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    Old Raleigh

    This bike showed up at my local Salvation Army store today and I couldn't pass it up. It's a Raleigh Lenton Grand Prix. Been sitting around for years somewhere but all parts function and should clean up real well. Decals are excellent.

    These pics I found seem to be exactly the same, even the color is identical. I especially liked the "suicide shifter" for the front derailleur, shown on the second page .

    http://www.rydjor.com/bikecollection/1955ral.htm

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    why is it that the only things that show up at
    goodwill/salvation army around my neck of the
    woods are gas pipe huffys and old Sears
    Ted Williams models (and not even the ones
    with campy triomphe).
    Great find Louis, post pics when you get it
    cleaned up.

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    wow, thats quite a find!
    Planning on keeping it?
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    Yup I know the feeling Marty, I wish I had a dime for all the dry runs I've made. I think I was overdue to find something interesting. This particular store props all their bikes against the front wall/window (it was an old grocery store), it's kind of like a drive- thru to check for any thing new. This is the first time I've stopped the car there this year.

    stumpjumper: I'm going to replace all the balls in the hubs, hs, bb, repack and clean up, adjust, etc. Then I want to ride it some, however it is not really my frame size, I ride a 21 inch frame and this is about 22 1/2 inches. I can just barely stand over the top tube. When it is all spanky looking I might see what it is worth. Dunno for sure yet.

    Louis

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    I saw somebody selling one of those old 'suicide lever' derailleurs on eBay last year-and he got over $200, just for the derailleur setup!
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    "This bike showed up at my local Salvation Army store today and I couldn't pass it up."

    You'd be kicking yourself if you had, that's for sure. You've found the needle in the haystack there, amigo. 10 speeds, even top line ones, became fairly common in the US during and after the 1970s and they pop up in thrift shops. However, a derailleur bike would have been a rare bird indeed on US roads in the 1950s and for one to make it this long and then go to a thrift shop? I'll find my Masi or Cinelli at Goodwill before another of those Raleighs show up.

    Clean it up and hang it on a wall. If you do sell you'll be happy with your return. It won't set your retirement mind but put it on eBay or something with wide coverage and it'll make you . Personally, I'd keep it even if it doesn't quite fit. The money will be spent on something else sooner or later and then it and the bike will be gone .

    Congradulations.
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    Update: I'm a world class procrastinator, so far I've proofide-ed the B-15.
    It was sooo dry it tried to suck the proofide right out of the can as soon as I popped the lid.

    Also got the front wheel cleaned up. The Dunlop rim shines like new, and the hub was still packed with good grease, (somebody took good care of this bike) rim is perfectly true.
    Ran out of bearing balls, will have to order some.

    Glad to hear those old front shifter/derailleur assemblies are so well in demand, Alex.

    Walter, you have given me something to ponder, you make some good points. It would be neat to keep this old baby around.

    Thanks all.

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    How's the restoration going? Yours is one of the neater vintage bikes to pop up here.
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    Hi Walter, thanks for asking. I've been pretty slack on this project lately, as I'm still waiting for that catalouge to arrive so I can order a new supply of bearing balls (as mentioned on another thread).

    Also I've been riding a lot and trying to keep up the #$&$@ grass cutting around here. And, uh...oh, the uh...dog ate my homework.

    I mounted the B-15 on one of my other bikes and it is great.

    But I haven't forgotten about it. Thanks for your kind words.

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    I found a mint-condition, 1956 Conn 88H .547-bore trombone still in the original case in the closet of a bed and breakfast I was staying in in Oberlin, Ohio, and when I asked about it, the owner gave it to me...

    ...oops! Wrong forum. Sorry.

    Seriously, sounds like a great find. Show us a photo.

    Condor

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    I wondered where I left that old trombone!

    I don't have a digital camera, so for now the link I posted at the top of this thread will have to do. That bike in the picture is exactly like mine.

    A buddy of mine says he will take pics for me when I finally get this project finished. Then maybe I can get some pics posted.

    Oh, by the way, welcome to the forums Roubaix.

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