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Raleigh Tour De France

peanut1978peanut1978 Posts: 1,031
edited September 2011 in Your road bikes
Bought for £30 and original brooks saddle sold for £25, complete bike only cost about £60 to put together.

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  • peanut1978peanut1978 Posts: 1,031
    any ideas to upgrade/change it?
  • Garry HGarry H Posts: 6,639
    good purchase, but it's not a Raleigh...
  • peanut1978peanut1978 Posts: 1,031
    it is a BSA Tour De France

    manufacture by raleigh, nottingham

    http://www.heritage-images.com/Preview/ ... 46&orntn=2
  • hopper1hopper1 Posts: 4,389
    peanut1978 wrote:
    any ideas to upgrade/change it?
    Gumwall tyres :wink:
    Start with a budget, finish with a mortgage!
  • That was my first ever brand new bike when I was about 11 or 12. It looked identical, 10 speed with chromed steel everything (chainset, stem, wheelrims) - high tensile steel frame and not an ounce of alloy on the whole thing. Weighed a ton. I loved it to death. It eventually got nicked after about 5 years.
  • Garry HGarry H Posts: 6,639
    peanut1978 wrote:
    it is a BSA Tour De France

    manufacture by raleigh, nottingham

    http://www.heritage-images.com/Preview/ ... 46&orntn=2

    Ahhhh, never knew that, and everybody had one when I was a kid. Live and learn
  • peanut1978 wrote:
    it is a BSA Tour De France

    manufacture by raleigh, nottingham

    http://www.heritage-images.com/Preview/ ... 46&orntn=2

    That image is from one of those 70s catalogues where families would buy all manner of things on the 'never never' - which is exactly how my parents bought my TDF, bless 'em. Hmm £2.56 x 38 weeks - I'm not sure if my dad's Morris Marina cost that much!

    Ah, Weinmann centre pull brakes...... smashing. They looked the business compared with the side pulls on my mates 5 speed bikes. Not the best stoppers though.
  • rolf_frolf_f Posts: 16,015
    Ah, Weinmann centre pull brakes...... smashing. They looked the business compared with the side pulls on my mates 5 speed bikes. Not the best stoppers though.

    Now then, a fabulously smooth and powerfully sprung action. Lovely. Except that the calipers themselves are made of cheese - probably Edam. Can be an interesting experience on a 20% descent...........
    Faster than a tent.......
  • peanut1978peanut1978 Posts: 1,031
    first commute today, and love it already

    brakes were a little squirty but adjusted now and will be a bit braver on way home.

    DELIGHTED!!
  • That Quill Stem looks an awful long way out of the frame...
    I want to die quietly in my sleep, like my grandfather...
    Not shouting and screaming like his passengers did!
  • peanut1978 wrote:
    any ideas to upgrade/change it?

    Brooks saddle maybe?
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