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    '77 Raleigh Sport build quality question

    I was looking at a 77 Raleigh Sports for my wife that the LBS had sitting out front.

    It was very similar if not identical to this bike:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Raleigh-ladies-c...QQcmdZViewItem

    I rode it and the build quality & workmanship seemed much poorer than my '62 Sports. It rode like a cheap bike.

    Was this my imagination or did the build quality & materials of later day Raleigh Sports' become worse?

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    Not your imagination. The bike boom was one factor. People wanted 10-speeds in the mid-late 70's so who knows who was building 3-speed models then. I'm pretty sure the emphasis had shifter significantly from "quality" to "volume" by then also. I have a 1974 Raleigh Superbe, and even though it is a solid and sturdy bike, the build quality when it comes to the little details is shamefully poor.
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    Certainly a difference in quality in the later 3-speeds.
    Have a look at this 1976 Sports.
    We never see problems like that on the earlier cycles.
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    My '72 Raleigh Ltd.-3 was built by Gazelle. some of the lugwork isn't so pretty.



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