Raleigh Randonneur 708


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Fab bikes. here’s a link to mine:


Following a recent lull in retro riding I took mine for a 70 miler the other day - forgot how good they are.

I’d say Nitto for stem and bars: I swapped the dirt drops for some, er Randonneurs. The stock LX brakes are heavy and meh: Dia. compe CR 720s are reasonable and very effective. Paul’s are prettier. Make sure you get good levers. It took a couple of attempts to find decent aero ones, but in the end I found Gran Compes to be the best.


Front dynohub is a great idea and on my list. For rims, quite wide 26mm with 33mm tyres work well. Spa cycles are good for rims.



Retro Newbie
Thank you! Will definitely check out Spa Cycles for wheels/rims…and your recommendations for brakes. Lovely to hear from yet another Raleigh Randonneur enthusiast!


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Typo on the brakes: should have said Tektro CR720 not Dia Compe (get em while you can - they look to be becoming scarce like so many good cycling components these days…)