Disassembling the Raleigh Sports
Upon taking the Raleigh Sports into the shop for disassembly, I got a better sense of what I was getting into.
In the process, I got to experience a few quirks of old Raleighs for myself:
- They're ridiculously overbuilt. Even though the '70s versions (like this one) cut a lot more corners than the legendarily well-made '50s versions, it was still clearly a bicycle that was built to last. Which means even parts that seem way too far gone to save tend to clean up well, most times.
- None of your wrenches will fit. Raleigh used their own standards and if either a metric or standard wrench fits, it's down to luck and coincidence, so you best have a collection of good adjustable wrenches. I like this Channel-Lock, which doubles as a cone nut wrench.
- There are a ridiculous number of ball bearings in old Raleighs, and they're all loose. Be sure you're ready to catch them all when you open up the headset, bottom bracket, or basically anything else.
Coming up next, we dive into the mysteries (and gunk) of a long-neglected Sturmey-Archer three-speed hub.
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