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 Post subject: Raleigh Randonneur 708
PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:49 am 
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Came across this for sale locally earlier in the week. I know little about tourers, but research suggests that it's a high pedigree frameset...

Reynolds 708 touristique tubing, Ritchey seatpost, crankset & headset, Cinelli bars/stem, Parralax hubs laced to Mavic module 4 rims, Shimano Deore LX brakes & front mech with a Sora rear mech. Bar-end shifters :)

The weather was warm enough (just about) to have a quick half hour with the bike last night - overall the frame is in OK condition, a few little rust spots but no dents/scratches. The seatpost seemed seized but I got it free thanks to good old WD40 and some elbowgrease. Removed the ill-fitting and broken mudguards and rack, inflated tyres and gave the tubes a quick wipe down.

Here's when I first got her earlier this week:

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Here she is after a the removal of excess weight and a quick wipe down:

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I think my plans are to strip down, deep clean, rebuild, possibly lose the granny ring and put back together with new cables and grease. It would be great to pop a Deore LX rear mech on as well to return it to standard.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:01 am 
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Looks great, those Ritchey chainsets are really nice.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:49 pm 
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I picked one up last year, great do it all bike.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 2:49 pm 
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That’s a good find, wouldn’t mind one to ride to work on.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 6:50 pm 
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I have the cyclocross version of this frame which is essentially identical but with vertical rear dropouts and no mudguard eyes or pannier bosses. It's one of the best frames I have ever owned and I believe 708 touristique is very nearly Reynolds finest. And that's saying something.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:55 am 
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These are really nice frames (check out the oversize seatstay caps, mudguard 'pip' [rather than full chainstay bridge] and spoke holders on the left side chainstays 8) ). Had one, sold it; regrets.

(If for some reason it doesn't suit you, let me know.)


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:07 am 
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What a find! Really nice colour to boot.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:16 am 
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Nice find, what's the frame size? For some reason these only seem to turn up with 60 cm seat tubes or longer...


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:01 am 
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Thanks all! If time permits this weekend I think I will strip it down, bag the components up and treat the frame to a deep clean and a closer inspection :)


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:58 am 
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Gorgeous frames, a pal of mine used to ride 15,000 miles a year on his. A really nice, purposeful audax bike. The mudguards look right on it - otherwise the frame looks gappy. It's also far more comfortable this time of the year with no cold wet feet; plus your drivetrain and headset will last far longer.


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