This was the Capri that was traded in for a Motobecane Mirage (2 entries ago). Like I explained in that post, the only reason they guy traded it was because he didnt like the handlebar set up, which was fine because I was able to help him out and help the buyer of this Capri out as well.
I didnt have to do any extensive work, just replacing tubes, cables, handlebars, saddle, handlebar wrap, and levers.
It ended up turning out very classy looking. The cream saddle on the bike really gives it such a unique touch.
Just wish I was able to get more/better photos before selling it.
I have a few keywords that my Craigslist app pulls up for me (Trek, Reynolds, Raleigh, etc) and I am usually pretty good at checking them. Paid off this time! I found a Raleigh Alyeska frame being sold in Crystal Lake. It was set up as a single speed with mysterious no name Deep Vs and what I think are formula hubs.
I met up with the seller who was trying to liquidate some of his possessions before a move to California. I was really glad I got the frame, even though I knew it was too tall for me.
I loved having the opportunity to rebuild the bike as a touring specific bike, the reason it was manufactured in the firs place. Even though the brands of the componentry used isnt original to the Alyeska, I still tried my best to appropriately rebuild the bike.
I have such an affinity for Raleigh touring frames, especially from the 80’s. I am still searching for one my size but it seems like the world is against me. I did manage to find a Raleigh Olympian but the frame is bent.
Anyway, I did splurge on the build and went out and bought Brooks B17 Saddle from Smart Bike Parts in Logan Square for a great price. I did buy some silver Velo fenders as well but the screws included didnt fit the frame so I just decided to return it all together. I would have had to ask for much more money for the bike had I kept the fenders so I went without them.
The background graffiti moral is on the south wall of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Club on Washington & Sacremento. Ive passed it a couple times and always thought it would make a nice background for bike photographs. This year Id like to be more creative on where I take some of these photos but I need a fancier camera, I suppose.
This bike turned a lot of heads. We bought it from a friend of my father’s, the same friend who sold us the Women’s Schwinn Sprint blogged earlier. It was bought as a frame along with many other bikes being sold in a sort of package deal.
We werent sure which direction we wanted to go with it but decided a sleek and classy single speed would look best.
We initially installed a redished vintage wheelset, I believe a set of Weinmann rm19 single wall’s.
We had several people inquire on the bike but decided to honor the first inquirer. In the ad we mentioned that we had a second wheelset that could be used on the bike if the person wanted a flip flop hub. The second wheelset was a pair of white walled Aeromax wheels that gave the bike a more contemporary feel. She wanted a fixed gear set up so we went with the Aeromax set. It turned out to be a beautiful set up. I really wish we could find another Gran Prix frame to build similarly.
So this was a pretty good find. I was running an errand with my grandmother and a block up the street there was a garage sale where I found one Huffy 626 and this Raleigh Technium 12 speed both for $20. I dont expect everyone to know the value of bicycles but its clear that these machines are EXTREMELY undervalued in the suburbs. That is an entirely different conversation that I am sure I will get into down the road on this blog.
Anyway, the tires were flat, there was some miniaml surface rust on the crankset, and it need some general TLC.
We gave it a shiny new pair of alloy drop bars wrapped in white vinyl bar tape with non-aero brakes mounted for front & rear and new white cable housing. We mounted a vintage men’s racing saddle and gave the bike new tires, tubes, and pads.
It turned out great but it was always a beautiful bike.
So this bicycle entered our garage via Ebay. I (Tomas) won the bicycle from an Ebay auction that no one bid on. I only did because the bike was located in New Lenox.
After winning the bike it took some effort scheduling a time to pick the bike up. It sat in the seller’s garage for about a week until we were able to pick it up from him. The seller said he brought it from India, where you find most Raleigh repelica’s aside from China. Here is a photo of the original Raleigh Model DL-1:
My friend Irene was and still is in India teaching English and had posted some photos onto Facebook that I found interesting.
Apparently their floods are no joke
Check out that double top tube!
So yeah, we took the bike home and eyed it for awhile. I really admired the stem and rod braking system:
After a very light overhaul we tried selling it without any luck or interest. I was kind of confused because during that week I was selling multiple vintage Raleighs that I also won off Ebay. I first thought it had somehting to do with it being a replica but I wasnt asking an absurd amount for it. I ended up taking it to Lucky Brake, a brick n motor in Crystal Lake and sold it to them for store credit which I applied towards my 2012 Langster. I stopped in the shop a couple months later and saw the bike on display and a price tag of $350. Ironically, a week after I sold it to Lucky Brake some very excited guy called me up asking about it. I told him what I had done with the bike and his mood dropped significantly. My dad always says that certain bikes will sit for awhile but there will always be one person who falls in love with it immediately.