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Old 07-16-20, 04:31 PM
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non-fixie love the thread and the bike. Just wanted to add some info for reference.

I have the same color and same size MK II with Stronglight 93, jubilee rear mech (original owner replaced front) challenger or jubilee front mech would have been from factory, and forged rear dropouts with hanger. I have also read some came with nervar star crank. The forged dropouts apparently was a 25.5" only thing (from what I have researched, so take with a grain of salt).

Keep us posted with the progress. If you repaint are you going factory color scheme?
Thank you for the additional info. Much appreciated!

I won't be repainting it in the original color scheme. One reason being that a truly correct reproduction is beyond my capabilities, the other that - to be honest - I don't really like these graphics. Also, a darker color sets off the chrome and aluminum much better.
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Are you going to keep the white headtube and seat tub at least, a Raleigh standard!
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Had a good think and decided to take the easy route, with the littlest chance of breaking important stuff or twisting the fork blades all out of alignment.
Never assume a 1970's Raleigh fork (or frame) are aligned.
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Originally Posted by branko_76 View Post
Never assume a 1970's Raleigh fork (or frame) are aligned.
...and never assume, once you have it aligned, that everything will line up

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While the steerer is happily bubbling away in its lye bath ....




... I am getting ready for the next challenge. What do do with this dropout adjuster screw?

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The bike that keeps on giving.

Cut it flush, easy out, or drill out, or other. Unfortunately the very small m3 screw and threads are prone to damage when drilling. I dont have any recommendations as to how to get it out. Can you cut the plastic crescent moon piece away and grab the screw from the inside of the dropout?
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Doh!

While I was looking at the dropout adjuster it began to dawn on me that the dropout can't be threaded, or the adjuster wouldn't work. And indeed, the screw almost fell out by itself.

What remains of this challenge is finding a couple of replacement screws.
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Turns out I have a couple of adjuster screws that fit. Slightly shorter than the original (left), but close enough, I think.

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I ended up using cheap gin, instead of the aforementioned Mojitos, but it worked equally well.

How clean is that steerer?

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Any update on this build? Was really enjoying how this one was coming together - or rather, apart

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Any update on this build? Was really enjoying how this one was coming together - or rather, apart

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Well ....

Since my previous post I cleaned the frame, re-painted it, wasn't at all happy with the result, de-painted it. So, a lot of work? Yes. Any progress? No.
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Since my previous post I cleaned the frame, re-painted it, wasn't at all happy with the result, de-painted it. So, a lot of work? Yes. Any progress? No.
Hey, at least it couldn't get any worse than it was.

Any ideas for the new repaint?

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Originally Posted by non-fixie View Post
Well ....

Since my previous post I cleaned the frame, re-painted it, wasn't at all happy with the result, de-painted it. So, a lot of work? Yes. Any progress? No.
Not happy with the color, or not happy with the quality?

(I *HATE* spray painting)
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Price of c&v membership
I paid my monthly dues today: $200 for a dusty Japanese bicycle made some 35 years ago that's maybe two sizes too small. The 4 hours of roundtrip city transit -- not riding my bike -- is the worst part of it. But it's all downhill from here, starting with full disassembly.
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Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
Hey, at least it couldn't get any worse than it was.

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Not happy with the color, or not happy with the quality?

(I *HATE* spray painting)
What I did was paint it black, with a brush. I have used a brush before, and liked the results. It had that "hand-painted, smooth but slightly less than perfect" finish that jibes nicely with a vintage bike.

However, in this case the results looked less than pleasing.

It looked like crap, to be exact.

Whether it was a matter of below-par preparation, my brushing technique or the fact that gloss black paint shows imperfections more than any other color, I don't know.

But it looked like crap.

For now, Plan B is to sand the frame again, with an even finer grit, and use a spray paint. I have got the idea that this frame needs to be black, with chrome socks and gold lug lining, firmly planted into my head.
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Originally Posted by non-fixie View Post
What I did was paint it black, with a brush. I have used a brush before, and liked the results. It had that "hand-painted, smooth but slightly less than perfect" finish that jibes nicely with a vintage bike.

However, in this case the results looked less than pleasing.

It looked like crap, to be exact.

Whether it was a matter of below-par preparation, my brushing technique or the fact that gloss black paint shows imperfections more than any other color, I don't know.

But it looked like crap.

For now, Plan B is to sand the frame again, with an even finer grit, and use a spray paint. I have got the idea that this frame needs to be black, with chrome socks and gold lug lining, firmly planted into my head.
Rustoleum appliance enamel in glossy black is exactly what you need then. Of the various spray paints I've used, that was the one that I got the best results from. Easier to work with and also very durable, especially if you give it a few layers of clear coat.
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