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    I have an old Raleigh Record frame and fork and was wondering whether it would be worth building up. I think it's too large for me(maybe not, I'm used to modern MTB sizing), but I figured it might be a good experience, nonetheless. Just looking for info, experience, anecdotes regarding this frame(I'll try to get pictures later). It's a lugged steel frame with a blue and gray paint scheme. The badge on the headtube is a stylized R and Co. and says, "The Raleigh Nottingham, England" at the bottom. There's a decal/paint on the top front of the seattube that seems to be the type of steel used, but all I can make out is what looks like "2000 steel". The decal is in very poor shape with many bits missing. At the bottom front of the seattube is "Made In England". I haven't found any serial number yet. It's still very dusty and there is quite a bit of surface rust here and there. Any help would be appreciated.
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    Single speed/fix it! They are great old beaters. You will need 27" wheels and long reach brakes. Why do you think it may be too big?
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    You have a nice classic steel frame from the early '70's.
    It is definately worth building up and riding IMO.
    (I am a big fan of Robin Hood Raleighs)

    Enjoy

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    Quote Originally Posted by lala
    Single speed/fix it! They are great old beaters. You will need 27" wheels and long reach brakes. Why do you think it may be too big?

    Hmm, SS never even occurred to me. I've got the old(and I mean OLD) Suntour derailleur that was on it as well so I just figured I'd try to use it, too. I thought it might be too big because the seattube is just insanely long to me coming from MTB'ing. I need to measure it, I guess. I have the seat/post as well. I think the seat's probably toast, but the post looks pretty good. Being old and English, I guess they used 27's instead of 700's? I'll give it a try. Should be a fun project!
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    That decal on the seat tube reads:

    TI-RALEIGH
    LIMITED
    20-30
    HIGH TENSILE
    BALANCED Steel
    Tubing

    The Record was Raleigh's entry level 10-speed. It used simple high tensile steel rather than Reynolds tubing, and they weren't especially light at 30 -32 lbs., but they were stable, nice-riding bikes. Not as noble a pedigree as a Super Course or Professional, but any Raleigh's got a lot more panache than a modern bike.

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    My spouse has a women's Raleigh Record from the 70s. She is sentimenal about it and insists on continuing to ride it. Most of the components were made of steel and it weighed a ton. I've been progressively replacing all the steel stuff (rims, stem, handlebars, cranks, chainwheels). I did a cotterless conversion using a Shimano UN72 and SR cranks. Converted it to quick release hubs. Mavic Module E rims. Chucked the Simplex gear for Suntour. Much lighter now and a nice ride. Now if I can only get her to lose the "Safety levers".

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    eww, I hate 'safety' levers!
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    The Record was the bottom end of Raleigh's road line (not to be confused with the Raleigh Record Ace--RRA--which was a fine racing machine). 100% pure bike boom right there.

    I once owned one until I gave it to my stoner upstairs neighbor who lost it for me.

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    (not to be confused with the Raleigh Record Ace--RRA--which was a fine racing machine)

    At one time, perhaps. By the late '70s the only difference between the Record and Record Ace was the three extra letters on the toptube decal.

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    Retro Raleighs des8cribes a 1973 RRA that came with a 531 frame, Carlton built, Nervex lugs, and otherwise well outfitted.

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    I believe after '73 they weren't offered again until '78, by which time they were as I described. Still a nice bike, but just a Record with a different decal.

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    build it dude

    i just built one up...revived an old bendix coaster brake hub and laced it to a nice chrome van schothorst rim i took off an old bike i had....new chain and bar tape and ready to roll....the old cottered crankset and rigida rim/normandy hub still spin just fine...heavy but sweet for a city ride....up for sale at the shop....if it wasnt too big for me i'd keep it for myself....one of the guys i work with built the same frame into a sweet fixie....

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    Quote Originally Posted by kranz
    My spouse has a women's Raleigh Record from the 70s. She is sentimenal about it and insists on continuing to ride it. Most of the components were made of steel and it weighed a ton. I've been progressively replacing all the steel stuff (rims, stem, handlebars, cranks, chainwheels). I did a cotterless conversion using a Shimano UN72 and SR cranks. Converted it to quick release hubs. Mavic Module E rims. Chucked the Simplex gear for Suntour. Much lighter now and a nice ride. Now if I can only get her to lose the "Safety levers".

    I think the only parts I'm missing are the stem and front der, but all the parts are stupid heavy. That Suntour rear der hefts like a rock instead of a bike part. Think I'll go with a rear der, at least. If the bike fits me, I'd like to be able to ride with the local club a bit, maybe.

    Are safety levers the ones for the brakes that you can grab from the straight section of handlebar?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mswantak
    That decal on the seat tube reads:

    TI-RALEIGH
    LIMITED
    20-30
    HIGH TENSILE
    BALANCED Steel
    Tubing

    The Record was Raleigh's entry level 10-speed. It used simple high tensile steel rather than Reynolds tubing, and they weren't especially light at 30 -32 lbs., but they were stable, nice-riding bikes. Not as noble a pedigree as a Super Course or Professional, but any Raleigh's got a lot more panache than a modern bike.

    Thanks for the information. I really like the aesthetics of the frame. The lugs look really cool and it seems very flexible. I just remembered that there's another decal or label that I could make out "High carbon" (I'm assuming in relation to steel), but I really need to clean it well so that I can find a serial number or something and maybe find out what year it was actually built.

    Thanks again to everyone for your input. It reminds me of why BF.net is so great!
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