The bedraggled Raleigh
I've had an urge to take experience a classic three-speed for awhile now. The laid-back geometry, relaxed, upright ride and smooth internally-geared hubs just speak to me.
In the time of COVID, even ragged projects seem to be fetching an awful lot of money, and since I already had too many projects going anyway, I figured that would have to just remain a daydream for awhile.
And then this turned up, literally asking to be picked up from the curb. Who could resist a free Raleigh Sports? So, after taking just enough time to be sure it was mostly all there, I drug it home.
And quickly discovered there were reasons it was free. It was really in pretty rough shape. I expected the tires to be flat, and for it to be grimy. Honestly for free, I didn't expect much, but figured even if it was a total bust I could just tuck the Sturmey-Archer three-speed hub away for some future project.
Even so, I really didn't know what I was getting myself into.
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