(Original title: noglider's Raleigh International Frankenbike)
This has been nothing more than a concept for too long. I am about to start building it.
I have a 1970's Raleigh International frame and fork and am going to build it into a super-duper city bike. I like city bikes, but I don't like their heavy weight. Most components here will be light weight. The two exceptions are the hubs. They will have drum brakes.
Reasons for drum brakes:
- they may not be better, but I've never had them, so I'm intrigued
- they'll be low maintenance
- they get around the problem that this frame is designed for long-reach brakes, which are mediocre, at best.
I have a Sturmey Archer front hub. I bought it new, and it arrived, and it's gorgeous beyond expectations.
I have a Shimano so-called roller-brake rear hub. I would have preferred a Sturmey Archer, but the price for this Shimano was too good to resist. It's a freehub with room for an 8- or 9-speed cassette.
I have most everything ready, and I will soon have time to begin the build.
Oh, the finish. RobE30 was kind enough to put primer on the frame for me. I've been thinking this will be my first adventure in frame painting, but now I'm thinking I'll do something really silly such as cover it with contact paper instead. If it works out badly, I've lost no investment. I giant roll of it cost me $6.
I have some 700c Sun CR-18 rims I bought for this project.
Panaracer Pasela, of course
HANDLEBARS and STEM
Not sure yet, but I'm pretty sure they will be drop handlebars.
I have a Shimano 9-speed indexed drive train with a triple crank that I'm taking off a frankenbike I bought on craigslist.
Not sure yet, but I have tons of pedals.
May not have one yet.
I think I have spokes for one wheel but will have to buy them for the other wheel.
Pictures will come in dribbles, starting soon.