I’ve filled out and Harriet has formatted Sheldon’s page about upgrading old road bikes, which Sheldon left as a work in progress.
I took a liking to Sheldon’s Raleigh International that is pictured on his “personal bicycle page”. I have a Raleigh Sprite 27 about 1970+ vintage 10 speed. I fell off back in Dec 2011 and all the damage I could locate so far is that the handlebar stem is bent so that the right handlebar grip is 3 1/2″ lower that the left. The problem is that the stem is bent to one side. I know that I don’t want to try to straighten it. I like the set up that Sheldon has on his Raleigh International. I would like to either have the same for not a lot of money or find a replacement stem. I like this bike and don’t want to just get rid of it. I was riding it daily for exercise in 2011 until I fell off and haven’t ridden since. I am slowly recovering from the concussion I received. I’d like to get back to riding again slowly but I need to fix the handlebar first. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
Any bicycle shop can sell you a replacement stem! Also, do check whether the handlebar and fork are bent — but they also can be replaced. Sorry to hear that you crashed.
Thanks for the reply , John. I will be dropping in to my 2d cycle shop next week. I know that the handlebar is not bent. I must check out the fork. I think it is OK.
I am really glad that someone / people are keeping this excellent resource active. Something I saw the other day made me concerned that old information was being deleted in favour of new; I’m really hoping that none of Sheldon’s original information is being removed. Can you set my mind at rest?
You can relax. Nothing is being deleted, although some duplicate pages are being converted to forwarding pages. Pages are being expanded and new ones are being added.
Oh, just had a look at this article, and not all the links work, ie one to “brakes” under updating a beater.
Thanks for the heads-up. We’ll check it out.
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