Want to convert this junior Raleigh into a single speed (probably) commuter for my reluctant to cycle girlfriend.
First issue finding some alright wheels, the tyres suggest they are 24” 1 3/8 or something like that. I’m guessing some modern 24” wheels will work..
Is your girlfriend quite small?
Yes 5 ft 1. Frame measures roughly 48cm
It probably has a raleigh threaded bottom bracket. There are no replacements available, so you may have to keep the current chainset.
By then even Raleigh had adopted the ISO bottom bracket. Although they did hold out for several decades lol
Yeah I’ll probably keep the current chain set.
The 24 inch wheels on offer seem a little basic, can’t really see any road specific ones.
Can you not just rebuild/regrease the hubs and true up the current wheels or are they trashed?
It’s a cute bike but I’d leave everything as is just completely disassemble and rebuild from the bottom up. Prob just needs chain, tyres, cables, brake pads and a lot of love.
You could sort it for £50 or accidentally spend a ton on it and still end up with a lemon...
Yeah not looking to do anything too drastic/spend to much.
Good/reasonable junior 24 inch wheels don’t seem to exist (decathlon seem to be the best option...) so will probably switch out a few bits (bars, levers, saddle) and see if I can get it running a bit less clunky!
Are they steel rims? Probably need to put some pads for steel rims on. Those V-pads won't do much.
Thanks, yes good point.
Cleaned up the seatpost a bit and swapped out the drops for parts bin flat bars and some stx levers
Nice bike, they are a bit heavy but still a nice bike.
In theory, to make it a single speed you could just unscrew the freehub and screw on a single speed cog. You should redish the wheel bit not sure if that would be a good idea as the spokes and nipples can be quite corroded together.
All I can say is sometimes the cotter pins can be a git to get out. If you replace them get the correct ones.
Probably going to keep it as is, not worth the faff.
Need to buy some bits
Current chain could be alright
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