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Old 11-05-14, 10:38 AM
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Component Advice for 70's Raleigh Clubman

So last weekend, I bought this



Its a late 70's Raleigh Clubman. Right now, its outfitted with a mix of japanese/european parts.

Weinmann Brakes, Pivo Bars, Huret Changers, SR Raleigh Branded Crank.

The rear wheel is toast, so I'm going to be getting a set of the Velomine CR18's.

What to do for components? I have a minty set of Weinmann 610's I was going to put on it.

My parts bin has MK1 Cyclone Derailleurs, Sugino GT crank, Specialized Touring Triple...but none of those quite work for this. I have a Nuovo Record rear I could put on, but then I would need everything else as well.

Im at an impass. I could do Cyclone/Sugino/610's and have it be super functional. I could keep the SR crank, but it doesnt quite do it for me.
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What to do for components?
As always I approach bike mods/re-builds as a Project.

What is the Deliverable when the project is complete? A winter bike, a period correct show piece , a LD/Rando-ish machine?

The answer will drive the Requirements: Period only Euro components or brifters depend on the Deliverable's requirements.

What Quality level is acceptable? NOS w/ matching date codes only or a parts box rummage?
Budget? $ or $,$$$.
Timeline? Must be done by Spring or whenever.

To be successful answer all of the questions before turning a wrench to save $, effort, time and avoid delivering a failure.


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I would shorten the rear brake cable, readjust the fenders, remove the light and generator and check Ebay for a decent used Brooks saddle as soon as I got it home.
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Thats the thing, Im not sure what the plan is.
I have some 38c gumwalls for it.
A Brooks is a must.
I was thinking, upright bars, 2x5 drivetrain, fenders, lights. A sort of city bike.
It was originally purchased in france.
The rear mech seems okish, a bit out of alignment. The front has a lot of chain wear on the inner guide.

Basically, a kitschy, super comfy bike for long, casual rides.
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Thats the thing, Im not sure what the plan is.
...........A sort of city bike.
Basically, a kitschy, super comfy bike for long, casual rides.
Be sure before you invest any time or effort and do make a plan of your requirements, it will pay off.

Just for grins here's a pic of my town bike which is a '70's British conversion that gets ridden with more regularity than my other bikes.



It was a fun inexpensive project that keeps an old favorite in service by performing a useful function that none of my other bikes do.

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Originally Posted by Grand Bois View Post
I would shorten the rear brake cable, readjust the fenders, remove the light and generator and check Ebay for a decent used Brooks saddle as soon as I got it home.
+1 and add to that, I'd call in sick the next morning and go for a long ride.
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Originally Posted by Bandera View Post
Be sure before you invest any time or effort and do make a plan of your requirements, it will pay off.

Just for grins here's a pic of my town bike which is a '70's British conversion that gets ridden with more regularity than my other bikes.



It was a fun inexpensive project that keeps an old favorite in service by performing a useful function that none of my other bikes do.

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Thats exactly what I want, and youve sold me on the single up front.
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Originally Posted by lord_athlon View Post
Thats exactly what I want, and youve sold me on the single up front.
It's not a simple as it looks, but very functional for my town bike.
The drivetrain is a hybrid '56 Sturmey Archer AW w/ contemporary Cyclo 3-cog set-up operated by barcons for the IGH and NR derailleur.
It gives a 9 speed range from 41-106GI with six nice steps, and a useless top gear.
It's fussy, overly complicated and not simple to operate: Very British.

Using this drivetrain was a primary requirement in the project plan.

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I have an AW hub just sitting here looking for a home. Hmmm.
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I have an AW hub just sitting here looking for a home. Hmmm.


The Original Clubman.

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