Regular contributor, commenter and all-around Cotter, Ryan S, has provide today’s two-wheeled jewel. This sparkling emerald jem is a 1974ish Raleigh Grand Prix.
I picked this GP up, for $25, in July at the same time I picked up the ’75 Peugeot UO-8 I sent you last month. The GP took some twists and turns before I finally got it done. I ran into BB issues (stupid proprietary threading!) and so I cannibalized the fixed up wheels and tires, toe clips and straps and (Raleigh branded) seat binder bolt for the Raleigh Marathon Mixte (OTSG 12/13/2011) I had in the queue.
I also totally destroyed the original Raleigh *%&^!@+ cottered crank trying to remove it and replaced that with a Stronglight cottered crank which came with a 45t inner ring! had to swap that out for a 40t ring, Seattle is no place for a 45×28 low gear! Finally with patience, perseverance, walking away before boiling over, and a few beers, it came together in all its Bronze Green glory and went to a friend of a friend who needed a commuter. I liked the way the white bar tape and housing looked on the Marathon Mixte so much that I had to do it again.
As always thanks for your wonderful site