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Old 05-20-07, 06:54 PM
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My Raleigh Competition-Clubman

Thwarted in my attempts to get a Raleigh Clubman over the past year, I recently purchased this 1971 Raleigh Competition Three Speed from fellow BF member NLerner (Thanks Again!!!). The weather has been so bad in the Boston area the last few days I only was able to take it for a short ride this afternoon. But it was well worth the wait. The bike is very light and responsive and NLerner did a great job with the conversion. It will take a few more rides to get used to having only three speeds but even today the gearing was such that I was able to handle several relatively steep hills with ease.

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Old 05-20-07, 07:46 PM
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Sweet! I am glad you are enjoying it. Neal be Da Man. I have gotten a Raleigh Superbe and a frameset off of him...so far I want one of his clubman's when he finally decides to part with one

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Old 05-20-07, 08:04 PM
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I saw that bike on his site and decided to build one for myself. The Competition frame I was going to use turned out to be terminally cracked, so I got a Carlton frame to replace it. I'm working on the paint now. I've always thought that a lightweight frame and a SA hub could be turned into a nice ride. Mine is going to be a "town bike" with upright bars.
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Old 05-20-07, 08:25 PM
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Originally Posted by wahoonc
Sweet! I am glad you are enjoying it. Neal be Da Man. I have gotten a Raleigh Superbe and a frameset off of him...so far I want one of his clubman's when he finally decides to part with one

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Well, Aaron, given those 22" Clubman frames, I'm afraid you'll have to wait until you're old and have experienced shrinkage before they'll fit you!

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Yeah, I was to impatient to wait for Neil to sell one of the Clubmans. He seems to have become very attached to them anyway so it probably would have been a long wait.
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Old 05-21-07, 05:03 AM
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Originally Posted by joychri
Yeah, I was to impatient to wait for Neil to sell one of the Clubmans. He seems to have become very attached to them anyway so it probably would have been a long wait.
Chris, I'm afraid you'll have to negotiate with my kids over the terms of my will!

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Old 05-21-07, 08:21 AM
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Neil, I just assumed they would be buried with you.
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Chris,
I will have to admit that the 22" is a bit on the short side for me. Even on the tall frame (23.5"?) Superbe I have a decent amount of seat post showing. My "normal" road frames are in the 60cm+ range. I did by the Dawes Galaxy frame from Neal to make a Club racer out of. So the "build" consists of a box of parts with more on the way I did manage to snag a 4 speed generator FG hub from Ebay GB. I am still trying to decide if I want to go with Bluemels or Honjo fenders. I am doing 700c wheels with CR18 rims, SS spokes and of course a Brooks saddle. Hopefully I will get the build done over the summer so I can ride it this fall at the ABCE tour in New Brighton, MN.

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Carlton Competition resembles the classic Raleigh Sports

Late post but just completed a 3-speed adaptation of Carlton's Raleigh Competion: http://www.flickr.com/photos/7649830...ool-568400@N24
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Old 02-26-08, 07:38 PM
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I can't open the pictures. It says I have to been signed in?
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Ha! Your Flickr pic has a "outside safe photo" warning! Is that because it's legit bikeporn? Nice build man, very clean. I'll be finishing my '79 Raleigh Carlton Comp GS this week, hope to post pics soon after.
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I can't open the pictures. It says I have to been signed in?
Okay, lets try again. http://www.flickr.com/photos/7649830...63869/sizes/l/
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Old 03-05-08, 09:14 PM
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Here's mine:

http://good-times.webshots.com/album/560796524cQRWSB

I'm just starting another one with a Raleigh Competition frame. I may go with a five speed SA hub, but first I have to find a fork for it. I may have to temporarily settle for one of those Tange unicrown replacement forks.
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I just love the old clubmans! I am hitting the local bike co-op every week looking for an old lightweight three speed or fixed gear along those lines.
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Joychri- Nice bike. Well done. I don't have a true "clubman" but rather a Raleigh Trent Sports, see attached photo. Since I took the photo, I've added a Brooks B72 in brown leather tone, a Rivendell Keven's seat bag, over-wrapped the white/black bar tape with brown cloth tape and changed the rear cog to 23T which gets me up almost 95% of all the hills in my region. The top gear is a little low but I'm learning to spin real good. Looking forward to taking it on a club ride this season and see what kind of reaction I get. This type of bike is great fun. PG.
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Old 03-06-08, 06:28 PM
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Thanks Polishguy. I like your bike as well. I still have my eye out for an original Clubman but in the meantime I am enjoying my Competition.
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Old 03-10-08, 06:44 AM
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Here's another variation on the theme:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...E:B:EF:US:1123

The seller's claim for an "NOS" Raleigh Clubman is BS, but it'll be interesting to see if he gets any bites.

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