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    Raliegh Road Rebirth

    Hey everyone, if you had seen my intro as well as replied with some kind words, thankyou and im glad to be here.

    I will start my entrance into the forums here in the awesome v&c section as currently is where i, as well as my gf are at personally.

    Her bike could get its own thread here soon but the bike i just picked up needed a bit more love so thats where this thread starts.

    Gazelle built '74 Raliegh Grand Prix


    she's completely stock and in amazing condition! LOL all the way to the original Raliegh racing tires!
    However, along with all that awesomeness comes some lack of love, FD mount is cracked, RD idler gears missing teeth, tires/tubes wasted, brake blocks rock hard and the cables are original as are the housings, not to mention the un-lovely cottered cranks...

    Broken front derailleur



    Cottered crank set


    Sunday Funday bike night, we decided to spend the eveing with pizza n beer (i must say i have a like minded and awesome gf!), needless to say, it was clean and inspect night for our bikes!

    ...so here is my new starting point, pretty excited!







    k, hope you like where this lil gem is going, ill post up more here in few...

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    Looks to be in pretty nice shape. Are you just doing an overhaul on it? Doesn't look like it needs to much work. Just the standard consumables that deteriorate with age.

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    Looks like you're on the right path!
    1964 JRJ (Bob Jackson), 1973 Wes Mason, 1973 Raleigh Gran Sport, 2000ish Colian (Colin Laing), 2013 Velo Orange Pass Hunter

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    yes sir! :0) Thats the plan for the most part. first things first tho, i need to swap out the cottered crank set to a hex taper. Doesnt seem to be to many options so i am in favor of swapping out spindles and reusing the oem cups...getting the bb squared away is the first step. nothing is damaged so to say, one cotter bolt is broken and the other had no washer/nut...just figured id get this mess out of the way in the begining. ive been looking at later model raliegh to gain a later spindle/ crank set but not sure on what hex spindles to keep an eye out for...

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    If there is a bicycle kitchen or co-op near by, I would look there for what you need at a reasonable price.
    Possible to do, fit a spindle into the existing bottom bracket cups, but new bike shops, other than one that has been around for many decades will be costly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by repechage View Post
    If there is a bicycle kitchen or co-op near by, I would look there for what you need at a reasonable price.
    This is great advice. I volunteer at my local co-op (Recycle-A-Bike in Providence, RI) and I work on a lot of stuff like this. Old road bikes don't ever really die.

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    This is true!
    Today I was able to shuffle thru a couple boxes of derailleurs n found what is hopefully the new rd...its a suntour honor, hope it's adaptable.
    I will be going to another older bike shop that recycles alot n will be searching for a spindle n crank set later this week.

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