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Old 01-14-10, 11:16 AM
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Raleigh Comp GS resto 95% complete... so close, need your help!

hot on the heels of my first ever complete build from a frameset, a 1985 shogun 2000 built up as a classic french-inspired randonneur, i'm just putting the finishing touches on my second build, a 1978 raleigh comp GS. i'm posting the pre-completion pics now because i was hoping to solicit help sourcing a couple of small missing bits that are preventing me from finishing. with this build, i'm trying to stay as close to original as possible, and towards this goal, i need a set of weinmann gum hoods and one top tube brake cable clip (the windowed ones that say weinmann down the sides). if anyone can help me in acquiring those, it'd be much appreciated!

here are some pre-completion pics (full flickr set in signature link):















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That's a heck of a lot nicer than the Raleigh Competition I briefly owned! The lugs are much fancier and I love the paint job. I have brake clips, but I don't remember what brand they are...probably not Weinman. I know a good source for both things you requested and will call to inquire about price (expect high).
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Wow, that looks great, I can't wait to see it completed!
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I'm in love with that bag!
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Very nice!!!

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SouthPaw, a beautiful job on your Competition! Perhaps in the spring we can get you north of the city for a "Competition" ride.

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thanks scott, do let me know when your riding season starts. my new year's resolution is to do more rides for the sake of rides, not just as transportation.
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Sorry I don't have what you're looking for.

Beautiful build job though. I'm inching forward with my '72, but yours is in waaaaay nicer shape.
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Very nice but, considering you're trying to keep it as original as possible, shouldn't it have black, cloth, handlebar tape? I would think that would be relatively easy to obtain.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
Very nice but, considering you're trying to keep it as original as possible, shouldn't it have black, cloth, handlebar tape? I would think that would be relatively easy to obtain.
T-mar, absolutely! i've got black tressostar tape waiting to get wrapped. in my pics, the bar is bare (although, the tape residue in that light appears as tape from a distance, so no worries for missing that ;-)). i didn't want to wrap the bars in case i needed to swap out the brake levers since i don't have hoods yet.
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That is just a wonderful bike, southpawboston! Your care and attention is paying off in a big way.
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Nice job, but I think you need a chain, too!
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Originally Posted by southpawboston View Post
.. in my piccs, the bar is bare (although, the tape residue in that light appears as tape from a distance, so no worries for missing that ;-)).

Yep, I did think it was that milky, Benotto Cellotape.
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Very nice. Did it come stock with those side-pulls? I remember wanting one as a young teenager, and the version I drooled over had Weinmann center-pulls.

Also, I think it would look really nice with some black or white dimpled plastic bar tape.
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From one southpaw to another:

Gorgeous!

May I ask the origin of the bike? Meaning, did it come from a family member, or was it barn-fresh? It looks gorgeous...can't imagine it being too ugly before!
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That looks really nice. I have a few questions, is that the original paint, were the lugs originally gold lined? Are those replacement decals?
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Originally Posted by MileHighMark View Post
Very nice. Did it come stock with those side-pulls? I remember wanting one as a young teenager, and the version I drooled over had Weinmann center-pulls.

Also, I think it would look really nice with some black or white dimpled plastic bar tape.
Yeah, the Competition G.S. came stock with Weinmann 605 sidepulls
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thanks all for the nice comments!

Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
Nice job, but I think you need a chain, too!
lol, yeah, i guess that is an essential piece to a functional bike. it was getting late last night and it was either get the chain (and RD cable) on, or take pics.

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Very nice. Did it come stock with those side-pulls? I remember wanting one as a young teenager, and the version I drooled over had Weinmann center-pulls.
yes, the sidepulls (weinmann 605) were stock on the later 1970s models. earlier models had the centerpulls.

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May I ask the origin of the bike? Meaning, did it come from a family member, or was it barn-fresh? It looks gorgeous...can't imagine it being too ugly before!
it was an ebay find for $130 shipped. it was pretty rough, but i got it because it appeared from the pics to be low mileage and all original. it turned out that it was in fact low-mileage based on having the original chain, freewheel and chainrings (with little to no noticeable wear), but had been left outside for years. even the bottom bracket cups and spindle were like new with no signs of pitting or wear. most of the chromed parts were rusty, and the aluminum parts in serious need of buffing. the frame had a ton of rust bubbles beneath the paint, but it was all superficial, nothing that had eroded down the tubing. the stem and seatpost both were stuck and required days if not weeks of soaking in rust penetrant. just about every chromed piece as well as the frame+fork got oxalic baths. surprisingly, the frame looked like new after oxalic acid treatment and honing the seat tube, steerer tube and BB shell, although the paint was totally shot. the chrome on the front fork blades was beyond redemption (that's why the whole fork got powdercoated). luckily, the rear triangle chrome was in okay shape and polished up nicely--scott from long beach custom fabrication, who did the powdercoating, worked wonders on it.

i got this bike shortly after my shogun (my other restoration project), and these two bikes were my first real teardowns to framesets. frankly, it never occurred to me to photo-document the restoration process. only after the teardowns did i discover the fun of documenting projects on flickr. oh well! if you go through the flickr sets, you will see comments for some parts describing what was done to them. for example, i repainted the raleigh headbadge and described my method in the comments section for that photo. from now on i'm going to be more fastidious about taking "before" and "after" pics!

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I have a few questions, is that the original paint, were the lugs originally gold lined? Are those replacement decals?
nope, it was powdercoated. yes, the lugs were originally "hand profiled" in gold, meaning hand-painted, i suppose. the problem i encountered was that the powdercoating came out too thick, and thus softened the lug borders, making them less defined. that made it very difficult to outline the lugs with a very thin line. thus, my outlining is a bit wider and cruder than original. and yes, the decals are a replacement set by greg softley in australia. he put together a kit including all the period-correct decals, and they are first rate-- the best repros i've seen.
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I may have some or all of the parts you're looking for. I gotta get back to my cave and check.

I also have a near-new "made in England" chain that came off a garage queen Raleigh that I flipped last year. I figured the chain might be desirable to someone..........
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Stunning... and your Shogun is no slouch, either!
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Sweet looking bike. Makes me want to dig my Competition GS out and ride it again, even if it's a size too big for me. They are some of the sharpest looking bikes out there imo.
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Excellent bike! Well done!
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+ whatever. It's beautiful! Have you tried the ISO thread? I've had pretty good luck in there.
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Originally Posted by southpawboston View Post
nope, it was powdercoated. yes, the lugs were originally "hand profiled" in gold, meaning hand-painted, i suppose. the problem i encountered was that the powdercoating came out too thick, and thus softened the lug borders, making them less defined. that made it very difficult to outline the lugs with a very thin line. thus, my outlining is a bit wider and cruder than original. and yes, the decals are a replacement set by greg softley in australia. he put together a kit including all the period-correct decals, and they are first rate-- the best repros i've seen.
I always took "hand profiled" to mean that the lugs were filed thin by hand. I would bet your lug lines came out as good or better that the originals, some of the Raleighs I have seen you would think someone had a whole lot of coffee. I bought a decal set from Greg softley for my Raleigh a while back and I agree that they are really nice.

Anyway, original or not it looks very nice. The powder coat may be better in the long run anyway.
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