Today’s crappy selection comes to us all the way from Scotland. This is Simon C’s 1987 Raleigh Kelloggs Pro Tour. This beauty sports what I believe to be an OTSG First—a homemade leather saddle. This bike is really what all other bikes should aspire to be.
Year: 1987 Make: Raleigh Model: Kelloggs Pro Tour
A little bit about it:
I got this old 12 speed (sorry!) on Freecycle here in Scotland, from its original owner who said they’d bought it new in 1987. He was pleased I wanted to fix it up – he said all the other enquiries were looking to strip it for parts. It looked like it had been sitting in a farm pond for a few years – everything was covered in green mould or rust. Re-greased the bearings, new front brake blocks, Conti tyres, bell, and homemade leather saddle (on a vintage Brooks frame). The rack was £5 off ebay. Plated steel mudguards from an abandoned scrap bike. The rear wheel did have a plastic frisbee but I accidentally broke it removing the freewheel to replacing a spoke. I’m using this retro wonder once a week for a 30 mile round trip commute, it is very fast and comfortable and utterly crappy to behold.