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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 1:44 pm 
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Hi all,

Not top end I know, but i was pleased to get this for a song :lol: It replaces my "racer", read road bike, that was stolen from my garden many years ago.

I will not be doing a "Concours" job on it, just fixing the problems, and a little upgrading when things come along. Maybe Exage brakes and front mech to match the rear mech, aero levers, and quill pedals.

This is circa '86 as it is a 12 speed. It is too cold to go and find the Serial No. at present.

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Rear mech Exage 300. 700-23c wheels.

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Raleigh Chainset...any life left in the small chainwheel, or chain? :?

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18-23 Hi Tensile steel. Not the lightest, but OK. Missing F mech

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Weinman brakes, plastic levers, and Oval tubing on down tube and seat tube.

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Raleigh Bars

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Weinman levers

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Seatpost

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Original sellers sticker, please don't mention the pram.... :oops:

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All important go faster Aerospace Contour sticker 8) . I have the correct Raleigh seat bolt

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Spec:-

Frame: Raleigh 18-23 Hi Tensile "Aero Profile"

Fork: Raleigh

Headset: Raleigh
Stem: Custom
Handlebar: Raleigh
Bar Tape: Silva

Brake Levers: OEM Wienmann, Now Shimano Aero
Brake Calipers: OEM Weinmann, now Shimano Exage
Brake Pads: Shimano
Brake Cables: OEM now LBS
Shifters: Raleigh
Front Derailleur: Suntour Cyclone
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Exage 300EX
Derailleur Cables: Clark
Cassette: Suntour close ratio 13-18
Chain: LBS with power link.
Cranks: Shimano
Chainrings: Shimano Biopace 42/52
Bottom Bracket: Shimano UN 54 sq 68x122
Pedals: Shimano A550 platform

Rims: Front Weinmann/ Rear unknown, both eyelet rims
Hubs: Front Maille/ Rear Pelessier
Hub Skewers: Brand X
Nipples:
Spokes:
Tyres: Schwalbe Lugano 700x23c
Tubes: Cheap and nasty

Saddle: Carge Spoon
Seatpost: Laprade
Seatpost Binder:

Bottle Cage: No
Extras:

Weight: 22lb


Anyone else on RetroBike got a Panasonic? I do remember seeing one on here. The come in 753, 735, 531 as well as my entry level 18-23 Hi-T

Edit... found some here, though not Hi-Ten...doesn't John have a high end one?

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=104061
http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=66221
http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=65978
http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=125391
http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1102904#1102904
http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1078238&highlight=#1078238

Ian Raleigh's 531
http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=194208

Shawn B has several....
1985 531
http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=194701
1984 531c
http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=197102



Catalogue from BITD 1984

http://bulgier.net/pics/bike/Catalogs/R ... l84_08.jpg
http://bulgier.net/pics/bike/Catalogs/Raleigh84/ral84_15.jpg
http://bulgier.net/pics/bike/Catalogs/Raleigh84/ral84_03.jpg

Catalouge specification '84
http://bulgier.net/pics/bike/Catalogs/R ... l84_09.jpg



Team photo 1984
http://bulgier.net/pics/bike/Catalogs/Raleigh84/ral84_16.jpg

Team after 1984..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panasonic_cycling_team

Peter Post, Panasonic team manager 1984 onwards

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Post
http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=132598

One of these sold on ebay, late 2010 for £67. The owner claims it cost £175 in 1986, which would make it roughly £350 in todays money!


Any further info, or reminiscences, welcomed...

TTFN,

Dave


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 9:40 pm 
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I'm no expert but I have a chage spoon (black) on my 80's record sprint, i think they look very good on retro road bikes, they are also light and very nice to sit on.

nice bike by the way.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 5:36 pm 
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So....

ripping the bike apart today, first day its not been brass monkeys!

Paintwork is in a real mess, just going to try touching it up with enamel for the time being :roll: . B/B came out without too much trouble 8) , but is U/S, but i knew that. Inner chainwheel is also U/S... the chainset is SR ( Suntour?) with 165mm arms. They're going to have to go!

Forks came out OK too. Cups look OKish, so just new balls there.

Last job of the day...looking for the serial No. Took the cable guide off of the B/B, but only found a casting number :cry: Eventually found it on the back of the seatpost :oops:
NH612670X ( X= last number). So i think it is Nottingham, July, 1986. Pls correct me if i am wrong.

Good to be doing something to it at last, been frustrating in this cold weather, not working and planning.

More as i get the chance, but with xmas coming, probably only going to be cleaning and touching up this month.

Dave


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 2010 1:14 am 
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Lovely bike, I can remember being wowed by exactly that combination of Aerospace contour tubing and Panasonic colours in JE James Cycles in Sheffield in the mid 80's. If I didn't already have this...

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... I'd be looking for one like yours :D I can't get enough of Raleigh team coloured bikes at the moment...


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 7:20 pm 
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Finally got 95% of the stuff needed to get this on the road. Thanks to all who have been generous with their time and parts.

In between, i have been touching up the paint as best i can, but now think that, if i am really happy with the way it rides, i will do a full paint job on it next winter. I have found it near impossible to match "white" with "faded white" :roll:

The tyres came today and the blue matches the frame very well. The Brand X allen key skewers look good, and the B/B also arrived today.

Now have to get down to some wheel cleaning :oops: in my spare time!

Pics later in the month..

Dave


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2011 12:56 pm 
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Looking good!

There's another option from charge- the 'bucket' seat- I believe they purchased the Turbo mold from Sella Italia and bought out their own version at a good price! They've got some 80's swagger to them, worth a look... less dainty and sleek as the spoon saddle tho...


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:44 pm 
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Back again...

Had some free time at the weekend, so converted the box of bits into a bike. Not without some heart stopping moments though.

The bolt in the stem, that clamps the bars, sheared. I was able to drill it out though, and find a suitable replacement. Then, the thread in the dropout, for the rear mech stripped. There was 2 or 3 threads protruding at the rear of the dropout, so i was able to find a nut, cut it down, and use that as a backup.

Wheels, brakes, tyres, chain set,front mech, platform pedals, gear cables all on. Looks like a bike now. Bought a chain today, and brake cables. Just need to order the saddle.

Really looking forward to getting my leg over this in the next week or so.

Pics when its done...

Also, after a shakedown ride, it would be good to get some retro road bikes out for as bit of a spin one day. I do have an idea for a nice route, just 20 to 30 miles to start with.

Dave


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 1:50 pm 
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Hi All,

Had a lovely morning in the sunshine, putting on the last few bits and adjusting some things. Just a saddle and toe straps to sort out :?

As i mentioned at the beginning of this project, the idea was to get this bike back on the road, and looking halfway decent. it was not going to be a concours restoration. I felt that the bike i wanted to end up with should look "fast" when standing still, and i hope i have achieved this.

The paint still leaves a lot to be desired, and if it really rides well, i think a paint job might be on the cards for next winter.

I would like to thank all those people who have sold me keenly priced kit for this, and especially DA-EVO and LGF for the Karma parts, when i was most needy. Respect guys 8)

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Showing the additional nut to keep the rear mech on! :shock:

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I have really enjoyed building this, and now look forward to doing 'er indoors' Claude Butler '62 Cordon Bleu, and a pre/post war Royal Enfield i have lined up :D


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 6:13 pm 
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That looks minty fresh - you must be well chuffed.

Blue leather Christophe toe straps for the win? http://www.spacycles.co.uk/products.php ... 40s168p847

:D


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 7:13 pm 
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That looks excellent! the white bars and blue tyres really compliment the frame colour, nice choice, bet you can't wait to ride it.


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