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Old 10-02-15, 10:44 AM
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New project - Raleigh Record

SN 2931212. $30 as shown. I also nabbed a Bendix coaster brake wheelset laced to Super Champion 27" clinchers, $40. Might make it a SSCB for a while. It looks like the fork is bent, probably from someone spacing it to 100mm. I'll likely replace it, as one of the dimples is coming off. Modern chrome 27" or if I can find a good OEM...
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Raleigh Record with a coaster brake? Don't be silly.



This silly thing is fun! Funner than any of the other frames I've tried this wheelset on. Can't say why. Just is.
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Hard to believe but I'm actually thinking about putting a cottered crank on it.
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Hard to believe but I'm actually thinking about putting a cottered crank on it.
There's nothing wrong with that.
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Coasters and fixys are a bit pickier about cotter installation as you apply torque both forward and backward, accelerating and braking. Not like a freewheel.
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Coasters and fixys are a bit pickier about cotter installation as you apply torque both forward and backward, accelerating and braking. Not like a freewheel.
As far as the cotters see it, there can be considerable reverse torque whenever the rider is standing on the pedals with cranks horizontal.

So cotters need to be able to handle big torque loads in both directions on derailer bikes too.

I like the Raleigh Records, that was my first road bike back in NY in '71. My first road race (Yorktown) was ridden on that bike, and I was the first Junior.

I have yet to come across a good example that would fit my grown-up body, seems they aren't the most common bike here on the west coast.
These bikes have "slack" or "relaxed" angles, so I will keep looking for the largest one I can ride.
Other than the stem, just about every part of these bikes is made of steel.
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I ran my first Bianchi road bike as a 3-speed coaster for awhile, but I did keep the front brake, a feature I strongly recommend for any bicycle ridden in traffic and/or at speed, because some 70 percent of your braking force should come from the front, except under very slippery conditions.

By the way, I used the original Bianchi-branded (probably Magistroni) cottered crankset with no problems.

As for the "fun factor," even though I am a gearhead who likes having lots of close-ratio gears, I have to admit the 3-speed coaster was kind of a fun commuter/beater, and being able to downshift while stationary is pretty cool. By using the original friction downtube shifter, I was able to obtain a useful neutral/freewheeling position between 2nd and 3rd, which allowed me to align the cranks for a quick startup from a stop, just as on a freewheel system.
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[QUOTE=dddd;18215708I have yet to come across a good example that would fit my grown-up body, seems they aren't the most common bike here on the west coast.
These bikes have "slack" or "relaxed" angles, so I will keep looking for the largest one I can ride.[/QUOTE]

If 58cm will do you you can have mine for the cost of shipping. It doesn't have the sweet coaster wheels any more but the paint is still shiny.

Raleigh project with upgrades, 58cm frame
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If 58cm will do you you can have mine for the cost of shipping. It doesn't have the sweet coaster wheels any more but the paint is still shiny.

Raleigh project with upgrades, 58cm frame
That's very generous Ben. I probably would consider a 60cm, given that the top tube doesn't grow much with frame size on these bikes, so I might need a bigger one. And a longer stem compliments the quick steering bikes but maybe not one of these.

Yours looks like a later model, so I will probably hold out for an orange one from the very early 70's

Thanks much though!

Here's mine, toward the end of my ownership, and having just returned from a rare local racing event in NY. Note I had replaced the fork, front wheel and front caliper by this time. I can remember doing my first cotter-crank rebuild on this one, and having to use Vaseline when I couldn't find any wheel bearing grease.

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That's very generous Ben. I probably would consider a 60cm, given that the top tube doesn't grow much with frame size on these bikes, so I might need a bigger one. And a longer stem compliments the quick steering bikes but maybe not one of these.

Yours looks like a later model, so I will probably hold out for an orange one from the very early 70's

Thanks much though!

Here's mine, toward the end of my ownership, and having just returned from a rare local racing event in NY. Note I had replaced the fork, front wheel and front caliper by this time. I can remember doing my first cotter-crank rebuild on this one, and having to use Vaseline when I couldn't find any wheel bearing grease.
Excellent pic.

I posted an ISO for a cottered crank / BB set. 71mm shell, 26 tpi etc. If nothing comes of it by late winter I may go with the VeloOrange BB solution and a set of vintage-style cranks.

I know these frames really hold no value other than sentimental, but I can see dropping $300 into it before I'm done.
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I like orange.
I've got two spindles for mine. I kinda think it's a 72mm, though. I'll check. One of them is square taper and that's the one I'd rather part with.
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My first new bike was a 71 Record, I always thought it was orange but the dealer, Mr Vandal, would always correct me saying it's school bus yellow. There were times I'd brake it down and greased it with Vasolene. Frame is a 25 1/2, still have it, set up as an exercise bike in the basement.
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