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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 10:05 pm 
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This is an old Raleigh Medale. It's been stored in a barn for the last 15 years, and wasn't in good nick when it got put there believe me.

I'm a big fan of recycling bikes, there's not much that can't be fixed or replaced. This is also a handy excuse cos i'm on the dole and totally skint at the moment.

I really want this build to have a simple, classic vintage look to it. I'm really not a fan of dayglow paint jobs and multicolored wheels.

I stripped the paint myself, cut off various bit's like the gearchange and pump holder lugs. Braze filled a few dinks and dents.
Got it sprayed for free from a mate of my dads. All I had to do was the labor intensive rubbing down of the undercoat before the final coat.

Rummaging through boxes of bits I've stockpiled, came across a suitable Weinmann brake lever. And found my old 1950's Middlemore saddle I've had for 20 years.

Got the straight Nitto handlebar off ebay for a twelve quid inc post.

I'm after a pair of 24 spoke clincher type wheels for it. Deep-v or not, I'm not particularly fussed.
And I'm sizing up a nice pair of straight chrome forks for it.


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File comment: This is where it's got to so far. Starting to look like a bike again.
[I live alone, so it sits happily on the kitchen table for now]

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File comment: To keep that edge of vintage old school, I've used this light off the front wing of an old Austin car. I managed to come up with a decent solution for a bracket. I butchered the bracket from a 3-speed gear changer.
I've fitted it with a modern LED light s

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 8:20 am 
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That looks brilliant. I love the headlamp.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 9:25 am 
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Goldie wrote:
That looks brilliant. I love the headlamp.


+1 Excellent :)


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 2:07 pm 
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Thanks guys.
The light was one of those things I just picked up over 20 years ago as a kid and hoarded. I'm like a magpie with shiney chrome.

Getting the bracket right was tricky and took several versions before I nailed it. I was really trying to make it look like it had be purpose made, instead of just some hack.
I'm now after a similar rear light as well. Found a couple of vintage car websites selling those. A bit pricey though, even the replica lights are about £30.


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