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1971 Raleigh International

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International 1971

ca. 1971 model due to the serial number decoding and the wrap around seat stay treatment. As it turns out the unusual burgundy color is a repaint - no telling which color was originally sprayed. The original Campy RD has a patent code of 70, so that is also supportive of this date. The previous owner used this bike for touring and removed most of the original spec equipment, replacing with gear to meet his touring needs. The replacement components are what is pictured in this set. He had kept the original FD, RD, shifters, cables, and brake calipers; I have those in a box, but sold the cranks at some point. The parts I do have appear to have been used very little or not at all.

I think I'll keep this exactly as built rather than taking it back to original "as sold" components. Perhaps a set of fenders for touring practicality, and my vintage Carradice saddle bag. I've also got a Carradice Super C handlebar bag, but that might really be unnecessary.

People who friended this bike gunther, Albert Kernberg, knapprobert, Splined, campystamp, per.k, vqstaphbeard, ravelax

absolutely

Stunning. So much class.

That rear derailleur is

That rear derailleur is insane. Suntour XC or something? What's the logic behind that third jockey wheel?

It's a Suntour Lepree, used

It's a Suntour Lepree, used mainly for touring and alpine gearing. (I've also got a Cyclone three-pulley RD.) Non-indexed and shifts great, despite the crazy mutant look that it has. I seem to recall that the intention was to get more chain wrap without going to a long cage. The previous owner built this bike up precisely the way he wanted it and toured for three decades with this config. There's very little that I'm changing on the bike once I finish the restoration, other than to level the racks and add fenders. If you really want to see crazy, you should check out the pedals and crank (see my blog at http://marksbikes.wordpress.com/2012/12/16/unusual-modifications/)

1966 Paramount P-13 | 1971 Raleigh International | 1972 Paramount P-13 | 1981 Holdsworth Professional | 1982 Gazelle AA Champion Mondial Special | 1980s Freschi Supreme Super Cromo | 1989 Waterford PDG Paramount | 2012 Boulder Brevet



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