Raleigh Team Banana Project

Gunk

Über Member
Location
Oxford
I finally picked this up today, it’s been outside in a back garden for 12 months which hasn’t helped but the good news is that it’s 100% original even down to the reflectors, water bottle holder and supplying dealer sticker.

Originally my plan was to modernise it with newer components but now it’s home my plans have changed, I’m just going to carry out a light restoration and keep It original

I’ve ordered a new seat post, bought a fresh chain and handlebar tape. I’ve already got tyres tubes etc. The head bearings are OK, the BB is passable, although if the chainrings don’t clean up I’ll change the bearings, I don’t really want to remove it as they are an absolute pig to get off.

So here it is in all its glory!

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Stompier

Well-Known Member
"Rusty's Cycles" - almost prophetic ;)
 

cosmicbike

Perhaps This One.....
Moderator
Location
Egham
Very nice. Had one of those as my first road bike, took me back and forth to college for a couple of years too. Chucked down the dump IIRC....
 
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Gunk

Gunk

Über Member
Location
Oxford
I managed to grab an hour this morning and made a start. The first job was remove the seatpost, as you can see it’s scrap.

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The seat was in remarkable condition, it cleaned really well.

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I also cut the chain off with some bolt cutters the bottom bracket is nice and tight so the next job is to clean up the crank set.

The good news is that both wheels are pretty good and will respond to trueing, brakes are both seized and both mechs are in a state so I’ll strip and clean them up on the bench.
 
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Gunk

Gunk

Über Member
Location
Oxford
This is the sort of bike I thought there would be thousands of still about. I know my dad still has his in the garage, I think he only rode it twice!
Most are probably now in landfill, they’re not worth much, about £100 in good serviced, clean original condition.
 
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