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Old 05-04-08, 12:21 AM   #1
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My Raleigh Pursuit

I picked up a Raleigh Pursuit last weekend at a garage sale for 5 dollars. I don't have photos of it yet, but here's what it features:

27 inch wheels.

double chainring

downtube shifters

additional brake levers that operate from the hoods

steel frame

quick released on the wheels, with an additional 'catch' to release the front wheel.

tan/brown color scheme. There's a logo on the saddle that says "canyon cycles", possibly the shop that sold it.

The bike appears to be in good shape, aside from dirt, dust, and a gunked up drivetrain. Living where I do I'd regret not having a triple, and if I make it road worthy I'd get standard shifters instead of the downtube ones. Is this worth 'pursuing', or not?
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First, Welcome to the C&V!

We will of course, need to see pictures when you have a chance, but the quick release wheels, and the Down-tube shifters are indicative of at least a decent entry level Road bike. With the 27" wheels, it's probably a early to mid 80's machine. So it's free of any non-standard threading a Nottingham built frame would have.

http://retroraleighs.com/catalogs/1985/pages/3.html

http://retroraleighs.com/catalogs/19...gh-record.html
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Well, I just flipped my red Pursuit on CL for $180.00. Not bad for a bike I picked up an a yard sale for $20 and thew a few bucks worth of cables on. I listed it at $150 and wound up with a tiny bid war.

The kid that bought it was so tickled to finally have a road bike.
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I picked up a Raleigh Pursuit last weekend at a garage sale for 5 dollars. I don't have photos of it yet, but here's what it features:

27 inch wheels.

double chainring

downtube shifters

additional brake levers that operate from the hoods

steel frame

quick released on the wheels, with an additional 'catch' to release the front wheel.

tan/brown color scheme. There's a logo on the saddle that says "canyon cycles", possibly the shop that sold it.

The bike appears to be in good shape, aside from dirt, dust, and a gunked up drivetrain. Living where I do I'd regret not having a triple, and if I make it road worthy I'd get standard shifters instead of the downtube ones. Is this worth 'pursuing', or not?
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Old 05-04-08, 07:43 AM   #4
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First, Welcome to the C&V!

We will of course, need to see pictures when you have a chance, but the quick release wheels, and the Down-tube shifters are indicative of at least a decent entry level Road bike. With the 27" wheels, it's probably a early to mid 80's machine. So it's free of any non-standard threading a Nottingham built frame would have.

http://retroraleighs.com/catalogs/1985/pages/3.html

http://retroraleighs.com/catalogs/19...gh-record.html
Thanks. I've attached a photo of the same model bike from a Craigslist ad. My bike does NOT have the rack or the modern brake/shifting levers, but it has the same paint job.

Additional identification details: the frame is labeled 502 Chromo-moly, and there's an "official supplier USA Cycling" stamp on the downtube.

BTW, this thing was so unused it still has original tires, and they are practically unworn!
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Well, I just flipped my red Pursuit on CL for $180.00. Not bad for a bike I picked up an a yard sale for $20 and thew a few bucks worth of cables on. I listed it at $150 and wound up with a tiny bid war.

The kid that bought it was so tickled to finally have a road bike.
How much to upgrade the shifting to a modern 'brifter' set? I suppose that means replacing the handlebars?

I can image about 200 bucks to replace the drivetrain with a triple. Is that accurate?
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Old 05-04-08, 08:22 AM   #6
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First, Welcome to the C&V!

We will of course, need to see pictures when you have a chance, but the quick release wheels, and the Down-tube shifters are indicative of at least a decent entry level Road bike. With the 27" wheels, it's probably a early to mid 80's machine. So it's free of any non-standard threading a Nottingham built frame would have.

http://retroraleighs.com/catalogs/1985/pages/3.html

http://retroraleighs.com/catalogs/19...gh-record.html
Correction for my error. The shifters at at the top of the stem, not on the downtube.
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Old 05-04-08, 11:20 AM   #7
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How much to upgrade the shifting to a modern 'brifter' set? I suppose that means replacing the handlebars?

I can image about 200 bucks to replace the drivetrain with a triple. Is that accurate?
I'm not sure you would be better off to upgrade to Brifters, Most likely your rear freewheel and Derailleur are not going to be compatable with any modern index system. Conversion would likely involve a completely new drivetrain. You might want to try friction shifting for awhile, it's fairly intuitive once you are used to it.

Sugino does sell some decent looking Triple cranksets for $75 ish that will give you more range, there is even a decent chance that your front Derailleur would be able to handle a triple.
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Old 05-04-08, 04:59 PM   #8
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I'm not sure you would be better off to upgrade to Brifters, Most likely your rear freewheel and Derailleur are not going to be compatable with any modern index system. Conversion would likely involve a completely new drivetrain. You might want to try friction shifting for awhile, it's fairly intuitive once you are used to it.

Sugino does sell some decent looking Triple cranksets for $75 ish that will give you more range, there is even a decent chance that your front Derailleur would be able to handle a triple.

The verdict from a mechanic who examined the bike this afternoon:

Clean it up and lube it. Add extenders to the pedals - important for me, otherwise I'll hurt my knees. Bring it back for a proper fitting so I can get dialed in. Consider it my foul-weather bike. Use it on paved rail-trails and flat charity rides like the MS City to Shore I'm riding in September. Possibly replace the cables, although these seem OK. Carry a wrench in case of a flat on the rear wheel.

Improvements to consider at some point:

A rear wheel with a QR

bar end shifters, or STI if I want to invest in them, although stem shifters work OK.

wider handlebars - this has nothing to do with THIS bike, but just an observation in general. I'm very wide shouldered, but hunched from my scoliosis. Switching to a wider set of bars on a road bike will spread my shoulders and expand my chest cavity.
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As someone said above, it will be very expensive to outfit this bike with STI. Suntour friction barcons, on the other hand, can be had for about $30-$40 and will be an easy upgrade for you. You could also probably change the rear axle to quick release rather easily instead of changing the whole rear wheel.

As for the gearing, you may be able to switch to some smaller chain rings to get a better gear range for your riding. I can't tell from the picture, but if you have 42-53 or 40-52 now, you could switch the chain rings to 38-50 for an easier ride.

Enjoy your new bike
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The verdict from a mechanic who examined the bike this afternoon:

Clean it up and lube it. Add extenders to the pedals - important for me, otherwise I'll hurt my knees. Bring it back for a proper fitting so I can get dialed in. Consider it my foul-weather bike. Use it on paved rail-trails and flat charity rides like the MS City to Shore I'm riding in September. Possibly replace the cables, although these seem OK. Carry a wrench in case of a flat on the rear wheel.

Improvements to consider at some point:

A rear wheel with a QR

bar end shifters, or STI if I want to invest in them, although stem shifters work OK.

wider handlebars - this has nothing to do with THIS bike, but just an observation in general. I'm very wide shouldered, but hunched from my scoliosis. Switching to a wider set of bars on a road bike will spread my shoulders and expand my chest cavity.
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always nice to rope in another C+V er welcome again and I see many more vintage rides in your future. Its ok it is a lot cheaper than collecting old cars or at least thats what I tell Mrs. Stringbreaker. I think she almost believes me
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The verdict from a mechanic who examined the bike this afternoon:

Clean it up and lube it. Add extenders to the pedals - important for me, otherwise I'll hurt my knees. Bring it back for a proper fitting so I can get dialed in. Consider it my foul-weather bike. Use it on paved rail-trails and flat charity rides like the MS City to Shore I'm riding in September. Possibly replace the cables, although these seem OK. Carry a wrench in case of a flat on the rear wheel.

Improvements to consider at some point:

A rear wheel with a QR

bar end shifters, or STI if I want to invest in them, although stem shifters work OK.

wider handlebars - this has nothing to do with THIS bike, but just an observation in general. I'm very wide shouldered, but hunched from my scoliosis. Switching to a wider set of bars on a road bike will spread my shoulders and expand my chest cavity.
This bike shop sounds like a keeper. They gave you some useful advice, and didn't tell you your old bike was dangerous so they could sell you a new bike.
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This bike shop sounds like a keeper. They gave you some useful advice, and didn't tell you your old bike was dangerous so they could sell you a new bike.
Not a bike shop, but a friend who is skilled enough to work in one.
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First, Welcome to the C&V!

We will of course, need to see pictures when you have a chance, but the quick release wheels, and the Down-tube shifters are indicative of at least a decent entry level Road bike. With the 27" wheels, it's probably a early to mid 80's machine. So it's free of any non-standard threading a Nottingham built frame would have.

http://retroraleighs.com/catalogs/1985/pages/3.html

http://retroraleighs.com/catalogs/19...gh-record.html
I haven't done anything with the Raleigh yet, aside from get a rear wheel with a quick release, but in the meantime here are some photos of the frame.







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