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Old 07-30-10, 12:03 AM   #1
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I picked up my new Raleigh International

Here are the first pictures of my new 1974 Champagne Raleigh International. I know the quality is not great, but I had to take them in poor lighting conditions. I will post better ones later.
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Very nice. The Campy brake calipers are unexpected, but a nice bonus to an already sweet bike.
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Old 07-30-10, 12:19 AM   #3
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Very nice. The Campy brake calipers are unexpected, but a nice bonus to an already sweet bike.
The original owner told me that the brakes were upgraded from Weinmann center pull brakes to side pull long reach Campy's.
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Beauty! Now, replace the saddle and you're all set! Aren't you happy that you pulled the trigger?
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Nice! Looks like a low mileage bike. What sort of speedometer is that.

Putting a Gruber Assist on the International?
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Here are the first pictures of my new 1974 Champagne Raleigh International. I know the quality is not great.....
bwientjes -
I can NOT let this go by without a challenge... It's one thing to call a 1974 bike "new" - but quite another to say the quality is "not great".

I'll have you know that a Raleigh International IS a great quality bike - a "grail" bike for many of us - they just don't get any better than that, so if you still think your "new" ride is "not great", you can just ship it here to Detroit ! ! ! So there!
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Absolutely beautiful...I'm jealous. I like having the Weinmanns on mine because it gives me thicker tire ranges and fenders...I guess it depends on what you intend to do with it.
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I can NOT let this go by without a challenge... It's one thing to call a 1974 bike "new" - but quite another to say the quality is "not great".

I'll have you know that a Raleigh International IS a great quality bike - a "grail" bike for many of us - they just don't get any better than that, so if you still think your "new" ride is "not great", you can just ship it here to Detroit ! ! ! So there!

I'm pretty sure he meant his photos, not the bike.
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I'm pretty sure he meant his photos, not the bike.
Oh. Never mind.
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Very nice. It is always funny to see such a horrendous saddle on an otherwise great bike.
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Awesome bike. I'd love to have an International. You lucked into a cool bell and the cyclocomputer equivalent of the Eniac too!

Those Campy calipers look great, but are they really an upgrade in function or just in aesthetics? This is a genuine question.
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I am going to find out tomorrow what size frame it is. So we'll see.
So, uhm, is it your size?
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That's a beauty, congratulations! I'd be curious to see detailed shots of the lugwork when you get a chance, just to compare the fit & finish to other Internationals that we've seen. From the photos you've taken, this one looks pretty nicely put together.
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That's a beauty, congratulations! I'd be curious to see detailed shots of the lugwork when you get a chance, just to compare the fit & finish to other Internationals that we've seen. From the photos you've taken, this one looks pretty nicely put together.
Don't get me wrong...I wish my International were a little neater and that they had paid more attention to detail...but the actual ride is incredible. I think it was Cudak who told me you don't buy one of these for aesthetics, you get it for ride quality. He was definitely right...I love mine, sloppy or not. It's extremely versatile and very comfortable...almost the ideal fast city commuter. I'm putting a VO porteur rack on mine soon.

I definitely ride my International more than any of my bikes at this point.
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i was gonna ask if the computer is tube type...
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Looks great! Appears to a be 22 1/2" frame? Hopefully it fits you. The seller didn't happen to include the original Brooks Pro saddle did he? That is what should go back on there. I'd ditch the computer or whatever that thing is, and the back reflector as well. Probably remove the pedal reflectors also. I don't recall my '73 International having those... well I know it didn't because I am still using the pedals from it.
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Beauty! Now, replace the saddle and you're all set! Aren't you happy that you pulled the trigger?
I am absolutely thrilled. Thanks for all the advise and encouraging words I received from many of you guys

The saddle indeed got to go. I am not entirely sure yet what else I want to change if any. I definitely want to grease, clean and wax it.
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Nice! Looks like a low mileage bike. What sort of speedometer is that.
I was told that it has seen many many miles, but it has always been treated like a baby. I will post more details, including the type of speedometer later.

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And be like Cancellara. Perhaps, but I won't tell anybody...
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Oh. Never mind.
KonAaron Snake is right. I was only referring to the quality of the pictures, not the quality of the bike. But reading it over again I can see that it could have been phrased a little better.
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So, uhm, is it your size?
Yes, fits like a glove
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I think it was Cudak who told me you don't buy one of these for aesthetics, you get it for ride quality.
Don't listen to that guy. He's s shill for the Schwinn forum.
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I had to google Gruber Assist but now I want one.
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