Vintage Raleigh --> Budget CX Bike

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Re: Vintage Raleigh --> Budget CX Bike

Postby bh357 » March 31st, 2012, 8:25 am

mtb_frk wrote:Ask Chunky what he did for his Le tour he picked up a few years. Welded on some bosses, re-painted etc... Turned out nice for a frankencross bike.


Le *beep*...

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Re: Vintage Raleigh --> Budget CX Bike

Postby balexander87 » April 3rd, 2012, 10:36 am

That's a sweet looking build. Probably a little more than what I'm looking to do currently. I'd like to try to get this thing up and running as inexpensively as possible. That means I'll probably be keeping the brakes, leaving the frame as is for now, and trying to reuse as much of the bearing parts as possible. The cups and spindle are in good shape and the headset is pretty decent as well. I'll probably continue to run the 27" rims until I can scrape some cash together and find a deal on some 700c wheels. Eventually, though, I do plan to strip it down and get it powder coated. Also, will most likely go the SS route if possible. Although, I'm somewhat unsure how I might do that if I'm sticking with the original cottered crank. Any tips?
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Re: Vintage Raleigh --> Budget CX Bike

Postby balexander87 » July 12th, 2012, 8:57 pm

Update time :-) Picked up a set of 27" wheels off craigslist. They look almost identical to the ones that came on the bike, just with rims in better shape. Should roll nice once I get the bearings re-packed.

Right now, I'm leaning towards just putting it back together with the original parts and worry about upgrading bottom bracket + crank later. I just want to get it rolling!
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Re: Vintage Raleigh --> Budget CX Bike

Postby balexander87 » August 6th, 2013, 7:17 pm

Well, finally got it all together. Took it out for a spin this evening. It's fun to ride. I was worried about the gearing, but it felt okay on the few small hills I rode. Going downhill is still a little scary...

I still think that I'll eventually spin a freewheel on it, add some brakes and some knobbier tires and gravel grind with it, but this is a fun interim state :-)

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Vintage Raleigh --> Budget CX Bike

Postby balexander87 » March 28th, 2017, 5:47 am

Just a couple quick updated photos. Not really seeing CX duty, but is a great all-around ride!

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Re: Vintage Raleigh --> Budget CX Bike

Postby balexander87 » May 30th, 2019, 6:42 pm

Been a while since I updated this. A lot has happened. We’ve moved back to Missouri to the fairly bike friendly college town of Columbia. I tried keeping the Raleigh fixed, but the hills are killer here, so she now has brakes and a freewheel. I have about a 6.5 mile commute to work and it is darn near perfect. Gears would be nice for some of the hills, but it is gets the job done and still hasn’t cost me much.

Lots of mixed surface bike paths/trails around town and this bike works perfectly for them. Hoping to take some longer excursions on the Katy Trail soon. Sort of evolving into a commuter/adventure bike. Fun to see where the path leads!

Thought I had a good pic, but turns out this is he best I have. Will get a better one and add soon.

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Re: Vintage Raleigh --> Budget CX Bike

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