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Beauty and the Beast

beautiful to look at, beast to ride

Frame:
1971 Raleigh Supercourse, 65cm, Reynolds 531 main tubes, Nervex Lugs

Fork/Headset:
Original, chrome tips

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
IRD Defiant Track Crank, 46t, 170mm, 1/8", IRD Bottom Bracket, 110mm x 68

Pedals:
Unknown NOS retro pedals

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
Shimano SF-1200 16 tooth, 1/8" single speed freewheel

Handlebars/Stem:
Ahearne/MAP bars wrapped in Dunlop tour classic leather grip, finished with Nitto Bar Plugs, polished Original GB Stem with a rare GB binder bolt.

Saddle/Seatpost:
Brooks Champion Standard B17, SR Laprade 26.4 hand polished

Brakes:
Weinmann 999 Vainqueur (Front: 610, Rear 750), Dia Compe levers, Kool Stop MTB pads

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Sun M13 II 27" 27 inch wheelset, Formula hub, Panaracer Pasela 27 x 1 1/8 wire bead gum wall tires

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Sun M13 II 27" 27 inch wheelset, Formula hub, Panaracer Pasela 27 x 1 1/8 wire bead gum wall tires

More Info:
Came across this beast of a supercourse on craigslist one day, built up with all kinds of random components on it- mismatched wheels, cheap crank, bmx bars, ugly rack, exercise meters, a puffy seat cover... :-/ needless to say I saw the potential and quickly went to scoop it up for $100. The frame was in good shape, paint had some scars, and chrome had some surface rust, but all in all was a-ok. I quickly stripped it down, cleaned it up, got rid of everything on the frame but the GB stem, Weinmann brakes and Dia Compe levers. Took apart the brakes, cleaned and polished them, polished the stem, and then went to work buying parts and putting it together. The most unique (and accidental) find was the GB bar binder bolt, which I believe only came on the top raleigh track bikes or professional models of the era. This really tied together the red accent with the levers, calipers and seat tube bolt. All said and done, it may be a hair too big for me, it's not a perfect show bike, but I love how it looks and it rides even better- likely the best of all my bikes.

Added by heathmusic. Last updated almost 7 years ago.

As of over 7 years ago, heathmusic has indicated that they no longer own this bike.

7 Comments

50voltphantom

50voltphantom says:

I love this.

Posted over 5 years ago

vqstaphbeard

vqstaphbeard says:

Looks familiar ;)

Posted over 6 years ago

chops

chops says:

love the colour.

Posted almost 7 years ago

Kevin_R

Kevin_R says:

Gorgeous!

Posted over 7 years ago

sheepdog84

sheepdog84 says:

this is so rad.

Posted over 7 years ago

Nimhskater978

Nimhskater978 says:

CLASSY

Posted over 7 years ago

sublime

sublime says:

Quite a beauty.

Posted over 7 years ago