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Grandad’s Bike Back on the Road 73 Years On

Heron's head detail
Raleigh Lenton
Restored 1947 Raleigh Lenton
Raleigh Lenton pre restoration

A former colleague asked me last year if I could restore his Father’s bike for his son Guy to ride. The bike was a bit special as it was a Raleigh Lenton with its original bill of sale from 1947. However, Grandad had clearly covered a lot of miles on his trusty steed and it was coated in a sort of film. I have a 1950 Raleigh Lenton and was aware they were the bike that clubmen riders aspired to, having a lightweight Reynolds steel frame and especially as champion rider Reg Harris endorsed them … and they had four gears! After discussing the project with Guy, though mindful that bikes are only original once, it was agreed a full restoration was best. The restoration involved repainting the frame (by Jim King), replacing wheels with a rebuilt set, modifying the dynamo lights to have led bulbs and run off batteries, restoring the enamel head badge, rechroming many parts and a lot of polishing, we even salvaged the original Bluemels mudguards. There are some wonderful details on the bike, for example the chainset incorporates the Raleigh emblem, a heron’s head and on this early model the eyes and beak are chiselled, a detail Raleigh dropped by the time my 1950 model was made. The end result was very pleasing and Guy plans to ride it to his home in Switzerland.

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New Brands at Riley’s Cycles

Darren and Mike visited the Madison/Sportline show launch of their 2020 models. We are excited to be adding Ridgeback and Genesis bikes to our brands initially. Ridgeback have some nice tourers and utility bikes and Genesis continue producing great adventure and road bikes including their signature Croix de Fer in steel and Titanium. A couple of highlights from Ridgeback were a cargo bike and a new crank drive ebike system at an excellent price and lighter Shimano Steps edrives with increased range. Because Madison import Shimano, most components on these bikes are Shimano branded unlike competitors who substitute alternative components. We have already supplied Ridgeback bikes on the Green Commute cycle to work scheme, the high build quality and finish is impressive. We are delighted to be building a new Genesis Equilibrium steel frame in the workshop into a nice winter bike for a customer.

Saracen Adventure bikes
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Genesis MTB
Genesis Disc
Genesis Delta Entry road claris carbon fork

 

Ridgeback  Steps 5000 more efficient 180km range
Ridgeback Steps 6100 touring
Ridgeback Cargo
Ridgeback Storm
Ridgeback Voyager