Sunday, October 4, 2009

New Bike!

I found it in a Brand New Bush Bike!

But!  It's a 1978 Raleigh Tourist Roadster LD-4.  (Judging by the hubs, Sheldon Brown, some flickr pictures, and TEH INTERNET)  It's condition?  That can only be described by denying it of it's doesn't roll.  And, as my very astute roommate pointed out, rolling is key.  But come on!  It's a 78' Raleigh.  I don't know if that means anything.  What I do know is that it's a steal-lugged frame...albeit rusted...and is a good size for me.  Honestly, the best components are in the lamentable you-ride-with-that? condition.

Here's the run-down.  To get it to a minimally operating state (call it "rolling"), I need a pair of track wheels.  I'm looking into this.  If it's a keeper, then I need to get it powder-coated and completely overhauled.  Here's what I'm thinking: €100 (US $5,000,000) for some wheels, "tyres", cog, chain, and tubes.  And then!  I can scoot around on an old rusty Raleigh!

Better still: If I can make get the frame scraped and coated, I can make minor upgrades throughout the year.  Then!  I'll either have a sweet old Raleigh that I found in a bush and fixed up, and doesn't it look great, or I can sell it on for about €400.  It's a sure bet!  If anyone out there knows late-70's Raleigh componentry (ie. new stuff I can get that won't not work), leave me line.

This means I'm eating Ramen for the rest of the year...




  1. Are bikes really that expensive in Ireland? (The €100 for tires, not the $5,000,000). Wouldn't it be cheaper to order them from the states and ship them in?

  2. Why hello!

    It has been a great many years since we've talked, but it interests me to hear what adventures you've been up to lately. This bicycle is a fantastic find; I am sure you will re-qualify the machine's bike-ness by rectifying the rolling issue soon. I think we'd have lots to talk about. If you get a chance, send me an e-mail and we'll catch up. You can find the address appropriately obscured from the web spiders at the bottom of my website. : )


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