Two Wheels - Six Strings

Random news and thoughts about various two-wheeled projects and music, especially my band, Skull Full Of Blues.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Busy Weekend

As part of a three-way bike trade, I overhauled this bike, installed tubes and tires (and a new front derailleur), seat and bar tape.

It's a 58cm RaleighCompetition, with the fancy Nervex professional lugs. Really nice bike.

The same fellow who traded for the Competition (not with me, I was the broker on the deal), also bought this from me:

This is the grown-up version of the chrome 24"-wheeled Raleigh Teton I turned into my BMX cruiser.

I have a thing for chrome frames. I don't really know why, but they appeal to me.
Most of the rest of my weekend was spent working on a Super-Secret Skunkworks project. More on that, later.


At 6:32 AM , Anonymous geoffrey said...

Whoa. I think you have a ~1974 Raleigh Competition there. What is the serial number?

At 7:16 AM , Blogger Jon said...

Yeah, you're right. it is a competition. I got the International (not pictured) as part of the three-way trade. I'll change that whaen i can get on my own computer.

Can't tell you the S/N, as it has already gone to its new home.

At 7:38 AM , Blogger Charlotte said...

You have a Raleigh International????

I'd really really really like to see photos. What color did you get?

Pretty please?

At 7:53 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geoffrey and Jon, If I may be of some assistance....
The Raleigh was kind of unique because the serial # was A XxXx which would make it a 1960's Nervex Raleigh.

The story behind it was that several high-end Reynolds 531 frames had gotten misplaced at the Nottingham factory and were not found until an inventory that occured in 1974. At that time they built it up as a 1974 Competition with the "new" sloped fork and decal set....Kind of a cool history behind it.

At 8:14 AM , Anonymous red light green light said...

And that looks like the famous Huret Jubilee rear derailleur on it too!! I keep trying to win one on ebay but they ain't cheap :^(

At 9:48 AM , Blogger Jon said...

Anonymous (Mark, I see you behind the curtain), thanks for the explanation. I couldn't remember the details.

Carlotte, it is orangey. It still needs some cleaning, but I'll snap a photo and post it, tonight, after I get my taxes done (o joy!).

At 10:53 AM , Anonymous geoffrey said...

^Huret Jubilee alright.


^1974 catalog.

Very cool history. That will keep the bike geeks guessing.

^Sheldon's International.

At 11:15 AM , Blogger frankenbiker said...

RLGL, I may be able to get you a Huret Jubilee rear derailluer cheap!!The co-op in Cleveland Ohio has tons of old Huret stuff.I'll look when I go out there Sat.the 13th.

Jon has my Email address, I give him permission to forward it to you.Thanks Jon, I hope that's not too much to ask.


At 1:36 PM , Anonymous Mark said...

Thanks Geoffrey,
I forgot about that page!
I was going by Sheldon's Retro Raleigh page which implies that
"A XxXx" is a 1966-73.

It was indeed a Huret Jubilee Der with the Jubilee cable guides at the top of the BB shell & Jubilee shifters!

I don't want to hijack Jon's thread so I'll shut up now. I included a few Nervex Pro/Jubilee closeups from it for you guys...

At 1:46 PM , Anonymous mark said...

Those links work but you have to hold the L click and go down into the dead/blank space below to capture it all... Blogger doesn't like me!

At 3:21 PM , Blogger Jon said...

Mark: No hijacking involved. It's nice to get a discussion going.

I actually took closeups of the parts and lugs, and was planning on doing a "details" post, next.

RLGL: email me at "jjgrinder at msn dot com" and I'll send you Frankenbiker's email addy.

At 4:27 PM , Blogger frankenbiker said...

Thanks Jon!


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