Episode 135. Raleigh Maverick. (Part 1).

On our new ride route I noticed a few days ago hanging out of a hedge in the distance what looked to be a frame of some description. With more than enough unfinished projects to tinker with should I feel the inclination I didn't go to see what sort of frame it was. I figured that, like most frames that I have found dumped in the woods et cetera it was going to be past saving really anyway. I've had a couple that have donated the odd part, but for the most part they're dumped for a reason, and more often than not, by the time I've noticed them they'd been there a while and rusted through. Besides which, this frame was quite a way beyond where my littlest Monster and I turn off to head for home, so I never bothered. Today however curiosity got the better of me, and I said to my Daughter that I just wanted to see what it was. What it was is an old Raleigh Maverick frame.


Better still there appears to be nothing wrong with it, and, as an added bonus I would say that it hadn't been there all that long either. I popped it on my shoulder and we headed back to BelongaClint. Once home Mrs Clint was chuffed to nuts with my new find, and told me that under no circumstances is it to come into the house! I started to formulate a plan for it. Actually, I sort of already had a plan for it before I even dragged it out of the hedge, I just didn't know that I would be applying the plan to this particular bike. You see, about a month ago I dragged this Ridgeback out of a skip...


It was pretty tatty, the frame was bent, abd sadly my feeling was that it got bent by someone dropping a radiator ontop of it in the skip, but never the less it was beyond repair. Still, I dragged it out, and took it home thinking that at some point I would put all the bits on another frame. What I had in mind was to build something like this...


The Freespirit Sacremento which was originally an '80's mountain bike with 26" wheels which I upgraded to some sort of a hybrid with 700c wheels. It ended up by being nothing like the bike I started out with. Infact I think the only thing left of the original bike is the frame and forks! Which was exactly what I was starting out with with the Maverick. As I remember, once I'd turned the Freespirit into this hybrid type thing it was a joy to ride, and actually I kinda regret selling the thing if I'm honest. Once I had my grubby little hands on this Ridgeback my plan was to build a similar bike to the Freespirit, but my plan was to start with this...


The Magna Fugitive that I may, or may not have owned before! The thing that had been stopping me was I didn't have any front forks for it. For what I have in mind, suspension front forks weren't going to work. the thing is now, I had some forks for it, but they were attached to the Maverick frame, so why not use that as my starting point instead?


I put the Maverick frame next to the remains of the Ridgeback. I thought to myself, yep, that'll work, and started to strip the Ridgeback down and transfer the parts to the Maverick. Before too long this afternoon I was at a point where I needed to go and get a puncture repair kit, to fix the flat tyres off the Ridgeback. I also need to visit my lock up and go through my stash to find some sort of caliper brakes, and saddle for it.


So this is where I am right now. If I'm honest I don't really know if I'm building myself a keeper here, so I may well just sort of throw it together, get it to be rideable. Take it for a good test ride, and then decide what I'm going to do with it and tinker and fettle it as I go along. Or not as the case may well be, only time will tell, but at the moment its got the 'Grifter shifters' from the Ridgeback and I hate those, but I'm happy enough with them if I'm going to sell it when I'm done. But if it becomes a keeper, then they'll have to go. I guess it really does all depend upon what I pull out of my stash, but which ever way it turns out, right now I'm quite keen to get out there on it and take it for it's first ride... Updates as they occur!

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