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Old 12-03-19, 01:26 PM
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Let me introduce you to my International

Thought I would finally show my Ď74 Raleigh International. It has been a multi year project as I have fitfully worked on it.

I am a Clydesdale and needed low gearing for hills but still wanted to use mostly period correct Campagnolo. For the rear Nuovo Record derailleur I added the Soma long arm which works well with my 14-32 rear cluster. For the front I tried to use a triplezed Nuovo Record using the RedClover Tripleizer, the correct Campy triple bottom bracket with a 121 mm axle. No go. I couldnít get the chainline right for the derailleur to throw it onto the large ring and there didnít appear to be enough room between the 30 tooth small ring and the chainstay to go use a shorter axle. My solution was to give up on the Campy triple and install an SR Apex 50-34 double. This combination works well front and rear.

I found some large flange Record hubs laced to Campy Omega Strada Hardox rims (not period correct but a nice wheelset).

Original Campy seat post, GB stem, Weinmann brakes and levers were all polished. Brooks B17 with large copper rivets. Used the hinged-type water bottle brackets from Wiggle(?) for the bottle cage. Was originally going to use two, seat post/down tube but when I got them I realized it wouldnít work on the down tube because of the derailleur cables. Handlebars are Nitto Noodles.

The finish on the frame is quite good considering itís age. There is some pitting of the socks chrome and head lugs and a little flaking of the chrome on fork crowns. I had an artist friend reline the lugs in black to go with the seat, tape and rims. It is a little wider than ideal in some areas but I still like the overall look.

Now on to the important partóthe pictures.










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Old 12-03-19, 01:42 PM
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Very nice, AND you have made the changes necessary to make the cycle fit your requirements!

Thus it will be ridden rather than being a catalogue perfect wall piece.

BTW - another maker of the hinged type water bottle mounting clamps is Allara/AL-E of Italy.

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Old 12-03-19, 02:20 PM
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Nice! you did a great job, that looks like a rider for sure. I have those same cranks on my main ride, although they are marked "Super Custom" Originally they were 50/45/28 but I had similar fitment concerns as you on the frame they were transferred to. I managed to find a nice condition 34t ring (with the kooky 86 BCD) so ended up with the same double configuration as you. Not really a fan of the half step anyway although a more evenly space triple would be nice as it's a touring frame.

I also couldn't reduce the granny any smaller as these rings oddly all attached through the same extra long bolts (no additional tapped holes on the inside spider arms) not sure if yours is the same. Anyway, nice bike, thanks for sharing!
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Old 12-03-19, 02:25 PM
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That's awfully nice. I'm interested in those handlebars. Can you tell us about them? The forward reach looks long.
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Very nice indeed.That rear derailleur cage is interesting as I live on a hill and my lowest gearing (on my ItalVega) is 41 x 28 with Campy NR/SR equip. It is hell getting home after a 30+ mile ride! Also the GB stem with the countersunk cap screw is great. I did the same treatment to my 1977 Raleigh Competition GS by making( I am a tool grinder) a piloted C'Bore cutter and drilling just enough to hide the allen head cap bolt because I didn't like the bolt sticking up on top.I don't think the embossed (early) GB stems were available that way. Nice bike and enjoy the ride! Joe joesvintageroadbikes.wordpress
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Old 12-03-19, 03:35 PM
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
That's awfully nice. I'm interested in those handlebars. Can you tell us about them? The forward reach looks long.
Yes, the forward reach is fairly long before curving down to the drops. I ride mainly on the hoods, rarely on the drops and Iím able to adjust my reach as needed while riding with these.
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I have always liked the Internationals of that vintage -- great looking and great road manners.
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Topped with a Brooks!
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Well done brother Clydesdale looks great and those low gears do help!
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Very nicely done sir, makes me wish that I still had my own '74.

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Nicely done! It's a handsome bike that will reward you...
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Old 12-04-19, 07:18 AM
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Nice, and Iíll bet itís a smooooth ride.
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
That's awfully nice. I'm interested in those handlebars. Can you tell us about them? The forward reach looks long.
The bars appear to be Nitto. I'm assuming one of their randoneur-type based upon the curves. Perhaps the OP remembers the model number?
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I like bikes with full socks!

Could use a bit of colour for POP. (not criticism, just suggestion)
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I like bikes with full socks!

Could use a bit of colour for POP. (not criticism, just suggestion)
As poor as the original paint was, it might flake off and then a brighter colourway could be applied, mine was the champagne and it started flying off very soon. (purchased as NOS from the local Raleigh shop in 1979.) Went with a flamboyant blue and white bands on the seat tube. That one looks like it's paint is much better to me.

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Originally Posted by TugaDude View Post
The bars appear to be Nitto. I'm assuming one of their randoneur-type based upon the curves. Perhaps the OP remembers the model number?

i donít remember the model number but they were referred to as Nitto Noodle.
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Originally Posted by 2wheeljonz View Post
i donít remember the model number but they were referred to as Nitto Noodle.
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Noodles are B177, but noodles don't have that rise. Might be a B132.
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Originally Posted by fliplap View Post
Noodles are B177, but noodles don't have that rise. Might be a B132.
Noodles, it seems to me, curve back rather than up. The noodle seems to reduce reach while the rando increases rise. Also, the only Nitto B177 bars I've seen advertised are 26.0 mm and I've never seen a Burgess stem that wasn't 25.4 mm. I have one bike with the Noodle and another with a versiion of the Ntto Rando. Nice bars, either way.
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This Clydesdale appreciates that bike. Well done!
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My International was among the flexiest bikes I've owned...constant ghost shifting. Not a bike I'd rec for a clyde.
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Old 12-06-19, 10:50 AM
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The bike looks great!

From the photo, it appears you need to work on your chain length. My guess is it is too shot.
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