Episode 48. Raleigh Pioneer 19". (Part 1).

The other bike I picked up at the autojumble for just a fiver was this...


A Raleigh Pioneer something or other (the stickers have peeled off!) Now, I'm sure that if you have eyes in the front of your head you'll know why I splashed out a whole fiver on this! You may remember that a little while ago I sacrificed my lovely Raleigh Rekord in order to donate its wheels to the Giant racing bike frame I had found so that I had a complete Giant racing bike. Well I always planned to pick up a set of 700c wheels to put back on the Rekord when I found a set. I've been looking, and several sets have turned up at the tip on bikes, but they've always been pretty rough. As I'm not in a great rush to re-build it again I've left them in the hope that something better would turn up. Well, it's turned up!


As much as I like the contrast between the green frame and the yellow wheels, I can't help feeling that these would've looked better on the Giant racing bike that I sold about a while back! I wonder how much more I would've got for it if it had these wheels on it? Still, nevermind, I'm sure that they will look splendid against the metallic blue of the Rekord frame. So I fitted some new wind into the tyres and then as it's been really slow at work lately...


I decided to take it for a bit of a run at lunch time today, and it rides beautifully!


This is no doubt partly due to it being a Raleigh bike built before the time when Raleigh bikes became somewhat cheap and nasty, but a good part of it being so good is no doubt the wheels. When you're free wheelin' they just feel so smooth, and the rear cog and ratchet make a delicious clickety-clickety-clickety sound as your coasting along. Ive had some nice feeling wheels in the past, but these feel a bit above the rest. The wheels that my Record donated to the Giant racer were quite a nice pair, but they wern't as nice as these. These will more than likely be part of the rebuild of my Record at some point in the future! Just got to track down some wheels to put on this thing now!


I've been looking at the forks and trying to decide if the forks are bent or not. To me the headtube looks far too upright...


But having had a jolly good look around it I can say that there would appear to be no evidence of distortion to either the frame or the forks. So I'm guessing that this was always like this from the factory. Riding along it feels quite nimble and turns in very well, this I am guessing is probably due to the rather upright front forks, that and the frame looks quite short in length to me. Other things of note are that the seat is too hard, and the seatpost not long enough for me, but other than that it is really very nice to ride. Initially my plans for this were to break it up and use it as spares for my other project bikes, but now I feel its a bit too good for that, so once I've tracked down some new wheels for it, I shall most likely put it up for grabs. But until then they'll become part of my collection for the time being! I'm well on my way to having over 100 bikes in my collection again if I'm not careful!

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