Red Lantern Farm
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Southern Wisconsin
Bikes: '68 Raleigh Grand Prix early 80's Raleigh Super Record
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Raleigh Super Record
I realize that this is an old thread. However, I recently picked up a Super Record frame made sometime in the early 80's. It is a silver/gray bike, and the sticker on the seat tube says it is made with 23-30 high tensile steel and has "12 Speed" decals on the lower chain stays. It also originally had down tube shifters. I am curious as to it's actual age, but more than that, am looking for info that might help me as I try to build it up with more modern components. I already have a 700c/7 speed rear wheel and will be getting a front to match (Shimano hub & Mavic rim). Has anyone tried putting the 700c wheels on one of these, and what length brakes did you have to use? When I measure from the rear brake mounting hole to the middle of the rim, I get a measurement of 68mm. The modern long reach brakes that I am finding only go to 57mm. Does anyone have any suggestions of make and model brakes that would work? Also, has anyone ever tried to take an older set of clamp on down tube shifters and convert them by installing Shimano SIS units?
I realized from the start that taking on an old to new rebuild would have a few challenges, but isn't that part of the fun of doing them?
I already have a '68 Grand Prix that was done as a retro rebuild, and it is a very nice riding bike. Hopefully this new project will come out at least as nice.