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    Tale of Three Old Raleigh Bikes...The Fun Begins...

    Hi everyone...over the last couple of weeks, I acquired three old Raleighs...

    1958 Raleigh Lenton Reg Harris Grand Prix, Model 7
    1962 Raleigh Gran Sport
    1962 Raleigh Lenton Blue Streak

    All three are in decent shape...and mostly original...of course there will be some work required to make them showier and more rideable...so...a lot of project work on these! But...oh the fun that is in front of me with these!

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    Woo-hooooo
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    62 Raleigh Lenton Blue Streak
    62 Raleigh Gran Sport
    70 Raleigh International
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    72 Schwinn Sports Tourer
    73 Schwinn Super Sport
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    81 Miyata 1000
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    Well. That is a pretty good collection of a certain type of Raleigh! Better photos are indicated.

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    Of those three, the Blue Streak seems to be the one that shows up least often. Nice find.

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    58 Raleigh Lenton Reg Harris Grand Prix
    62 Raleigh Lenton Blue Streak
    62 Raleigh Gran Sport
    70 Raleigh International
    72 Raleigh Professional
    72 Schwinn Sports Tourer
    73 Schwinn Super Sport
    80 Raleigh Super Course
    81 Miyata 1000
    85 Bianchi Veloce
    86 Raleigh Competition
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    58 Raleigh Lenton Reg Harris Grand Prix
    62 Raleigh Lenton Blue Streak
    62 Raleigh Gran Sport
    70 Raleigh International
    72 Raleigh Professional
    72 Schwinn Sports Tourer
    73 Schwinn Super Sport
    80 Raleigh Super Course
    81 Miyata 1000
    85 Bianchi Veloce
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    Royal Enfield

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    PICT0017.jpgPICT0100.jpgPICT0101.jpgPICT0074.jpgPICT0076.jpgPICT0080.jpgPICT0082.jpgPICT0089.jpgFinally, the 62 Gran Sport...

    BTW...the saddle is missing on this bike, as I am working with a couple issues on the seat post...got the seat post that came out of the bike, but cannot get it back in at this point.
    58 Raleigh Lenton Reg Harris Grand Prix
    62 Raleigh Lenton Blue Streak
    62 Raleigh Gran Sport
    70 Raleigh International
    72 Raleigh Professional
    72 Schwinn Sports Tourer
    73 Schwinn Super Sport
    80 Raleigh Super Course
    81 Miyata 1000
    85 Bianchi Veloce
    86 Raleigh Competition
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    91 Tommasso SL-56
    92 Bridgestone RB-1
    92 Bridgestone RB-T
    93 Bridgestone XO-1 (Grail!)
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    11 Raleigh Port Townsend
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    Quote Originally Posted by daf1009 View Post

    Woo-hooooo
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    Three hi-ten bikes with stamped dropouts, yet they are all strangely appealing. hat's up with the chainrings on the Blue Streak? Looks like zero step gearing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeirvine View Post
    Three hi-ten bikes with stamped dropouts, yet they are all strangely appealing. hat's up with the chainrings on the Blue Streak? Looks like zero step gearing.
    The gearing on all three is quite tight...the chain rings are virtually the same.

    The Reg Harris is Reynolds 531 tubing, not hi-ten...but...regardless...you hit on it...they are all three, as a whole, very appealing...
    58 Raleigh Lenton Reg Harris Grand Prix
    62 Raleigh Lenton Blue Streak
    62 Raleigh Gran Sport
    70 Raleigh International
    72 Raleigh Professional
    72 Schwinn Sports Tourer
    73 Schwinn Super Sport
    80 Raleigh Super Course
    81 Miyata 1000
    85 Bianchi Veloce
    86 Raleigh Competition
    87 Team Miyata
    89 Masi Team 3V
    91 Tommasso SL-56
    92 Bridgestone RB-1
    92 Bridgestone RB-T
    93 Bridgestone XO-1 (Grail!)
    05 Pinarello Surprise
    07 Novara Strada
    11 Raleigh Port Townsend
    Royal Enfield

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    Quote Originally Posted by daf1009 View Post
    Woo-hooooo
    Quote Originally Posted by rhm View Post
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    That's a heckuva haul for a couple of weeks, daf! These are pretty scarce models - and they appear to be in wonderful condition too. Woo-hooooo!
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    Very nice. My favorite kind of bike. I've got a enton GP and a Supercourse and I don't care that they're almost identical out of the box. They're my favorite frames and I can take them apart and put them together however I want. They come out very different every time but they've still got "that feel".
    Yours are shinier than mine. Darnit.
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    Thanks everyone for comments...I am anxious to start a good cleaning and rebuild...
    58 Raleigh Lenton Reg Harris Grand Prix
    62 Raleigh Lenton Blue Streak
    62 Raleigh Gran Sport
    70 Raleigh International
    72 Raleigh Professional
    72 Schwinn Sports Tourer
    73 Schwinn Super Sport
    80 Raleigh Super Course
    81 Miyata 1000
    85 Bianchi Veloce
    86 Raleigh Competition
    87 Team Miyata
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    91 Tommasso SL-56
    92 Bridgestone RB-1
    92 Bridgestone RB-T
    93 Bridgestone XO-1 (Grail!)
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    Re the Gran Sport, the crankset and maybe stem/bars are wrong and the front fork may be slightly tweaked although it's hard to tell from pics. Does it have the GB Coureur centrepulls? How about the rims, are they Dunlop Special Lightweights? It does appear to have the original (and delicate) celluloid mudguards.
    Sweet bikes all round though, especially the Reg Harris.

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    Hey, I just went down to the basement and had a good look. You can just barely make out the Reg Harris sig on what's left of that decal. Mine's a Reggy,too! I never thought to look before.
    What's different about the RH model from a plain old GP other than the signature on the decal?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sailorbenjamin View Post
    What's different about the RH model from a plain old GP other than the signature on the decal?
    I'm fairly sure that all of the Lenton Grand Prix bikes were Reg Harris models. According to Peter Kohler, the LGP was made from 1958-61. The OP's is on the earlier side of that range as it has the Benelux front rod shifter. In 1960-61, Raleigh went to a cable controlled FD. The Grand Prix model first came out in the late 60s and was always a relatively low-end offering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
    I'm fairly sure that all of the Lenton Grand Prix bikes were Reg Harris models. According to Peter Kohler, the LGP was made from 1958-61. The OP's is on the earlier side of that range as it has the Benelux front rod shifter. In 1960-61, Raleigh went to a cable controlled FD. The Grand Prix model first came out in the late 60s and was always a relatively low-end offering.
    The rod shifter is very cool...
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    62 Raleigh Lenton Blue Streak
    62 Raleigh Gran Sport
    70 Raleigh International
    72 Raleigh Professional
    72 Schwinn Sports Tourer
    73 Schwinn Super Sport
    80 Raleigh Super Course
    81 Miyata 1000
    85 Bianchi Veloce
    86 Raleigh Competition
    87 Team Miyata
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    92 Bridgestone RB-1
    92 Bridgestone RB-T
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    I am envious.

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    Dang. I was hoping I had something special. Just an ordinary old Reg Harris GP.
    Mine did come with the lever FD originally. It's got some other thing on there now. It's got a lot of other things on there now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sailorbenjamin View Post
    Dang. I was hoping I had something special. Just an ordinary old Reg Harris GP.
    Mine did come with the lever FD originally. It's got some other thing on there now. It's got a lot of other things on there now.
    Hey...they are still pretty special!
    58 Raleigh Lenton Reg Harris Grand Prix
    62 Raleigh Lenton Blue Streak
    62 Raleigh Gran Sport
    70 Raleigh International
    72 Raleigh Professional
    72 Schwinn Sports Tourer
    73 Schwinn Super Sport
    80 Raleigh Super Course
    81 Miyata 1000
    85 Bianchi Veloce
    86 Raleigh Competition
    87 Team Miyata
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    91 Tommasso SL-56
    92 Bridgestone RB-1
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