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PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:53 pm 
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I will get up a full list of components soon (as soon as I finish it).

Re. The finish on the frame this was achieved using scotchbrite pads. There are three grades that you can use maroon (course), green (medium) and grey (fine). Because my frame had a very slight pitting in the frame finish (I'm guessing this was because it was originally painted and this helped with paint adhesion?) I started with a course grade to remove any blemishes and then finished with a fine grade.

I found the best result was achieved rubbing the tubes in a perpendicular direction i.e NOT rubbing up and down along the length of the tube but moving along the tubes in sections as if polishing a bowling ball (does that make sense?)

I also found that working on one tube at time helped maintain my sanity and ensure that every part of the bike received the same level of attention.

The cranks weren't NOS but were pretty mint so I didn't have to do any work on them :-)


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 1:52 pm 
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I *think* they moved to painted finishes as the cost involved getting the burnished and polished finishes was quite high. Paint is (relatively) cheap and easy, and covers many sins!


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 2:51 pm 
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well done feller great looking bike,,,,had a look in local bike shop today which is a place ive not been for ages new bikes just look so crap,,,,,retro for me any day...


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 4:48 pm 
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SWEEET!!!


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 12:33 am 
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NeilM wrote:
Very nice indeed.

There is a growing realisation of just how good the 90's Raleigh frames are. For my part, I am slightly ashamed I didn't realise that at the time, and bought American instead. :oops:

Watching this build with interest.


100% true. Lovely bike and one I probably glanced over in the late 90s


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 2:05 am 
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Nice.
I have the same frame. Same version of the Torus, I think it's the same year too and mine was painted.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 2:56 am 
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Well done! You have made a lovely job of that it looks mint. Might have to give mine another makeover now after seeing yours.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:41 pm 
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As a daily M Trax user I always enjoy Raleigh threads, this one has been especially enjoyable. What a great result!


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 9:15 pm 
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Retro Spud wrote:
Jeeez that looks so right 8)

it actually puts the catalogue one to shame in the looks dept.

Last picture is great, have you considdered entering B.O.T.M ?



Glad to see it in B.O.T.M, You've pick one hell of a tuff month to enter,
so far its still getting my vote


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