Here is Beau O’s Tributatenspeed, 1984 Raleigh (Ecto-1) Gran Sport.
Year: 1984 (Based on a little research, but nothing verified)
Model: GranSport (Although I affectionately refer to it as my “Ecto-10speed”)
A Little Bit About It: This bicycle is a craigslist find. As you can tell in the photos, I am a big Ghostbusters fan and tall (6’7). So when I found a bike that was my size AND reminded me of the ecto-1, I had no choice but to buy it. Most everything was in rather good condition when I found it, but was bare bones. All it needed were some personal touches. Over time, I overhauled everything, added fenders, rear rack, stitched leather grips, red hoods (surprisingly hard to find), brooks saddle, gator skin tires, metal braided housing, saddle bags (vintage bags I found on ebay, and added the Ghostbusters patches by hand), and last but not least, the Staypuft top tube pad that I sewed myself (which is reversible, with Peter Venkman on the flip side). I paid for these rather geeky accoutrements by fixing/restoring other old 10 speeds (and some 5 and 3 speeds) with my girlfriend and selling them. We then used that money as our “bike fund” and put them towards adding fun goodies to our personal rides. All in all, my bicycle killed two birds with one stone by satisfying both my vintage bicycle and Ghostbusters geek cravings.