Howdy ! 49 years ago I owned a Canadian Mark 1 clone called a Wild Cat that I received for christmas in 1971. It had a super tall sissy bar - to the top of my head - perhaps a record for a Chopper ? Just had a 1969 Mk 1 Frame in Flamboyant green come into my life and I'm building a complete bike bit by bit ! ....my inner child is thrilled lol.
Thanks very much for the encouragement ! Sorry you lack vintage photos. If it werent for my parents having taken lots of slide photos back then I would not have this photo....there could be one more but I haven't looked hard for it. I still recall riding it in the snow that christmas the first time I took it outside.
Here is where I am starting from on my Mk 1 , a somewhat rusty frame in F.Green that came with an equally rusty front wheel. Paid a princely $40 for it :-). I have already found numerous parts for it locally, as the Mk 1 shared components with other Raleigh bikes of the era. I also just got a Mk1 seat from way the heck over in Greece ! I was shocked: prices for original seats and what not in the UK are astronomical - Canada isn't much better. Does anyone know how many Mk 1's were made ?
Yes, thats a special frame. A 1969 5 Speed......a lot of bits were special to that bike such as rear wheel, Huret derailleur, 5 speed cogs, 5 speed gear changer, slimmer chain ring c etc etc...look out for 70's Raleigh racers with 20/24 inch wheels, they have the parts you will need to restore your bike... or sell the frame and put towards a 3 speed....frame is worth about £500 in uk..
Thanks for your valuable suggestions on sourcing parts, Chopperpete. Re the 70's Raleigh "Junior" racers, could you let me know which specific parts are exactly the same as my 5 speed ? Eg is a 20" racer rear wheel compatible in its entirety ? Or just the 5 speed cassette/hub ? Brake levers / calipers ? Crankset ? Thanks !
Thanks ever so much for that fantastically detailed "cross reference " list, Chopperpete ! That has already come in handy.
I have found the Huret / Allvit derailleur - with correct little red discs, coming from the US. I have a possible source of the rear 5 speed rear hub at an antique store, barring condition.
I saw the listing for the 5 speed Shifter - actually there are two , now three on Ebay.
I did buy a rear green metallic seat pad from Benzo-One, in Ontario. His authentic chopper parts are either Mk 2 or way to high priced for my budget.
As I mentioned, I also obtained a Raleigh "Folder" and got a few parts off it. The quill isn't the same but can be made to be by drilling a hole in the top of it and adding the long hex head bolt so will try that.
I had a lucky find locally, in my quest for 5 speed parts. Someone had a Raleigh Transit 5 speed that has the correct rear hub/cassette/derailleur as well as the snowflake crank. I bought it for $220 Canadian but should be able to resell for close to that after I swap out the hub and crank for a 3 speed and a heron crank. Score !!!
There were at least two cartridges used for the 5 seed back wheel, One was an Atos, which and the tool to remove it is a 2 prong affair that you can find on ebay, And the later one is a spline removal cartridge made by a French company that I cannot remember the name of. You will need to remove the cartridge to change the spoke protector and re-s[poke the wheel.
The spoke protector I think should be a see through plastic affair which are the ugliest they did but I think correct although that also might be only 1 of the model years. If you want to do spokes I use 189mm for rear 5 speed. I attache a picture of one with a different spoke protector to the plastic one I described.
Most 5 speeds I have seen had either the curved sissy bar or the really low square one like in this pic, its poss they were all this low one, however in this photo Ive sent in before there is a yellow one w a HBR so it must have been offered as this was a marketing photo.