Last weekend saw the arrival of a nice original Raleigh Royal .
Over the years I have seen a few of these go through my hands . And I think it is fair to say that this one is the tidiest one so far.
They are almost as iconic as a Dawes Galaxy as a touring bike . With the advantage of not being so expensive to buy .
With the classy box lining detail and Reynolds 531 tubing it all adds up to a nice bike that performs very well.
Raleigh branded mechanisms front and rear mated to Suntour power shifters allows for nice easy gear changes once you remember that the front one works in the opposite direction .
All in all another great British built bike from a bygone era.
1983 Retro Raleigh Royal Touring Road Racing bike ideal commuter or eroica britannia 2016
Finished in original Oak Green metallic paintwork in 20 1/2″ or 52cm sized Reynolds 531 frame measured from centre of crank to centre of seat pinch bolt and aprox 22 3/4″ or 57 cm along the top tube ctc and has a standover height of 32″ or 81 cm so ideal for up to 5ft 10″ aprox . Half chromed fr forks . There is some paint loss on non drive side of the top tube and on the drive side fork crown and top of rear stay otherwise very clean .
1983 Raleigh Royal
Raleigh Super custom crank set with 170mm arm and 52 /42 rings a six speed rear block gives you 12 speeds to choose from operated by Suntour power shifters and suntour fr & rr mechanisms . Wheels are 27″ x 1 1/4″ alloy rimmed with hardly any wear both Mailaird hubs are date stamped 1983 fitted with 2 new tyres less than 100 miles ago .
Braking is done with Raleigh Wienmann centre pull calipers operated by aero style Shimano rx100 levers , short 85mm custom quill style stem with a nice pr of Randoneur style drop bars .
Semi fluted micro adjustable sr laprade seat post that is nice and free to adjust , 1 set of bottle cage mounts although no cage fitted . Short racing guards are fitted .
Please note the following items are not include in sale although are fitted in pictures , garmin computer , light set and under saddle bag and clip on guards . Saddle and pedals shown might not be the ones bike supplied with .
Asking £160 collected from Wellingborough NN8 Postcode or could be sent to most uk post codes for an extra £25.
Last night I picked up what looks to be a very nice and original 1986 ish Raleigh Royal from the early 80’s.
Upon quick inspection it looks like it just needs a good lube service along with some new cables and brake pads to go along with the already replaced tyres which were good tread wise but the front side wall was a bit too cracked for my liking . My initial 4+ mile return commute seems to confirm the above statement .
The paintwork is very clean and tidy for a bike that is around 30 years old and looks to be of a standard showroom specification. This will be a work at it as I go along project I think for the vast majority of the required work, starting with a clean and re grease of the headset bearings. Whilst the forks are out they will get a good thorough polishing on the paintwork and chrome work . The front wheel spokes will get a light rubbing down with some wire wool to remove the tarnishing that has taken place on the galvanized items, once that has been done the hub will get a bit of attention along with some cleaning and fresh grease .
Next up will be the brake cables as they feel a bit slow on the return at the moment, once they are done new brake pads will also be fitted to give the bike a bit more stopping power . Next up will be the drive train, first of all the chain will get a bit of a cleaning to see what it looks like although in the long run I might just fit a new chain and give the rear gear block and jockey wheels a bit more of a clean . The rear wheel spokes also need a bit of de-tarnishing whilst both rims could do with some polish and elbow grease .
By the time all the above has been done it should be ready to roll. All it will need is someone to take ownership and use accordingly, it would make an ideal bike for the 2015 L’erioca