I've got a line on a local Raleigh Technium 440. I had put a "WTB" post out on the local Craigslist looking for a late 70's through 90's Raleigh complete, for $75 or less. The owner of this bike replied and provided me with these pics...
He tells me he was going to hold onto it till Spring and sell it for $100, but he's willing to let it go for $75 if I really want it. The standover is 35", so it should be about the perfect size, and everything appears to be in great shape. The color looks a tad powder blue for my tastes, but I'm hoping it's just the lighting. I was also hoping for at least downtube shifters, but I have an RSX group (provider the FDr is the correct clamp size) so I can switch it over to "brifters" which will also get rid of the suicide levers.
So is it worth $75? Anyone care to take a guess at the year? I've already asked him to send me the serial number, so hopefully I have a definite date shortly. Any history, quirks, "where was it in the Raleigh model hierarchy" type comments to share? I'm assuming that given the Technium name and the fairly boring lugs it is one of the aluminum main/steel rear combo frames I've read so much about. Also- is this a Raleigh USA/Washington state at this point, or still the Japanese Reg(?) I've heard bad things about.
Oh, and if it helps, this will become my daily driver. Commute 7 miles into work (85% downhill- ya!! ), 2 miles round-trip to the gym at lunch, and then it'll ride the bus-rack home (85% uphill going home- boo!! ). It'll also ferry me to and from my indoor soccer games and be a grocery getter. Is this a decent bike for a fenders, rack, and panniers, or is the geometry all wrong?