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    72 Super Course restoration/ rebuild

    I'm new here, but figured I'd post what I've been working on. I was given this 72 Super Course -- It was kind of rough. It was repainted Green over the original Coffee brown color, so I stripped the frame to bare metal and repainted metallic blue. I added the white panels as I liked the look of the 74's (I think that's when those were added). I'm waiting on some decals and then I'll clear coat with 2K Urethane. Still acquiring parts to finish the build. I'm wondering if I should treat the inside of the frame with something to help keep rust in check.

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    Cool, can't wait to see the rest of the build.

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    Were the chain stays and fork fully chromed before the painting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dweenk View Post
    Were the chain stays and fork fully chromed before the painting?
    No, they were half-chromed.

    I have one, but I call it a 1971. They changed from Huret derailleurs to Simplex around that time, so I figure that if it came with Hurets (as mine did) it's more likely to be a 1971, and if it came with Simplex, it's more likely to be a 1972, though there are no guarantees.

    I found mine in the trash in 2009 or so. I had recently given up on my Peugeot UO-8, so I transferred most of the components from it to the Super Course. I expected the ride to be similar. It was not. The Super Course blows the UO-8 away.

    I like what you've done so far. How do you plan to equip it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by noglider View Post
    No, they were half-chromed.

    I have one, but I call it a 1971. They changed from Huret derailleurs to Simplex around that time, so I figure that if it came with Hurets (as mine did) it's more likely to be a 1971, and if it came with Simplex, it's more likely to be a 1972, though there are no guarantees.

    I found mine in the trash in 2009 or so. I had recently given up on my Peugeot UO-8, so I transferred most of the components from it to the Super Course. I expected the ride to be similar. It was not. The Super Course blows the UO-8 away.

    I like what you've done so far. How do you plan to equip it?

    Mine has Huret derailleurs too. It has a 6 digit serial number on the left dropout, so I guessed 72 from info on the Raleigh Serial Number Site.

    So far, I have Suntour Seven derailleurs and shifters and a Raleigh-branded SR Royal 52/45 crank set and BB. SR Road Champion bars and stem, and the original Weinmann 750 CP brakes/ Weinmann Red Dot levers. Restored the Normandy hubs and will lace those to new rims. I was thinking about the Sun M13II or CR18 in 700C X 36 PV.

    Any opinions on a rim for this bike? I'd like to run at least 700C x 25 tires.

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    aka Tom Reingold noglider's Avatar
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    The Raleigh serial number site is not all that reliable. It's just a guideline, not precise, though saying so might insult the author.

    Your plan sounds good. I don't have experience with the M13II, though I've read good things about it. The CR18's are excellent if slightly heavy. I have used them.

    I have 27" wheels on my Super Course. I have a 28mm tire in front and 32mm in the rear. I think the bike can take 35mm or wider tires, and I recommend 28 or 32mm tires. Either of those rims will accommodate the tires you want.

    Be sure to check in at our Super Course thread. There is a lot of enthusiasm for this model. It was sold in high volume because it was mid-to-low-priced, depending on your point of view. Original components weren't very good, but the ride is a lot nicer than you'd expect, so upgrades are worthwhile. When I eventually get my 1974 Raleigh International built up, I'm curious to compare the rides of the two. They should be similar, though the International is likely to be lighter. The Super Course is surprisingly capable at climbing.

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    Welcome to the Bike Forums...and great looking frame! Typically, I like the original paint, but you had no choice on that one...and I like the color with the white panels...sharp looking! Your build also sounds solid...

    I have a 1980 Super Course...and it is quite a good ride! Mine is largely original and still I love it...my son also loves it, when he comes down to visit, he PURPOSEFULLY leaves his bikes at home so he can ride my Super Course...he has actually admitted that to me...I think he wants to take it home with him...amazingly, his rack is always with him! :-)

    As for the frame...since you have it torn all the way down...find a can of Frame Saver (I think most shops would have it...or order it online, of course)...and spray the inside...I have heard mixed reviews of it, but I do it for one simple reason...it cannot hurt! It is supposed to inhibit rust from inside...
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    Pretty cool; when life hands you a frame with a messed up paint job; repaint it! Looks like you've done some good work so far.

    Once you get the the decals and clear coat on, you can make the frame really glow by rubbing it out with some rubbing compound, glaze, then wax. Take your time.
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    Thanks for the welcomes and the feedback everyone. It sounds like I'm on the right track so far. I'll get some Frame Saver and spray that in the frame. I'll post some more pictures as things progress.

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    The Super Course is a grossly under-rated frame. I have never owned one, but I suspect my 1959 Capo, which also has straight-gauge 531, is similar in ride quality.
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    The Super Course is a grossly under-rated frame. I have never owned one, but I suspect my 1959 Capo, which also has straight-gauge 531 and a sports-touring geometry, is similar in ride quality.
    "Early to bed, early to rise. Work like hell, and advertise." -- George Stahlman
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