Raleigh Grand Prix - what have I got ?
I am riding a bike for a while, and now that I found BF, I wonder what it is I am riding.
Raleigh - Grand Prix (now that I think about it there may not be a "d" on the end of "grand")
serial number starts with RD4 then a 5 digit number
Sticker on frame says "Made in Canada" (I'm in Canada so that's not unexpected to see)
20-30 high tensile
bb has "custom" cranks 165, with a 42-52 ring
rear freewheel is 6 speed 13-28
I suspect cranks and front rings to be aftermarket, but no way to know.
What can you tell me about this bike ?
I need a new rear rim, mines got a flat spot.
Looking for something strong on a budget, I'm not really concerned about ounces here.
OK - ASAP, but it'll be tomorrow. It's rather apart at the moment.
some pics attached....
pls ignore the very cluttered garage, I share it with a bunch of gremlins... :-)
DRF aka Thrifty Bill
Hi Ten steel frames are the very bottom of the market. Cromoly frames are much better. This bike would have to be really cheap to be worth fixing. It would help if you had a donor bike (another cheap find) where you could "borrow" the wheel you need. Does it have alloy rims (the Grand Prix came with steel rims, but that was a common upgrade people did to that era bike).
If you don't already own it, I personally would not buy it. If you own it, I would consider selling it and using the funds to get a better bike.
I do own it, but it was donated so the cost was nil. I got a donor bike with a straighter looking rear wheel, but it's a shimano hub 5 gear, and not suntour type 6, so I think I'd have to unlace and switch the rims to use it.