Code name: Thunder #cycling

One for the archive…

I really wanted to own a Rohloff and a nice frame, my Shimano Nexus 7 speed was truly awful and I wanted something reliable that would be fun to ride. I was also contemplating getting an electric kit to help my wife on those apparently big hills.

A friend of mine spotted this on ebay and nicknamed it Thunder:

A Heinzmann equiped Thorn Raven Tour approximately 10 years old.

I went to have a look and a quick test ride and I wanted it, sure the frame and forks (and more) were showing their age, but I could fix it up and upgrade when more funds became available. I wasn’t sure about the drops, the timetrail bars or electric kit, but I knew I had a spare set of handlebars and a front wheel wouldn’t break the bank.

After successfully buying the bike the previous owner was kind enough to drop it around my place, thanks Bruce.

After some minor modifications (flat bars etc) I had a speedy commuting machine that averaged 16 to 17MPH.

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One response to “Code name: Thunder #cycling

  1. That looks an interesting machine! I look forward to reading more about it soon with a nice big photo or two! Good buy! 😀

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