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    Looking for help IDing a '60s Raleigh, and advice about fixing it up

    Hello all,

    I don’t have much experience with C&V bikes but I have been reading quite a lot in this wonderful forum and elsewhere. I was looking for a low-budget project to improve my wrenching skills, have something to tinker with, and turn into a decent vintage rider -- for me, not to sell.

    I picked up this Raleigh for $25; I love the lugwork and fork... realized after I got it home that it (of course) had more issues than I had realized, including a very stuck stem and seatpost. I got frustrated with it and put it away for a couple months. Today I had a massive wrestling match with it in the back yard, and, amazingly, emerged victorious.

    The serial # is 2772778, which seems to place it as early- to mid- 60s vintage. Does anyone know anything beyond that -- what model is it, etc? It has a Suntour Superbe sticker low on the seattube, but the rear der. is a Suntour GT and the front is a Suntour 7. Simplex DT shifters. Weinmann centerpull brakes (I do have the hanger and all the parts).

    Does it seem worth it to make this a very-low-budget project? Not going for period correct, just trying to make a nice rider. It is definitely my size. I probably wouldn’t be able to spend much more than $100... There’s a lot of rust but only those spots on the bottom of the chainstays look potentially worrisome to me. Would you agree?

    Things I would definitely need:
    tires, seatpost, cables & housing, brake pads, specialty tools?

    Things that would be nice:
    new stem, alloy wheels, newer crankset? (obviously would be looking for bargain vintage stuff)

    What else am I not thinking of? What would you look to upgrade? Would you give it a rattlecan paint job?

    Thank you so much for any information, advice, or suggestions!

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    It seems a nice bike, but I think you are in way over 100 to up-grade it.
    Start by taking it all apart, cleaning and re-greasing, put it back together, find a seat and post (used), tires & tubes, and see if it will ride.
    After that, slowly up-grade parts when better ones come to hand by trading stuff here.
    People will give you small stuff for the cost of postage. Reciprocate when you can.
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    Looks like a Grand Prix, possibly a '75 or '76. SN is odd though. But it's definitely not from the 60's.
    http://bicyclenut.bravehost.com/Bicy...nt%20page.html

    The last two bikes on my list are a 50's Lenton Grand Prix and a '64 Raleigh Record.

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    Serial number might be Dutch. Look for a model name decal, or traces of it, on the top tube, near the headtube.
    Nice colors.
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    Interesting - thanks for the replies. 70s kind of makes more sense... I'll look again to make sure there's no remnant of a model name decal, but I'm pretty sure that other than the Superbe decal there's not even a trace of others. I looked through old threads but couldn't find a Grand Prix in these colors. Puzzling.

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    Hmmmm, no model name. Anyone else have ideas about this one?

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    I'm not familiar enough with Raleigh dérailleur geared bikes to offer much insight. I'd be less concerned with the specifics of the model and more getting it ride ready.
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