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Wanted: A bike.
I've agreed to do the London to Brighton bike ride this year to support my uncle who had a stroke last year. I'm the only family member fit enough to do it with him so I don't really have a choice. Anyway, I need a bike obviously. I don't want to spend to much say £100. Anyone got anything they could sell me, or could the poswer of sketchy help me build a bike from all of your spare parts??
She be a fine vessel

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I have a raleigh aero lite road bike that needs a new 7 speed rear derailleur. I tried setting up as single speed (by being lazy and just taking a few bits off it, but never had the inclination to get it working. It has gears shifters on the frame, well in a carrier bag with the rear cogs. It'll be easy to put back together with the addition of rear derailleur.

If you can get a sketchy bod to donate a 7 speed rear derailleur, oh and a saddle but I hear you are used to riding without one of those, then as its for charity you can have it for nought.

Same as this one but not such good condition.

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Thanks Winnie I'll take it please. Then I'll look at getting it set up. Could it be turned into a flat bar hybrid, i''m not sure drop bars will be the best option?

I don't see why not. Just need flat bars and different brakes*

*don't trust me, I know as much about bike mechanics as you
Good on you for signing up, a worthy cause. Me and a friend rode it for the 1st time last year and had such a good laugh we are doing it again this year too. I'm sure you will get many suggestions on what to buy, I don't think it matters much as it's not a race. I was chatting to a group of 15/16 yr old's on BMX's as we passed them who had rode along the route for the fun of it. I couldn't see myself riding 55 miles on one though !
Don't need a 7 speed mech.
Any mech will work, probably from 6 speed up as long as the shifters aren't indexed - unlikely on the down tube.

I probably have a mech to suit in the man cave.
May be able to sort out a set of bars too if you wanna go flat.

Since it's for a good cause I'll be the spanner monkey Wink
Wayne - when can I come collect it please?

Tinc - thats very kind of you to offer. Once I've got it i'll arrange to drop it to you if thats ok?

Very much appreciated both of you.

I was going to take of the last few single speed bits,  and put the right bits back on, but as you have been offered the services of a vastly more experienced mechanic I may just give you a bag of bits if thats okay? I'll still take off the SS bits and put on the easy bits though.

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