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    new to the forums. vintage owner.

    hey all. newb to the boards here. i have inherited a few classic (1975) raleighs over the past week and also own a vintage hiawatha(1968 i think). any ways im kinda looking to restore these as they were my grandparents who passed. any ideas where the best place to get vintage parts? any inputs would help. thank you

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    Hey I'm also new just joined recently and found that sheldonbrown.com has a wealth of great info to get started. Also, try Velo-Orange.com they have great hard to find parts. Welcome

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    Master of the Obvious iTod's Avatar
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    Welcome!
    It would seem that most folks here like pictures, myself included.
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    Oh yes. We would like to see pics of your Raleighs.
    Laterally stiff yet vertically compliant.

    Viscount Aerospace Pro Trek 770 Cannondale Synapse

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    I built and published MY "TEN SPEEDS" just for guys and gals like us. New to the interest of vintage bicycles and not sure where to begin. Anyway, you are invited to visit and, for those learning about bicycles, you might as well spend some time looking over Bicycle Basics. There you will learn to ask questions that might not come to mind the first time out of the vintage bicycle gate.

    Hope this is a help.

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    Welcome, Pics would be great! The Hiawathas were tanks but they made some cool bikes (I think anyways).

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    Quote Originally Posted by hirsch328 View Post
    hey all. newb to the boards here. i have inherited a few classic (1975) raleighs over the past week and also own a vintage hiawatha(1968 i think). any ways im kinda looking to restore these as they were my grandparents who passed. any ideas where the best place to get vintage parts? any inputs would help. thank you
    Hiya, welcome, I am a newbie too, and a Raleigh Freak!!

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    Just kidding. It's great you're taking an interest in the bikes. These forums (esp. C&V and Mechanics in my experience) are a great resource.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hirsch328 View Post
    any ideas where the best place to get vintage parts? any inputs would help. thank you
    Depends... waddya need? I find the generosity of the folks around here to be pretty awesome. We're all in this for the same purpose and there's a lot of trade and barter. And yes... pictures, please. I have a few old Raleighs myself.
    I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.



    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    Welcome to all the new Forumites. There is a wealth of information here, both in the wisdom and experience of the users and in the archived threads available via the search function.

    Making extensive use of both will lead to successful projects provided you do one small thing for us:

    Post photos. If you don't know the name/maker of a part or how to do something, post photos. A photo does wonders that the thousand words it is worth cannot.

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    Consumable parts: cables, tires, that kind of stuff: Niagara Cycle.

    Vintage parts: vintage derailleurs, cranksets, etc: donor bike.

    Donor bike = find a similar bike of similar vintage, at an attractive price, and harvest the parts. I commonly pick up donor bikes anywhere from $5 to $30 for the vintage stuff. A typical donor bike will have some serious flaws: rust, frame damage, etc. Such flaws make the bike a bad choice as a rider, but a terrific choice as a donor. I bought a craptastic Huffy ten speed for $2 at a church sale, used the handlebars, grips,brake levers, stem, and saddle on a bike I was building up. Still have the shift levers too. The rest of it is junk, but for $2?

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