My Raleigh International. Chrome Nervex lugs, Reynolds 531, Campagnolo dropouts. A classic! I was trying to find a Schwinn Volare or a Superior in my size (and a non-exhorbitant price) without success when this popped up on Craigslist one night. I called the phone number, and the seller agreed to have me come out right away (it was kind of late, there were deer running around his neighborhood!). I took the bike home, and forgot all about the Volare.
Well, although the Nuovo Record components were quite nice, I wasn’t thrilled about the Weinmann center pull brakes, or the GB bars and stem (aesthetically speaking). I decided to rebuild the bike.
I had a Shimano Golden Arrow (later renamed 105) group I had put away, and decided this was the bike I was saving it for (is that bad English?). I was able to get the shift levers mounted on some Jagwire bar end pods, and use the full group.
I made the leather wraps for the handlebars. They are stitched on with waxed thread. (I never got around to finding some hoods, I guess) You can see below the brake calipers have a nice long reach to allow 700c wheels to work in this frame. And still fender clearance if so desired.
The saddle is a Fujita Belt and the seatpost Sugino, to continue the Japanese theme. The wheelset, not original but came with the bike, are Ambrosio clincher rims and Dura Ace hubs. I decided to go with ‘cross tires.
There you have it. I feel lucky to have this bike in my collection. It’s a keeper.