1977 Raleigh Wayfarer

My latest project has been this classic British 3 speed ladies roadster; it’s now finished and the restoration brought me great satisfaction!  Matthew contacted me and supplied the Raleigh a few weeks ago; it belongs to his girlfriend but originally was owned and ridden by her grandmother.  His idea was to have it restored in secret as her birthday present – smooth :)

The Wayfarer’s clearly had a lot of use (see bottom of page) but, given its provenance, I wanted to keep it as original as possible – so the only new parts are the Raleigh Record tyres & inner tubes, the brake cables and a shiny new chain to replace the worn-out original.  It’s been completely stripped, cleaned, lubricated and polished – a true oily rag restoration that keeps all the original 40 year old patina while transforming it into a fully functional machine that’s clean as a whistle.  I hope it brings great happiness to its owner!

Here’s how Grandma’s beloved Wayfarer looked a few weeks ago, complete with rust and cobwebs:

9 thoughts on “1977 Raleigh Wayfarer”

  1. Thank you so much for all your hard work; I absolutely love it. I’m very, very lucky it’s a really special present. I promise to look after it!

  2. Hi,
    My wife has a wayfarer like this and used regularly since her Father bought it for her in 1972.
    I is in good condition for it age.I intend to restore it to its former glory but I am having trouble finding a paint code / Humbrol touch up colour
    I wondered if you are able to shed any light on the subject.
    Kind regards
    Steve Escott

  3. Inigo visiers

    I got a bike like that in my shed. In need of restoration. What will be the going rate before and after restoration, please

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