Carlton-built Raleigh International, frame #F4446.
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
Bars: Nitto Randonneur
Saddle: Brooks Champion Flyer
Tires: Slickasaurus 700x37
Pedals: NOS Lyotard rat trap
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.
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.
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.