Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Northwestern NJ
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Originally Posted by mirkee
Well, the decent price part means so much to me since I'm a complete dummy. I'll pick it up tomorrow and try to post some pics then. Maybe I can come up with a maintenance or upgrade strategy once I look at it up-close. I'm on the hunt for a repair stand now. I'll stop by Performance bikes on the way to pick up the bike and see what they have.
I want to thank all of you knowledgeable souls for all you post on this forum. It's so informative and really appreciated. Keep up the good work.
That's a nice looking bike! In case you haven't already seen it, here's Sheldon Brown's page on the Raleigh Sprite: http://sheldonbrown.com/retroraleighs/sprite.html
I consider myself mechanically inept, but find wrenching on bikes relatively simple. Adjustments of BBs and some wheel hubs are a pain, and wheel truing/dishing can be trying, but I've even been successful with those tasks. So have faith! A repair stand will likely make things more convenient, but I've worked without one. I usually flip the bike, using blocks on the handlebars to protect brakes, stem, etc. and put a towel on the floor to prevent scratching. But you'll need lots of tools (can't complain about that!).
As far as the Huret derailleur, see how it works for you. If you find it troublesome, it's an easy thing to replace.