Gallery: Andy Church’s ’74 Raleigh and ’66 Schwinn

Raleigh International

[Andy Church sent in these photos of his beautifully restored all-rounders. —ed.]

I recently built up this pair of vintage steel frames to use as utility all-rounders. One is a refinished 1974 Raleigh International, the other is a 1966 Schwinn Super Sport, and I ride one or the other nearly every day to get around town and to transport groceries home from the market, saving my car and gas for longer trips out of town. (In theory one bike is assigned to a weekend property in Rhode Island, but in practice I can’t stand to leave it there, so I transport it back and forth when I make the trip.)

Because of the wealth of wonderful resources made available online by so many avid enthusiasts I was able to learn to build these bikes in a single summer. I can’t stress enough how meaningful it has been to rediscover the classic steel frame and to integrate bicycling back into my daily life.

Andy Church
Rowayton, CT

Raleigh International

1974 Raleigh International

  • Bronze Green 23.5″ Frame
  • Painted by Keith Anderson
  • Velocity Dyad 622mm rims
  • Laced by Rich Lesnik onto
  • Shimano Ultegra Hubs using
  • DTSwiss double butted steel spokes
  • Panaracer Pasela Tourguard 700×32 tires
  • Sugino Alpina Velo Orange crankset 34/48
  • Velo Orange Grand Cru BB 110mm
  • Shimano 6600 front and rear derailleurs
  • Shimano Ultegra CS-6500 9-sp freehub cassette 12/25
  • Shimano Ultegra CN-HG93 chain
  • Paul Comp Racer centerpull brakes
  • Shimano ST-6500 shifter brake levers
  • Nitto Technomic stem 100mm
  • Nitto 177 Noodle handlebar
  • Velo Orange Grand Cru headset
  • Huret STI cable stop clamp
  • Campagnolo down tube shifter cable guide
  • Velo Orange Setback seatpost
  • Brooks B17 saddle & tape
  • Peter White Urban Platform pedals
  • Brooks clips & straps, or
  • Speedplay Frog clipless pedals
Schwinn SS

1966 Schwinn Super Sport

  • Sky Blue 22″
  • Original frame, fork, shifters, and headset
  • Sun M13II 27″ rims laced by Rich Lesnik to 1970’s Campagnolo High Flange 36-hole hubs using DTSwiss double-butted stainless spokes
  • Panaracer Pasela Tourguard 27 x 1 1/4″ tires
  • Sugino Alpina VO crankset, 34/48
  • Shimano RD-6200 FD
  • Shimano RD-6600 RD
  • SRAM PC870 chain
  • IRD Defiant freewheel cassette,12/24
  • MKS Sylvan pedals & clips
  • Nitto Technomic 120mm stem
  • Nitto 185 “Mark’s” drop handlebar 44cm
  • Tektro R200 aero levers
  • Dia-Compe Gran Compe centerpull brakes
  • 1970’s Campagnolo Seatpost
  • Brooks B17 Imperial saddle
  • Nitto-R15 rear rack
  • Giles Berthoud panniers and saddle bag
Schwinn SS

4 Responses to “Gallery: Andy Church’s ’74 Raleigh and ’66 Schwinn”

  • Donald Bybee says:

    Beautiful bikes and well spoken Andy. Also, thanks for listing your home town. It helps put posts in perspective.
    Sacramento, California

  • mike havran says:

    Sweet rides, scenery, etc…I toured the NE Coast this summer, Boston > W. CT via the Cape, Islands, Prv, Old Sayb. Where were your photos taken?

  • David Bolles says:

    Wonderful work. Similar to what I have done with my 88 Schwinn World Sport. Andy, may I ask what your wheel set ran you on the Raleigh? Wheels are my next step I think and I’m not certain about what I want to do just yet… Thanks for sharing the lovely bikes. ( I’m hunting for a Raleigh for my next build up)

  • RDW says:

    Both beautiful bikes, love the Raleigh. Thanks for sharing.

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