My local area has a "freecycle" newsgroup where people within the town give away unwanted items. I sometimes casually trawl the list of items and today volunteered to take a "Raleigh 10 Speed" off somebody's hands.
When I arrived at the pick-up address I was pleasantly surprised at the great condition of the bike. Its only seems to need tires. It has the "shimano positron 400" derailleur and a Brooks B17 saddle. The brooks has zero "dimples" and I dont think the bike has been ridden at all - the brake blocks are perfect. It has a "1980 Tour De France" sticker on it so Im wondering if its early 1980's. Two questions:
1. Anybody know how to bring back to life a B17 that looks pretty stiff? I applied the Brooks saddle treatment but it supped it up like a glass of water poured into the desert. Oil bath perhaps? The saddle looks as new - just super-stiff and dry.
2. Anybody know anything about the bike? Its a Raleigh Magnum - 10 speed. I dont think its anything unusual as it appears to be standard tubing etc. However, the positron gear shifting and the B17 seem to suggest at least an upper-level, big-box type purchase.
All thoughts welcome....