Sunday, October 30, 2011

one gorgeous bike: 1980 Raleigh Tourist

The rewards of returning to the service area at work: In my first week back at the bench I got to tune up this gorgeous Raleigh Tourist three-speed, circa 1980. This was near the end of Raleigh's production of rod-brake bikes, so what we have here is the newest version of a very old design. (Rear rack and basket not original to bike but handy for errands.) I've only worked on rod-brake bikes a couple of times -- they don't come in often -- and they've always been the larger 23" frame size until now. When I test-rode this bike after my work was done, the 21" frame fit me perfectly. it was hard not to have a teeny leetle bit of bike lust.


raleigh tourist rod-brake, ca. 1980


raleigh tourist rod-brake, ca. 1980


raleigh tourist rod-brake, ca. 1980


Massive amounts of wheel-flop, due to very slack geometry; the rod-brakes stopped me in dry weather but I urged the customer not to ride this in the rain unless he could sources some elather-impregnated Fibrax pads. (He promised me he'd ride it on dry days.) Still, an awful lot of fun to ride, and fascinating to work on.

2 comments:

slow rpm said...

Beautiful!I saw one of these recently at a bike swap meet which could have used some TLC.Bike lust?I have bike mechanic lust!!! What a great job, being able to work on these wondeful old treadlies and then take them out for a ride. Rose coloured glasses, I'm sure, as I'll bet there's a lot of drudgery involved as well.

cheers,

ian

Judi said...

rad lookin' raleigh.