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1948 Raleigh Record Ace

cyclecliniccycleclinic Posts: 6,865
edited February 2017 in Vintage bikes forum
The disease progresses and another bike is now bearly finished. It is a raleigh record ace from 1948 or that waht the buy I bought it off told me. Weirdy the BB threads are BSA I though ralieghs of this era use 26TPI threading. Maybe not all models did. the headset has the clip though which make the headset period at least.

I have a chaterlea 1" pitch chainset, 1" pitch chain and a 8T 1" pitch sprocket to go on the bike along with a baylis cottered BB. Toeclips will be fitted. A Brooks saddle bag is needed as are metal guards. I also need a old pump for it.

I bought the frame restored, I got lucky who ever did it did a nice job.
Build list - unknown handle bars 23.8mm clamp.
Renoylds stem
Renoylds seatpin
new brooks B17 aged saddle - does not look aged to me.
Brooks leather bar tape
GB arret brake lever
GB hindinium front brake with cork pads. First ride with these was tonight 10th december it was wet and lets say the braking is not great in the wet.
Chainset is a 1960's TA
Shimano UN55 BB
Wooden tubular rim 32F/40R laced to Solite hubs
Challange strade bianca 30mm tubular tyres. (there is only just clearance in the rear).

The rims I have to say are not the roundest I have ever built with. There is a good 2mm of hop in them but these are wooden rims and will never be perfect. Also riding at speed I did not notice so it is a non issue.
I have not ridden a fixed bike for years. I had a Kona Wagon a number of years ago. I found riding fixed painful on that after a few miles. I have found the RRA comfortable. I will take it on a club run on sunday and I am going to love it.

With the renoylds bars which are way to deep.
with the new bars what are they? Lauterwasser surely not.
20161210_221207_zpshgccsawc.jpg -wheel building and other stuff.


  • Are these Ghisallo rims or they are restored original?

    What tension did you use?
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  • cyclecliniccycleclinic Posts: 6,865
    Ghisallo rims, tubular 24mm wide. They are very stiff when built up but 2mm out of round. 900N fromt about 1000N rear. -wheel building and other stuff.
  • Ghisallo rims, tubular 24mm wide. They are very stiff when built up but 2mm out of round. 900N fromt about 1000N rear.

    For a wooden rim is not too bad. I think the tension is way too high though, they might fail early... these are meant to go at 500-600 N or so, which is OK on a non dished wheel.
    left the forum March 2023
  • cyclecliniccycleclinic Posts: 6,865
    Actually i might have used lower tension but not as low as 600N, i built these a while ago but since there is no distortion of the wood no cracking sounds when building and washers i think i will be o.k. -wheel building and other stuff.
  • Bike looks fantastic especially the frame restoration.
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