Model: Marathon (Mixte)
Obtained: August 2011
Found: Bike Works
As I mentioned in the post regarding the 1974 Raleigh Grand Prix, after one too many setbacks I had to walk away from that project (temporarily). This is what I walked towards, a 1985 Raleigh Marathon. One thing I could have added to my beginning bike refurbisher post was don't start out with just a frame when fixing up a bike. It can be expensive tracking down all the parts and you might not get it right the first time. However if you have become a bit bike obsessed you might have acquired more than a few spare parts. Heck you might even have some nice ready to go parts from a stupid project that sent you to a bad place and made you walk away and....but I digress.
It had great fork crown details
And a lovely Raleigh branded alloy crankset
In retrospect I probably spent more than I should have building this up and asked too little for it based on its condition but it did sell fast to a nice lady who seemed very happy to have it. One of my favorites bikes that I have worked on so far.
Ride. Smile. Repeat.