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 Post subject: 1986 Raleigh Maverick
PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 12:37 pm 
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Morning all.

Just registered on here as I was curious to see what everyone thought of my Maverick. I'll apologise up front, I waffle on - a lot. More so when its a subject I enjoy.

I've only just got back into biking after a seven year gap, you know - the whole marriage, mortgage being grown up etc etc. Basically I spent in excess of five months tracking down the perfect mountain and road bike for me and my budget whilst also adapting to life with the Dalmatian puppy who now dominates my every moment. I finally got my bikes and was wondering if there was a way of combining my two favourite hobbies of dog walking and cycling into one and I came across a clever little gadget from Germany that allowed just this. However, I didn't want to clamp this my new super duper GT so I thought about tracking a good old Raleigh down from the 80's, something like the one I had - the Maverick. Plus, as I remembered that they weighed about a third of a fully loaded Transit van, it would be a good solid bike to have my giddy spotty friend trotting at the side of me and she "shouldn't" be able to pull me over.

After several missed opportunities on eBay, I finally tracked one down at a good price and in very, very good condition (well apart from the seat). God I forgot how big an ugly they were. And what's with those cowhorn handlebars and eight foot stem? I don't remember that. Anyway, with a bit of tweaking (and a lot of spending later) here's what I ended up with



So here's the list

1986 Raleigh Maverick frame and forks
1995 Spin carbon fibre wheels
2013 GT Zaskar pedals
1997 GT Karakoram chain
???? Unknown handlebars
2011 Tesco grips! (Really comfy by the way)
1992 GT Timberline rear tyre
???? Unknown make front tyre
2013 7 speed cassette (obviously the Sachs Huret only covers 5!!!)
1994 Bottle holder on the handlebars for holding her lead
2013 Bottle holder for me (Good old T K Maxx)

There's probably other bits which I can't quite remember but I'll add them if they come back to the old grey matter.

I refer to it now as my "Canal" bike as that's where we go trotting along. The bike gets as much attention as having a giddy Dalmatian strapped to the side of it. It's now been renamed the Frankenstein Canal Bike

Oh to cut not such a long story short, there was a good reason why I didn't remember such ugly features as the handlebars and stem, I never had a Maverick!!! I had a 1988 Raleigh Magnum!!!! D'oh :shock:


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 1:07 pm 
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Welcome !
Nice wheels for a canal bike ! :D


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 1:22 pm 
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Yeah it was a bit over the top but I wanted to look cool while the locals were dragging me out of the water!!! (No, it's not happened yet but I'm a realist :) )


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 8:22 pm 
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I would love a set of them on the right bike they can look really cool !
I like your style ! :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:50 am 
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I had some on my 95 GT Karakoram when I was last into cycling in a big way and I loved them, especially the whoosh whoosh sound they made when you got your head down. I bought these several months ago when I was researching what mountain bike to get and as I ended up with a 29er, they just had to be used and this old girl was the perfect excuse :xmas-big-grin:


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:53 pm 
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yeah!,now your talking!

who cares about cowhorns and shite stems, :D

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 12:04 am 
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88 Magnum pic from Raleigh catalogue, ohh check those straight bars out! :wink:


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 12:06 am 
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These are the REAL bars though (Raleigh Metropolitan on the left).


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 11:52 am 
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love those wheels. nothing wrong with ugly features, half the time those are what makes the bike more interesting, and I like the look of that maverick.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 26, 2013 9:52 pm 
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Did you keep the original bars? Are they for sale?


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