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Winter project - Raleigh(8 posts)

Winter project - RaleighMLCrisis
Mar 23, 2003 3:35 PM
I wanted to show off my Winter project bike. Found this Raleigh frame in the dusty basement of my LBS looking pretty sad - lots of blemishes, but few dents and little rust...took it home for $30. Very unique dimensions and angles (62cm seat, 57cm top tube...VERY short wheelbase - I measure the head tube at 80 degrees!). It fits me well (long legs, short torso), but still use a very short reach stem. Totally stripped it and did the frame prep myself then had it powder coated - VERY durable. Mix of transferred and new parts - unfortunately not very authentic, but still clips/straps and friction gearing all the way! Triple front (30/42/52) and ultra6 corncob freewheel (13-19) gives me lots of ratios. It's pretty flat around here...I'll rarely use the granny. I'm an old timer...this is my first bike with dual pivot brakes...gotta' love 'em.
powder coated badge - too stealthy?MLCrisis
Mar 23, 2003 3:41 PM
powder coated badge - too stealthy?desmo
Mar 23, 2003 7:04 PM
that is bizarre geometry for a road frame, it would look more at home with track forks out back. is there a bump or ripple on the bottom of the downtube up near the head tube? anyway, enjoy it!
bump or rippleMLCrisis
Mar 24, 2003 5:04 AM
Maybe the edge of the lug? I can't see anything in real life.

I was originally worried that the ride would be harsh because of the steep angle up front...no concern for me. However, I DO notice that my toe clips nip the front wheel in sharp cornering situations...that'll wake you up!
re: Winter project - Raleighwspokes
Mar 24, 2003 8:07 AM
Great to see someone rescuing old bikes from basements! Powder coating seems a good way to go if you want to keep $ down and durability. It does appear that the fork is a little whack...maybe you need a slightly different rake or something. I bet it is pretty responsive (read twitchy). Overall I like the bar ends with the frame. Good Project bike!
re: Winter project - RaleighFredrico
Mar 26, 2003 1:42 PM
I'd be tempted to take the fork to a bikeshop and get it bent back into the right rake. It'll ride alot better.
great advice...I'll look into itMLCrisis
Mar 26, 2003 2:40 PM
closing the loop - fork repairedMLCrisis
Mar 30, 2003 7:18 PM
Minor adjustment, but makes a big difference. Thanks again for the suggestion.