Once upon a time in a far away land, there lived a shiny new bicycle named Raleigh Gran Sport.
The ravages of time, evil stepmothers, poisonous apples, etc. caused Gran Sport to become a bit shabby.
Until one day a prince came along to whisk him off ebay (this is a modern fairy tale). No mice or crustaceans helped with this transformation: it was all the prince, other than the wheel building.
Now Gran Sport is way cooler than ever before, complete with internal hub gearing, roller brakes, generator lights, mustache bars, Schwalbe tires, and the ultimate classy-bike-combo of Honjo fenders, Nitto rack and Brooks saddle. And they lived happily ever after.
More pictures and a complete list of parts used after the jump. The bar tape has been shellacked and the cables more nicely secured since these pictures were taken.
Front Hub – Sturmey Archer Dynamo Drum brake Front hub 36h, Silver
Rear Hub – Shimano Nexus Inter-8 Premium Hub SG-8R36 36h
Rear Roller Brake – Nexus/Nexave-M70 dlx roller brake kit, rear
Bar End Shifter – Jtek Alfine/Nexus 8-spd Road Bar-end Shifter
Rims – Mavic Open Sport Rim – Silver 700c x 36 Hole
Tires – Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tire – 700 x 28c
Wheel – build Roscoe Village Bikes
Bottom Bracket – Sugino 103mm cartridge BB set tapered spindle
Pedals – MKS Sylvan Touring Pedals, Silver
Handlebars – Nitto Mustache Bar
Stem – Nitto Dirt-Drop Stem – LONG – 100mm
Misc – Hemp twine
Tape – French cloth tape
Chain – KMC X8 Chain KMC8
Crank – Sugino Single Speed 165mm Road 48t 3/32″ 130mm Alloy
Brake Levers – Cane Creek Drop V Levers for Linear Pull Brake Silver
Cable – Jagwire Hyper Brake DIY Kit, Chrome Silver
Cable – Jagwire Hyper Derailleur DIY Cable Kit, Chrome Silver
Front Light – Busch & Müller Lumotec IQ Fly N-Plus headlight with Standlight for Hub Generators
Rear Light – Busch & Müller Seculite Plus
Fenders – Honjo 43mm Smooth Fluted Fenders
Rear Rack – Nitto Rear Rack Silver
Kickstand – Pletscher Two-leg Kickstand 320mm Silver
Bell – Japanese Brass “Sound” Bell w/ Handlebar Mount
Brooks – B17 Saddle
I don’t know the details well enough to explain them, but Mr. Dottie may stop by to answer any questions. :) He has been riding this bike since the late fall, currently with studded tires.