Some thread bumps cause the discussion to "lose track" of it's theme...
Anyway, after that, it's getting a new paint job, 700c clinchers, and mostly stock components (except, obviously, the seatpost and stem).
1951 Raleigh Lenton Sports
1967 Phillips Sports
1974 Peugeot UO-8 fixed gear
1978 Raleigh Super Course
1981 Schwinn LeTour
1984 Nishiki Riviera GT
1987 Nishiki Modulus
1988 Fuji Palisade
1994 Univega Activa Trail (converted to drops)
Master of the low end garbajj!
You did fantastic! Great bike great deal!
Reynolds 531 rules!
I'm the guy who just got a Trek Elance 400D with Reynolds 531 at a yard sale for $50
1976 Centurion Super Lemans 23"C-T Double butted chrome-moly Nervex style lugs Campy NR Wright Leather fiamme red label tubular rims Metallic silver, 1984-BCA 21.5"c-t Tange double butted lugged Shimano bio-pace Leather Brooks B-17 Champion Standard honey Black w Red head tube Lugged frame, 1986 FOCUS 22"c-t Tange double butted lugged Suntour XC Sport Sugino VP triple Dia-Compe Canti's Brooks B-17 Champion Standard, Trek Elance 400D 1986 Reynolds 531 Full Shimano SIS Black metallic silver
Sorry I arrived late for the thread but about a year ago I picked this up at a Goodwill store(sunday afternoon at 2pm with two flat sew-ups that were fine,just needed air) for $15--->
Unfortunately I needed the money badly and ended up selling the thing for $500 to a lady that came by for a couple cheap bicycle tires and spied it leaning against a freezer.It didn't have the original seat and post..the rest was all original from 1978.
A couple days later I spied it on craigs for $700..Oh well.As you can see from that folder I filled the void with several other bikes..LOL!
I found this thread today by searching for a bike I picked up today..a blue Trek Elance 400T for $20 along with a 75' Nishiki 10 speed(too tall..oh well) for the same price at a garage sale.I guess the guy gloating above about his $50 Trek 400 being the "second best deal"..wasn't..LOL
The blue bag and the bicycle pump weren't with it....
$500? I wouldn't have taken a penny less than $1200 for that beauty.,,,,BD
That appears to be my 54 cm grail bike...I hate that cow that bought it. That just leaves a bad taste in my eyes.
What can I say..it's a recession and I'm in construction(not happening now)..I had to sell it..but have replaced it with several other bikes..Right now for road bikes I have a 75 Nishiki with the grip end shifters,a miyata ninety18 speed,a univega viva sport,trek elance 400t 18 speed,a tiger(what are they worth,anything?), a decent mountain bike and a couple raleigh twenties(well,one TWENTY and a FOLDER)...and an assortment for the wife.
The raleigh..the roads around here are pretty rough for surface and with the sew-up tires I ended up never riding the thing...so it was more something to look at and not ride..it was better off going to someone with more time to ride it.
There was one tiny minor dent to the top bar in the "professional" ..if that makes you feel any better about it.LOL!At the time,those 1978 Raleigh Prowere going for about $700..with the original seat and post(what I didn't have) on ebay and I sure didn't want to ship it.
Keep in mind that $500 probably pretty much paid for the rest of my bikes...Bikes are cheap up here if you know where to look and when...(no..nothing stolen).Garage sales,swap meets,and tons of thrift stores.Last week I bought four vintage road bikes for a total of (20,20,20,17,).about $85 with sales tax...(no pictures of those in my 'bike' folder yet)
I do agree buying the raleigh pro on a SUNDAY,at 2:00pm,at a Goodwill..was a total fluke!I've always wondered if someone in the backroom there put it out special for a buddy..and I beat him by a couple minutes.
The deals are out there..I spend a lot more time than most people looking for them,hitting several thrift stores DAILY...
How many years ago were Pro's going for $700? Like, pre ebay times? I don't believe it, sorry.,,,,BD
Oh, they run the gamut, all right. I've seen some mediocre examples go for $300, built up; then there was that repainted Mk IV. that sold for $152.50 on eBay. A complete '78 didn't sell for $1,200; yet, I once saw a Mk. II frameset go for $250 - spraybombed red, and pretty poorly at that. There's a obsession-worthy silver/black frameset - BIN $650 - that hasn't sold yet. A bit high, but a beauty.
In short, prices are genuinely all over the place - but the best sellers appear to be the beat stuff that folks can get cheap. Buyers seem to be content with a lesser example of their dream bike, if it means saving quite a bit of cash.
Mk. II and Mk. III's, on the other hand, are virtually identical, down to their mink/silver paint schemes. If it weren't for the limited-run stickers on the Mk. II's, you'd have a very hard time telling them apart. The Mk IV's stick out, as they're either mink blue/silver or silver/black (1975 only). Only the Mk. V continued the mink blue color, and the fastblack seatstay cluster and sloping crown (not to mention chrome ends) render the two variants easy to spot.
I think it was about may of last year..someone had a '78 listed on ebay for $800 or so and couldn't get a buyer for the thing..or something close to that as far as price.I think the condition was similar.There was also a '76 listed then that I don't recall what that sold for..or not.
Anyway..water under the bridge for me now..I was cleaning off some memory cards for a camera last night for the wife's trip to hawaai this week..found the card with the hike of that day and it had some more pictures of the Raleigh Pro if anyone is interested..more detail shots..
Just pics for general information for details if someone is restoring one....Anyway..I've been responding to this thread because of the link in my email box,why I'm posting monday mornings.I tried googling raleigh professionals to see if those past sales came up there..no dice..Oh well..Have a good day!
I was looking through some paperwork on my desk and ran across a copy of the old 1978 Raleigh Professional ebay auction "sheets" I was talking about.The bike sold for $700...ebayer Velocite811/feedback page 26,feedback given Aug 11-2010...Good description(I have the original sheets)..non stock "111mm SR JAPAN stem" non-original"...Freewheel was a 6 speed Regina(original?)..The rest Campagnolo,Brooks Pro seat,..wheels mavic Champion..Continental 770c tires...Brakes had a light brown and dark brown gum hoods...no flaws mentioned in the ad...62cm/61cm ctoc/57cm top tube.
The original listing was July 12,2010 with a start price of $750/BIN at $1000..didn't sell and didn't get any bids..relisted lower and sold for the $700..or it was an offer.The bike looked good in the pictures.
I figured at the time I sold mine for $500..There was no shipping,dealing with ebayers,ebay fees,craigsters,craigs-spammers,etc with a buyer standing in front of me...I guess the people here that said they were always going for $1200 must have slept in the 2 weeks of that auction...LOL.
I can post the description/specs sheet and auction sheet if people want to see them.