Here is my submission to your current classics gallery. I will be sending a Paypal donation soon.

I was lucky to find the original bike thru the magic of Craigslist's "wanted". This classic Raleigh - I'm guessing late 60's to early 70's - was in excellent condition except the paint was heavily scratched (John Deere green) and the decals almost completely faded. I stripped down the frame (everything is clamp-on) and had it locally repainted. The new paint has a silver base coat that really makes the red come alive in the sun. Fortunately the chrome is in excellent condition. And check out the lugs! I photographed decals from my other Raleighs (I also have an International and another Competition) and traced them using CAD software. A local graphics shop did an excellent job of creating the gold lettering from my work. The rest of the decals came from ebay. Finally, I used a gold fine point paint pen to outline the lugs.

Most of the drive train shown here came with the bike. I doubt the Campy Nuovo Record was original. The wheel set was tubular, rotting and slightly rusted. I cheated and borrowed the wheels shown here from my Carlton Professional. I redid the bars/stem with the full Rivendell treatment. Other upgrades include swapping the down tube shift levers to the ratcheting type, adding fenders and a clamp type water bottle holder.

Here is a rundown on the parts.
Weinmann rims / Campy Record high flange hubs / Panaracer Pasela 27 x 1.125 tires
Campy Nuovo Record groupo (5 speed) / Rivendell Silver down tube shifters mounted on Campy down tube clamp long reach dual pivot caliper brakes.
Nitto Moustache bars with white cloth tape, amber shellac and hemp twine, white Velox bar plugs / Modolo brake levers /Nitto Technomic stem.
Brooks Professional saddle. SKS fenders. REG water bottle cage.

I've really enjoyed the process of fixing up this old bike. I lucked up because it turned out that it fits great and the ride is comfortable. Thanks for looking and thanks for the website and all the posters for the inspiration.

David Stinnett

Knoxville, TN



Raleigh Competition - panoramic side view
Raleigh Competition - side view
Raleigh Competition - Fork & downtube detail

Raleigh Competition - non-drive side view


Raleigh Competition - rear quarter view

 Raleigh Competition - headbadge view



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