OK, I picked up the green Raleigh Roadster today.
It is probably 1955 (hub date), has an FG 4 speed dynohub which shifts well, but is slow to engage 'top' and skips a bit initially in this gear - will oil it and see.
All present and correct with a nice B83 (not 73 as I thought from the ebay photos), working dynohub and front light, and... Stainless Steel rims. These are a real bonus to me, as I really want to have one bike with genuine stainless rims, and now I do!
The gearcase does NOT rattle and is all there.
The brake pads have petrified and don't really work - they look like brakes, move like brakes, but don't stop like brakes!
The frame is about 23" (I haven't measured it), and at 6'3" I have a standover height with about 2" clearance at the groinage. I could cope with a bigger frame but don't like playing the nutcracker suite when dismounting on rough ground.
And the best part, I think I did very well for 77 pounds stirling. I have just seen a pair of stainless rims go for about 65 pounds this week, and people pay big money for the old Brooks saddles too.
Initial picks before a proper clean up.
Sheldon Brown wrote that all proper roadsters have 28" wheels, but this is just fine on 26s and I have two 28"ers at home. Me happy
This is export quality for my return to NZ
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