I'd been planning on tearing down my '64 Raleigh Gran Sport for the past six months, with the intention of restripping the frame and this time painting it properly. Big hold up however is that it's the only bike I've got that's set up for any kind of distance touring. The usual kit: mudguards, rear carrier, two pannier and handlebar bag, etc.
About a month ago, Poguemahone offers me a '69 Magneet, about three-quarters complete. I take it home, tear it down, and start cleaning up the frame which, after a couple of hours of gentle rubbing compound application, turns out to be in a lot better condition than I first expected - happily reminding me that my memories of the Dutch being believers in thick paint jobs wasn't too far off, after all. Not being constricted by using the original components, I moved the wheels (Maillard hubs on 27" Weinmann clincher rims, 27x1 tyres), Blumel mudguards, carrier, bags, seat and seatpost from the Raleigh, kept the cottered crank and stem, and then hit the spare parts stash.
Rear 3/4ths from above
Trying to keep the bike in period, doing what would have been back then a normal parts update to a two or three year old bike, I installed a SunTour Honor/Compe-V/rachet levers shifting setup, Weinmann center pull front/side pull rear (little matter of the carrier getting in the way of the cables), Atom 700 quill pedals with straps and clips and a set of nondescript alloy bars coming up with the end result. It reminds me of a lot of the replacements I installed at the shop, once the Simplex or cheap Campagnolo stuff wore out.
From the front
First tests have been very promising. Being bottom of the line steel tubing, it weighs in as pictured somewhere close to 35lbs - which to me is not an issue on a long haul bike. More importantly, the long wheelbase makes for very comfortable riding and excellent stability with some moderate test loads in the bags.
Just another bit of proof that, with our constant fascination with Reynolds 531, Columbus, Tange, etc., we often easily forget just how nice the bottom of the line bikes could be. I love it for the looks - first white bike I've had since my Raleigh Sports 35 years ago. I've always felt that pinstriped white looks incredibly classy on a vintage bike.
I hope the pictures get through - this is my first shot at adding pics to a submission, and they were too big to do the quickie thumbnails.