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198x Raleigh Edge
Hi there. I recently acquired a beat-up, spray-painted Raleigh Edge. The components appear to be original and are mostly as listed here
with the exception of 175mm Sugino crank arms, a weathered saddle, and a lower serial number. The tires are shot, with several unsightly bulges in the sidewalls, and the chain is stretched by about 3/16" per 12". Other than that the bike appears to be in decent working order.
Can anyone offer a general idea as to what I have? I don't know much about cycling in general or in specific, beyond what I've read on Sheldon Brown's masterful site and what I've turned up here and there. Basically, I'd like to know if this bike has any value as a collectible, and whether you think it will be an effective commuter and touring vehicle. That is to say, I don't expect to use it for trials or even off-road, so an additional question is, will putting slicks, fenders and panniers on it be a travesty against MTB ethics? Or, should I get my $30 back out of it and find a decent road-bike?