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    Flying Pigeon PA-02

    When i decided to get back into cycling, I decided that a laid back roadster like my father had would fit my needs best. Unfortunately an affordable Raleigh in reasonable condition never turned up, so after considering the options I chose to get a PA-02, fix the known issues and make it a 3 speed.

    As expected the hardware was marginal, pedals useless, and taco shaped wheels. All the hardware has been replaced with stainless, the pedals with heavy duty rubber cruiser pedals, the front wheel trued and the rear built all new with a 1972 SA AW.
    The seat post and seat replaced with a Brooks B135, a NOS Sears generator light set modified with bridge rectifier, rechargeable batteries, Nicelight LEDs, Fibrex brake shoes with Kool Stop salmon pads, Schwalbe delta cruiser tires, Bell tool bag, old school pump and mounts, and waiting on new cotters as one was stripped out of the box.

    The basic bike is heavy and heavy duty it should last a lifetime, assembly was fairly straight forward, but the brake stirrups and clips need significant forming for the pads to contact the rim correctly.

    Definitely not a Raleigh, but with some effort, much better than discount store bikes. Have only done a few short rides so far, the ride quality is very nice, the brakes used together are as effective as my Phantoms coaster brake, Overall I'm satisfied, and have enjoyed the build.

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    Nice job... did you check out Pashleys?

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    I have a Raleigh DL-1 frame if you want, then you'll be done.

    No, really nice looking bike. Is is satisfying to ride, say, for an hour or two?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wahoonc View Post
    Nice job... did you check out Pashleys?

    Aaron
    Oh yeah, they are sweet..........but sadly they cost more than our 2 bikes and gear combined and then some, in fact I could get another Pigeon to build a path racer and still be under the price of a Pashley.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Newton View Post
    I have a Raleigh DL-1 frame if you want, then you'll be done.

    No, really nice looking bike. Is is satisfying to ride, say, for an hour or two?
    Still finishing up the details and waiting on some cotters not made out of cheese..... Only have about 12 miles on it so far, but it compares well to what I remember my fathers Raleigh being like to ride, smooth and relaxed.

    The only really bad thing I can say about it is the pedals that came with it lasted about 6 miles under my 220 lbs and some mild hills. Most of what I did beyond the hardware and pedals were for aesthetics, and it could be a perfectly adequate commuter/utility bikewith just those changes.

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    Enjoy the ride.

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    Very nice work. Be sure the axis of the generator points straight to the axle.
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    I can't define the allure of these bikes, but they definitely have 'IT.'

    In real terms (that's to say, components, frame quality, etc.), I have yet to see a Flying Pigeon that wasn't a complete POS, but there IS something strangely cool about them.

    Anyone care to venture why?
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    Top of the 'class' (and only one class of people) China circa 1950's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIMcyclist View Post
    I can't define the allure of these bikes, but they definitely have 'IT.'

    In real terms (that's to say, components, frame quality, etc.), I have yet to see a Flying Pigeon that wasn't a complete POS, but there IS something strangely cool about them.

    Anyone care to venture why?
    It may be a low quality bike, but its proven to have what it takes to survive impossible conditions in Africa, Asia, Middle East, and South America.
    IMG_1060 (Medium).jpg

    Kinda like the scruffy mutt that shows up at your back door, and ends up being your favorite dog?

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    I guess it goes back to the fact that those old Raleighs & Pashleys were built to serve a far-flung empire...
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