Gallery: Darrell’s 1971 Raleigh Sprite

1971 Raleigh Sprite
1971 Raleigh Sprite

[Darrell sent us these photos of his 1971 Raleigh Sprite. —Alan]

Cyril started life as a five speed bike. He was a humble Craigslist find that I intended to just ‘spiff up’ a bit, but it wasn’t long until I disassembled the bike down to the frame and sent it off to the sandblaster. The bike has two of my first homebuilt wheels. The original Huret Allvit derailleurs are decent for the kind of riding I do on this deluxe townie. This is a great riding bike and one of my favorites. The 27 inch derailleur Raleighs are sadly overlooked gems from the seventies. I’d love to see more of these show up at Tweed Rides across the country.

Darrell Yarborough
Arlington Heights, Illinois

  • Frame — 1971 Raleigh Sprite — 21 ½ inch (55cm)
  • Fenders – Honjo 43mm Smooth Fluted
  • Wheels — Homebuilt (Stock Sturmey Archer Rear Hub, Shimano Dyno Front Hub, Sun CR-18 Rims)
  • Tires — Panaracer Pasela Tourguards 27 x 1 ¼
  • Handlebars — Stock Raleigh Northroad
  • Brake Handles — Stock Raleigh Self Adjusting
  • Brakes — Tektro 800A Side Pull
  • Grips — Tan Hunt Wilde
  • Stem — Stock Raleigh
  • Crank — Stock Raleigh-Cottered
  • Bottom Bracket — Stock Raleigh
  • Pedals — Stock Raleigh
  • Derailleurs — Huret Allvit – Stock
  • Chain — Stock
  • Saddle — Brooks Honey Brown B66
  • Saddle Bag — Acorn Medium Large Saddle Bag
  • Seatpost — Stock
  • Rear Bags – Gilles Berthoud Special Small Panniers
  • Rack — Velo-Orange Constructeur
  • Rear Light — Busch & Muller
  • Headlamp — Vintage Union
  • Reproduction Decals — Cyclomondo & H. Lloyd

5 Responses to “Gallery: Darrell’s 1971 Raleigh Sprite”

  • MT Cyclist says:

    Very nicely done, Darrell
    I did a similar restoration of my wife’s ’75 10-speed Raleigh Sprite last year.
    I bought off-the-shelf 700c wheels from Harris Cyclery, resprayed the orignal fenders coffee brown. I took one of the fenders to an automotive paint shop and they matched the color. It’s a pretty good match. I used the leftover paint to touch up numerous dings on teh frame.
    The bike has a new drivetrain and new VO saddle, new Tektro brake levers and Kool Stop Continental pads.
    I had contemplated replacing the cottered crank, but decided to reuse it. It shined up really well, even though the spindle is slightly pitted.
    I still have the original Sturmey Archer hubs and steel rims. Someday I may restore them, but the bearings are shot, and I don’t have the right tool to remove the freewheel.
    The bike rides very nicely.

  • John says:

    A very classy build, Darrell. Thanks for sharing.

  • Darrell Yarborough says:

    Alan, would you forward this link to MT Cyclist re: his comment on my ’71 Sprite.


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  • Darryl says:

    Nice bike. This isn’t just a Sprite, it’s a Sprite 27. I think they produced the 27 only one year. I’d love to find one of these. Nicely done Darrell. I really like the dynamo and lights.

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