Been a while since I posted around here, but today, I made it back to the C&V game. My dear lovely wife found me a pressy for father's day in the shape of a Raleigh Super Course frame and fork. So far, I've been able to do a little detective work, and am pretty sure it is a 1978 vintage. Pictures to follow later...
This is very cool as although I live hear San Jose these days, I was born and grew up in Nottingham and just about remember the Raleigh factory (late 70's & 80s). There's work to do, but I'm already looking forward to riding a bike from home..
First off, I want to work out the build. I'm thinking of setting up with downtube shifters, but would need a band-on shifter set. Rear axle spacing will need consideration also, though I have some wheels that I can use to begin with, by removing a spacer from the rear axle and re-truing - I'd sooner not spread the frame just yet. I have a collection of other parts I can use to begin with, to see how this bike and I get along on the road... Then we can refine things with appropriate parts, as this seems from all accounts to be a decent quality 531 frame.
What I will need to find are:
Chainset, seatpost & binder bolt, front derailleur (I have a good rear d), shifter setup, brakes, headset, Clamp bands for water bottle cages, quill stem & possibly handlebars if what I have won't match up.
Oh joy, somethimg important to worry about at last!