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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:22 am 
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First ride on the RRS.....

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It went well.

Last night I spent a while tightening a few spokes on the rear wheel and truing it up. A couple were really really loose.....I think someone had been dabbling with a spoke key! It's close enough but could probably get better with a few more turns of the spoke key.

Other than an occasional (annoying) ting/click type noise it's riding like a new bike. And fits me so well too.

One niggle I noticed - some play in the rear wheel hub. Need to turn my attention to that with the cone spanners later to see if it can be improved.

At some point I'll treat the bike to a complete strip down and deep clean/polish/lube/service etc.

To do list:

Gold cable outers/cable end crimps.
Black stem
Black clip-in pedals
New stainless spokes - to replace the "rustless" ones
Deep clean/service/re-lube


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 5:06 pm 
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Gold (more like yellow) Jagwire cable turned up yesterday......

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Nothing screams the 80's more than fake gold bling, space shuttles and what feels like a cynical sticker-based marketing exercise to flog British goods from a once great company that's seen better times.......and I love this bike because of it. It's certainly "of the era"

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:12 pm 
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So - starting to dig into some detail on the ol' RRS......I noticed that there was a load of play in the rear wheel.....like the bearing cones weren't tight. So after riding home last night I whipped the wheel off and guess what! The bearing cones weren't tight.

Cue full on strip down. It's a Maillard helicomatic rear hub which has the slightly quirky helical grooves that the freewheel locates on. Luckily I have the lockring tool (from owning a Peugeot!)......which has a bottle opener and spoke tensioner built into it. More lovely quirkiness there from the French.

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Stripped the cones/spindles/bearings/seals etc and gave everything a good clean

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Bearing surfaces look great in the actual hub......but just noticed a bent spoke!!

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Reassembled with fresh grease......

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Adjusted the cones to take out play.......but unfortunately there is a slight grumble. Looking at the surfaces of the cones again there is a little bit of damage to one of the cone surfaces. I've reassembled and I'm riding it as it's close enough - at least all the play has gone now.

I've got a few spare Maillard hubs so hopefully there'll be a decent cone in there somewhere that I can swap out in the future.....


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:44 pm 
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Not my bike but another has turned up on eBay in Scotland. Looks original.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RALEIGH-RECO ... SwKLZck3Eu


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 12:23 pm 
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I had one of these as a teenager. I remember black hubs but not the helical one. What I do remember is that the spoke holes weren't countersunk and I started snapping spokes behind the freewheel at their necks. I dismantled and rebuilt the wheel having countersunk the hubs which makes me think I would definitely remember a different freewheel. I'm sure mine was a standard screw-on one with a two pin remover.

Lovely bike it was, as yours is too. I didn't realise at the time I was slightly spoilt in getting it.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:03 pm 
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Supratada wrote:
I had one of these as a teenager. I remember black hubs but not the helical one. What I do remember is that the spoke holes weren't countersunk and I started snapping spokes behind the freewheel at their necks. I dismantled and rebuilt the wheel having countersunk the hubs which makes me think I would definitely remember a different freewheel. I'm sure mine was a standard screw-on one with a two pin remover.

Lovely bike it was, as yours is too. I didn't realise at the time I was slightly spoilt in getting it.


I also had one of these and it didn't have Helicomatic hubs - it was a standard freewheel, as you describe. They came with a Shimano 105 Golden Arrow rear derailleur and a silver stem (the black stem arrived with the newer iteration of the RS - I know, because my brother had one of those, without the 'Aerospace' tubing).


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:41 am 
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Yeah, mines a bit of a franken-bike of a mix of bits from the various years of RRS.

The frame came with the Golden Arrow rear derailleur but had silver Weinmann brakes. I was fortunate enough to find a complete gold groupset from a slightly earlier RRS which had Campagnolo derailleurs and gold Maillard hubs - which are standard threaded freewheel. As you say - the black stem is from the last of the RRS - with non-aero tubing. (a mod that I'd like to do at some point).

Thanks for the comments guys - it's got me all enthused to dig it out the shed and ride it again (it's been a while).


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