I’m selling the first bike that introduced me to the best way to get around London.
- Â£180 o.n.o. for the bike including lights and locks
- Raleigh Panache (1980s mixte frame with dual down tube)
- Frame (seat tube) is 21″ (53 cm), but as it’s a mixte frame, you don’t really need to worry about the standover height. I’m 5’4″ (162cm) and this bike is a little bit too big for me. But certainly test ride it first.
- Recently fully serviced at London Bike Kitchen by me
- For collection from Hackney
- Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, viewing requests, or offers
- New/replaced items in the two years I’ve owned it
- Rear wheel
- Front and rear tyres
- Handlebars and grips
- Brake levers
- Brake cabling and housing
- Gear cabling and housing
Bike’s Known History
I bought this bike (then named The Pink Lady) from Re-cyclingÂ in Elephant & Castle in the summer of 2011. Â I strongly discourage you from ever going to that shop. Â I certainly paid too much for the bike which they claim they fix up before selling on. Â They definitely didn’t do that with this bike and their customer service was just abhorrent. Â At that point I knew nothing about bike maintenance and didn’t know that it was in pretty poor shape. Â I ended up taking it to Bike Works for servicing about 6 weeks after I bought it. Â I got a puncture about 8 months after that and had the rear wheel replaced at Cycle Surgery when they fixed the puncture (I couldn’t even change a tyre at that point in my cycling maintenance knowledge…).
The following summer I bought another bike that was a bit zippier (Phil) and The Pink Lady went into storage at my flat. Â I’ve since learned a ton about bicycle maintenance, thanks to the London Bike Kitchen. Â I’m working on building a new bike (just got a Surly Cross Check frameset for a steal!) and can’t justify keeping The Pink Lady. I took the BYOB (Build Your Own Bike) course at the Bike Kitchen this past June. Â I dismantled the bike, cleaned and replaced components as necessary, and then put her back together. Â I swapped out the drop bars with their horrible brake levers for sit up and beg bars. Â The new saddle was sitting around the Bike Kitchen forever and looks like it belongs on a cruiser, which inspired the new look for the bike. Â I think it’s now the lovechild of a 1980s Raleigh bike and a coastal cruiser, so The Pink Lady has been rechristened The Nottingham Cruiser. (Raleigh was founded in Nottingham.)
It comes with front and rear fenders and a rear rack. Â I think this bike would work well for commuting and general errands around London. Â That’s what I originally bought her for and she did me proud. Â I think she’s now in the best condition she’s been in for a decade. Â I’m selling her for Â£180 o.n.o. and including the lights and locks I originally bought for her.