Birthday present: 1972 Raleigh Super Course (Fixie)
Yesterday I added a new bike to my stable, and it’s a true vintage: the 1972 Raleigh Super Course!
I’ve been wanting a “fun” bike for more casual/social rides, like the one we do out to the Yalaha Bakery on Sunday. Well, Brian Jensen, who rides with my club, made me an offer on this classic that was too good to refuse.
The bike is not stock, in fact it’s a Frankenbike. I’ll go into more details and provide lots of pictures in tomorrow’s blog, but here are the highlights:
– Original Reynolds 531 steel frame
– Original Coffee paint and decals (no rust), with beautiful Nervex lugs
– Original GB (Gerry Burgess) quill stem
– Original Raleigh headbadge and chromed fork crown
The bike was originally a 10-speed, but it has been converted into a fixie, which is one of the main reasons I wanted it.
A “fixie”, if you’re not familiar with the term, is a bike with only one gear (a “fixed” gear) and it has no freewheel. The lack of a freewheel is what differentiates a fixie from a single-speed bike, which also only has one gear. The freewheel mechanism is what allows a rider to coast without pedaling while the bike is moving. On a fixie, the rear cog is threaded directly onto the wheel, so coasting is not possible. In other words, if the bike is moving, the pedals are rotating; the faster the bike is moving, the faster the pedals turn.
The wheels, tires, chain, crank, pedals, bottom bracket, rear cog, seat post, saddle and bar tape are not stock. Also, because the bike was converted into a fixie there are no shifters or shifter cables. Additionally, there are no brakes or brake cables. This bike is the essence of simplicity.
You may be wondering how the bike is stopped without brakes. I’ll get into that in tomorrow’s blog. I could add a brake if I want to, and I may, but I’m undecided on that.
I want to thank Brian for hooking me up with this awesome bit of cycling history, and my first fixie! I’ll leave you with a picture of me at Brian’s house picking up the bike. Note that I’m going to swap a few components out tonight (tires, for example) and give her a good polishing. I should have many more pictures to share in tomorrow’s blog.