i'm in the infancy of planning to purchase a raleigh, but i'm not too clear on what i want.
I want something with the horizontal top tube. Upright bars-- northroadish, old-definition "touring" bars, all-rounders-- no drop bars.
Singlespeed or 3speed. i won't consider derailers on this one.
i'm 5'11, and almost normally proportioned.
i want something that isn't very collectible; in short, i want something cheap that won't make me feel guilty if i modify it radically. Something that won't be too hard to find. Basically, this last one is the reason why i've always favored japanese bikes. Still, i'm thinking some raleighs may fit the bill. Probably a "sports" from the 70s?
I've got at least 2 other projects queued up right now, so it'd be pointless to contact me with any potential sales, or even to direct me to any listings for reasons other than the theoretical.