Western and George's both sold Raleigh during this period but I can't make out the shop sticker... thought I knew most of the Raleigh Superbes in this city and believe this bike has spent most of it' life in storage.
$350.00 is not a bad price if the bike has been serviced or serviced recently.
Thanks Sixty Fiver. I see you're in YEG too.
Yeah, this thing looks very clean from the pictures. I've been looking at a B66 for my bike, but this might derail the purchase.
That's a beaut. If you can scrounge up the funds, buy it. That's a bike you can keep the rest of your life. A worthwhile purchase :-)
P_M, you're better off with the bike you have. If you have the time, you'll save money getting it into nice condition. In the meantime, you can ride it, which is the most important thing.
Thanks noglider. I actually took my Sports to the local co-op on Sunday and replaced the tubes and repacked the headset. It still needs a good cleaning - maybe this weekend. I picked up some Phil Wood's oil for the back hub but haven't added it yet.
Sunday night maybe I'll get back to it.
Moneywise the timing of this Superbe isn't great but we don't get to pick when they show up. :)
P_M - If you were down at Bikeworks there are two red oil cans on the back west counter... one has 20w and the other has synthetic oil for internal hubs.
The synthetic is especially nice for those of us who ride our three speeds in the winter as it keeps them spinning smoothly when other heavier lubes get far too sticky in the cold.
Sixty Fiver, thanks for the tip. Yes, I was at Bikeworks - was it the back counter near the solvent tank?
I might be back there this week.
Will probably run into you there when I get back as I spend a little time down at EBC... have sat on the board and am a long time volunteer and former staff member as well.
I don't know why people lust after the Superbe so much. It doesn't ride any differently. It just has accessories you can add anyway.
how'dy'all gear your bikes? main gear in the middle with a higher and lower, or mail gear at the bottom with 2 higher?
I put a 22T on mine. Much, much better. But I had to sell that cog, so I'm going to put a 24T on it next. I don't need to pedal downhill, so I'll have three low gears.
If it was an English '60s black Sports, I'd be even more enthused!
To be fair, the front hub and lights - I guess that's the only real difference I can see. A light set is on my list. I don't need a rear rack.
The rear rack, locking fork, hub generator, and lights are some nice accessories that are not that easy to find and building up a wheel with a generator hub for a Sports will cost over $100.00.
A Sports in primo shape would fetch $160-$200 here in a private sale... the extra $150 - $190 one would pay for a Superbe in equally primo shape covers the value of the rack, improved fork, and generator lighting.
Recent purchase '68 Sports. Amazing how Raleigh Chrome and Paint hold up. Packing bearings tomorrow if I can find the right sizes in town....
'68 Raleigh Stem Cranks Bars by djk762, on Flickr
Sixty Fiver, thanks for pointing out what makes the Superbe worth so much more. Now they don't seem overpriced to me.
Auchencrow, what kind of hills do you have? I find the 22T barely adequate. It's a heavy bike, and I have steep hills, and I sometimes tow a lot of cargo in a trailer. Hmm, the bike wasn't really built for that purpose, so I guess I'm doing well.
I think that bike might be older than 1968. The typeface on the chainguard looks like early 60's.