So, my Raleigh 20 is gradually dissolving, in not terribly surprising ways. The BB is getting a bit tired, and a spoke let go in the rear wheel last week (30 year old wheels on bikes that don't get lots of love tend to do that). I'm hardly ever having to fold it, so I'm wondering about using a different bike for the duties it currently does, and really doing it up. The pic at the bottom is the bike as it stands. I'm thinking wheels, brakes, gears, cranks and BB at minimum, and I'd like not to spend more than £300. Here are my thoughts:
Frame - powder coat black. The paint is a bit iffy, and I rather like the idea of a matt black and red rat-rod look. Does anyone know how much powdercoating costs in the UK?
BB - this is the tricky one. Leaving the threads standard means definitely buying Phil Wood cups, and probably very soon a BB as well, the Shimano ones being increasingly hard to find. I also have had no luck finding a plastic BB. If I get the shell re-threaded to 24 tpi, should I also get it faced down to standard width? I need to find out how much this would cost.
Cranks - free. My bike dealings mean that there's always a set of cranks laying around. I don't think 170's are going to cause me any great difficulty.
Wheels - ideal woud be Shimano Nexus 8. I can pick one of those up for £80 or so, but then I'd also need to spring for fitting kit, shifter etc. I'm going to start watching everything on eBay with a Nexus 7 or 8, in hopes that I can pick up a complete bike for more like £50 or 60, strip it out, and sell the rest of the bike to mitigate. I'd then build it up into 406 rims. Ideally, I'd like something like the Velocity Deep V, but in 406, and in red, but I've not found anything yet. Red anodised BMX rims are easy to get, but I'm wondering how well they'd work with something like Stelvios? Anyone know?
Seat - I can pick up a 400 mm alloy post for about £15, and I'd like to top that off with a sprung Brooks
Brakes - SJS cycles have a long reach dual pivot set which, in combination with Kool Stop Salmons and alloy rims, ought to improve the braking so much that I'll have to watch for going over the bars!
Rack - I hate Pletscher racks. I sometimes do hang stuff on the side of this, and I'm not keen on having my panniers eaten by my wheels. Anyone know where to get a good 20" rack, or how to modify one?
Bars/Stem - I'm tempted to stay with the standard bars/stem, but then again, I could do with a little more rise (I'm a big chap). Talk to me about the stem options?