Raleigh Grand Prix

Raleigh Grand Prix

It’s refreshing to be reminded that the most admirable bikes are often those that have had the least amount of money and effort poured into them. It doesn’t take much to create a stylish and understated machine, as Chicago’s Adam Hoff demonstrates with his single speed Raleigh conversion.

Adam has been bike wrenching since high school, and is developing a strong style: classic, handsome, clean and simple. The Raleigh was originally a dumpster find, complete but in a sorry state. The paint was stripped and attacked with apple cider vinegar to achieve a textural patina. A new wheel set later, equipped with a White Industries freewheel, a Brooks B-17, Soma Silver Bullet rear light and a pair of white Vittoria Randonneurs and Adam has a perfect gentleman’s bicycle for cruising the streets of Chicago.

Thanks to Adam Hoff for the photography, and A Man’s Gotta Do for the reference.

Raleigh Grand Prix
Raleigh Grand Prix
Raleigh Grand Prix
Raleigh Grand Prix
Raleigh Grand Prix
Raleigh Grand Prix
Raleigh Grand Prix
Raleigh Grand Prix

  • cheetos

    nice frame patina

  • cheetos

    nice frame patina

  • Ty

    My first real bike was a Raleigh. I received it for xmas, it was green, I loved it and I recall my uncle telling me it was the Rolls Royce of bicycle.

  • big_rick88

    “refreshing to be reminded that the most admirable bikes are often those that have had the least amount of money and effort poured into them.”

    There was at least $700, in parts, added to this bike…
    Still looks pretty Slick tho!

  • revdub

    I love everything about this bike. The overall feel that was achieved is great. I really appreciate the blending of old and new. Very nice build!

  • Excellent… the blending of paint, patina and polishing is very effective and interesting… dumpster finds make the best bikes!

  • Randy

    Anyone know what kind of crank set that is?

    • Anonymous

      I believe it’s GALLI.

    • Randy

      Thanks!

  • jano

    What did he use for the handlebar grip?

  • jano

    What did he use for the handlebar grip?

  • adam

    Cloth tape (I forget the make) with a cork in the end of the bar.

  • Chris Weatherly

    I just discovered this article. Is there anymore information on Adam’s process of achieving the finish? Is the patina sealed? Would love to know more.