This year’s winter build (one of them) is going to be a 1992 Raleigh Dynatech Voyager. Its Reynolds cromo steel tubing (apart from an aluminium head tube) promises a lively feel, perhaps without the comfort of its big brothers in the Raleigh titanium range.
Check out the Dynacurve top tube. Lush. Only the largest size had this feature, making this a quite rare (but not priceless) frame.
The matching Dynatech cromo stem and Reyolds 501 cromo steel handlebar complete the fuselage nicely.
Which parts to build this up with? Ideally, I’d keep things as period correct as possible, so Shimano Deore LX / DX would fit the bill. And the look I’m probably going to try and capture can be seen in this early Dynatech brochure:
Or possibly something along these lines (again, from an eary nineties Dynatech brochure):
In any case, it’s going to be plenty of fun …
With my mountain bike collection growing nicely, I’ve been pondering adding a vintage road bike to the collection, for those days when I feel like a bit of road training .
Now, I have to admit I don’t know much about road bikes, but here is my own ‘shopping list’ of road bikes I’m considering buying. Aside from my Raleigh / Dynatech brand loyalty, there’s no rhyme of reason to this list/ Except that the frame must be steel – obviously!
1. A Raleigh Dynatech, preferably a bonded titanium / steel frame:
Image from here.
Image from retrobike, here. Lovely.
2. Bianchi Columbus TSX
Seen on this forum. There’s something about that colour of paint.
3. A hand-built steel frame from Roberts.
Delightful. Photo reblogged from here.
4. Or perhaps Rourke?
Drool. Image credit.
Google is also telling me there are quite a few excellent frame builders or manufacturers who I’d barely heard of in the mountain biking world. For example:
Image from here.
Image also from this page.
Now I just need to find one in my size…