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 Post subject: raleigh ritmo ...rebuild
PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2014 10:13 pm 
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Raleigh ritmo 87 .how rare are ritmos?..Reynolds 531 tubing.1987 built ..in good condition but being restored.here is the frame,it has a small dent on the top tube due handle bars I think and light rust spots as the.paint is very thin on the lightweights.the frame in this picture here was part resprayed.I masked off the decals and part painted it.afterwards I wasn't happy with the fresh paint and the original decals that had few chips on them.so I removed the decals,placed them on a4 paper.photographed them took dimensions and asked a supplier in ebay to reproduce them.which he did.so I fully repainted the frame using the correct colours and applied fresh decals,


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2014 11:22 pm 
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According to the Raleigh catalogue the ritmo comes with weinman wheels.mine had mavics.I believed them to be original so I rebuilt them but I'm not sure if it left the factory with the mavics. years of use,taken apart polished by hand.New stainless steel spokes.New axles cones and bearings.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2014 11:33 pm 
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The standard crank puller ripped the threads that the cap uses.the tool wouldn't shift the crank so I made one up in 2 halfs then welded it together around the crank.the crank came off 1st go.second picture is the crank polished and refitted


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 9:22 am 
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Brake calipers dismantled polished reassembled original brake blocks kept with new nuts and washers.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 9:29 am 
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Pedals dismantled.new bearings,and a bit of polishing.
Original regina bx rear sproket dismantled new bearings and grease fitted.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:33 am 
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Lovely work there! How easy was the paint fade job to achieve?


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 11:22 am 
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Hi,thanks.the paint fade is just a simple waft with a spray can.spray slow and build the paint where you need a solid colour then just a quick flick to fade it off.it looks a bit pixelated but once you apply top high gloss laquer it will blend itself nicely.keep watching as il add more photos soon thanks.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 12:11 pm 
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Close up on paint fade


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 12:17 pm 
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great job :D


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 12:32 pm 
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Thanks...hope it inspires others to rebuild and save the old bikes.


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