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    Anyone recall a floral/scale pattern green '90 Raleigh MTB?

    Hi all For a while I've been trying to remember my first MTB, which was a gift from my parents in (I think) 1990 but might have been a 1989 model. Can anyone help from this indistinct recollection of details? Things I am sure about - it was a Shimano 18-speed (3x6) and it was bought from...
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    SIS front crankset replacement..(90s taper-axle hybrid bike)

    Hiya Posting this here despite the bike pre-dating 1998 as I'm open to modern suggestions and not doing a classic restoration per se.... Recently purchased a pair of mint condition 1990s Raleigh Pioneer Classic hybrids after my wife expressed an interest in riding with me (she hadn't ridden...
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    North Road style cruiser handlebars, 25.4mm, black

    time to start modding the pair of Pioneer Classics I recently bought for my wifey and I - we both like more vintage appearance, and after doing a shameless backdating of an 80s Triumph as my singlespeed ride, I'm keen to backdate the already somewhat retro Pioneers. They currently have...
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    Pioneering spirits (Pair of 1990s Raleigh Pioneer Classics)

    HI all I was a member here ten or so years ago when I sought advice about rebuilding a 1980s Triumph 3-speed roadster for use as an everyday bike. I took the advice and followed it (singlespeed conversion, alloy wheels, Schwalbe Delta Cruiser tyres, slime in the inner tubes, modern bottom...
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    125mm / 126mm cartridge bottom brackets

    Hi all I have a rebuilt 3-speed with a 127mm (Shim. UN54) b/bracket as per the recommendations for the replacement crankset (it came to me with caged bearings and loose cottered cranks) Its slightly out of chainline, as the bike has a chaincase that's held by being sandwiched between the...
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    Raleigh rear wheels.Oh God Why. (please recommend)

    I run an old BSA MTB with the usual 26in wheels, screw on freewheels, etc I replaced the over-a-decade-old rear wheel with a new Raleigh one last year. It was worn out (bent axle, excessive side-play that adjusting the cones didnt fix) by this spring So I bought another Raleigh rear...
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    Raleigh inner tubes - (eBay) - junk?

    Hi all I have a bike with a 26 x 1 3/8 wheel that needs a puncture repair. I removed the nail and bought 4 Raleigh inner tubes via eBay, and a decent polypropylene rim tape I then changed the inner tube, in accordance with instructions,inflated it and it split along the inner edge. I...
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    Fitting cranks - please ignore - sorted by more brute force

    Hiya One last dumb-beginner question from me! I'm so close to finishing my project: I'm fitting a single crankset on a Shimano UN54 bottom bracket How far down the taper should it slide? By hand I can get the crankset down 'til the end of the BB Spindle is about 4mm below the recess...
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    Black BSA conversion

    Hi all. This is the bike that got me back into cycling after 5 years - just 4 months ago in fact. Found it via eBay, a BSA WestCoast 15-spd, structurally sound but with a bent rear axle and both derailleurs jammed and twist-grip changers broken, and only one working brake. I paid £29 for...
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    Odd bottom-bracket drive-side on 1987 Triumph 3-spd

    Good afternoon all After several helpful replies from members here to my enquiries about removing the creaking bottom bracket and knackered cotter-pinned cranks from my 1987 Triumph 3-speed, I have plucked up courage and ordered the parts, and begun disassembly The bottom bracket...
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    bottom brackets & chainline - 3 speed crank upgrade

    Hi all I'm edging closer to ordering parts for my 1987 Triumph 3-speed crank upgrade: A grinding bottom bracket and cotter pins that loosen themselves every 30 miles are trying my patience. I'm less concerned about the threading on my b/bracket shell since I discovered the existence of...
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    Next project - 1978 Puch Elegance

    This is the bicycle I refer to in my thread about better braking with steel rims. It belongs to a friend but I helped her find it. After seeing the white-and-blue trim conversion on my Triumph she wants similar mods done to this - thoughts & suggestions please? Under consideration...
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    1987 Raleigh-Triumph 3-speed

    Not a bike of great value but I liked the look, so I bought it. Been busy getting rid of bad styling touches like the black vinyl grips, gumwall tyres (didnt match the frame colour AT ALL) and a supposedly comfortable seat that was too soft to ride on, and fitting an appropriately retro light...
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    steel-wheeled ladies bike, better braking needed

    Hi all A friend asked me to get her a 3-speed at the same time I bought my Triumph, and we ended up finding and buying a 1978 Puch Elegance ladies bike I did warn her about steel wheels making for poor brakes but it seems its only now sinking in... so I'm looking at improvement routes...
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