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Bikecentennial / Re: Bikecentennial build
« on: March 09, 2018, 12:14:33 pm »
Early '70s Raleigh Competition framesets make great 650b conversions. They are a bit longer in the stays than the Pro, which is good, and they are much easier to find and less expensive. There is a 24.5" complete '71 for sale on CL in Arizona for $175 right now.

Bikecentennial / Re: Bikecentennial build
« on: February 09, 2018, 11:05:10 pm »
I rode a 1971 Raleigh Professional Mk III with 700c clinchers, a Blackburn front rack, Keith Lippy custom rear rack, Campagnolo Nuovo Record triple cranks (off a P-15 Paramount), Japanese (Shimano?) rear derailleur to handle a large cluster. 700c tires were unobtainable across most of the trail, so I had replacements shipped to general delivery along the way. Here's a photo: (The bike was repainted following some stay straightening caused by a criterium crash.)

Along those lines, I am largely recreating the bike for the Selkirk Splendor ride this summer. Starting with a Raleigh Professional Mk II (same as the MK III, but without chrome stays) frame from 1970, I converted to 650b wheels. Here's a snap of the initial proof of concept: I will change out the cranks for period-correct TA triple or Campy triple at some point. Derailleurs will be '70s Shimano Crane, as well.

Bikecentennial / Looking for The KMA Gang, 1976
« on: March 30, 2016, 10:48:48 pm »
Looking for the two other members of the KMA Gang who left Reedsport on about June 1, 1976. Marian? Penni? Heck, even Tiny?

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