raleigh grand prix mixte & snowflake laced wheels…

This was a used bike for sale at the shop that got bought by a customer and then we stripped it down to the bare frame so pretty much all of the parts could get updated with new stuff.

New parts consist of lots of Velo Orange stuff like hubs, crankset, bottom bracket, fenders, front & rear racks, & bottle cage. There is also a Nitto Albatross handlebar, Shimano LX front & rear derailleurs, Shimano 8-speed barend shifters, Tektro brake levers, Ergon cork grips, Dia-Compe brakes, Origin8 headset, Shimano generator hub powered headlight, Crane copper bell, & a Brooks b-67 saddle. The wheels were hand-built by me & finished off with Panaracer Pasela tyres with white tread & cream sidewalls.

I got thrown a lot of curve balls by this bike, but none of them couldn’t be overcome using my expansive set of problem solving skills! There are more than a few people that would say “that’s incompatible” or “that won’t work,” but I know otherwise. It just takes some clever thinking, some initiative, & knowledge.

This bike looks fantastic coming or going! So many little details really make this bike appreciated.

And while I forgot to take photographs of the completed wheelset, here is a photo of the front wheel before it got tensioned. It is a Velo Orange generator hub laced up with DT Revolution spokes to a polished Sun CR18 rim.

~ by michael on May 2, 2011.

One Response to “raleigh grand prix mixte & snowflake laced wheels…”

  1. Looks slick! I found a frame identical to the one you’ve got and did a ground up build. Wanted to keep it fairly cheap and reused a lot of parts I had laying around, like crank, handlebars, brooks saddle. Built the wheels from scratch myself. Rides awesome, looks excellent too!

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