I posted a few days ago about the Raleigh Sprite I bought on Ebay. It's like new in most respects. Paint and chrome as nice as I would ever expect. Tires looked good but the minute I touched them they began to fall apart in my hands. Picked up a nice set of 27 X 1 1/4's today that have the mustard dolored band on them, like the old ones. The Allvit deraileur does not budge, however. I don't know if it's the D itself or the cables. I'm going to take it down and soak it in degreaser and see if it behaves any better. It's abvious that this bike has not been ridden in many years. There are chunks of stuff that looks like little dirt clods stuck to the pulleys in the RD. The chain is gummy. I figure while I'm at it I'll clean the cogs and the chain and if no good then replace. I'll probably replace the cable no matter what. I also wonder if I should replace the cogs and the chainring since I'm going through all that labor anyway in removing the wheels to put on new tires and cleaning the RD. This is only a 5 speed so no FD. I know it's not a great bike and probably relatively heavy but it is so clean otherwise and I think that's the important part as parts can be fixed or replaced. To me it's just real cute, even it the yellow color is a little flamboyant. I'm a big burley guy.
Now for some really stupid questions:
I saw a bike tool kit on the Performance flyer. Spin Doctor Essential for $44.99 or the Team Tool kit for $109. My question is whether these tools will fit both my Raleigh and my much newer (2006) Trek 7100 Hybird. Is there such a thing as metric vs. American as in cars? Do I even need special tools? I figure I'm headed for BB and head...thing rebuild as well. Will I need any special tools since this is an old Raleigh?
Thanks in advance. Here is a pic of the bike once again. I'll take my own pics as I rehab this thing.