Vintage Raleigh Bike Refurb Job

Posted in 2013, here’s my first Raleigh Horizon Citysport bike, a singlespeed conversion from the original 10-speed, with Raleigh 410 tubing, from Taiwan in the 1980s.

This was todgermanica dot com’s second brief blog, my second day as a blogger, October 31, 2013, when it was bikes all the way down. This one is long sold.
Sunday I got this superficially rusted but nearly new-old-stock Raleigh for $25USD, from Isak at Denio’s thieves flea market. He wanted $40 but I pointed out the useless steel wheels and rust-you’re expected to bargain.
What the heck is that thing, a bird? Pretty head-badge though, admittedly a top criterion when I choose a frame or entire bike.

The first thing I did was ditch the heavy, corroded steel wheels with rotted tires. The second was to throw out its new appearing but defunct Suntour Hero rear dérailleur, in favor of the SIS index dérailleur below.
There are good reasons for the fact that when Shimano components appeared they killed Suntour dead.


Lighter weight, higher quality than Suntour.

The Suntour front dérailleur stays on now for testing, but if it gives me even a mean look then it joins its brother in the trash, in favor of the fine matching front Shimano SIS dérailleur I have waiting in the wings.

Flea market Planet Bike $8 new-old-stock ’03 male pattern seat, comfort TBD; if wrong I discard. The seat is the single most important component.
Raleigh alloy ‘side-pull’ caliper type brakes. Pads like new from so long ago, bike left in the rain some but barely used.


I’ll use this wheel of unknown origin in front, spins well with good tread and pretty straight needing only light truing.
Tall quill stems save my arthritic cervical vertebrae by allowing me a straight neck riding posture. Hard to find these days for so old a bike, like all these components- the reason I really need a half dozen bins in my garage for ‘vintage’ [old] bike parts .
Lucky to find these taller light alloy bars too, to replace the heavier stock steel ones. I’ll chop them to prevent hooking a car mirror in town.


Shimano SIS indexing twist shifters replaced the rusty, crappy Suntour thumb levers. Beautiful, swoopy original alloy Raleigh brake levers.


That weird bird again, Sir Walter’s symbol?

Found this odd steel kickstand in a bin and imagineered it to fit using a re-purposed seat bracket.
Could not determine from web search if Raleigh 410 tubes are ‘cro-mo- (Chromium-Molybdenum) or ‘hi-tensile’ steel.
Good threads on the bottom bracket shell so will not need facing.

Not so good are the spindle, balls and races which will need sorting out from the bike’s apparently sometimes wet outdoor storage.


Light spalling/pitting on spindle races and a few balls. I’m using them anyway.

The rust on Tracer cranks and chain-ring was surprisingly superficial and easily removed with steel wool; except for the chain-ring bolts and nuts which I replaced; the steel wheels which I discarded; and the chain, which I also discarded after measuring.
You can see the difference here. Slight drilling was needed to fit larger cadmium plated chain-ring bolts with self-locking bolts.

So here we are, rear wheel dissembled awaiting repair, bottom bracket walking wid a limp, disconnected shifters, bars need a chop job and grips, no rear brake cable sheath and no drive chain. More to come.

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