I know this sort of thing gets discussed a lot on the Folder forum, but I wanted to ask you guys too. I need a folder, to allow me to use the train more. I always cycle to the station, but if I could cycle at the other end too, I'd use the train even more. Raleigh 20's are cheap here, and even if I could afford something modern, I'd probably want something a bit more C&V anyway.
So, I've got my eye on the bike below which, though it looks way cool with it's whitewalls, would need some upgrading. Really, I'd like to be able to ride fairly fast for up to 10 miles through London. New rims are a given, but do any of you know what the narrowest available 20" rims are? I'd build with the existing hubs, since I want the 3 speed, and the front wheel is a wierd spacing. Next is the cranks. It's a Raleigh thread BB, but Sheldon says you can reuse the cups with some cotterless BB spindles. Does anyone know which, and how easy this is in practise?
I'd also be wanting to run fairly high pressure tyres, and to fabricate drop bolts, so that I could use dual pivot brakes. I'm guessing, however, that the drop bolt might give me fender problems. Again, any thoughts? I'd like to end up with something that still has a cool vintage look, but is everyday useable.