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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