1971 Carlton-built Raleigh International, frame #F4446.

Headset: Campy NR
Bottom bracket: Campy NR
Brakes/levers: Weinmann 999 centerpull, Koolstop pads
Crankset: Veloce 52-39
Front Derailleur: Campy NR
Rear Derailleur: Deore
Freewheel: 6 speed Shimano 14-34 Megarange
Shifters: Suntour ratchet barend friction
Stem: Nitto
Bars: Nitto Randonneur
Saddle: Brooks Champion Flyer
Hubs: Campy
Rims: CR-18
Tires: Slickasaurus 700x37
Pedals: NOS Lyotard rat trap

I bought this frame on eBay cheap a couple years ago for its old Campy bits, and then let it sit. The only components I ended up using from it were the brakes, headset, bottom bracket, and front derailleur. I kept the NR front derailleur because I just became more and more taken by its elegant simplicity. An old Cyclotouriste triple at some point should permit a regular freewheel and a few more options for a rear derailleur. I laced the wheels.

A weighted saddle bag attached alternately to the saddle and to the handlebars quickly demonstrated that this frame does NOT like a load on the front. On the other hand, the more weight on the rear the more stable it is. It also likes to go straight, and riding no-hands is easy even at slow speeds.

I rode it for a week and about 300 miles on a supported tour on gravel, dirt, and hard-pack sand bike trails, as well as road segments, longest day about 68 miles. What the Reynolds frame and 37mm tires didn't absord, the springs on the saddle did. It's not harsh, but it's not mushy, either. It's just a very pleasant ride that doesn't beat me up. In fact, I haven't started either of my next 2 projects because I'm having too much fun riding this old International.




Raleigh International - side view


Raleigh International - headtube & downtube


Raleigh International - head lug detail
Raleigh International - Wrap over seatstay



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