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The Return Of My Raleigh Twenty
My Twenty has returned from the bike shop tonight. I rode it-for the first time ever-partially home. I cannot offer photos at this time as I did not have the camera with me today. But I can list the improvements up to today that this little bike has gone through.
The bike is more like a new bike than a used one. The Bottom Bracket was removed (in front of me) and the mechanic pointed out that there was no wear at all on the threads! This bike seems to be more and more like a new bike rather than a used one. It appears that the previous owner(s) did little or no riding with the bike-just pushed it back in the recesses of a garage, shed, or similar and forgot about this bike from the 1970s until the estate sale. It was not stored perfectly as there was some rusting on one side of the bike vs. the other, and of course years of grime, but not too bad to be a major problem.
New BMX front rim & hub, plus new tire (more detailed mechanical description of filing and fitting it to the fork a bit later)
Rear Wheel From the Dahon donor bike: Sturmey-Archer AW 3 speed hub, along with all the sundry parts thereof of that bike transfered over
New Kool Stop Front & Rear Continental Brake Pads
Handlebar Mounted Shifter From Dahon donor bike transfered over
Brakes were given complete new cables
Coming soon: MKS Pedals
So the bike is not quite up to a photo spread just yet. It needs to be further adjusted just like a new bike. And it handles like one too. So....it will be formally presented very soon (I want to make some new storage bags for it too).
Last edited by folder fanatic; 09-04-10 at 10:23 PM.