Episode 38. Raleigh Mustang 23". (part 2).

Whilst I am piddling around trying to dissolve the seat post out of my Diamond Back I figured that it might be about time for a little update on the very slow progress of my 23" Raleigh Mustang. So far I have manged to turn this...


Into this after a thorough cleaning, and a good raid on my parts stash!


 So far the only thing that I have had to buy were the pair of inner tubes because all the tubes I had didn't have long enough valves to go through those very deep V rims! Everything else has either come off that Apollo Reckless that I mentioned in the first installment on this bike, or from my parts stash! I think I've added some nice parts too...


Rigida Safety line wheels, red Shimano DX brakes which in all honesty I don't suppose are any better than any other type of Vee brake, but I pulled them from my stash simply because they were red and thought they would look nice! Also, although the picture doesn't show it very clearly, the red wall tyres.


I have also managed to find myself a pair of 'VICTOR' style pedals which I thought was in-keeping with the era of the bike, and speaking of in-keeping of the era of the bike.


What I don't have, and I am trying to find at the moment is one of the old BMX bottom bracket boots, that everyone riding a BMX in the eighties had on their bike, like this one...


Picture stolen from elsewhere on the internet obviously! I really quite fancy one for my Mustang, but ofcourse supplies of them dried up years ago. Ideally it would also want to be a 'SHARP' one like the one in the picture if possible, and just to make things really difficult, it has to be black (or maybe at a push, red!) Time will tell if I'm going to be able to find one, and it's perfectly fine without it, but I think it will be a nice period addition if I do manage locate one to buy.

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