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Old 01-01-08, 11:15 PM   #26476
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More Lenton!
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Old 01-01-08, 11:17 PM   #26477
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No this one. Nice job on yours & great pics.
Not that one. Nevermind....this has become confobulated.
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Old 01-01-08, 11:57 PM   #26478
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More Lenton!
Okay... these are from the summer when I got the bike.

The bars are truly kickass.









I acquired the bike this past summer and am only it's second owner.

The original owner died as a result of injuries he sustained in a bike crash (not on this bike) during a race...he was in his seventies when the crash happened.

I was told he rode this bike every week for 50 years and despite the patina of age, the bike was and is in perfect mechanical condition and is an amazingly nice bike to ride.

Cause people ask...I will not be repainting this bike unless I can acquire a full set of decals and find someone who can do a professional restoration

The Wright's saddle on the bike dates to the late 30's and is the most comfortable saddle I have ever owned.
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Not that one. Nevermind....this has become confobulated.
yeah, he meant mine is "more...jackass"... and thank you!
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Old 01-02-08, 01:42 AM   #26480
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They should have buried that bike with him .
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Old 01-02-08, 01:47 AM   #26481
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cool bike sixty fiver--
does that decal on the downtube refer to Reynolds 5-3-1?
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Old 01-02-08, 01:51 AM   #26482
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yeah, he meant mine is "more...jackass"... and thank you!
Thank you for deciphering that mess. I'm so misunderstood....
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Old 01-02-08, 02:05 AM   #26483
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" They should have buried that bike with him ."

But then it would be nothing but rust... I often think that I am being watched when I ride this bike that was so beloved and feel a sense of duty in making sure it stays well preserved.

" cool bike sixty fiver--
does that decal on the downtube refer to Reynolds 5-3-1?"


It is a 531 frame and back in 1955 the fixed gear version of the Lenton cost 15 pounds which was quite a sum although the 3 speed version was another pound... at 31 pounds it was still considered a lightweight bicycle although it does not ride or feel like a heavy bike.

The 1955 is also the last year Raleigh used 26 inch wheels on their road bikes and as far as I know, these are the original stainless Dunlop EA1 wheels the bike came with and they still look like new.
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Old 01-02-08, 06:04 AM   #26484
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hahaha it's a cap from a car rim
Haha i thought some ******** council put that piece of metal as a divider...
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Old 01-02-08, 01:46 PM   #26485
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heres my current:
http://img112.imageshack.us/img112/3...rketfixsl1.jpg
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Old 01-02-08, 01:57 PM   #26486
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chiapasfixed's bike.

what size is the rear tire?
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Old 01-02-08, 02:04 PM   #26487
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its a 38c, the only one I could find in town! all the bike shops here only sell 25cs for 700 wheels. one bike shop had this single tire. it keeps the bike under me when its wet on the very slippery concrete roads here.
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Old 01-02-08, 02:08 PM   #26488
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whats the ratio?
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Old 01-02-08, 02:16 PM   #26489
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i dig.
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Old 01-02-08, 02:34 PM   #26490
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Everything about that Lenton conversion is beautiful and makes sense.
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i run 44 x 18
big mountains here, I have family that lives only 5km away, but at 200m higher altitude!
i can still get a good sprint out of it, breaking around 65kmh
i really love this bike, and they have a couple more of these frames at a LBS here.... 50 bucks each (frame and fork). not that i am selling m or anything, but if anybody is interested id be glad to help hook them up.
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Old 01-02-08, 04:37 PM   #26492
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they have a couple more of these frames at a LBS here.... 50 bucks each (frame and fork). not that i am selling m or anything, but if anybody is interested id be glad to help hook them up.
where is "here"? i'm more just interested in the fork.
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Old 01-02-08, 04:37 PM   #26493
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Chiapas, most likely...
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ok, the fork is lugged, but not very well finished, really. cost me 7 bucks. it fits 622 rims.
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Old 01-02-08, 06:51 PM   #26495
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Some better non hallway pics of my new fixie:




And my personal favorite:
where the hell do you live? that place looks like it rules.

edit: sorry to anyone who cares that i reposted the pics. but they're worth a second viewing, right?

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Old 01-02-08, 07:02 PM   #26496
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Everything about that Lenton conversion is beautiful and makes sense.
I agree with the beautiful part and thanks !

One thing though... the Lenton came as a fixed gear model in 1955 and is not a conversion.
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I agree with the beautiful part and thanks !

One thing though... the Lenton came as a fixed gear model in 1955 and is not a conversion.

Even sweeter!
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My steamroller complete is finally..... complete.

I am a proud parent at last regardless of what anyone thinks



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Old 01-02-08, 10:29 PM   #26499
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email them your mailing address and they send you a bunch of those stickers for free (like 8 of them)

I would suggest a small donation if you can, I still mean to.
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