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Best way to clean up barn-fresh Raleigh Sport

Old 11-26-17, 07:09 AM
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Best way to clean up barn-fresh (Raleigh) Sports Model

I scored a ten-dollar Raleigh Sports (late 60s?), apparently intact.
(pic to follow, it is cold in the garage!)

I want to do a mild wash first, then address some chrome pitting and such.

Best ways to go about this?

Edited to correct to "Sports" and (Raleigh) as it is not a true R.

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Dawn dish soap and water mix in a spray bottle is my go to cleaner for bicycle clean up. Be gentle around old decals. For chrome bits,copper scouring pad works good without scratching. Looking forward to a pic or two of the Raleigh sport. Kevin.
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Chrome can be addressed with a wadded up aluminum foil wad and liquid car wax. Cleans and waxes at the same time. After the soapy wash with Dawn, faded marked paint can be refreshed with Mequiars ScratchX or similar product.
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Be cautious of any pinstriping as well as the decals.
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Originally Posted by CasualBikerJay
chrome pitting
Aluminum foil and water or a wire brush depending on how bad it is.
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I use Turtle Wax automotive polishing compound for both cleanup and initial polish:



If the grunge is particularly thick, I'll spray WD-40 to dissolve and go at it with a rag.

For bright bits, I use bronze wool usually in combination with a metal polishing goo:

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I start with light oil in a spray bottle.
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What colour is it? For the older dipped lacquer paint jobs I give it a quick wipe down with a damp rag then coat the entire bike in 90wt gear oil, let it sit for a couple of days then wipe it off. For the chrome, polish it with wadded up aluminum foil and a lubricant. Some people use WD-40, water, lemon juice, etc.

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I'd go with Dawn on the paint, followed by Turtle Wax if desired, and bronze wool on the chrome (a bronze-wire brush on a Dremel or drill can be helpful).

BTW, the model is "Sports," not "Sport."
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I'd do like a Windex followed by oil rub down.
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Spray down with Reliable Challenger, rinse with water. Watch the magic.
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when cleaning the hardest parts are the nooks and crannies. An old tooth brus dipped in wd 40 will dislodge most of it followed by a soap and water scrub down. If the tooth brush doesn't do it harbour freight sells small brushes in plastic, brass, and steel bristles. They are cheap but don't last long so buy a dozen. Use the brass brush on things like derailleurs , the plastic for everything else. If the parts are small enough , after scrubbing with wd40 put them in the kitchen sink or laundry sink and squirt some dish soap on them then scrub in hot water with a rag.

For light rust get a gallon of white vinegar, put in a large plastic jar, and soak parts for a day then remove, rinse and scrub with brass brush. I will sometimes paint the entire frame with Naval jelly then rinse and wipe off. It doesn't seem to hurt the paint and it will often get rid of mild rust .
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Yes, "Sports"

Light brown. Or "coffee"?

I have pictures, but I may not have enough privileges to do so... or Flickr is acting up on me!

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4581/...2774e403_z.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4528/...1813db25_k.jpg



EDIT: So, it is not really a straight Raleigh but a re-badged machine.
Sold by?
Was the "Made in England" carrying some weight in the marketplace (U.S.) then?


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Originally Posted by CasualBikerJay
EDIT: So, it is not really a straight Raleigh but a re-badged machine.
Sold by?
Was the "Made in England" carrying some weight in the marketplace (U.S.) then?
I don't know a whole lot about Raleighs- what makes you think that it's not a 'real' Raleigh? Seems to me, if it were made in England, it would be made by one of the Raleigh factories; if it was a contracted bike it would be made in the US or Japan or Taiwan. Again, I don't know that, just that seems to make more sense to me.
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May or may not be a Raleigh. A close up pic of the fork crown and the rear axle/dropouts will help. Raleigh bottom bracket cups will have a rectangular raised flat to take a wrench, not a pin spanner. Shot of the stem as well. The bars and brake levers look like replacements. Date code on the rear hub? Identifying marks on front hub? These will tell the story.

Many other marques were equal to Raleighs in build quality.
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Originally Posted by clubman
Date code on the rear hub?
An early morning look at the rear hub, after a squirt of WD40, reads:

STURMEY ARCHER
AW
Below "AW", slightly to the right, "60", a large gap, then "3"
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Can you post a picture of the serial number?
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More pictures. This is a 1962 Sports

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It does look to be a Raleigh Sports (DL22) based frame, other fork, other crank. A strange color gold repaint I assume I never saw that decal before. 1960 is a nice year.

Does it have a oil port on the bottom brackett?
Are those Weinmann brakes?
Barrel type fork dropouts?

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The only odd thing is the crank, definitely not a pattern used often by Raleigh. Maybe a Nicklin? A picture of the rear dropouts and CU of fork crown and the bottom brackets will confirm.
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Nice to see we're in total agreement on the absolute best cleaning solution!
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One more:
Note that photoangle is misleading.
Quick research seems to say this has the typical Raleigh fender post position below axle(?).


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Raleigh it is. Should clean up nicely, careful cleaning the headbadge since it's a decal. I too like Dawn detergent as a first pass.
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Bike has a sister lady model inblack, sitting where I got this one, also 10 dollars, I would think.
Will I need spare parts... and will I have to go sleep in the doghouse..?!?!
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