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Old 08-13-12, 12:24 PM   #1
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1978 Raleigh Super Course

I picked this up from a Craigslist ad in July for only $50. The previous owner had put on new tires and tubes, brake pads, saddle, and at least tried to do the bar tape. Unfortunately for him, he did not do anything about cables and housing, which had so much friction in them that I was afraid I would break something trying to shift.



The bike was hardly abused, just neglected. After the addition of new bar tape, cables and housing all around, and a whole lot of de-greasing, re-greasing, and scrubbing, I am very happy with my investment.




Some very nice parts on this bike. I especially like the look of this Suntour Cyclone rear derailleur.


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Reynolds 531 main tubes, another plus


I had so much difficulty deciding whether to use the original metal spiral type shifter housings and run under the tape as original, or to run that same way, but with new housing, or to loop them out in front with new housing, that I gave up and used this set of Suntour Power downtube shifters instead. I will likely revisit this one day, possibly even switching over to mustache bars.


This is a very interesting, nice looking, but difficult to use seat clamp


I wasn't sure when I bought it what use I had for this bike, but I knew I could flip it for a solid profit. I like too much to part with now though, and it has become a daily ride as my lunch break cruiser.
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Old 08-13-12, 12:54 PM   #2
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Very nice work, looks Fantastic.
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You did very good work there. You'll enjoy the heck out of that bike. I love mid-level bikes.
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It's always a dilemma for me when I find a nice bike at a great price. Great flip potential but also so easy to keep...that one I'd keep.
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Thanks a lot for the compliments.
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