|That lot weighs about 35lb.|
|Hopefully it can only get better from here.|
So the frame preparation (butchery) has started. The first job was to remove any redundant brackets and fittings … the second job was to add some more hopefully more useful bits. I was a little concerned about the amount of un-supported headtube on the frame and figured adding a bit more support wouldn’t do any harm. Making a plate gusset would have been the easiest solution but it wouldn’t have been the neatest. Instead I chose to add another tube to support the toptube / headtube join. After half an hours cutting, grinding and filing, I had a tube profiled to shape.
|Headtube brace awaiting welding.|
|Make sure you use a new blade.|
The shell still needs re-tapping to 24tpi from the standard Raleigh 26tpi to make it compatible with 21st century chainsets and bottom brackets but that’s a minor detail.
The rear spacing will require ‘cold setting’ … which is reality is a posh name for bending but by just how much bending will depend on the choice of hub. I’m a little loathed to go to 135mm as it’ll involve putting a noticeable kink in the seatstays or removing the chainstay and brake bridges, so at present a modern Sturmey Archer rear hub is on the cards.
|Shortened shell ready for re-threading.|