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Old 06-14-08, 12:33 PM   #1
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Bought a Raleigh Technium last week..then I painted it..Want opinions

So I just got back into riding and picked up this bike from a buddy. Paid 85 and another hundred to have it tuned and trued up. Did i do ok? Weighs 22 lbs and some change. Its a nice ride and has the ALCOA bonded ally frame with 6067 main frame tubes.

I would like some advice with if it needs anything done to make it a better ride..Been tossing around a new finish or polished out..
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Old 06-14-08, 01:56 PM   #2
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I fixed up one I found in the trash a couple of years ago - I thought about keeping it but I have a very small apartment with two other bikes.
I fixed it up and gave it to my Brother in law (still needing a new headset).
The only thing I didn't care for on it was the early SIS shifting - I did better in friction shifter mode.
To see when your American made Raleigh was built, find the serial number on the bottom bracket and look here: http://sheldonbrown.com/retroraleighs/dating.html#kent
It looks like it's in good condition, I would just polish it up.
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I decided to strip, polish and respray the steel bit...honest opinions please..I know it needs something else
maybe trim, decals..lose one of the colors . Don't know but I am not totally jazzed yet.
Thanks guys \ Tony
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Old 06-18-08, 02:15 AM   #4
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bump for wanna know how it looks
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First post... I think it looks pretty sharp - especially for a home-done job.

I'm considering nabbing a Technium 450 for $140... and your ride is making me more tempted. Does it have 27inch or 700c wheels?
And any idea how much it weighs?
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I decided to strip, polish and respray the steel bit...honest opinions please..I know it needs something else
maybe trim, decals..lose one of the colors . Don't know but I am not totally jazzed yet.
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You might experiment with a modern saddle. Padded or cork bar tape instead of the stock vinyl would be more comfortable also. New tires can really improve the ride. I had a Technium 460 for a while, it was ok but not my kind of ride- it seemed sluggish. Raleigh frames seem to be sized a little on the big side. The Technium frames had a reputation of failing at the shifter bosses, so keep an eye on that.
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I've got a 1989 Technium Chill MTB. I was amazed at how heavy it fealt. It feels, seat of the pants, just about as heavy as my all steel 1989 Specialized Rockhopper. It's still a nice bike.

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