VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Mystery Team? Raleigh posted by: jack on 6/26/2005 at 3:58:55 AM
After a week-long trip to Ventura CA (great beach bikeway but disappointing used bike market)...now back home I stumbled across a Salivation Army parking lot sale today. I hesitated to stop because I never find anything decent anymore and being late in the day figured anything good was long-gone by now. Looking around I found a ratty red and yellow road bike w/Shimano 600 and looking at it closer saw a small Raleigh decal on seat tube...all other decals were gone although their shadows were barely visible. First guy I ask says the bike was just donated and not for sale. I looked at the bike again, missing front wheel, generally rough condition but quite light in weight, integral sloping-crown fork and wrap-'round chainstays...that did it! I decided I wanted it so I asked someone else and he says five dollars. I gave him six (being the generous soul that I am) and made a quick exit with my "find".

Now home taking it apart, found "Reynolds 531 Butted" on the steerer, Campy tips fore and aft, and Made in England decal! Barely readable on top tube is "Raleigh USA". With red and yellow colors, I'm figuring its a Team from 1979 or Team Racing from 1984 (not sure of the difference). Nice part is my 23" size so this will be a fun project to bring her back from obscurity or a date with a chinese blast furnace.
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   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Mystery Team? Raleigh posted by TimW on 6/28/2005 at 9:23:25 PM
Most awesome find Jack. What components are on it? Some "Team" Raleighs were Reynolds 753 (I'd LOVE to find one of those). I guess comparing the serial # to the Retro Raleighs site list is your best way of establishing what year it is. I don't know if the 'wrap-around' stays are an indication of anything.

That may be worth a total restoration, but would certainly make for a great regular rider, esp given that if fits you.
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   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Mystery Team? Raleigh posted by jack on 6/29/2005 at 12:38:37 AM
Tim, bike had Shimano 600 group and I think if it was a 753 it would have a Campy group. It is very light though, bare frame sans fork comparisons on my "fish" scale: Teledyne Titan 3lbs, 70's Paramount (full 531) 5lbs, Mystery Raleigh 4lbs. Would a 753 frame be a pound lighter than same in 531?
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VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Mafac tool set saves the day posted by: Gralyn on 6/26/2005 at 2:15:50 AM
I went on a camping trip in the mountains this weekend - I took a USA Schwinn Traveler with triple crankset for the road.....and a mountain bike for any trail riding. I always carry a tool pouch with me when I go riding. I put my wallet and various things in it...tools....and one of those old Mafac tool kits - really retro. Well, driving back home today.....I'm cruising down the interstate....when my radio goes dead. I assume it's the station....so I tune to another station.....but nothing!....then I notice my instruments aren't working.....the AC fan isn't working....nothing is working. I cruise on down the highway.....after about 10 more miles - it just dies. I was in heavy traffic...in the fast lane....and had to get it over to the slow lane....then luckily - I was right at an exit ramp. I coasted up the ramp then pulled over. I was able to locate the problem: The main wire coming from the alternator - the connector had broken off - leaving the wire disconnected. I had no tools......but then I just happened to remember my Mafac tool kit. I got it out - found a 10 mm. Disconnected the battery......then disconnected the broken connector at the alternator (it was 10 mm also). Then connected the wire - tightened it down...then re-connected the battery. The battery didn't have enough juice left to turn the engine - so I just rolled it backwards down the ramp and popped the clutch in reverse - it started right up. I cruised on home - thanks to my Mafac tool kit!
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   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Mafac tool set saves the day posted by Warren on 6/27/2005 at 3:15:43 PM
It's why everyone should drive a stick!

Give me 5 speeds or give me death...(some famous dead guy)
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   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Mafac tool set saves the day posted by Ron on 6/29/2005 at 11:00:54 AM
I've got one of those Mafac kits that I always carry in my bike bag. I usually have a few tools in the car so I've never had to use the Mafac for that, but it has sure saved me several times on the bike. When I first got it, I was stationed on a ship, so the Mafac was my only tool set.
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WANTED:   700 C rims , Reasonably priced source posted by: Robert on 6/23/2005 at 12:25:51 PM
My son wants me to build him a single speed. But instead of 27" wheels , that I have an abundance of, he wants to run 700. Been checking the yard salesand thrift stores, but zero luck there.

Where is good a good source for reasonably priced ones?

Anyone have some very good used ones they would part with?

Thanks
Robert
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   RE:WANTED:   700 C rims , Reasonably priced source posted by Kurt K. on 6/25/2005 at 1:12:10 PM
Keep a look out at the local garage sales or try Craigslist.org for your area. I bought a beautiful Raleigh USA Competition with 700Cs for $40 via Craigslist.

I also found a 700C German roadbike for sale at a garage sale for $20 once. I was a fool to pass it - it had Weinmann aero brakes, but FULL Campy drivetrain. Arrugh.

-Kurt
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   RE:RE:WANTED: 700 C rims , Reasonably priced source posted by marc on 6/25/2005 at 9:22:51 PM
I'm sure I'm not the only who is curious, but why did you pass on that campy bike? I'm guessing the frame was not the right size or not in good condition.
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   RE:RE:RE:WANTED: 700 C rims , Reasonably priced source posted by Kurt K. on 6/26/2005 at 1:19:30 PM
25" frame and plain old 10-20 steel tubing were the biggest turnaways - didn't have any spare frame at the time to use the parts on either. Had a nice frame pump on it though, and chrome forks.

Tubing quality was the main reason I was suspicious of the rest. The $20 price didn't jive with me either - and they wouldn't take $15.

I keep forgetting the manufacturer's name on the frame - 'G. Bechstine' keeps coming to mind, but that's a German piano manufacturer. Go figure.

-Kurt...wondering why he gave a junkman $5 for a house-painted Schwinn Varsity, and walked away from a $20 Campy-equipped roadbike...
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   RE:RE:RE:RE:WANTED: 700 C rims , Reasonably priced source posted by Joel on 6/28/2005 at 2:51:45 PM
I have these new rims for sale, $5 each if anyone needs them:
MTB:
7 Mavic 217 Sup 559X17 MTB 40H (Alum finish)

1 Avenir Duro17 6061 T6 32H (made by Sun) (dark Grey)

1 Mavic 238 559X17 32H (alum)


Road Bike:

6 Sun DW6000 700c 32H (touring)(dk Grey)

1 Mavic XP10 622X14 32H STREAMLINE/Conical (alum)


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WANTED:   700 C rims , Reasonably priced source posted by: Robert on 6/23/2005 at 12:25:51 PM
My son wants me to build him a single speed. But instead of 27" wheels , that I have an abundance of, he wants to run 700. Been checking the yard salesand thrift stores, but zero luck there.

Where is good a good source for reasonably priced ones?

Anyone have some very good used ones they would part with?

Thanks
Robert
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VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Raleigh Grand Prix Update posted by: Gralyn on 6/22/2005 at 11:53:19 AM
I finally got the last of 3 Raleigh Grand Prix's back together. The red one was the last - and I got it finished up. Everything is original except the rear cogs (I'm still re-building the originals - so I just put a SunTour on it for now). The white one is also all original. The blue one I built up with mostly Japanese alloy components - including wheels. Picking up the blue one - it's remarkably light compared with the others.....and the ride! There is no comparison....it rides so much better. Honestly, the other ones ride terribly. I was so amazed at how much difference in weight and ride - with the different components. The bikes all look great. I have pictures of them, too. I will probably try to sell them - as I have so many bikes - and for the most part - I don't think I would be riding them much anyway.
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   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Raleigh Grand Prix Update posted by Bryant on 6/23/2005 at 10:46:23 AM
I just gave a friend a 1974 White Raleigh Grand Prix that I fixed up. Replaced the derailleurs with Suntour and put alloy wheels on it. He had just bought what he thought was an "English racer". Turned out it was a Rallye made in Korea and really low end. He rode the Raleigh and commented on how nice it rode. I couldn't let him ride the other bike, not while I live in the same neighborhood.
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   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Raleigh Grand Prix Update posted by Gralyn on 6/23/2005 at 1:59:37 PM
Yes, my blue GP - wiht all the alloy components and wheels - really rides great.
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