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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:47 am 
Retro Guru

Joined: Wed Aug 07, 2013 1:00 pm
Posts: 954
Location: Suffolk
By the way, your bike is a Raleigh Lightweight Unit built bike in August 1986.

W - Raleigh Lightweight Unit
L - August
6 - 1986

Bike appears in the 1987 Brochure, so I guess this means the frame had been sitting around a while...!

PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:59 pm 
Devout Dirtbag

Joined: Fri Oct 05, 2012 2:19 am
Posts: 134
Location: North-East
Very cool build, interesting to read that a modern shimano 130mm rear wheel will fit a 23.5" 501 frame.

Do you think a 9 or 10 speed would fit on? I have a 8 speed on a 1990 23.5" raleigh 501 and it looks like more would fit? I will say mine has 130mm rear dropouts (but am reluctant to buy a modern wheelset and cassette in case it dont fit - my rear mech and chain are ready for 9-10 speed)

PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:02 am 
Retro Guru

Joined: Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:02 pm
Posts: 1273
Location: north hamshire
white turbo deffinately . wedgewood bone china had raised white detailing and its quite uncanny . the wheels are bold and so clean . your diy painting is to be commended .
my efforts include spraying spiders webs onto work+expecting paint to be dry leaving dirty finger prints!
i recently aquired a heat gun from a booty i will try that out one day.

PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 10:37 pm 
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Joined: Mon Jun 22, 2009 11:09 am
Posts: 9385
Location: Devon
Exactly the sort of build I like. Just the sort of bike im after. Lovely thread!

Did chuckle at the first stem though! Sorry.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2015 10:47 pm 

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Hi i have this bike and looking to replace the bottom bracket what was the size of the un26 spindle lenght and shell width would be very appreciated thanks :)

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2015 6:20 am 

Joined: Sun Nov 03, 2013 1:18 pm
Posts: 6
It was a 68x113mm English thread

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