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dglshrn

Member since Oct 2010 • Last active Mar 2015

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    Oh I dunno, I quite like it. The detail shots make it look nicer than this one. That many spacers on a custom frame with an already enormous headtube is never excusable though. Are those Shimano hydraulic shifters fucking enormous?

    While we're picking on /r/bicycling:

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    Yep, absolutely appalling tyres.

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    I want to like it, but something is stopping me. I know it should be nice but meh. I don't really like his faux-quill ahead stems much, and Paul (is that what they are) cranks always seem to ruin a build.

    Shifter and rear hub also look clunky, I think chrome guards would break it up a little bit.

    The yellow one is in a hard size (52?) to make look good. Gu walls end up looking like colour matched tyres. No saddle/bar drop and a rear brake just add to the misery. Add the Paul cranks and you've got yourself a doozie.

    It baffles me that if they were custom builds for Brooks then why not make the yellow one in a sensible size? Having said that, I, pretty sure the Mixte was for a customer, so yellow one prob is as well.

    Something confuses me about paying £1.5K (and waiting 12 months) for a single speed/hub gear/town bike, tbh.

    I fucking love his HSS builds, but some of his customers have pooooor taste. Give me Talbot any day o't week.

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    I don't know if it's just me, but Ricky seems to be knocking out some right dogs at the moment. May just be the Brooks thing, but both of these elicited a massive "meh".

    Proof that 'The customer is always right' is absolute bollocks.

    It might just be the 'overbuilt single speed' thing.

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    Yeah, they only made them for a couple of years. They seem to fetch silly money on eBay USA.

    I haven't managed to finish the build yet but it seems to run really nicely!

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    Got a bit of time on this today. Generally good condition and lots of original parts. Downtube lever bosses are an odd shape, I.e. not square - has anyone seen this before? Seems like a proprietary thing, as they don't take normal cable stops or levers. It may be that the original levers had special bases as they were odd MTB dpwntube levers. May buy some as the current bodge is ugly as. Other option is to file back the bosses to square so I can fit anything on, though this seems pretty brutal.

    Dunno what happened to the cockpit as the bars were some horrible BSO steel jobbies, as were the levers. Not sure how I feel about aero levers on this but eh, it's what I had and they work better anyway.

    Shame about the saddle to bar drop, vertical rise stem maybe? These only came in 54 and 58.

    Lovely frame though, weighs a fucking tonne - 13kg as pictured.

    It's a rare RaleighUSA 650b tourer, for those who didn't see the original post. I paid £150 - seller paid £12 at auction!

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    So close. Needs slammedstem, cut steerer and a proper chain and would be delish.

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    (Chain. Spacers. Mech cable housing?)

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    Yeah, the only mention of 'portage' and '650c' is on Sheldon, highlighting the mistake in the spec sheet.

    Will see what condition it's in tomorrow anyway.

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    It was on eBay, collection only - buyer flaked out on the deal. I messaged seller and am going down the road to get it tomorrow. Missing the original racks unfortunately, but the rest of the group is there and it seems in good nick - no idea what's happening with the shifters, the seller says it's all original (1989).

    These are rare as owt apparently, so happy with what I'm paying (£150)

    Does say 650c in the spec on eBay, but I'm going with the rest of the web on this. I hadn't even thought to check until you mentioned it! Mild panic...

    Not entirely sure what to do with it. I'm going to assess how much is original and if there's enough then I'll restore, if not it'll go to 1x8 as I live in the flattest city on earth (York) and would rather keep it simple.

    I'd never heard of them but they have a solid cult following and reach stupid money on eBay USA apparently. Restore very well - I love those old Raleigh colourways. gumwalls.com/stateside-650b-1­985-raleigh-portage/

    Suicide levers will be first to go, obviously.

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