I am glad to be a new member here. I will hopefully be soon riding a 1977 Raleigh Super Course. It needed a bit of work first and being the hard headed tinkerer that i am, of course I am going to do it all myself. I acquired the bike a few weeks ago from a family member and its in great shape where it counts. but a poorly insulated garage did a number on it, rusty cables, oxidation, everything rubber is all dried out, etc.. I have been doing a lot of online research on parts and procedures. The best part is, 75% of the time, this forum (or the archives) pops up with an answer to my problem! After several weeks of this, i knew where any new questions were going to end up.
Funny thing is, i have been a long time bike rider. It was a real passion of mine as a kid, trying to fix up my own bike all the time. Doing it incorrectly, as i have been finding out . This was always with BMX bikes, though. This is my first road bike, and I am very excited about the different type of riding I will be doing with it.
Oh, and I am from Chicago, the actual city, not a suburb. I picked up the bike in order to save money, gas and get some exercise . Its a win, win, win... I am also learning a ton about bikes, another win.
I am really interested in hearing about best practices when in comes to parts, maintenance, restoration, you name it. i am a bit of a perfectionist that way, and i also tend to take hobbies to an extreme. I especially like to hear little tips that one might not expect. Like using shrink wrap tubing for cable caps. Brilliant!
Well, i will wrap this up by saying that i am waiting on a bunch of parts and tools in the mail, so you might hear from me with a couple questions before everything arrives. After that, there will be a flood. haha...
Oh, and here is the "before" photo of my new baby (doesn't the ripped Brooks seat make you want to cry!?!):
1977 raleigh super cross-before.jpg