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Old 02-19-11, 04:53 PM   #1
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Handlebar conversion- are these GB bars worth keeping?

I am in the process of converting the handlebar setup on my 70s Raleigh Super Course from the original GB drop bars to cruiser bars. I removed the original stem with the all-original bars, tape, brake hoods and levers intact. Are they worth keeping? They are in great condition but I don't foresee selling the bike anytime soon, nor do I see myself riding with drop bars.
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Old 02-19-11, 04:59 PM   #2
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Looks like original tape and hoods. Put 'em on the 'bay - some Raleigh collector might get all excited and give you a bunch of money for 'em.

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keep them.

just like you changed your mind to use cruise bars, you might change your mind back. unless you need a couple bucks in a hurry, i would just stash them somewhere.
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keep them.

just like you changed your mind to use cruise bars, you might change your mind back. unless you need a couple bucks in a hurry, i would just stash them somewhere.
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And if you (or your heirs) ever sell it, having the originals will make a difference. (SC's are becoming collectible.)

Aside, SC's are wonderful bikes to customize, and you should ride it as you like, but remember, just like any other C&V mod, make sure it is reversible (Having the parts certainly helps with that!)
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They will help resale value in the future should you decide to sell it.
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For each of the bikes I've modified I have a box full of original parts in the basement, partially so I can sell the bike as all original when the time comes and partially so that as I become a better cyclist or my riding style changes I can rearrange my bike with original components. i originally took the drop bars off of my SC due to my weak back but my back is getting stronger and maybe this summer I'll put them back on.
On the other hand, i don't think it's a sin to pass this kind of thing along to someone who really needs just this part to complete his or her restoration.
Darn these bikes are a pretty shade of green, no?
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SUCH a pretty green! I love my bike
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I finished the conversion! I love the way the bike feels now. Drop bars were just too aggressive for me. I am a total newbie when it comes to bikes, so it's not perfect, but it's mine!

I used Montmartre handlebars from VeloOrange, Cinelli cork tape, 3 coats of amber shellac, cotton twine, and Dia Compe inverse brake levers.

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For a bike newbie, that's looking pretty fly.
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That looks really nice. It's as perfect as it needs to be. As for the drop bars - that's a tough call. They're original, tape and hoods look great, yada yada. If you really won't ever use them and could get a good price on Ebay, why not sell? otoh, it would be a shame to sell them for cheap and then 10 years from now wish you had them. If you do list them, maybe set a reserve or min. bid so you're not giving them away. The best thing would be to find someone who really needs a set just like that and has something cool that you want for trade.
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Thank you! I've been reading up on techniques/materials. This is my first "real" bike. I haven't ridden since I was a kid, but just moved to The Big City and need a way to get around. I've gotten all caught up in the world of vintage bikes! Can't stop reading. It's been a load of fun working on this Super Course.
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