1974 Raleigh International 700c Conversion

24, July, 2008

1974 Raleigh copper International 700c conversion. Panaracer Pasela 700×35 tires on Sun rims with Shimano hubs. 1980’s vintage Shimano long reach side pull brakes operated by (relatively new) Shimano BL-T400 Nexave levers. 1980’s vintage Shimano front double derailer and long cage rear derailer. Nitto Albatross bars. Suntour Bar-con shifters with “Raleigh” impressed into the rubber (a rare find). Vintage Sugino AT crank (required 127mm bottom bracket [Shimano cartridge]) with 24-42-46 chainrings (half-step + granny). Shimano 7-speed “K” 13-34 7-speed cassette with smallest two cogs swapped out with a 12 and 14 to make a perfect half-step ratio average of 9.5% (Cogs = 12-14-17-20-24-29-34). Sachs PC70 chain with powerlink. Esge double legged kickstand. B67 single rail sprung saddle. To finish this bike, we will be adding a Nitto Dirt Drop stem and some cork grips, along with some Velo Orange or Honjo aluminum fenders, perhaps a Nitto front rack and Spanninga Retroled light. No doubt this bike will at some point receive a Carradice Nelson Longflap and, for touring and errands, some of our favorite Dumpster Love Panniers.