Classic & Vintage - Raleigh 'Classic' Touring Bike 1983/4
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Around 1983/4 - I bought a Raleigh Classic touring bike - with a 23" 531c frame.
It was in competition with the Dawes Galaxy at the time. I can't remember exactly what I paid for it but I'm sure it was >£300 a lot of cash then. It's been stored in my garage for 'quite some time and last year I manaed to get it back on the road. I struggled to get bits for the brakes and gears etc.
I have searched on the internet for any information on it (none) and on the 'handbuilt workshop Raleigh had at the time at Ilkeston in Derbyshire (very little).
Does any one know how anything on their history or how long they were in production for?
From what I can tell not very long.
Iori Jones - North Wales
You are quite correct, "Raleigh Classic 15 Tourer" it was about £350. Seems odd but everyone was amazed by the three front cranks. I have had one in constant use since. If you are sufficiently interested I have a copy of Cycling Plus from September 1984 with a two page advert for the bike which I could scan and email you. Somewhere is the "signature of the man who build it". It was the top of their range and positioned to compete with the Galexy. Sadly as a result of 21 years constant use there are relativly few original componants in mine and as you say it is hard to find spares that fit. Each time I go to the bike shop it becomes more confrontational! It has just this month gone into semi retirement, I have a beautiful new Specialized Elite. By conincidence, (I only noticed after the purchase) the key remaining componant, the brooks B17 saddle, has developed a tear. I was shocked, its only 21 years old! I have replaced it with a new B17, but I am afraid it is only for taking to the station today.
If you are interested in a scan of the original advert, or have any of the original parts you are ready to get rid of I would be interested. I am sorry to inform you that the Guarantee for the Frame expired this year (it was a 21 year guarantee). Its finest hour was the famous Swiss Cottage to S****horpe cycle marathon. Only ever done once by three brave and young members of Hampstead and Highgate Labour Party this 180 mile non stop trek took all day. Only made possible by Mars Bars, Lucozade and a Brooks B17 leather saddle. God, how did I get so old!
Here is to the next 21 years, I suspect the Classic will still be running, long after the Specialized Elite has turned to Carbon and Aluminium dust.
PS It was not me that put the asterisks in the middle of the name of the fine town scu_un_thorpe. The good folks of that fine town would be rightly offended by this overzealous PC.
(thats my initials, perhaps they will offend the boards censor as well).
Sometimes the "autocensor" gets a little overzealous. . .
I take it the the town doesn't have 2 "u"s in the name?
07-27-08, 05:32 PM
I have a Raleigh "Classic and would be interested in receivingthe original advert you mention. Could you email it to me please. I would be most grateful. thanks Norman.
07-27-08, 05:34 PM
this thread is from almost 3 years ago. I'd say the ship has left already.
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