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Raleigh International 'cross bike

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Very old Raleigh ( I think, International)

no name stem; nitto randoneaur bars

Raleigh int'l fork, Specialized headset

700x38 Kenda, black Matrix Rim Shimano hub (in pic above, it's an Araya rim)

700x38 Kenda, black Matrix rim, Shimano 8 speed hub

no name 170mm cranks, 42 front chainring, junk pedals

Thompson seatpost, no name saddle

junk pedals, sram chain

Shimano "Light action" (?) rear shifter, Shimano bar end shift lever

Velo Orange Grand Cru cantis, now old cantis of a junked mtb

1x8 before, rebuilt as singlespeed

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This is sort of a do-everything bike. Some call them "monster cross" (mine will fit up to 700x38 tires, at least -- currently running 38's, but i have a bit more clearance. Not a true cyclecross or road bike, this thing started life as a Raleigh Int'l -- a "sport tourer." That is, a road bike with generous tire clearance and more relaxed frame angles, and centerpulls. Nice Reynolds 531 frame, Long Campagnolo dropouts, Nervex lugs.

I think it was/is a '68 or '69 Raleigh international, judging by the serial number, the lugs, and the tire clearance. I've seen Professionals, and it isn't one of those. For starters they don't have the Nervex lugs.
Well looking at old pics online .... But it is hard to tell which this bike is... but I'm thinking international.

The bottom bracket is too low for "real" offroading, but on dirt roads or mild trails that aren't technical (more or less flat terrain) it works as well as on a road, and the big tires make short work of bad pavement. Hell you could hop a curb on it.

Because the tire clearance provided by the frame exceeded that provided by my crappy old standard centerpulls [mainly because, once adjusted so they would pull enuff cable to stop, I lost the quick release function, but even there it was a tight fit before], I got my friend Steve (shameless plug for his shop here in Jersey -- www.thebikestand.com) to braze canti studs on this and top tube cable mounts...(i was considering buying a new set of centers, maybe Pauls, but I just wanted Cantis... Anyway i think if I try I can fit 40s on there. The Kendas are 700x38s. I doubt i could do that with centers) I probably should have had a shifter cable stop brazed on so i wouldn;t have to use the ugle bolt on one, but I wasn't sure if in the future I'd want a front gear too, or maybe to run it single speed or even fixed. This way if i do decide to change it up it's easier...

Just got it repainted white (the picture in the front of my friend's shop shows it with its old green coat). Had nice fancy cantis on there, swapped em for old ones, then went the gears, now it's a singlespeed...

This thing is fun, fun, fun.... that's what it's about.

People who friended this bike vqstaphbeard, veggie, Mtbfixed, eaglerock, campystamp

The practical tire limit with center pulls

?on my 1971 International is 700x38 in the rear; even then, I have to deflate the tire in order to get the wheel out. At least that's the case with Mafac Racers; I'm planning to install braze-on posts for Paul Racers eventually. The fork's got more clearance than the rear triangle.

Thanx! I was thinking of

Thanx! I was thinking of bolt on Pauls myself but I always wanted a cyclocross bike so I got carried away w/ cantis!

Awesome bike

ATB I really like this bike and the idea of a do it all ride.The colors look great and it must be a blast knowing you can go by dirt or pavement doesn't matter.A true adventure bike.

Thanks... I don't intend

Thanks... I don't intend hard core offroading but for mild dirt I think it'll be awesome.

Right now I'm waiting for it to come back from it's repaint and I'm getting real impatient....



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