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Old 04-27-12, 10:31 PM   #1
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Raleigh Colt frame

I've got a chance to buy a Raleight Colt frame, fork, headset, stem, fenders, crank, chainring and chaingaurd for a really decent price. What do you guys think of this bike? is it worth building up? Although not all the correct Raleigh parts I do have all the parts needed for the build. What say you?
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Great little bike. I bought one for my sister a while back (a '64 model). For the smaller woman (or man, or kid) looking for a Raleigh Sports sort of bike, it's perfect. I still admire the perfect paint and pinstripes on my sister's bike whenever I see it.
If the price is right, why not?
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Is it a 24"? I don't see much market for them, so I wouldn't bother flipping it. On the other hand, they're really cute. If you or someone you know fits it, it would be hard to beat.
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Is it a 24"? I don't see much market for them, so I wouldn't bother flipping it. On the other hand, they're really cute. If you or someone you know fits it, it would be hard to beat.
Colts are basically a small frame size Sports they use the 26" wheel. The Space Rider is the 24" wheeled version. My wife has two Colts and rides both of them.

@ the OP, if you have someone that can use it, fix it up and let them roll.

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I've got a chance to buy a Raleight Colt frame, fork, headset, stem, fenders, crank, chainring and chaingaurd for a really decent price. What do you guys think of this bike? is it worth building up? Although not all the correct Raleigh parts I do have all the parts needed for the build. What say you?
The Colt is one of my favorite Raleigh bicycles. The curved top tube looks way cool. I almost bought one a while back, but then someone told me that it'd be way too small for me to ride, so I abandoned the idea.
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Depending on the model year the Colt is essentially a 17" Sports frame without pump braze-ons supplied with a longer seat-post and shorter crank-arms on the chain-set. They were meant to buy bought for teenagers and then merely adjust the seat-post height and change the chain-set to turn into an adult sized bike. They are actually perfect for shorter people.
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thanks all, I'll pick it up today.
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Well I picked it up and started building it right away, and now its almost complete! I went with an old Shimano 333 grip shift! and its working perfectly! everything I added I took off of an old German girls bike and its all in working order. All I need is a seat post and a decent old white seat/saddle. Will post pics in the A.M.
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OK here are some before and after pics.

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Still havn'r cleaned her up and she still needs a new chaun, seat post, and seat/saddle. Oh, and cotter pin nuts.
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Whoah, that's turned out really nicely so far. Am I correct to assume that you used the Shimano hub because that's what you had laying around?
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That's starting to look like a fun rider! I've used Shimano grip shifter setups whenever I've found them, with no cause for regret.
Good job so far, please keep us up with the project.
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Whoah, that's turned out really nicely so far. Am I correct to assume that you used the Shimano hub because that's what you had laying around?
I picked up a small lot of three bikes this weekend, amongst them was a girls bike with the Shimano 333 grip shift and rearwheel, so I just swaped everything over inluding the wheels pedals bars and brake levers.
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I like these. There's a nice looking red one chained up outside a bar in my neighborhood. I don't know if it's abandoned or not, but I'm hoping to see a "for sale" sign on it at some point. I don't have any specific use for it, but I'm sure I could find a friend who'd love it.
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There is a decent market for Colts and Space Riders...most people just don't know it. I have had a Space Rider offered to me and it went straight to a very petite young lady that needed a bike for college/work. We had been searching for a Raleigh Twenty for her but the Space Rider popped up first. My wife cannot ride a standard Sports in the 19" frame...to large, the 17" Colt is a perfect fit. There are many women in the 5' height range and the Colts and Space Riders are a prime choice.

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Yeah, I may keep it, depends on what the two Peuguots that came in the lot look like, havn't had a chance to really check them out yet. If I keep one of those the Colt may have to go.
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