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    Better pics of my 1973 Raleigh Superbe

    Here are some more pics of the Raleigh Superbe I picked up last week as my very first vintage bike purchase! It's really in amazing condition. The saddle looks as though my bum is the first to touch it. I'm pretty sure it's 1973 according to the rear hub, but haven't checked for the serial number yet.

    Pic heavy, sorry, but I love it sooo much!





    Tiny amount of pitting on the rims. The guy I bought it from had washed it and left some water in them so they were leaking rusty water for a while.


    Working Dynohub

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    Wow, that thing is pristine!!

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    Wow. Wow. Mine has a loooooooong way to go to look that nice. You are very fortunate.

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    Stunning!

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    NIB, vary cute.
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    Gorgeous! Love that color.
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    Your pictures really show off the richness of the color. The small hardware bits that I expect to be rusty or dull are positively gleaming. Glorious bike!

    Wonder if I could I get my ladies Sports to look like that with a bit of Meguiars or Mothers polish?

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    Beautiful!

    I have a Raleigh Colt that is almost that nice. BTW we like green bikes around here

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    Thanks! I am loving it! I had a fail trying to get the hub to work properly (only had 2 gears; 1 and 3!) even after tightening the indicator chain by turning it. Luckily my mate owns the LBS so I took it to him and now it is perfect. I need to bake him some cookies.

    Seems like that green is a very popular colour! I've only seen one non green Superbe IRL (a grey), but a fair few green. Plus my CCM Grand Touring which is OTW is the exact same green
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    Oh, and what is this polish you speak of? Should I use it? I haven't cleaned it up at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rookgirl View Post
    I haven't cleaned it up at all.
    WHAT?!

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    Meguir's Scratch-X is the bomb. But what are you going to do with it? If you polish it any more, the surface will be perfectly reflective, and you'll create a singularity.

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    Oops. Meguir's is for paint (it will take out decals, seriously). Mother's is for metal. You could maybe get the chrome to shine up a little more with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roll-Monroe-Co View Post
    Oops. Meguir's is for paint (it will take out decals, seriously). Mother's is for metal. You could maybe get the chrome to shine up a little more with it.
    Do I get this stuff at the LBS or at an auto place? I don't want to go around blinding people, you do understand. LOL.

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    I get both at AutoZone. (Maybe you could find them at big box stores in the car goodies section?) I've looked for Mother's (you want the Billet Polish) at the hardware store, but their selection of such things is limited. They're both products typically associated with obsessive car and motorcycle owners.

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    Ah, great. Is the Mother's better than Chrome Lust?

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    Oooh, nice bike. Question - are all such bikes more or less the same size or did they make them in a range of sizes?
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    I think Green was the most common colour for the Superbe. I know for some years it was the only colour offered.

    Here is a picture of our "pair". The large on is a Superbe the small one is the Colt which is the petite 18" frame which my bride needs.

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    I have no idea, though I am sure someone else knows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wahoonc View Post
    I think Green was the most common colour for the Superbe. I know for some years it was the only colour offered.

    Here is a picture of our "pair". The large on is a Superbe the small one is the Colt which is the petite 18" frame which my bride needs.

    Aaron


    Mmmmmm. Those are really, really nice. Is the Colt a slightly different green? TBH, I could probably do with the smaller frame too - my seat is right down the bottom. Did the Colt have the same level of trim - dynohub etc?

    Oh, and which saddlebag is that? It's very nice.

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    That is a gorgeous bike, Rookgirl! It is in absolutely pristine condition! Very nice find, indeed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rookgirl View Post
    Ah, great. Is the Mother's better than Chrome Lust?
    "Chrome lust"? Pish! More like "chrome bust"!

    Just kidding. I've never heard of that. Everybody's got their favorite. I just happened to land on Mother's first. Only thing else I've tried is Simichrome, which I've only ever been able to find in tiny .1-ounce tubes that seem ridiculously small. I don't like to run out of polish!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post
    Oooh, nice bike. Question - are all such bikes more or less the same size or did they make them in a range of sizes?
    Depending on the year: Diamond frame Superbes came in 21" and 23", they did make a diamond frame Sports in a 19" for a year or so. Step through models came in 19", 21" and occasionally a 23" (rare).

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    Quote Originally Posted by rookgirl View Post
    Mmmmmm. Those are really, really nice. Is the Colt a slightly different green? TBH, I could probably do with the smaller frame too - my seat is right down the bottom. Did the Colt have the same level of trim - dynohub etc?

    Oh, and which saddlebag is that? It's very nice.
    No but they can be upgraded easily. Only thing you cannot add to the Colt is the Superbe fork lock. I will eventually upgrade the Colt with a dyno hub and lights.

    The saddle bag is a Carradice Nelson.

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    Mmmm...I think it would be almost identical with the dynohub. What a lovely bike!

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