The Grand Prix- Getting Ready for Spring
January 11, 2010, 6:14 pm
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I built up an older Raleigh Grand Prix a couple of years ago. I didn’t ride it much in the past year or so, but I originally built it to be a comfortable country road riding machine. It worked well in some trips that we took to Wisconsin.

As such, I left the standard 10 speed drive train in place, as the thought if having 10 gears should make the bike more versatile in the hinterlands.

To be honest, the Simplex gear has always been the weak point of the bike, but that will stay for now. I have considered moving to 700c wheels and using the prebuilt 3 speed wheels from Velo Orange, but the 27″ wheels with their new Schwalbe white walls look too good to toss. They will stay for now. I should see how the 700c wheels from the Raleigh One Way look on the GP.

raleigh grand prix rear

I also removed an old rear light that came with the used chromo plast fenders that I added to the bike. I had a little green reflector so I added that. Not sure of the provenance of said reflector, but it must be from at least the 60s. I think it looks sharp.

I have been using the Velo Orange work stand and the Simichrome metal polish to clean up the GP. The metal bits on the front- the stem, the chrome on the forks, etc.- all benefited from the metal polishing.

raleigh grand prix front

I need to come up with a treatment for the cork grips as the shellac is wearing off. I am thinking that some Barge Cement might do the trick as it has protected my beloved Birkenstock cork for years. I also need to round up another Brooks as the honey B17 that I got for this has been on my Root Beer Bike for quite a while.


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