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Old 04-20-12, 08:51 PM   #1
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Raleigh Technium

Saw this on CL tonight and will get over to look at it tomorrow if it's still there.....

http://nmi.craigslist.org/bik/2970148441.html

Ok for the 100.00 given there are no dents, damage and all else is in decent shape??
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This model appears to have an aluminum frame if I'm not mistaken. Looks like a good deal. Hope they still have it.
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A bought a couple of Techniums last year. I believe I sold each of them for $120. The photos in your thread would appear to be a nicer bike than the ones I sold. Although I'm unfamiliar with the model, it looks like a great price for a keeper. As you are probably aware, alumunium is much stiffer than steel, but still is a very nice ride. I like the looks of the bike. Good luck in getting it!

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Bikemanbob, thanx for the comeback and input! Here is the exact model (PRE) in this youtube vid:

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Yeah, $100 is a good price for that Technium. If everything works and it fits you, go for it. Do not stall or someone else will beat you to it! I would consider this a relatively good deal.
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Bikemanbob, thanx for the comeback and input! Here is the exact model (PRE) in this youtube vid:
Your welcome! I'm surprised that I haven't seen any video clips featuring bikes in the Detroit. I guess most flippers here don't want anyone to see the bike that up close.

After seeing the clip, it looks like a nice bike for a keeper. The Raleighs Techniums that I had were nicely constructed and rode well.

Anymore, I've been checking for stuck seatpost and hidden dents. I like to bring an adjustable wrench and Allens to check the seat post. Also, I like to run my hands over the entire frame. My hands have been able to find dents that my eyes could not see.

Good luck!
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This one isnt the bike in the vid but the same model....something that certainly grabs the attention for that price. So I'm sitting here with coffee in hand hoping the seller will flip me an email. We're only 15min apart. Bike action is pretty slow up here right now but I'd not leave this one to any flippers in the area.

There are two other bikes I'm looking at in the same price range so who knows how this day will end.
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Yeah, $100 is a good price for that Technium. If everything works and it fits you, go for it. Do not stall or someone else will beat you to it! I would consider this a relatively good deal.
He shot me an email....we are on for an appointment tomorrow when he comes back from a little trip. I really dont think there has been much activity on it.
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I scored it! Wow, this thing is pristine. The seller was worried because the tires needing airing up. I didnt bother, just told him it was very nice, great price and is going to a good home and will be ridden regularly.

Hey, thanx for the comebacks riders!

I'm going to post pics after I polish the alloy/aluminum parts. What a bike and for 100.00!
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You did well. I purchased a 1988 Technium 440 last summer for $75 and sold it for $175. The bike you picked up is much nicer. The one I sold was in very good condition though.
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Very nice ! I picked up my 420 for $40 with stuck freewheel pawls. Even with Stem shifters,it's one of my favorite bikes.
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Here is an iPhone pic of the '89 Technium PRE for 100clams that is now (either) on the garage bench or under my butt:



I never expected this to take the place of my beloved Trek 460 or be the like-new condition it is. Amazing deal.
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Looks like you got a nice bike at a great price, congrats man!

I couldn't tell from the photos but it looked like the owner used black electrical tape for handlebar tape?

On a rare occasion you run into a great deal like the one you got, but their getting increasingly more difficult to score with deals like that. I've been watching the area CL where I live now for a year and nothing has turned up that wasn't overpriced. But last year I got luck twice, found a 88 Fuji Club and a 85 Schwinn Le Tour Luxe both in new like condition with less then 250 miles on either for $100 each and they both fit. I don't buy to turn a profit, I bought the bikes to put them to use. I have an 07 Mercian I bought new for touring but the darn thing was too nice to want to use it for that purpose so I stumbled upon the Schwinn and now that bike will be the touring bike.
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Looks like you got a nice bike at a great price, congrats man!

I couldn't tell from the photos but it looked like the owner used black electrical tape for handlebar tape?

On a rare occasion you run into a great deal like the one you got, but their getting increasingly more difficult to score with deals like that. I've been watching the area CL where I live now for a year and nothing has turned up that wasn't overpriced. But last year I got luck twice, found a 88 Fuji Club and a 85 Schwinn Le Tour Luxe both in new like condition with less then 250 miles on either for $100 each and they both fit. I don't buy to turn a profit, I bought the bikes to put them to use. I have an 07 Mercian I bought new for touring but the darn thing was too nice to want to use it for that purpose so I stumbled upon the Schwinn and now that bike will be the touring bike.
The bar tape was the more padded cork/gel tape of modern design you would find at a LBS and really was in good shape but not applied to my liking.

The market is moving slow in my area and still many sellers not realizing what they have. This was one of the examples. Then, on the other hand you have those that want to fund their next trip to Europe with some 70s one-piece-cranked Schwinn Varsity. They just dont realize that old doesnt automatically mean classic.
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The bar tape was the more padded cork/gel tape of modern design you would find at a LBS and really was in good shape but not applied to my liking.

The market is moving slow in my area and still many sellers not realizing what they have. This was one of the examples. Then, on the other hand you have those that want to fund their next trip to Europe with some 70s one-piece-cranked Schwinn Varsity. They just dont realize that old doesnt automatically mean classic.
I've told lots of people on this forum and others that these Schwinn Varsity's and Collegiates and Suburbans just to name a few, including quite a few other brands are junk, they were junk when they were new! I remember those bikes quite well, I'm 59 years old, I had friends who had those bikes, they were always breaking, and they weighed 45 pounds, had chrome wheels that didn't stop once they were wet. I tell these people I wouldn't buy one of those if they were selling it for $15 not alone $125 or more. There are people buying these junk piles because their trying to buy back their youth, and others who are just plain stupid about bikes. Those Schwinns were so junky I just want them to remain a distant forgotten memory of my youth.

It's funny reading those CL bike ads, you get people bragging about a 3 speed Schwinn mixte from the 70's "just like the ones raced in the Tour de France"!! or a Schwinn Le Tour from the 70's "top of the line bike, they didn't make then any better them this"!! Then I saw a 79 Motobecane Nomade Sprint in excellent condition (supposedly) for $2800 claiming this was a top of the line French racing bike favored by European pro racers, and that he would sacrifice a lot to get it out of his garage for $1800! There are fools out there though that will buy this crap.
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I've told lots of people on this forum and others that these Schwinn Varsity's and Collegiates and Suburbans just to name a few, including quite a few other brands are junk, they were junk when they were new! I remember those bikes quite well, I'm 59 years old, I had friends who had those bikes, they were always breaking, and they weighed 45 pounds, had chrome wheels that didn't stop once they were wet. I tell these people I wouldn't buy one of those if they were selling it for $15 not alone $125 or more. There are people buying these junk piles because their trying to buy back their youth, and others who are just plain stupid about bikes. Those Schwinns were so junky I just want them to remain a distant forgotten memory of my youth.

It's funny reading those CL bike ads, you get people bragging about a 3 speed Schwinn mixte from the 70's "just like the ones raced in the Tour de France"!! or a Schwinn Le Tour from the 70's "top of the line bike, they didn't make then any better them this"!! Then I saw a 79 Motobecane Nomade Sprint in excellent condition (supposedly) for $2800 claiming this was a top of the line French racing bike favored by European pro racers, and that he would sacrifice a lot to get it out of his garage for $1800! There are fools out there though that will buy this crap.
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I've had a chance to ride this rebuilt Technium for about 60 miles these last two days. I like the bike, it weighs in at just under 24 pounds, seems responsive but not nervous, and to me seems reasonably smooth on our chip-seal country roads, and very smooth on proper asphalt. I'm riding on Panaracer Paselas at 27x1 with about 105 psi. On my other bikes I run at 100 at the rear and 85-90 at the front, I will try this combo on the Technium next time. It does not seem to be a particularly stiff frame, but at my size and weight (6-8, 230) and with the long stem and seat, I can create a fair amount of torque on the 25" frame. I like it. Below; as it is now, and what I started with.


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I've had a chance to ride this rebuilt Technium for about 60 miles these last two days. I like the bike, it weighs in at just under 24 pounds, seems responsive but not nervous, and to me seems reasonably smooth on our chip-seal country roads, and very smooth on proper asphalt. I'm riding on Panaracer Paselas at 27x1 with about 105 psi. On my other bikes I run at 100 at the rear and 85-90 at the front, I will try this combo on the Technium next time. It does not seem to be a particularly stiff frame, but at my size and weight (6-8, 230) and with the long stem and seat, I can create a fair amount of torque on the 25" frame. I like it. Below; as it is now, and what I started with.

That bike looks way too small for you but I guess it's hard to find the right size bike.
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***ZOMBIE THREAD ALERT***

Just wanted to check in for info sake (please move if needed, sorry) and say that after a year and many miles....this PRE rocks! Very responsive, lightweight and quick. Excellent on hillclimbs and my choice for longer rides. I've swapped in the black wheels and brakes from the '85 Trek 460 and swapped freewheels to maintain the index shifting of the Suntour Accushift (flawless and reliable shifting). If you have any question as to performance and reliability, be assured that these are a decent bike.
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