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Old 10-09-21, 04:47 PM
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My beater Raleigh competition

This was in pretty rough shape when I got it... The only reason I could afford it. I have it riding quite well now and I love the bike. I especially like the rattiness of it. It's pretty light and with the super ancient front rack I can even do light touring. It makes me very happy.


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Ride and enjoy! Embrace the rattiness.
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Ride and enjoy! Embrace the rattiness.
It only has the original paint once!
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Doesn't look ratty at all to me! Paint's in pretty good shape. If I'm missing some scratches, note that @Andy_K found the perfect match for that semi-gloss black.

What width are those Paselas? At leastt 35's to my eye? Nice fenderlines, especially for plastic fenders.
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At least yours still has chrome on the fork! Mine was coming off like a snake sloughing off its skin -




But it was nothing black rattle can Rustoleum couldn't fix -




Your tires are what, 35 mm with mudguards? It looks super comfy!
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That's a nice looking bike. Still wearing the 531 decals! My bikes are mostly in a similar state or more "ratty" than yours. Glad you are enjoying it, as you should.
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Those are actually paselas 38s, but on sun m13 rims they are only about 35mm wide. Cr18s would make them wider I think. Plenty of clearance as is. I used a cyclotouriste setup because I wanted lower gears as well. It's 26-40-44 on the rings with 14-17-21-27-32 on the freewheel.
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Ratty functional bikes are the best thing in the world.

Most people walk right on by. There are a small number of us that stop and appreciate them _without_ bolt cutters.
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Thread title sounds like an oxymoron.
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Hey I have one of those! Looks much rougher in person.
(My avatar photo is actually the one remaining fork decal.)


...although in reality it's probably more stealth than beater. The black D-A brake calipers and White Industries freewheel are a dead giveaway to anyone who knows what they're looking at.
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The geometry on those 70's Worksop Raleighs really lends itself to enjoyable riding almost any way you choose to set them up. Yours looks a lot better than mine did.
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Ratty functional bikes are the best thing in the world.

Most people walk right on by. There are a small number of us that stop and appreciate them _without_ bolt cutters.
My reason for loving them
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Now, you all were planning on sharing these beauties on this thread, weren't you? I mean, in the interest of a unified Raleigh Competition compendium of what can be done with this chameleon of a bike ...
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This was in pretty rough shape when I got it... The only reason I could afford it. I have it riding quite well now and I love the bike. I especially like the rattiness of it. It's pretty light and with the super ancient front rack I can even do light touring. It makes me very happy.

This last sentence is what it's all about. I spent most of yesterday afternoon scrubbing and polishing every nook and cranny of my vintage Tommasini. I never give that level of attention to my modern bikes. But I just enjoy my time with the bike and the hobby that it's worth it. Others might say I could have spent the afternoon out getting more base miles on my modern carbon bike. But cleaning that bike and re-greasing/lubing it made me very happy.
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