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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:21 pm 
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Hi there,

Have now completed my 18inch 1993 Raleigh Peak.

Have done a complete nut by nut strip and rebuild.

This was a bit of a barn find and all I had to do was replece wheel bearings,chain, cables and fit a Charge saddle and stubby carbon barends.

Spec can be found in archives.

Wire wool and mild steelwire toothbrush used to polish up all of the crome and frame given full T-Cut and polish.

Have only ridden it around my yard but rides and looks like a new bike! I am sooooo pleased with this restoration and the fact it's a British bike from an era when Raleigh still knew what they were doing!

Will be getting in touch with Gil M though in near future as some of decals have worn with age and could do with refreshing. Hes alraedy done proofs and can say yet again at what a top bloke he is!

After that its gonna be used to transport my son around on a rear child carrier.

This is defo gonna be a keeper!

Hope you like it!

Andy


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 10:40 pm 
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I like that mate. I had a Raleigh Apex back in the day. Good bikes.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 10:44 am 
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Update.....

Took the bike on 20 mile maiden voyage yesterday morning down the trails out the back of where I live (Hawthorn Dene, East Durham) and on to some old railway lines.

Weather glorious and made me realise several things after about 2 miles:

1/ Modern bikes have come a long way since 1993

2/ My modern FS trail bike handles offroad much better than my retro bikes

3/ I had to pick much different lines on my rigid Raleigh than when Im riding my usual modern steed(2009 Spec FSR Pro Carbon).

But after 10 miles I also realised:

1/ Theres something endearing about ripping down your usual trails on a classic bike in mint codition.

2/ Its great fun having something so much different to ride and watching other riders faces when they think 'what was that?' as you pass them.

3/ You have to plan ahead more when picking your lines rather than just 'pointing and shooting' with modern bikes which are much more forgiving over the rough stufff. Therefore I think a return to the retro will ultimately sharpen up my skills.

Overall..... I love it and cant wait to get out again! Felt like eating a pop tart and watching the Goonies on Beetamax when I got home! haha


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 6:57 pm 
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really liking that.

Completely agree with you on old vs new. I'm quicker too on my new bike, but some days there's nothing like taking the old steel out on the bumpy stuff :-) It definitely sharpens the mind!

cheers
John


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 8:35 pm 
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prezza wrote:
Have only ridden it around my yard but rides and looks like a new bike! I am sooooo pleased with this restoration and the fact it's a British bike from an era when Raleigh still knew what they were doing!


My partner had the previous years model in turquoise, although I'm not sure building an outdated lugged steel frame out of what feels as heavy as scaffold pipe in 1993 could be called "knowing what they were doing" :D


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 12:51 am 
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Great :)
Only just noticed the message you sent, you should try and find a Vetta SL saddle.
Looks awesome, 8)


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 9:38 pm 
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That's an ace build. Love it.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 9:50 pm 
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Took you a bit to find this one Coomber dude. :)

I has a connection to these homes.... due to owning one in 1993.....


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 9:54 pm 
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Yep. Don't always see these builds first time around!


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2013 7:07 pm 
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I have a summit in the loft , I quite like these k2 framed bikes , ride nicely

Yours looks like a nice build


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