So a question might be "why?" I already have a mated pair of Raleigh Sports in pristine condition, completely done up. Why this old beater? Well, I have been thinking lately about the fact that most of my bikes are either impractical to ride (Raleigh RSW) or too nice to ride (aforementioned Raleigh Sport) I was honestly looking for a vintage Raleigh Sport in 23" frame size that I could just add to and make it an everyday ride around bike. This one fit the bill. Also, I had a nice set of rebuilt wheels (original refurbished Sturmey Archer hubs laced to Sun CR-18 rims with modern stainless spokes) with new tires and tubes waiting for this frame. Add on the Brooks B-66 and alloy seatpost, Carradice Barley bag and a few odds and ends from the parts bin and, voila, here she is!
Most of the decals are pretty rough (see below) but the head badge is BRILLIANT! I love this head badge. Of all the Raleigh brands, this one takes it.
My plan is to slowly acquire and replace some of the wonky parts. The right crank seems a bit bent, so the pedal twists a little under foot. The plastic roller wheel can be replaced with metal. Brakes are a little rusty. Mostly cosmetic stuff, so I'm not in a real hurry.
Fun ride! Now if I only had the space for it around the house...