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It's done! 1974 Raleigh Super Tourer rebuild

Old 06-23-19, 04:53 PM
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It's done! 1974 Raleigh Super Tourer rebuild

Big thanks to everyone here that helped me with info & input 2+ years ago when I first got my hands on the frame, and the last few months once I finally was able to start the restoration process. It was a lot of fun learning about the bike and old components and how to bring a grimy old steed back to life again. The bike was made in the Worksop factory in Nottingham, England. I was able to save and recondition most of the original parts but had to get some new ones...
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•Reynolds 531 frame
•Huret Jubilee 5-speed rear derailleur (original)
•Huret front derailleur (original)
•Huret downtube shift levers & clamp (originally mounted to the stem, I had to find a NOS branded proper sized clamp to move them)
•Stronglight 93 56t/38t crank (original)
•Shimano Uniglide 14/28t 5 speed freewheel (new)
•Weinmann Symetric side-pull brakes (original)
•Weinmann alloy brake levers—Carlton branded hoods (original)
•GB 1” threaded 25.4 stem (original)
•SomaFab Brevet Randonneur bars (new)
•Brooks B17 saddle; honey (new)
•Sunlite alloy 350x27.2mm seat post (new)
•Panaracer Pasalea 27x1 1/4” tires
•Sun CR18 27” rims laced to Origin8 hubs
•MKS Sylvan Touring pedals (new)
•Pletscher “Clem” rear rack from @Rivbike (new)
•Clarks cables & housing (new)
•Fizik Tempo Microtex Classic bad tape
•Platt bar end plugs
Only thing missing is the frame pump that mounts under the top tube - still looking for one that will fit it.
I'd also like to see if I can find some new decals to replace the faded/scratched off ones. But other than that - she's ready to roll!

What do y'all think!









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Absolutely gorgeous - really great job.
For my riding area I'd rarely shift into that 56 chainring!
Even with 27 x 1-1/4 it looks like you still have clearance for fenders - very practical. Should be a sweet ride.
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Old 06-23-19, 05:39 PM
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Sweet! Nicely done.
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Too clean. Go out and put some miles on it.
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Awesome touring rig. Chain guard? Awesome. Color and chrome? Awesome. Handle bar choice? Awesome.

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Nicely done! Can you comment on how the weinmann brakes do their job?
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow View Post
Nicely done! Can you comment on how the weinmann brakes do their job?
Even with brand new pads they're not great. I'll definitely have to be more conscious of how I brake - especially since I reversed the sides of the levers on the bars. I thought about getting newer brakes, but they have the cable stop on the opposite side and would make cabling the rear brakes janky. I'm sure I'll get used to it.
I will add the curve of the levers makes it harder to get my smaller hands around them to brake than modern levers.
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For my riding area I'd rarely shift into that 56 chainring!
Thats a 56?!?!?! Damn, tough man ring!
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Finished nicely!

Ride it, figure out what works for you, don’t be afraid to change out what’s not.

Dirty little secret: we used to change components to improve the bike even back then.
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Very nice work, you did a great job on this restoration. Well done sir, very well done.

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Looks great!
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Beautiful bike, and job well done! I love the paint with the black contrast panels on those bikes, very sharp. The sloping fork crown and the gentle curve of the fork look great too. That bicycle just checks so many boxes for me.

I agree with what Gugie is saying, changing parts for a better ride is just smart. I have a couple bikes that I made an effort to "restore" to OEM spec. It turned out, OEM spec made the bike less enjoyable for me when I was riding them. Consequently, they get passed up in favor of less "correct" bicycles that I enjoy riding. In hindsight, I probably would have left them alone.
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Lovely. Hope it rides as amazingly as it looks. Perhaps you can find a Zefal pump from the era.
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Even with brand new pads they're not great. I'll definitely have to be more conscious of how I brake - especially since I reversed the sides of the levers on the bars. I thought about getting newer brakes, but they have the cable stop on the opposite side and would make cabling the rear brakes janky. I'm sure I'll get used to it.
I found the braking with Paul centerpulls, Koolstop pads, and new rims to be disappointing for quite a few miles until the rims scuffed up and the pads bedded in.
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
Finished nicely!

Ride it, figure out what works for you, don’t be afraid to change out what’s not.

Dirty little secret: we used to change components to improve the bike even back then.
Originally Posted by mkeller234 View Post
Beautiful bike, and job well done! I love the paint with the black contrast panels on those bikes, very sharp. The sloping fork crown and the gentle curve of the fork look great too. That bicycle just checks so many boxes for me.

I agree with what Gugie is saying, changing parts for a better ride is just smart. I have a couple bikes that I made an effort to "restore" to OEM spec. It turned out, OEM spec made the bike less enjoyable for me when I was riding them. Consequently, they get passed up in favor of less "correct" bicycles that I enjoy riding. In hindsight, I probably would have left them alone.
Indeed. I was happy to restore it as close to original as I could to begin with (mostly to see if I could), but seeing as how brakes are a pretty important part of not dying, if it turns out they don't pull their weight I'll switch them out.

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Lovely. Hope it rides as amazingly as it looks. Perhaps you can find a Zefal pump from the era.
I haven't gone hardcore searching for one yet, but I am hopeful something is out there. It's funny because the rack I got has pegs for a mini pump as well
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Oh and for those familiar with the original components and were wondering: while I had to get new wheels as the old ones weren't serviceable, I did keep the original Maillard 700 hubs, and the Maillard Atom 70 5-speed freewheel - they cleaned up wonderfully and look lovely. I've put them aside to build wheels around in the future, since they need to stay a mated set due to their threading.
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I think I can help you with that pump, give me a PM.
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Great job on that!
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Very nice, I restored a 70s Gran Prix with that same bronze green and I recall it shining up nicely. Have fun on it now that you're done.
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I love many, many things about this bike! Nicely done
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Thanks for the love everyone. It rides like a dream.
Quick follow up question - is it safe to have holes drilled in the downtube for some rivnuts for a bottle cage mount?
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Pretty and pretty cool!

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