Well, what can I say???
My first ever 'proper' bike, bought new (from Raleigh dealer Connells in Havant) when I was about 13 or something like that
I absolutely loved this bike, put thousands of miles on it, in fact I was never off of it.......
After a couple of years I think my legs outgrew it as there was an almighty 'SNAP' as I was pumping a big gear uphill and on greater inspection I'd broken a chainstay at the bottom bracket point
A few 'phonecalls
' later, to Raleigh direct and I'd managed to secure a brand new replacement frame - Result.
Then I discovered Mountain biking, and the poor Banana was just relegated to the back of the garage.
Years and years of neglect ensued for the poor Banana and eventually my parents took the F+F up the local tip
Turn the clock forward a 'few
' years and I'm busy minding my own business when I receive a pm out of the blue from a memeber on here called Blindside, offering me a replacement Banana FOC
So today, I was finally reunited with my first bike, that set me off on the cycling scene
Meeting Blindside in the flesh, the guys a definite star, full of enthusiasm for retroness and a real genuine guy - can't really thank him enough
So here she is, complete with 'Paul Sherwin' signature
Hope you guys like it.