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Old 12-07-04, 05:03 PM   #1
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Okay, what did I just buy?

For $20, the neighborhood thrift store yielded a Raleigh Delta 12-speed mixte, made in Canada, SunTour derailleurs, Weinmann sidepulls and levers, Selle Royale saddle, and a crankset with steel chainwheels, alloy guard and pedal arms marked 'Custom-A'. A decal on the seatpost tube reads "Raleigh Carbospec 45-11 Tubing'.

I got it mainly because I needed a bunch of the parts for another project, and partly because I can't seem to leave a Raleigh at the thrift store. Anybody know the approximate vintage of this thing?
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My best wild guess puts the vintage at early-mid '80s...
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For $20, the neighborhood thrift store yielded a Raleigh Delta 12-speed mixte, made in Canada, SunTour derailleurs, Weinmann sidepulls and levers, Selle Royale saddle, and a crankset with steel chainwheels, alloy guard and pedal arms marked 'Custom-A'. A decal on the seatpost tube reads "Raleigh Carbospec 45-11 Tubing'.

I got it mainly because I needed a bunch of the parts for another project, and partly because I can't seem to leave a Raleigh at the thrift store. Anybody know the approximate vintage of this thing?
If you have a serial number, we might be able to apply Sheldon's secret decoder to it.
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Serial number is RN4 11396.
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The serial number doesn't follow Sheldon's formula. I scanned Bulgier's catalogs for 1983 and 1984 - which seems to be when the change-over to 12 speeds occurred. I see no reference to the model Delta though. I attempted to google both the model and the tubing description - again with no success. I think we'll have to either hope that T-Mar can bail us out, or break down and ask at the LBS.

I'm on reasonably good terms with a fellow who's been selling Raleighs since the 70's and has a remarkable memory. Probably can't get over there til the weekend, but if the mystery is still unsolved by then, I'll make the inquiry.
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Actually, this would seem to indicate October 1984 manufacture - even though it doesn't appear in the 1984 catalog. http://bulgier.net/pics/bike/Catalog...ialNumbers.jpg

As long as you don't discuss this on Classic Rendezvous, your acquisition should be free of adverse repercussions.
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Interesting; according to that list, the Record I'm working on was made at the Handsworth, UK facility in January 1971.

The Delta's just going to be a donor, anyway. Beyond the Heron badge, it's really quite un-Raleighlike.
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