SOLD: Custom Raleigh Prima

Presenting a vintage British ladies town bike custom/restoration project I’ve been working on for a while. Suitable for taller female riders (5’6″ and above) due to its larger frame size, this 1989 Raleigh Prima has had a very comprehensive cosmetic & technical makeover and is fitted with several new/modern components – to improve performance without sacrificing its all-important vintage style & hard-earned patina!

Compared to its original factory build this Raleigh is over 2.5kg lighter and has crisper gear-shifting & better brakes, plus it’s more puncture resistant & loads more visible in the dark thanks to its new reflective Schwalbe tyres. The frame size lends itself to a more upright riding position so I’ve treated the bike to a gleaming chromed Dutch-style vintage handlebar & stem which compliments the new lightweight mudguards, plus vintage kickstand and (loud) retro bell!

This classic works better than new!  A joy to behold and an absolute gem to ride, this custom Prima is a unique & genuine vintage bike you can use everyday – for less than the price of a (not vintage, or handmade, or made in Britain) Bobbin.

Frame & Fork: 1989 Raleigh Prima step-thru (18-23 lugged steel tubing)
Size: 22” (c-t)
Headset: original (restored)
Stem/Handlebar: vintage Dutch chromed steel
Grips: vintage moulded Plastiche Cassano
Brake Levers: vintage Lee Chi 135A alloy
Brakes: vintage Weinmann 720 alloy
Brake Cables: Jagwire (new)
Shifter: Shimano SL-MY15 thumbshifter
Rear Derailleur: Shimano RD-TY15
Gear Cable: Jagwire (new)
Freewheel: Sunrace 14-28 – 5 speed (new)
Chain: KMC (new)
Crankset: vintage alloy SR Custom-A (steel 46t chainring with integrated alloy chainguard)
Bottom Bracket: vintage cup & cone (restored)
Pedals: vintage Union
Rims: modern Raleigh Tru-Build alloy (machined braking surfaces, double-walled)
Front Hub: alloy, upgraded chromed steel Formula quick release
Rear Hub: alloy, solid axle conversion with chromed vintage track-nuts
Tyres: Schwalbe Marathon 700x28c reflective (new)
Tubes: Specialized Presta (new)
Saddle: vintage Selle Italia (with saddle bag loops) upgrades available
Seatpost: original chromed steel
Seatpost Binder: original Raleigh ‘R’ type nut & bolt
Mudguards: Oxford (new) with love heart reflector & upgraded stainless steel fittings
Bell: Planet X retro style (new)
Kickstand: vintage ESGE alloy
Weight: 12.5kg


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