Raleigh International

Raleigh International

Marie and Ryan from New Jersey’s Folk Engineered recently completed a simultaneous restoration for two brothers, Drew and Fred. Drew bought this Raleigh International in 1971, and a year later Fred got a Motebecane Le Champion. 39 years later, the boys must be feeling the same joy the bikes would have brought them when they rolled out the door.

Marie tells the story: “The framesets were stripped and re-painted with original colors and decal reproductions. Salvageable components were thoroughly cleaned and polished. Each bike got new cables, housing, chain, freewheel, bar tape, brake hoods, and Brooks Professional saddles. Both bikes sport wheels re-built with original hubs and modern clincher rims. Please note that these are not archival, museum-quality restorations. These bikes are restored to the set-up that the owner rode (for example, Drew didn’t have the original Weinmann brakes) and for the purpose of riding again (for example, switching to clincher tires for functionality). Drew and Fred originally used their bikes around town, for long rides, and on tour. Now, they get to re-live it all.”

Treat yourself to more details of the transformation of both the Raleigh and the Motobecane on the Folk Engineered flickr stream. Marie and Ryan can be contacted through their website, and while you’re there, check out their Sports Tourer, it’s really something.

Raleigh International
Raleigh International
Raleigh International
Raleigh International
Raleigh International
Raleigh International
Raleigh International
Raleigh International

  • Gorgeous. The Raleigh is dignified. The Motobecane is French and decadent. I’d take the Motobecane.

  • fpavao

    One word: weird-ass geometry.

  • snapoutovit

    That’s three words.

  • Is there anything better than a restored 70s road bike?

    • Anonymous

      An un-restored 70’s road bike? Those bikes are sweet. I have a ’72 Le Champion in that beautiful teal-ish blue they came in and could never restore it in fear of getting the color wrong. Plus the age just adds to the finish. It’s wonderful to see some guys out there who appreciate these somewhat less flashy brands from that great era.

  • Wildhaven001

    I have a ’74 International I’ve had since ’84. Every time I get on it I’m amazed at how comfortable it feels, and how it floats on the road. Ive upgraded some parts here and there but I have kept all original ones. I see you have changed out the breaks to what look like Suntour Supurbs. Good looking bike. Ride it.

  • Jmyers4585

    I noticed that the clearance on your rear brake shoes are close with 700 cc wheels. Any problems with tire rub? I did with my Bob Jackson, and switched brakes to Tetro long reach. They work great. John Myers

  • donald gillies

    Hi, I really like the restoration, I have a 1971 international. What color did you use for the restoration? I assume it’s a car color – Honda Element? Jeep Liberty? Something else? Thanks.

  • Giovanni LiCalsi

    I have a 1971 International with a Cinelli fork, Fiamme red & orange label single tube rims and all Campy components. The Nervex lugs are gorgeous.