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Old 02-10-2012, 09:59 AM   #1336
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So let's hear the story. I ride a bianchi pista and absolutely love it but have been wanting to find an old frame to restore like that. I hear there are issues with doing so related to thread pitch, bearings etc. edumacate me.
As I mentioned, the only thing I could save was the frame. Initially, I was just going to hang it in my shop and leave it. But, I really wanted a unique, SS, around-town bike.

When I tore it down and started measuring stuff, I realized that, diameter-wise, everything was common. All Raleigh Industries bikes are 26TPI. That's no big deal, as you're only moving 2 threads, over the course of an inch. The steerer is 1" and we just ran a 24TPI die down it. The BB was re-threaded to a 1.37 X 24TPI, which is nothing unusual, except you gotta' find a shop with the Campy toolset.

Now, this bike is all modern, sealed-bearing and the riding experience feels it. English bikes are known for their compliant ride. And, this one is no exception. I own/have owned every frame material and configuration, except Ti. This bike, even with its 28mm tires, rides better and more efficiently than all the others. No, it's not as fast as my TT bike was, but, I have spun this thing to 26mph (42 X 18) and did it with a better ride. This bike totally changed my idea of the perfect bike. I've had three people take off on it and all three want one. I'm currently in the process of building a '63 Phillips Ranger for one and have the frame and awaiting parts selection for another.

What I used for components:
Tange headset
Nitto Dynamic stem
Nitto Moustache handlebar
Kalloy Laprade, 25.4mm, seatpost
Brooks B17 Imperial saddle
Brooks bar tape
Jagwire cables
Tektro R556 brakes
Tektro RX 4.1 levers (stripped and polished)
FSA F Gimondi, 165mm, 42T, crankset
Miche, sealed bearing, BB
MKS Sylvan pedals
KMC 1/8" chain
Shimano 18T freewheel
Origin 8, sealed bearing, hubs
DT 2.0 SS spokes
Sun M13 II, 700c, rims
Panaracer Pasela, 700 X 28, tires
NOS headbadge
NOS seatpost clamp bolt
eBay decals

If you find a particular RI 3-speed you like, all this stuff works the same. But, if you want some type of decals, be sure you can source them, before buying the bike. You don't have to have 100% accurate replacement decals, as most people don't know what originally came on them anyway. Nice bikes are all over Craigslist. Just don't pay more than $100, even for a decent one. There isn't much of a market for the takeoff parts. Mine were completely roached, so it didn't matter.

Lastly, I have to give huge props to Velo Mine. I help and spend a lot of time, around there. They're enthusiastic, about any vintage stuff. Even better is that they have most everything on the shelf. Wheel selection was particularly crucial, to get the clean, yet vintage, look I was after. As I've mentioned elsewhere, they have over 500 wheelsets, hundreds of components sets, bars, seats, tires, etc in stock. It's nice to have something clamped in the stand and just go grab whatever you think might work, off the shelf.

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Do you find the inverted m'bars comfortable and functional?
Yes, for around town. I wouldn't takeoff on a century with them, though.

I tried a set of Nitto track bars, but, couldn't handle riding down the street. They're just too extreme, especially with the downward angle of the stem.

I have a set of Velo Orange Milan bars, for the Phillips project. They're about the same rise, a little wider, but the pullback angle is uncomfortable, for me. They need less pullback; more like a MTB bar. The moustache bars put your hands nearly paralell, so you can adjust your wrist angle with rotation of the bar in the stem. I hope that makes sense. Bottom line, for me, is that the moustache bend is the most comfortable, with the setup I have.

Lastly, if you're looking at these types of bars for a project, pay close attention to the diameters of you bar (clamp and lever area), stem clamp diameter, and lever clamp diameter. There's a plethora of sizes out there. It doesn't all work together, obviously.
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Old 02-10-2012, 03:09 PM   #1337
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Old 02-10-2012, 04:25 PM   #1338
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Nice. I like hardtails. Hell, I learned to mountainbike on a rigid. Full suspension bikes feel way too heavy and mushy to me.
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Old 02-10-2012, 04:39 PM   #1339
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This is more of a road bike for me anyway. The forks are usually locked out while I ride rural (very rural) paved woods roads.
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Old 02-10-2012, 04:39 PM   #1340
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Nice. I like hardtails. Hell, I learned to mountainbike on a rigid. Full suspension bikes feel way too heavy and mushy to me.
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Old 02-11-2012, 07:03 AM   #1341
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Nice. I like hardtails. Hell, I learned to mountainbike on a rigid. Full suspension bikes feel way too heavy and mushy to me.
Try one of the new Specialized bikes with the inertia valve. Hardtail till it hits a bump, then it goes squishy.

Best of both worlds

The Epic S-Works I rode a few summers ago at a demo day was absolutely amazing. (course, it should be for $10k!)

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Old 02-11-2012, 08:40 AM   #1342
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The Epic S-Works I rode a few summers ago at a demo day was absolutely amazing. (course, it should be for $10k!)
You should ride a new one. They changed a couple things in the valve, starting '11. I nearly bought an '10 Epic Marathon 29er, but, the valve felt clunky, to me, and I wanted a bit more travel. My '11 Stumpy valve is much smoother activation.
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Old 02-13-2012, 02:23 AM   #1343
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Old 02-13-2012, 05:28 AM   #1344
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I figured I'd post up my completed '63 BSA Sports, since it's FINALLY done.

I started with a piece of restaurant flair, that was destined for the dumpster. The new lessee of the building wanted the walls cleared of everything and this was one of the items. The only thing I could salvage was the frame.


This is what I ended up with.

that turned out really nice !!
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Old 02-13-2012, 06:38 AM   #1345
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that turned out really nice !!
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Old 02-13-2012, 06:04 PM   #1346
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Took my Pugsley out the other day.




Got to love any bike that puts this on the frame.
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Old 02-13-2012, 06:39 PM   #1347
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How do you like the wheels/tires on your Pugsley? That's a cool looking bike!
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Old 02-14-2012, 11:45 AM   #1348
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I just researched that Pugsly a little, and watched a couple of videos on YouTube, and that looks like one cool bike. Have fun on it!
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Old 02-14-2012, 12:57 PM   #1349
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Super-fat-tire bikes are a LOT of fun.
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Old 02-15-2012, 01:44 AM   #1350
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Took my Pugsley out the other day.

Got to love any bike that puts this on the frame.
Cool you got one of the old purple ones. Mine was too.
My brother has it now and I have a Fatback because I know the owner of Speedway Cycles and it's about 8lbs lighter.
Oh, and I just put a Big Fat Larry on the front and gained almost another inch in circumference! Have fun, Mark H.

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