this is my first post on these forums and I don't really have a whole lot to say, but I had a few questions.
2012-04-22 13.08.15 by thebrainofdane, on Flickr
I just bought a bike over the weekend at a garage sale for what I thought was cheap (25.00 USD), and it looked to be in good shape. It is a Raleigh Grand Prix from the '70s (I think). Some googling brought up a 1977 catalog that matches this bike pretty well for decals. Can anyone tell me where I can find a serial number or marking to tell me more about it?
I plan to make it a project bike that I can fix up and use on my daily commute to the train station (about a 2 mile ride on pavement). If anyone could point me to a beginner's guide to bike restoration, I would greatly appreciate it. I'm a fairly hands-on person, so I'm excited about making this thing ride-worthy.
As it is, there is no noticeable rust on the frame, spokes, etc. The cables have taken on a dull brown color, which makes me nervous to ride it at speed for fear of losing braking. My father-in-law is sending me a couple of seats to try out, so I don't need to go out and buy a new one just yet.
I'm looking forward to riding this thing. Any help or tips would be appreciated!