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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2009 3:47 pm 
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Hi all, this is my first real post so go easy on me! Some of you might recognise my username from bikeradar or retro rides

I wanted a new road bike but being a compulsive tinkerer I was unable to allow myself to purchase a £1000 racer, plus I didn't want to end up with a bike I would only use twice a month.

Got this 1980 Raleigh Magnum off of ebay for an incredible £12. It was literally perfect, even the tyres were inflated correctly!
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I decided to go for single speed (just because I've never had a single speed before) and went about stripping the bike down. The only problem I had was with the LH crank arm - the internal thread stripped meaning I couldn't remove it from the BB axle (I have a couple of hub pullers which would have worked on the chainring, but not on this side!). So I had to get out the angle grinder and veeeery carefully cut the BB axle apart. My LBS didn't have a replacement BB axle but gave (sold) me a cartridge unit which was about a £15. Not wanting to fork out on a new crankset I just re-used the old one, which means I'll have to take the angle grinder to it again to get it off, but hopefully I won't need to do that for many years. I refurbed all the mechanical bits (with no gears, that basically left just brakes) and polished all the aluminium using a felt wheel in a drill bit (held in a vice) and Autosol as a polish.

Then I ground off the non-essential braze ons to give it a smoother look, and I scuffed the old paint on the frame (no point taking it all off as it was in very good condition) prior to painting with some paint I had left over from respraying my old Datsun. I initially wanted to paint it a pearlescent white but it's shockingly expensive!

I got some cheap 700c wheels on ebay for about £50, and lowered the brake blocks to suit. Forked out on new tyres which were about £25 for both. Then I got a short Bluemels mudguard and painted it to match (although I don't think it actually does anything at all) and a Brookes saddle from a car boot sale for £30.

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Got chainring :shock: ?
It's running 52/18, might go for 52/20 as it's pretty hilly in Bournemouth

Probably cost me about £125 for everything including the bike itself, and I sold the original steel wheels for £25. I only used those cheap QRs to test it and have since replaced them with some high-quality Shimano ones. I might get rid of the 'death grip' brake lever extensions as they don't work very well and also no matter how tightly I screw the levers onto the bars, if you use the extensions they still come loose. It now has a red KMC chain which really sets it off.

I'm thinking of swapping the red tyres, mudguard and grips to white, what do you think?

I also have a 1970s Coventry Eagle Reynolds 531 frame that I'm slowly collecting parts for (so far I have some Sugino Maxy cranks and that's it) which will be dark silver with white components and a chromed front fork.

EDIT - Spec sheet. Might be a laugh.

Frame: 1980 Raleigh Magnum, don't know what steel but has cheap pressed lugs so nothing fancy. 22" (I think) frame.

Fork: 1980 Raleigh Magnum

Headset: unbranded
Stem: Raleigh, polished aluminium quill stem
Handlebar: Raleigh, polished aluminium
Bar Tape: Deda

Brake Levers/Brifters: Weinmann
Brake Calipers: Raleigh Weinmann 610
Brake Pads: Cheap ones!
Brake Cables: unbranded

Shifters: n/a
Front Derailleur: n/a
Rear Derailleur: n/a
Derailleur Cables: n/a
Cassette:
Chain: Red (painted) KMC Z510
Cranks: Original Raleigh
Chainrings: ^
Bottom Bracket: Shimano sealed
Pedals: MKS RX1 copies, no idea if they're original or not, white leatherette straps

Rims: Weinmann cheapies
Hubs: Quando
Hub Skewers: Shimano XT
Nipples: unknown
Spokes: stainless
Tyres: Schwalbe Blizzard
Tubes: budget Kenda

Saddle: Brooks Professional S, tan with copper rivets
Seatpost: original Raleigh aluminium
Seatpost Binder: Raleigh original chromed steel

Bottle Cage:
Extras: polished Dia-Comp 'deathgrip' brake extensions

Weight: Somewhere between 9 and 11kgs. I haven't weighed it properly because my electric bathroom scales are useless


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2009 7:54 pm 
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Looked great as it was :cry: shame


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2009 8:35 pm 
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Yeah well... that's why I ruined a cheap bike rather than an expensive one.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2009 9:54 pm 
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looks great mate - lose that mudguard though :lol:


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2009 3:39 pm 
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bikemeister2000 wrote:
Looked great as it was :cry: shame


What you've done is give that bike a new lease of life! i think it looks ace.. enjoy riding it!

I would go to an 18t cog at the rear 8)


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2009 6:06 pm 
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Nice job!

Id get some brown bar tape and a set of skinwall tyres and it would be perfect!


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2009 6:54 pm 
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^ thanks guys.

It already has an 18t on the back btw

Brown tape and gumwalls... hmm I may just do that!


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 4:19 pm 
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Interesting transformation.

I still have my Magnum from my 16th birthday.
Unfortunately I snapped the derailer off when adjusting the gears some years ago. I replaced it with one from a friend but would love to restore it to it's original glory. As you've striped yours off I'd love to take it off your hands if you still have it. :)


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 4:57 pm 
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I do, in fact!

I put them on ebay but they didn't sell, twice.

PM me with your address and I'll post them to you.

Oh yeah, and er, I broke this bike for parts and sold it a while ago. Got £40 for the frame, £10 for the brakes, £12 for the original Milremo saddle, another £12 for the original guards and a couple of quid for the bluemels, and £25 for the wheels as already said. Kept the Brooks for my next bike. I actually made quite a bit of profit on this!


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