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    Mordernizing 76 Raleigh International

    I have an old Raleigh International bike that was built around 1976. Although this is a beautiful bike that still looks fairly good, I donít get to ride it anymore as I keep reaching for my other newer bikes with better shifting mechanisms. Since I have the latest of both mountain and road bikes, I am thinking about converting this Raleigh into a city bike with a flat bar.

    Does anyone know if I could add a pair of trigger shifters in place of its friction shifters on down tube? It has 5-speed cogs in the back, and triple chain rings up front. If the trigger shifter has an adjuster for controlling the amount of shift and limiter for keeping it from shifting beyond 5-speed limit I think this might be doable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyingYeti
    Since I have the latest of both mountain and road bikes, I am thinking about converting this Raleigh into a city bike with a flat bar.
    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Don't do it! Flat bars are just SOOOOO 1980's!

    Instead, make a hipster urban assault vehicle out of it by installing these moustache bars:

    http://www.rivbike.com/webalog/handl...ape/16027.html

    or, for a similar cool look on a budget, check out part number NS-MHB on nashbar.com.

    Now, as to shifters, if I were me, and money was no object, I'd put these on my m-bar bike:

    http://www.rivbike.com/webalog/shift...urs/17089.html

    If money happens to be an object, you can surf eBay for some old Suntour Bar Con barend shifters, which work beautifully.

    Alternatively, I recently built up a bike with these:

    http://www.rivbike.com/webalog/shift...urs/17097.html

    $12, and they work GREAT!!

    C'mon do you really want a geeky flat-bar ATB wannabe, or do you want something hip, cool, and functional, like the bike shown in the attached picture (which is a Terranaut Ariel I built up last year)? BTW, the whole Terranaut build, including frame, cost me less than $250.

    Yours,

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyingYeti
    Does anyone know if I could add a pair of trigger shifters in place of its friction shifters on down tube? It has 5-speed cogs in the back, and triple chain rings up front. If the trigger shifter has an adjuster for controlling the amount of shift and limiter for keeping it from shifting beyond 5-speed limit I think this might be doable.
    PS: If you are talking about indexed trigger shifters, then the answer is "No," you cannot use them with your 5-speed freewheel. You need a non-indexed shifter such as the ones I suggested in the last post.

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    I suggest fenders

    I think a fine riding frame like the International needs fenders and the fattest tires you can fit. Then you have a go anywhere, rain, snow, gravel, city streets whatever bike. Maybe try one of those internal hub gear set-ups for the clean fixie look with some versatility. Add a light package for night riding. Then you will get a lot of use out of the bike.

    For parts I like the classic British look already so change as little as possible but go for a slightly more upright riding position for comfort and checking out the sights. Add a classic saddle bag. It makes it look very British. You can carry a lock or a lunch or bring home some crumpets for the missus.

    Enjoy

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    Thanks guys... now I am more "undecided" than ever. I will just use my Raleigh as a decorative piece for viewing pleasure for now...it is a piece of art.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyingYeti
    ...[my Raleigh] is a piece of art.
    That it is, my friend, that it is. BUT it is a piece of art that can only be truly appreciated when it is in motion! You must build it! You must follow you're vision for it! If you want it to have flat bars, forget everything I said and put flat bars on it! A set of flat bars and those cheapo Rivendell thumbies would be Suh-stinkin'-Weet! It'd be a real shame for this to end up on a mantlepiece somewhere.

    For inspiration, check out the bikes on:

    http://www.cyclofiend.com/cc/

    Many of them started life much like yours. Their various owners turned them into highly functional, beautiful, rolling pieces of utilitarian art. You could do the same with yours! Go for it!

    Yours,

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    Thanks FBB for sharing the website that is truely inspirational. I will have to spend days drooling and admiring at these pictures.

    My Raleigh is perfectly ridable as is, so I do occasionally take it out on Saturday group rides. But it is difficult to keep up with the newer bikes mainly due to slowness in shifting, not to mention its cush 40 inch wheel base intended for touring.

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    Sheldon Brown's Raleigh International

    BTW, here is a link to one of the more interesting International builds I have seen:

    http://sheldonbrown.org/raleigh-inte...nal/index.html

    Sheldon has built his International up as an internal-hub bicycle, great for every day use. Sheldon sez it is now one of his most-used bicycles.

    You say that you use the bike for fast group rides, and that you have a hard time keeping up. Fair enough, and more inspiration to build the bike up as a utilitarian vehicle rather than a racing machine.

    Does your bike have the Campy NR components?

    Enjoy.
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    Thanks again for the information on Raleigh International. I built mine a piece by piece starting from a brand new frame. So parts are all mixed. The Reynolds 531 tubing came with Campy headset, and Campy tips. I added Campy hubs and front derailleur. The rest are TA triple crank set, Shimano 600 brake set, and Suntour rear derailleur. It is a beauty at nearly 30 years old (I finished it in 1979). Sorry this site is not letting me upload the photo as the file size is approximately 355K (twice the max allowed size).

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