I got the Old Papershopcruiser out of the shed the other day and also found an unpublished video which is also posted. Seems ages ago that I made it.
Just Click the Link!
I have got my bike aka The Paper Shop Cruiser up loaded and published on “velospace”
What a website that is – some absolutely stunning things in there. Forget Playboy! Go to www.velospace.org
I could spend hours looking at some of those pictures of some lovely machines.
CHECK THE LINK HERE
After hours of tinkering, trawling the internet for parts that fit that wretched Raleigh frame and consulting Sheldon Brown, the ultimate bike mechanic’s guru, the bike is now built.
Found some inspiration to get back on the bike building game at this website. http://velospace.org/
This Raleigh Grocery Getter from Dallas Texas is on the image list. Hmmmmm! But where is the rust??
Almost there with mine now, after checking my chain length calculations, the back wheel goes on this week!
The bike is coming together. Brand new headset, bottom bracket and a front hub pulled apart and serviced by Baz.
Don’t look much but it has parts ripped off bikes in barns, two different council tips (I give Amersham the big thumbs up) and bids on ebay.
It has been a steep learning curve.
Bikes are a passion of mine. Cannot help falling in love with them. However I am no technical wizard when it comes down to bike mechanics. So my latest affair with a Raleigh Massif Mk I has been a long and drawn out one.
Another legend was a bloke called Sheldon Brown
He is no longer with us but without his guidance I would be lost and out of love. His knowledge remains for all to read on his fantastic website http://sheldonbrown.com
Raleighs used to be the IBMs of their age. They are about as hard to work with as using a stone axe to wire up a satellite dish. The modern kit just does not fit on them. So I find myself looking at wierd chat rooms to find out how to replace the bike’s steering mechanism and also turning to good old Sheldon for pearls of wisdom on how to fit 12omm hubs into a 4 1/2 inch gap.
But I refuse to get obsessive – unlike this bloke – Click and see HERE