| I have the option to purchase a Raleigh Super Lenton - one of the 20-30 models, not the fabled 531 machine. |
From the photos, it appears to have the post-Tube Industries lug pattern on it, so I assume it's a '60s model.
Anyone have info on this model? This example is medium blue metallic with white darts at the headtube at both top and down tube, with stainless fenders. B.72 saddle, Northroad steel bars. Basically a Sports with a fancy paint job. "Super Lenton" is spelled out on the top tube, Raleigh on the down tube with some nice pinstriping.
Any info would be appriciated.
| Forget it, the dummy selling it backed out, even after he dug himself pretty much into the soup of sale.|
| Kurt, only chase the 531 machines from now on. They are more worth it.|
| Bahhh, I don't have $350+ to throw away on a bicycle. This thing was $25 + shipping, complete and in pretty decent shape.|
Did I mention a '53 Sports Light Roadster frameset and fenders would have been in the bargain too? It was Rudge Maroon...$25.
...I'm sick of Schwinn people.
| Hi, Kurt,|
Raleigh Lentons from the 50s were pretty fancy, with alloy bits and 531 tubing, as you know. The ones from the 60s were 20-30, steel, and a bit cheaper, but they were still pretty nice, and some had lightweight components as well. I have a '63 Lenton which almost sold on ebay last month, but the buyer backed out at the last minute. It's a nice, clean bike with decent paint, nice chrome and decals, original Wrights saddle, AW hub with Cyclo 2-speed cluster and a Huret derailleur, and new 26 X 1-1/4 tires. I was trying to get $300 for it, but I think that is just not realistic. So the real price is $160 plus shipping. I'm in Massachusetts. Let me know if I can tenpt you with it, or maybe with my 1940 Stoddard Gazelle Sports, another all-steel low-end club machine, which I would sell for $175 plus shipping.
| Thank you Geoff, I will pass.|
I'm not looking for, nor do I want anything at this time, for the record.
| As some one who broke his thumb 30 years ago on a trigger shifter I've always preferred gripshift for SA gears but I've only ever had one bike with this type of shifter, a Marlborough Gents, good quality handbuilt in the UK and alas no more. All my SA bikes now have triggers from elderly brass handlebar mounts to more modern styles but no top tube mounted manhood defying models.|
As for SRAM gripshifters for derailieur gears; fine unless you actually pull hard on the bars (as in when 'honking'). If you do this you can end up stalling or kissing the crossbar because the shifter has decided you are going up or down the range. If its a dancing chain bicycle then use thumb shifters, they're much better.
Matthew - on the move.
| I built up a bike that was copying a Raleigh Chopper from a Raleigh Denim girls bike. I had Mk2 Chopper bars and seat on it, with alloy wheels,cranks and brakes. It had a shimano 3 speed and twistgrip. I was honking up a hill and the Lyotard 460 pedal spindle broke. I lunged forward and my hand shut the twist grip. Skinning the back of my hand on the back of the brake lever. I hurt my toes kicking the road. It was only a mile walk home though.|
I have twist grips on some of my bikes. My black BMX has a shortened SA twistgtip, so its like grip shift. Its safer and the grip can be longer.
| I'm the original owner of this bike. Thanks to Santa Claus in 1968 and my parents for keeping it around all these years. All original parts except tires. There are some rust spots on the fenders and chain guard. The size is a bit small for me now that I'm all grown up but I have so many happy memories. Not sure I want to sell but I don't have a daughter to pass it along to. Can anyone tell me about value or collectibility? Thank you!|
| I take it this is a women's frame model. Lots of these are around of the same vintage. Though they're generally in better shape than the men's frame models, the bicycle pack rats (aka "collectors") are mostly men and prefer the latter. Given the cost of gas, I'd get it in running order and use it for most of my errands if I were you. If you're not going to ride it, try selling it on craigslist.com for $50 or so. Someone wants it for transportation.|
| This is a special mudguard. Raleigh Blumels yellow, cream Raleigh Record Ace R.R.A. 1948- 1954 MUDGUARDS Anybody need a front? e- bay item# 723790761|
I know that these break. However when these break it's appropriate to unfurl the Union Jack and play the bagpipes awaking neighbors at 1 am. Please buy them before I do.
Serriously, anybody need a spare front for their bike?
| WHAT DO THE FELLOWS DO WHEN THESE DO BREAK? GLUE THEM?|
THESE ARE RARE AND SOUGHT AFTER AND GET SILLY PRICES WHEN A NEW, UNBROKEN SET IS OFFERED. OK, BACK IN THE DAY YOU COULD RUN DOWN THE CURRY'S AND BUY A NEW SET.
| SOLD. I HAVE A ALLOY SET THAT WILL ALSO GO FAST. WILL BE LISTED TONIGHT. THROWBACKBIKES|
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1979 Rudge DL-1 (Rudge Maroon)
1970 Raleigh Twenty (Coffee)
1980 Raleigh Sports (Silver)
1971 Raleigh Sports (Sunset Yellow/All-Gold)
1973 Raleigh Sports (Sunset Yellow/All-Gold)
1974 Raleigh Sports (Coffee)
1973 Raleigh Sports (Refinished in "Forest Green")
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