I spent the last week in a tiny cabin doing nothing but eating, reading, and sleeping!
This older Raleigh is really a beautiful bike. I wish the paint was in a little better condition. Here is a link to what looks like the original ad for the bike. Here’s another link. Looks to be a 1974 – 1976 Super Course MK 2.
It had a machined aluminum crankset.
I spent a great deal of time taking bearing areas apart and the above was the usual result. Good shape, but in really gummy grease. Cleaned and repacked all of it.
Not sure if you can see any difference. The silver stays and fork blades polished out well. I ended up re-lacing part of the rear wheel. Surprisingly it trued up nicely.
Hoping for another good weekend project next week!
Last week we received a small order of 2014 Specialized bikes for the shop. So, of course, I pulled out the new Rockhopper to build.
As you can tell, I like to pull apart bearing areas so the photos reflect that.
In an effort to take some strain off my back and follow a principle in the Just Ride book, I have raised my handlebar. A lot.
Above is the before.
And the after.
A couple of years ago I had some terrible back spasms that rendered me immobile for at least an hour until I could move. Then it took about a week to recover and feel somewhat normal. I now can feel when it gets tired and is closer to spasming again, so I don’t push it.
I took the bike for a quick spin after work tonight. It’s a different feeling for sure!