Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Raleigh Sports Path Racer
I really think your "Old Three Speed Gallery is one fine web site. Last year I submitted my German 3 speed bike that you shared with your readers. This
is my 70's Raleigh Sports "Path Racer".
I started with a Raleigh Sports frame set I bought on e-Bay plus a '74 Coffee Brown Sports donor that was just a bit too tall for me. I stripped parts from the '74 that would be used on my project bike; all mechanical parts, wheels, fenders, chain guard and handlebars. The frame set was disassembled, the head set, bottom bracket and and crank going into my stash. The frame and fork would be used in the project.
I had the frame and fork, fenders and chain guard sand blasted and powder coated a semi-gloss black by a local powder coater that I did business with as a result of my previous employment.
Once I had the frame and other parts back home, I began reassembling the bike.
All chrome pieces were thoroughly cleaned and polished The headset and bottom bracket were installed with an application of fresh grease. I added the fork, stem and cranks original North Road handlebars were installed in a flipped position for a race bike look. I finished the reassembly by installing the brakes and levers, 3 speed shifter lever, the wheels, fenders and chain guard.
I added a few personal upgrades to the bike; a Brooks B17 saddle in honey, a pair of matching leather grips, a chrome hand pump, a vintage black vinyl saddle bag, and rat trap pedals with black leather straps. I finished the bike off by adding a set of Raleigh decals.
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