After being donated a nice 531 Raleigh frame by Jon, a fine reader of Spinwell I set about ( slowly ) building this.
The follow up to the Raleigh Riva.
I felt more satisfaction building this than with my personal ride, perhaps due to the fact that I hadn’t just gripped a load of products off the internet for the build.
Almost every facet of this bike has come from someone or someplace different and all ( bar the grips ) came from round here, in Birmingham by way of friends and associates and on one occasion ( when the components to make up a front wheel were needed ) a retail establishment.
I contemplated powder coating it but no. There is a certain appeal about a cycle that looks like it has seen a decade or three. I feel ( especially with this one, having my favourite frame colourway and all ) that a coat of gloss would just erase the lot, not to mention the original decals.
I can’t wait to get my ‘beater’ bike built, I think I want it to look just like this.
To Jon – Thanks again!