Wally the Raleigh Olympian

Thoughts and stories of how I “modernized” a 1983 Raleigh Olympian that I bought online as my winter training bike.

Light at the End of the Tunnel

The mailman rang my doorbell on Monday morning, meaning that the package from Bike Nashbar has arrived. If you ever buy bike parts online, and want to make sure that it'll actually arrive in a timely manner, Nashbar is the place. In getting Wally ready, I almost forgot that it also needs new pedals. Because I'll be taking Wally on… Read more →

Wally, Meet the 21st Century

The Microshift integrated shifters finally arrived on Tuesday! Another day of no-show the eBay seller would have had to either refund me or send me a new one. But once again, Canada Post came through. Although I suspect that Canada Post "came through" because it is the reason that delivery took so long in the first place. That said, after… Read more →

What's Left To Do

So I still have a few things left to do on Wally before it's road worthy: Install new brake callipers Adjust brake pads Install integrated shifters Wrap handlebar tape Install new BB Re-install crankset Adjust front derailleur Install chain Install brake cables and housing Install shifter cables & housing Install and calibrate bike computer The list is rather long, but… Read more →


I am a perpetually impatient person, so I couldn't possibly wait for all the parts to arrive before starting to put Wally back together. Since the last post, I went to BikeChain to get three things done on the bike: Removing the freewheel Removing the crankset and bottom bracket Remove the fork to service/replace the headset bearing On a very… Read more →

Deconstructing Wally

Most of Wally's new parts have finally arrived...well, all except one. The shifters are still en route from China, and God knows when it'll arrives. (Canada Post's website says they left China on the 4th of January, but it still hasn't arrived in Canada after 25 days.) Thankfully I don't actually need new parts to get important work done on… Read more →