|my prize the Raleigh Rapide Mixte|
- Sporting a 50% off tag Check - so this $65 bike was $32.50
- Paint and decals in very good condition Check- the paint actually sparkled
- No obvious issues Check - frame and fork appeared straight, it had all its parts, no surface rust
- Extras? Fenders, Rack and Kickstand Check - nice for a city bike
- Classic split tube mixte and not a single down-tube? Check
In addition to checking all the boxes above all the things I did not like about the bike are easy to change. The bell is trashed - pretty sure I have a brass bell in the parts bin.
|how do bells get this trashed!?|
Saddle is faded and torn no worries I have a new WTB saddle in my parts bin I have been meaning to use on a project.
|straight to the garbage with you|
The foam grips are all dried out and I have never like that style, problem solved by the faux leather grips they were selling at check out for $1
|out with the old|
|In with the new|
The thing that bothered me most about this bike, and perhaps why no one else snatched it up, are the high rise bars. I am sure they were much more functional than the original drops for the previous owner but to me they just don't look right, maybe its the deer antler quality but I know the bars are going.
|that ain't right|
Fortunately I have done two previous mixte road drop bar to city bar conversions and I know exactly the bar I want. It's cheap, made in the USA and is more in the "north road" style of the Raleigh 3-speed.
|Wald 2.5 inch rise bar|
I am not sure what it is about me and used bike swaps and semi-obscure Raleigh's. When I went to the University of Washington's year end clear out two years ago I came away with a Raleigh Reliant for $5. And todays it's a Raleigh Rapide, I did a little digging and found out it was the entry level 10 speed in their line up in 1980, nothing special but solids parts.
|1980 Rapide Mixte Catalog shot|
As I looked closer after deciding this bike was the one I noticed the nice mix of Sun Tour drive train parts.
|Power ratchet Stem shifters|
|Raleigh Branded rear derailleur|
And even the fenders and rack were a cut above, the rack was Pletchser and even though the frame is made in Taiwan the fenders come from England.
This project won't be a frame up rehab and it also won't be a pump up the tires and wipe down the frame flip but something in-between. I have been posting like a crazy man of late, hopefully my next post will actually be some bike work getting done.
Until next time, Ride.Smile and repeat.