres: Specialised All condition 700-28C
Nipples: not known
Spokes: not known
Saddle: Turbo Black
Seatpost: SR Laprade 27.2mm
Seat Bolt: steel
Bottle Cage: 2 x Blackburn
Mudguards: none fitted, frame has eyes for them.
Bike Weight: Just under 11Kg
Other details: This one also had that weird pump peg thing in the head tube. It's not threaded and is brazed in, see pic. Now removed.
As it was, seller's pic:
Yuk, where's the Nitromors ..
More to come,