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1954 Raleigh Lenton Sports Restoration

Old 03-18-16, 11:41 AM
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1954 Raleigh Lenton Sports Restoration

I have just bought 3 Raleigh Lenton bicycles. Two of them are early ones and the other one is a 1954 which is the one I am keeping, the other two will be used for parts.

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This is the one I will be keeping. It is mostly complete and original.



















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I love the seat tube graphics on that model through the 50's and into the early 60's.
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I was a bit worried about the paintwork, as you can see it was very rusty in some places and I didn't think it would come off too well. I stripped it down and spent about 2 hours very carefully trying to remove the rust with some wire wool and oil, being extra careful not to damage the decals. In the end I was actually pretty surprised how well it come out.




















Most of the chrome parts on the 54 were pretty shot but luckily all of the chrome on one of the other Lentons were in very good condition, so I have swapped them over.







So now with the newly cleaned frame and better chrome parts the bike is already coming together nicely. It's going to be a very nice addition to my collection. I can't wait to get it done
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Very promising.

When I saw you'd picked up three, I had a mind to ask you if you would end up with spare 26" alloy rims from the acquisitions for my '49 Clubman build - but then I saw you live in the UK.

Eager to see how this sorts out.
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Very promising.

When I saw you'd picked up three, I had a mind to ask you if you would end up with spare 26" alloy rims from the acquisitions for my '49 Clubman build - but then I saw you live in the UK.

Eager to see how this sorts out.

The rims from these Lentons are steel so would be wrong for your Clubman anyway.

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Originally Posted by USAZorro
Very promising.

When I saw you'd picked up three, I had a mind to ask you if you would end up with spare 26" alloy rims from the acquisitions for my '49 Clubman build - but then I saw you live in the UK.

Eager to see how this sorts out.
But I have just bought a Clubman with alloy rims. I will be selling all the spare parts that I have left, and I can Post to the USA too.

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even has the Reg Harris signature transfer
the 1954 catalogue is at https://veterancycleclublibrary.org.u...20Library).pdf
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That's a really spiffy project. Can't wait to see how it turns out.
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But I have just bought a Clubman with alloy rims. I will be selling all the spare parts that I have left, and I can Post to the USA too.
I'll keep my eyes open. Are your rims 27" or 26"? The '49 Clubman takes 26". I have some new rims of the right size and spoke count, and hope to get the project re-started here in a week or so.
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Originally Posted by USAZorro
I'll keep my eyes open. Are your rims 27" or 26"? The '49 Clubman takes 26". I have some new rims of the right size and spoke count, and hope to get the project re-started here in a week or so.

Mine are 26'' I think

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I'll keep my eyes open. Are your rims 27" or 26"? The '49 Clubman takes 26". I have some new rims of the right size and spoke count, and hope to get the project re-started here in a week or so.
The Clubman I just bought is also a 49 and it has the alloy 26 x 1 1/4 rims. They are in great condition. £100 plus postage.
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I'll keep my eyes open. Are your rims 27" or 26"? The '49 Clubman takes 26". I have some new rims of the right size and spoke count, and hope to get the project re-started here in a week or so.







I'll also be selling the rest of the parts off it.
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