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1975 Raleigh Competition Project

Old 01-27-24, 10:50 AM
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Heck, I can (now) play this game! Acquired yesterday. I almost walked away, as it wasn't in as nice condition as it appeared in the FS listing. Chrome on the forks looked well beyond saving. But a deal was stuck anyway. Stem (Nitto Hi-Crown/I-beam) and (maybe) bars seem to be only non-original bits. Brooks Pro is in very nice shape. Now completely torn down, cleaning and polishing has commenced.


Did the aluminum-foil-&-water chrome treatment on one of the fork legs and I have to say I'm stunned by how well it worked. Still pitting, but looks good enough for me. And at least the chrome on the stays isn't as bad. Wondering about clear-coating to keep the rust at bay...

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Different year I know but I got mine quite a few years back and knew very little about bikes, this Classic and Vintage group was so helpful. It had terrible rust (and it may still even ) I had it powder coated and the badly rusted areas had a came out all pitted and textured looking. I sprayed the inside with a rust inhibitor and rode it as my main bike for many years. I even commuted on it for a couple years (on Ruffy Tuffy 700x28) Great frames, super smooth and fast. Now just one bike of my little stable of bikes, it has been set up for easy cruising to the coffee shop. Even with the rust and lost OG paint, I still like it and will probably keep it for a long time. Enjoy!

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Originally Posted by cjefferds
Im running suntour barcons and cable stop clamp on my 73 Comp.
Nice and clean looking. I found a Huret cable stop clamp online so I'll set them up just the same.

Originally Posted by Oldairhead
Is this now the "show off you Raleigh Competition" thread? Great, here's my 1980 at about 50% complete.
I really like this colour. Come to think of it, I see more Competition GS bikes around here than the earlier bikes.

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Heck, I can (now) play this game! Acquired yesterday. I almost walked away, as it wasn't in as nice condition as it appeared in the FS listing. Chrome on the forks looked well beyond saving. But a deal was stuck anyway. Stem (Nitto Hi-Crown/I-beam) and (maybe) bars seem to be only non-original bits. Brooks Pro is in very nice shape. Now completely torn down, cleaning and polishing has commenced.


Did the aluminum-foil-&-water chrome treatment on one of the fork legs and I have to say I'm stunned by how well it worked. Still pitting, but looks good enough for me. And at least the chrome on the stays isn't as bad. Wondering about clear-coating to keep the rust at bay...

Nice work - I'm doing the same treatment for one fork leg and simichrome on the other to see if there's a big difference.
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Originally Posted by Ged117
Nice work - I'm doing the same treatment for one fork leg and simichrome on the other to see if there's a big difference.
Give a report when you're done with the test! Unfortunately the other leg didn't come out as well as the first with the tin-foil, but it's OK. TBH, it's probably just over the line of salvageable, but I'll live with it. Probably clear-coat to keep it from deteriorating more.
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