SOLD: Custom 1970s Raleigh Europa

Features a 50cm lugged steel frame custom resprayed in ivory with handpainted burgundy contrasting lugs and newly applied NOS decals, with clear lacquer over the top.  The respray was done by local artist Andrew Parle who specialises in respraying vintage scooters & helmets.  Prior to the respray we had the frame sandblasted to remove the original paintwork which was a deep purple colour.  Andrew then applied primer, then several layers of cream top spray coat, followed by applying the burgundy paint to the lug work by hand.  Then after a couple of weeks air-drying we applied the decals, Andrew lacquered the frame and we re-attached the Heron headbadge.

Fitted with a NOS chrome 1” threaded fork, Stronglight sealed roller bearing headset and restored cottered bottom bracket with new bearings.  The restored wheels are vintage 27 x 1 1/4” rims laced to polished alloy hubs with new Michelin World Tour tyres, new rear track nuts, new front axle assembly & bearings.  Originally this bike would have had 26 x 1 3/8″ rims, the 27″ wheels are what give it the “big wheel look”.

The drivetrain consists of a Raleigh 46 tooth cottered crankset with 14-28 tooth Regina Atom 77 5-speed freewheel, gold 3/32” Sedis gold chain, vintage Huret Svelto Raleigh edition rear derailleur, band-on Huret friction shifter, Huret bottom bracket cable guide pipe, vintage outer cable with new inner cable and vintage German ‘Union Rat Trap’ pedals.  The brakes are polished Weinmann Capella sidepull calipers with NOS steel specific pads, vintage chromed steel levers, vintage outer cables with new inner cables and ferrules, NOS top tube cable clips, and gold cable end crimps.

Also features colour-coded flat handlebars with alloy 85mm Cinelli 1A quill stem, new brown lock-on grips with gold clamps and new end caps, brown suede saddle with chromed 25.4mm seatpost and original Raleigh seatpost clamp.

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