Vintage Raleigh Road Ace 531c Road Bike Restoration

Vintage Raleigh Road Ace 531c Road Bike Restoration


Hello and welcome to another bike and another restoration This is a very special one this as an absolute gem that I had to share with you This is a Raleigh road Ace 12 a beautiful example it is so originial but I had to get this it is unbelievable I think the bike has been cycled a couple of times then been stored for thirty years so we have done a few of these bikes around this period a series of bikes regards to the Raleigh brochure around the 1980’s we did the Raleigh Team Cadet The Raleigh Team Corsa in the Panasonic colors and we has also done the Raleigh Sirocco which has a similar design Regards to the paint work in here and this cross over, however the Sirocco is in red and it is 501 tubing where as this one is 531c absolute racing machine and it is only 22lbs in weight and it was at the top end of the Raleigh brochure, full Shimano 600 EX group set and it has Dura Ace handle bars as well absolutely beautiful it has even got the original cable tie here at the top I just cannot believe it, the brakes are all in perfect condition hardly used at all so yes extremely happy, I have done some digging I bought this bike advertised as a 1984 model I have done some digging and the and this is out of the 1987 brochure the 1984 Road Ace believe it or not had inlaid levers and then they changed it back for some reason so yes interesting in that respect but yes I have the brochure the description which I will share with you now yes the brochure itself here is the statement for it the ultimate in racing machine complete with a hand built frame the Reynolds 531 tubing with a full Shimano 600 EX assembly with SIS gears so SIS gears just index gearing yes they work no problem at all twin water bottle mounts Campagnolo Forged ends the Road Ace is designed for the sportsman who insists in a top quality machine Beautiful thing it still has the original tyres on even and the cassette is lovely and small a lot of nostalgia really does take me back hard work climbing them hills let me tell you, you have got a 42 / 52 on the front and on the back here is a 13 / 21 rear cassette so yes I remember climbing some of the hills around here in this gearing system and it was a lot of hard work let me tell you well the bike what are we going to do we normally strip it down it does need a good service their are just a couple small parts of spot rust which are just down here at the bottom bracket I am not concerned at all just believe thats just a bit of surface rust and it should just rub off with a bit of T-Cut the bike itself does need a good service it has been stood its a thirty year old bike Although it is in a beautiful condition it will need a good service and a strip down the saddle itself is discoloured so not to sure what we are going to do with that it it is all still intact its all still in very good condition the handle bar tape I am not going to touch it it still has the original Shimano end plugs here they are not even marked Its got Dura Ace Handle Bars a little concerned about the handle bar tape on this side if I can get away with it I want to keep this handle bar tape this side is absolutely perfect no problem at all but the other side is slightly stretched so we will have a look at what we are going to do I am not to sure about that Original tyres yes do not know if they will have perished or not well lets get the bike stripped down have a deeper look at it and see where we are at Well there is the bike all stripped down it was no hassle at all apart from one little item, which was this right hand cup of this bottom bracket i did have to get this in the vice but what I would say is and a top tip it works really well was to use the tool in the vice itself just place that on the vice then you can place the cup in here no damage at all and you have less chance of the frame coming out of the vice so just use the tool in the vice just to release it slightly then I got the frame back on to the stand then took it a part absolutely fine what it did reveal the spindle itself beautiful no corrosion at all it is like new however the grease itself has gone completely solid so yes it is worth while doing this and I really feel as though this bike top end bike racing machine deserves the loving so yes it is worth stripping the bike down completely and it also gives me full access to deep cleaning this frame to get at any little bits of surface rust just off there what I would say and I have said this before top tip have a bucket or a box to put all the little bits washer all the little bits in the box itself you are not going to loose any and it just helps with the process of cleaning so lets get a move on with that Well one item of this restoration I did want to tackle was the saddle it has been stood for thirty years it is in excellent condition however the colour has faded a lot over thirty years of sunlight so I wanted to try and restore this first of all I was going to use a normal fabric dye however I am told regards to it being leather the dye will just come off so I went down to a local cobblers a shoe shop who deals with leather a lot and they had a royal blue dye for leather I have never done this before I wanted to share this with you to see exactly how this turns out I am going to do a test patch underneath first so fingers crossed it should turn out OK Well we are at the rebuild already I cannot believe how fast a turn around this bike has been it has been just a dream to clean I think that the bike has only done about ten miles in its life so regards to the group set what we did I have used a bowl with gasoline petrol just as a thinner and I have scrubbed that down with a tooth brush it has come up like new the brake blocks as I say they are original they are as though they have never ever been used so it is an extremely good example of such a high end Raleigh bike. and I am really happy that it is here to share with you the handle bars managed to get away with keeping the original bar tape basically all that I have done is it was tape up to the top this way it had just slipped down so just undone the tape here worked down and just re-taped and its came out absolutely fantastic so what a result the saddle was a little worried with that to start off with put the dye on went on really dark so was a little bit worried about that but once it had dried it did lighten up and then I have just buffed that up with a cloth and that also looks absolutely fantastic so yes a couple of items that I did buy I have got some new toe straps for the pedals themselves they look really well and stuck on the original the sticker on to the pedals so they are all original and as though new the tyres we did have to get new tyres it is rubber and after thirty years it will perish and yes unfortunately we did have to get some new tyres but they look great got some Michelin Dynamic Classic Tyres and they look really well got some new inner cables because we are keeping the outer cables and yes very original and such a perfect example so what are we waiting for lets get this bike back together WOW! Well what a great looking bike it is it was already good looking when it first came in it looks fantastic now it looks like its just come out of the show room and it is like stepping back in time absolutely amazing all original parts original chain hardly any wear at all on any of these parts so yes what beautiful example it is and I cannot believe that we have got it in here as i say there is only one small problem and that is the fact that I cannot let this goI am going to have to keep this one such a good example but I cannot wait though at the end of these videos what we generally do though always try these bikes out so lets get it out and try it out I can not wait! Well this has been the Raleigh Road Ace what a beautiful example it is 531c tubing very lightweight bike and I have rode some old bikes in my time and this does not feel old very little mileage and yes it just feels like a new bike to be honest with you, absolutely amazing really happy that I have managed to get hold of this and share it with you If you do enjoy watching these videos as I always say and you have not subscribed then please subscribe other than that then drop us a like give it a share it always helps and…Thanks for watching! Bye for now