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The International Project is Finished!

Old 06-04-22, 08:12 PM
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The International Project is Finished!

It started as a bare frame, with decent if faded paint.




















Fortunately the frame had good original paint with few touchups, and most of the original detailing was present. And, of course, those shapely chrome lugs. Had most of the parts in my bin, bought a few that I did not, sourced some white cloth tape, and it's as far as I can tell correct for a '74. It has its nicks and chips, and the paint's a little faded, but I built it not to be a showpiece but to be a rider, and it still rides soooooo sweet. And out of pocket, not very expensive.

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Old 06-04-22, 09:04 PM
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Golly, thatís purdy!
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Old 06-04-22, 10:00 PM
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Beautiful!
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Looks great. Do you plan on riding it? I wouldn't blame you if you just decided to stare at it.
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Old 06-05-22, 02:25 PM
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always good to see a copper International getting some love!

Don't forget the opportunities to polish aluminum to add to the flash and sparkle! The stem, the brakes, the hubs, etc. They all polish up fairly well. If you have stainless spokes, wiping them down helps them shine.

Mine gets ridden on sunny days, preferably with friends so they can appreciate just how beautiful that candy copper paint really is.



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Old 06-08-22, 11:03 AM
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Steelbikeguy, how do you keep those brake hoods so white? I tried everything on mine, improved them greatly, but didn't come close to your results.

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Steelbikeguy, how do you keep those brake hoods so white? I tried everything on mine, improved them greatly, but didn't come close to your results.
well, leaving the bike in the basement of a bike shop for 26 years does make it easier!

My International was a late bloomer, not exiting from the shop until shortly before the year 2000. I bought it from a fellow who bought a number of NIB bikes from the shop when it closed (maybe because they left inventory in the basement for decades?) in 2000 and it only gets ridden on nice days. It's only seen a bit less than 7000 miles so far.

Back in the days when Raleigh was a contender, I had a Gran Sport that I rode for 14 years. Those hoods did suffer a bit, and I doubt that I used anything beyond some dish soap or maybe Formula 409.
Here's a shot when it was perhaps 5 years old...



My only suggestion or comment is that I always ride with gloves, and I wash them regularly, so perhaps fewer chances for dirt to get on the hoods.
The topic of cleaning these hoods does come up semi-regularly, so maybe a search will come up with a better technique.

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Old 06-08-22, 11:30 AM
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Thats a thing of beauty! Congrats to the owner!
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