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    Finally bought a bike!

    I'm not posting this on the "catch of the day" section as those are usually Paramounts somebody bought for $2 at some estate sale. I know...they lie.

    Mine is a Raleigh Elite 27, lady's model. It sure looked clean on the ebay pic. I bought for $51. My idea was to start tinkering with bikes and maybe this is the one I'll tinker with, even if just a little. Wonder if the RD that you are all down on needs replacing? I'm still wanting to work on a mid 70's Japanese bike but this will have to do for now.

    I'll be looking for advice as I have never even replaced a flat tire and I'm new to cycling. Never been mechanichally inclined either, other than I'm 56 years old and a lot of stuff just kinda soaks into your brain over the years.

    Here's it is:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...8389&rd=1&rd=1
    Last edited by mirkee; 12-26-06 at 11:02 PM.

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    That Paramount story sounds familiar......

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    Mirkee,
    Nice score and for a decent price. I get the occasional deal on ebay but the S&H kills me. Last bike was $46 but the S&H was $55 I watched a similar vintage NOS yellow Raleigh 3sp go for close to $300 last week The yellow color has always intrigued me and eventually I may find one in my size

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    Quote Originally Posted by wahoonc
    Mirkee,
    Nice score and for a decent price. I get the occasional deal on ebay but the S&H kills me. Last bike was $46 but the S&H was $55 I watched a similar vintage NOS yellow Raleigh 3sp go for close to $300 last week The yellow color has always intrigued me and eventually I may find one in my size

    Aaron
    Well, the decent price part means so much to me since I'm a complete dummy. I'll pick it up tomorrow and try to post some pics then. Maybe I can come up with a maintenance or upgrade strategy once I look at it up-close. I'm on the hunt for a repair stand now. I'll stop by Performance bikes on the way to pick up the bike and see what they have.

    I want to thank all of you knowledgeable souls for all you post on this forum. It's so informative and really appreciated. Keep up the good work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mirkee
    Well, the decent price part means so much to me since I'm a complete dummy. I'll pick it up tomorrow and try to post some pics then. Maybe I can come up with a maintenance or upgrade strategy once I look at it up-close. I'm on the hunt for a repair stand now. I'll stop by Performance bikes on the way to pick up the bike and see what they have.

    I want to thank all of you knowledgeable souls for all you post on this forum. It's so informative and really appreciated. Keep up the good work.
    That's a nice looking bike! In case you haven't already seen it, here's Sheldon Brown's page on the Raleigh Sprite: http://sheldonbrown.com/retroraleighs/sprite.html

    I consider myself mechanically inept, but find wrenching on bikes relatively simple. Adjustments of BBs and some wheel hubs are a pain, and wheel truing/dishing can be trying, but I've even been successful with those tasks. So have faith! A repair stand will likely make things more convenient, but I've worked without one. I usually flip the bike, using blocks on the handlebars to protect brakes, stem, etc. and put a towel on the floor to prevent scratching. But you'll need lots of tools (can't complain about that!).

    As far as the Huret derailleur, see how it works for you. If you find it troublesome, it's an easy thing to replace.

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    I just noticed that what they advertise as a "10 speed" actually looks like a 5 speed on the picture and Sheldon't site says that the ladie's model was only 5 speed. That's all the better for me. I'm hoping my wife gets on it and she'll like having one less lever to worry about. The ideal for her would be replacing the RD with an internal multi-speed but I'll save that for another day.

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    mirkee,
    It is a 5speed (maybe whine about deceptive advertising and see if they will give $10 off ) I love my internal hubs. I am saving my $$ and pennies for a Thorn Raven with the Rolhoff hub...might get it for my 50th birthday

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    Quote Originally Posted by mirkee
    I just noticed that what they advertise as a "10 speed" actually looks like a 5 speed on the picture and Sheldon't site says that the ladie's model was only 5 speed. That's all the better for me. I'm hoping my wife gets on it and she'll like having one less lever to worry about. The ideal for her would be replacing the RD with an internal multi-speed but I'll save that for another day.
    I just put a nexus 8 speed internal hub in a 1974 Raliegh Super Course Mixte for my wife. She loves it and the internal hub works great. It is not as hard as it seems at first. It was great way to get my wife back on a bike and riding with me. Good luck!

    P.S. you should post it in catch of the day it is a beatiful bike. BTW the Paramount was free not $2.

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    That is a beauty! I really am looking forward to the day I find a gentlemen's frame Raleigh, I've acquired a Triumph and a beautiful Humber of late but they are both part of my daughter's fleet being ladies frames.

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    That's a clean bike. Looks like it needs nothing except a rider.

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