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    1970-something raleigh sports 3-speed, value?

    hello, i'm new to this site as well as to posting re: bikes in general.

    i'm finally moving up from my old fair lady (girls' sting ray) banana single-speed coaster
    and i'm going to check out this raleigh sports 3-speed tomorrow.
    it seems to be a bit over-priced to me, any input on projected value would be immensely appreciated-
    cos i'd like to haggle down a bit, and not insult the seller.

    here's the craigslist link:

    http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/bik/1978107423.html

    i've figured if she's outfitted the bike with new tires (just says they're "in great shape")
    the paint's mint, and the pedals & cables aren't gnarly...

    how much do you think i should pay for it?

    thanks in advance
    d

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    Price has a lot to do with the market in your area. $150- $175 is not out of line in my area., if the bike is in excellent condition.

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    Dayna,

    Prices on well kept Sports seem to vary greatly based on geographic location. Here in the St Louis area a Sports in very good condition would sell for approximately $100; I bought a matched set of well maintained Sports for $125 two years ago.

    Bikes on the East and West coast are often selling for over $200, based on what I've seen on Craigslist. The asking price of $175 does not seem out of line.

    The following sites should help you gain some knowledge on the Raleigh Sports:

    http://www.jaysmarine.com/bikecollection.html

    http://sheldonbrown.com/retroraleighs/sports.html

    I also sent you an e-mail with some additional advice.

    Good luck tomorrow,

    Gary
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    1968 Robin Hood 3 speed...1970's Raleigh Sports Pathracer
    1972 Raleigh Sports............1973 Raleigh Sports
    1974 Raleigh Grand Prix......1974 Raleigh Grand Prix (made in Holland)
    1969 Peugeot UO-18...........1971 Peugeot UO-8
    1980's Giant Project.............2007 Trek 3700 mountain bike
    1971 German 3 speed.........1977 Motobecane Super Mirage Mixte
    1970 Raleigh Twenty...........1972 Raleigh Sports (donor bike)
    1954 Humber Sports (my newest project)

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    Looks like a nice one. In my area (Boston, MA) that's actually right about in the middle of the average prices I see these go for on craigslist. Read those links that gbalke provided, make sure it's what you want, then see if you can get it for a little lower than the asking price.

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    update: wow, now it's mine & it isn't even a Sports...

    hey all, thank you for the responses.
    so i ended up getting the bike- after surmising that it must be a '69
    (on the SA rear hub) & that although it has some small dents in the fender & such,
    it was in pretty great shape. the rims sparkle and i couldn't believe they're around 40 years old. outfitted with new tubes/tires, seemingly updated brake-pads,
    everything else seems original.

    it turns out that this bike isn't a Sports but rather a Colt, which seems to be
    more like the Sports' younger sibling. now i'm having trouble aging it because
    while the hub says '69, (according to the catalog) the 1969 Raleigh 3-speed Colt
    had a two-tone seat & a font on the down-tube that looks different as well.

    my bike's saddle is a Brooks (as the ad claimed), but it's solid black leather
    w/ neither those sidelong rivets, nor the large visible springs at the rear.
    i suppose it's possible someone replaced the seat with the one it currently has. ultimately this bike looks more like the 1970's Colt & i'm wondering-
    is it possible that Raleigh used a '69 hub on a '70 bike?

    any thoughts?

    i will post photos when i can.

    thanks, dayna

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    Yes, Raleigh is very well known for using what they had on hand at the time. Using a hub that is one year older than the frame is pretty normal, in fact I believe that is the case with my own Raleigh 3 speed. It sounds like the Brooks on your bike is one of the better models. My Raleigh came with a Brooks B72, it has a wide top and two small loops underneath. Does yours look similar to this:


    Here you can see the two spring loops:
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    |......GO.BROWNS........| ||'|";, ___.
    |_..._..._______===|=||_|__|..., ] -
    "(@)'(@)"""''"**|(@)(@)*****''(@)

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