Raleigh Team Panasonic Track

Raleigh Pista

This Raleigh Team Panasonic Track was a high point of my morning commute to my workplace in The Rocks, Sydney. It turned into one of those ‘coffee shop romances’ where I’d roll into town and wonder excitedly whether we’d cross paths or not. A little online sleuth work revealed the owner to be none other than an old Sydney bike courier colleague of mine, Levon Broederlow.

Levon’s Raleigh is a true piece of Nottingham steel, purchased on Trade Me, New Zealand’s online auction site. He’s been riding it around Sydney regularly for over four years now, proof of both the reliability of Reynolds 531 and Levon’s smooth style. The Team Panasonic livery is less popular than the red, black and yellow of the Ti-Raleigh team, but no less striking, regardless of the wear Levon has inflicted upon it. Perhaps it’s more appropriate to find a Team Panasonic Down Under, considering the membership of Australian Phil Anderson in 1984. The Suntour Superbe groupset is not its original components, but the Campagnolo headset is, and the bottom bracket was replaced with a Phil Wood unit, which Levon has not had to pay much attention to.

Levon is considering a restoration, but as most purists will agree, it’s only original once. This Team Panasonic will only improve with further love and respect, and if it was wearing a brand new outfit, there’s a good chance I may not have taken the time to look back with such admiration.

Raleigh Pista
Raleigh Pista
Raleigh Pista
Raleigh Pista
Raleigh Pista
Raleigh Pista
Raleigh Pista
Raleigh Pista
Raleigh Pista
Raleigh Pista
Raleigh Pista
Raleigh Pista
Raleigh Pista

  • MSD

    “…. restoration, but as most purists will agree, it’s only original once”

    So true. Consider just replacing the wear parts but for the love of god leave it original, the scuffs and scratches give its a history that a sand blaster and paint job take away.  Further, anyone can make a bike like this back to “builder original”, no one in the world has a bike just like this one (except Levon).

  • Best bike in a while.

    It’s funky in a low BB kind of way. OG parts and paint make it tits.

  • andybaker

    Levon.
    Fucking great bike.
    Fucking great rider.
    Nice

  • hazeyblue

    Simple, brilliant…

  • Huge ride. What is that a 62cm?

  • Olly

    What a cool bike!

  • Joshua Jones

    So nice! I have had one also in yhe panasonic team paint for awhile, but its a treat to see another! Any idea of the year?

  • Absolutely love the colours!

  • jeremynorth

    Lovely bicycle

  • Don

    Build by Jan le Grand probably. Exceptionally cool bike, great find down under.