Saturday, April 10, 2010

Another Raleigh Sports awaiting restoration...Part 1

As I've mention in my previous posting regarding the Brooks saddle, this is the Raleigh Sports where it was taken off from. I've finally managed to find some spare time to dismantle the entire bike, clean up the parts and have a closer inspection.

You can see from the picture above. The cranks is in good condition with little pitting to the chrome. The pedals are original Raleigh with the logo on the rubber pads. There's also the Raleigh mark stamped onto the crank arms.

Aftern much scrubbing and cleaning, the grease and 'what-nots' finally came off revealing this...

After so long, the details are still visible as compared to my 1st Raleigh Sports. This one has been well taken care off by the previous owner.

Nice, clean caps and colour is still visible on the head badge.

Now that 's all cleaned up, I'm still considering whether to transform it into a fixie, a track bike concept or simply restore it to former glory..... ("P)

Friday, April 9, 2010

Latest purchase, a vintage Brooks saddle!

Another weekend, another trip up North for 'treasure hunting'! And what a find! As I was visiting the night bazzar, there was a stall tucked in one corner of the lane selling all sort of stuff from old electrical fan to worn and sometimes torn jeans. Just as I was going through the items laid out on the floor, I noticed an old bicycle parked behind the stall.
On close inspection , it's an old Raleigh Sports. What caught my eye was the worn and seasoned saddle. It's a Brooks. YES!! Bingo! Told myself that I just have to secure this bike. Asked the boss whose bicycle it belongs to and I guessed Lady Luck was on my side. HE is the owner!

Asked the boss whether he'll part with me the saddle and his answer is a straight 'Tak Boleh' ( Malay for No ). But I was persistent. Years of polished hard selling tactic finally paid off. Not only I walked away with saddle but also the bike! Yes. Both for the price of ONE! Paid up immediately and left the place a H.A.P.P.Y freak...kekeke. More pics on the Raleigh Sports and it's eventual restoration and transformation...