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My mk 1 Raven
« on: April 08, 2020, 08:22:13 PM »
This is my Raven, just cleaned.
 

Matt2matt2002

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Re: My mk 1 Raven
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2020, 10:44:58 PM »
Very nice looking bike.
Thanks for sharing.
I ride a Raven Tour.
Wonderful bikes.
Never drink and drive. You may hit a bump  and spill your drink

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Re: My mk 1 Raven
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2020, 12:36:42 AM »
My, what a beauty, Relic! I love the paint!

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Dan.

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Re: My mk 1 Raven
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2020, 12:41:58 AM »
That's bright!
Have you had it from new?  The first batch with the celtic bands weren't around for long, I ordered mine towards the end of 2004 and the first of the plain frames had just come in.

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Re: My mk 1 Raven
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2020, 12:48:07 PM »
This is my Raven, just cleaned.

Lovely......

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Re: My mk 1 Raven
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2020, 02:54:01 PM »
It has been locked away for a while due to arthritis, moved away from hilly Cornwall, now riding again.  Forgotten how lively it is.  My wife won a newspaper competition allowed me to have a present, and as my brother had a Nomad, I went to SJS and ordered the Raven.  The paintwork [with Celtic rings] is fragile and chips easily.  I think it is the same paint job as the bike tests done at the time.  I believe the early bikes had 531 stays, the front forks are 531.

The bike is original apart from the rear wheel, which had a worn rim.  I have had no problem with the rear hub, its real every day advantage is being able to change gear stationary.  It has the lowest possible gear ratio allowed [those Cornish hills].  I think if I decided to do serious riding again the chain and cogs should be replaced, but as I use it for toodling around unladen it does not need it.  Keeping it until my last journey. 
 

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Re: My mk 1 Raven
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2020, 06:29:46 PM »
Hello,
This bike could be brought a little 'up to date' by fitting black mudguards, stem etc. It would be a very good looking cycle.
best regards,
John

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Re: My mk 1 Raven
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2020, 10:12:48 AM »
Thanks Leftpoole, but I want it to be as it came out the of the box.
 

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Re: My mk 1 Raven
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2020, 02:17:23 PM »
Thanks Leftpoole, but I want it to be as it came out the of the box.
I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all that, but I think your bike looks perfect as it is.