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    74 Raleigh Grand Prix

    Picked this up day before Thanksgiving. Found it on Craigslist Chicago. A really bad picture and not much info in the ad. Turned out to be a gem.



    Added a bell today




    Really nice 1974 Grand Prix. Probably kept in a garage or basement as the paint and everything is just beautiful. I think I was the first to raise the saddle/ seat bolt is just about perfect. Needs tires but thats to be expected on a 35 yr old bike. I'll probably get a new saddle and some vintage brake levers, not to crazy about the suicide levers.

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    Nice pickup. Love the color.
    Laterally stiff yet vertically compliant.

    Viscount Aerospace Pro Trek 770 Cannondale Synapse

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    Looks to be in pretty nice shape! If you do swap the brake levers, try to preserve that bar tape as it is the perfect color...
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    Can't you just remove the suicide levers without disturbing the standard lever mounts?
    Laterally stiff yet vertically compliant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
    Can't you just remove the suicide levers without disturbing the standard lever mounts?
    I can remove the suicide levers, but then you are left with the little studs sticking out. I guess I could just stretch some break hoods over them, or I've seen where people have hacksawed off that stud.

    Bar tape is original!

    And I finally have a shiny red bike, my boyhood dream. The condition of the paint job is really something. Even the drive side chainstay, that usually gets beat up, has just a few little chain dings.

    The cranks have the original cotter pins with he Raleigh "R" on the nuts. Its also a Nottingham built bike, Feruary of 74, as per the serial number.

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    I'd also get rid of the "spoke protector" on the rear wheel.

    Was it made in Carlton or Holland or,...?

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    I had the green version of that bike, same year. It's a nice bike and yours is in exceptional condition. Great find, good luck with it.
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    Beautiful GP!!

    If you are careful, you should be able to disassemble the levers without damaging/moving the bartape, the cut down the pins or replace them with the short style pins.
    http://bicyclenut.bravehost.com/Bicy...nt%20page.html

    The last two bikes on my list are a 50's Lenton Grand Prix and a '64 Raleigh Record.

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