Work on the Raleigh continues. But I thought I would make a brief comment regarding cotter pins, a subject that comes up frequently. I like to use the best pins I can get. That means either originals (whenever possible) or very finely made new ones.
You can even get them in French specs for your old French road bike.
also will vouch for their cotter press, which I find solid and handy. I
have several Raleighs around, and it's a great tool for extracting or