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Old 12-12-05, 09:38 AM   #1
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Want to convert my '72 Raleigh..
First conversion, want to do it myself, preferably on the cheap... any suggestions?
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Old 12-12-05, 09:43 AM   #2
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Start with Sheldon's site http://sheldonbrown.com/fixed/index.html He has a ton if information about doing conversions.
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I have converted more Raleighs than I care to discuss.
If you need assistance or have any tech questions PM me.
First replace all the steel components with Al (a weight savings of 8 lbs)
While you have the bike apart inspect the tubes for interior rust.
Spray the inside of the tubes liberally w/WD-40.
Replace all caged bearings with free-balls.
Use Marine bearing grease (waterproof and cheap)

Enjoy
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