Raleigh Pioneer Classic

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Wookee

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The chap I bought mine from was selling a matching ladies one too. The wife wasn't interested though - ebike only for her^_^
 

SkipdiverJohn

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In the UK at least, the ladies ones seem to be more common than the mens frames. They can make good mechanical donors to transfer the parts to a larger mens frame, as the rider is likely to be smaller and lighter, and the moving parts suffer less wear and tear.
 
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Wookee

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In the UK at least, the ladies ones seem to be more common than the mens frames. They can make good mechanical donors to transfer the parts to a larger mens frame, as the rider is likely to be smaller and lighter, and the moving parts suffer less wear and tear.
I will bear that in mind as I will probably be looking for a second one in a few months when prices are more stable. Looking at a Trail perhaps due to the gearing etc, but will put road tyres and wheels on it . Went out for a hilly test ride on my classic on Sunday and the gearing wasn't quite enough to get me up the steeper climbs. Absolutely fantastic on the less hilly bits though and will now be my main commuter^_^
 
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Nice solid bikes, you can lose a fair bit of weight by swapping out a lot of the standard steel components for Aluminium ones (bars, seatpost and crank)
I do like the solidness of the steel, and a couple of kilos isn't going to affect my ride much. I did have to change the seatpost so I could move my seating position backwards and got an aluminium one - a very noticeable difference made even more so by the much smaller saddle. The original one had enough springs and padding to sleep on!
 

DCLane

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I will bear that in mind as I will probably be looking for a second one in a few months when prices are more stable. Looking at a Trail perhaps due to the gearing etc, but will put road tyres and wheels on it . Went out for a hilly test ride on my classic on Sunday and the gearing wasn't quite enough to get me up the steeper climbs. Absolutely fantastic on the less hilly bits though and will now be my main commuter^_^
My Trail has the benefits of 21 speed, although the drawback for me was a 22/28/38 triple crankset. Changing that was a pain, requiring not just the crankset changing but also the front derailleur and bottom bracket - I now run 28/38/48 which is much easier for my type of riding.

If you need lower gears then it'd be ideal; the 22 small ring with a 28 sprocket should get up most things!
 
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Wookee

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My Trail has the benefits of 21 speed, although the drawback for me was a 22/28/38 triple crankset. Changing that was a pain, requiring not just the crankset changing but also the front derailleur and bottom bracket - I now run 28/38/48 which is much easier for my type of riding.

If you need lower gears then it'd be ideal; the 22 small ring with a 28 sprocket should get up most things!
My other bike - which will likely fail completely soon- has the 28/38/48 which is what I would look to change to. Hopefully some of the bits from that bike would change over.
 

SkipdiverJohn

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Pioneer Trail and Pioneer Jaguar are both nice bikes, with 28/38/48 triples and Reynolds 501 frames in the case of the lugged & brazed versions. The welded ones are generic 4130 cro-moly, which is semi-oversized and I believe only plain gauge not butted.
The Trail had MTB bars, so bar ends fit well if wanted. I've got a 1995 model Trail, one of the last lugged framed ones, and it's my go-to flat bar bike for longer rides. I particularly like the deep red paint, almost a flam finish.
 
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