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    Just bought a Raliegh Sprite 27. I think it's a keeper.

    I just brought home a 1976 (?) Raliegh Sprite 27, in a deep metalflake brown, the lady's version. I always likes the old upright Ralieghs, and had a couple over the years. This one looks like it has been in the living room since production, with the original tires still wearing the casting ridges. No rust, a little chrome flaking on the rear rim, but otherwise perfect. Gears and brakes were already adjusted perfectly, and I oiled the chain and derailleur, put some air in the tires and took it out on the Greenway for a spin. eight miles later, I think I'm going to keep this one! Fast enough, really comfortable in a weird, totally upright sort of way, and fun on the corners and climbing the hills. Totally different than the road bike I am usually on, but in a really nice way. The only doubt I have is turning such a pristine example into a daily rider. Any thoughts on this, or suggestions?Pictures 8.15.14 Raliegh Sprite 001.jpg
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    Senior Member jonwvara's Avatar
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    Nice bike--I have a men's version in a 25" frame, same approximate year and color. I built a new set of wheels for it with two cogs on a Sturmey-Archer AW and ran it as a six-speed for a few years, though it's not really suitable for the mountainous terrain around here. It now spends a lot of time sleeping. If it's a comfortable rider for you, I'd keep riding it. Maybe service the bearing if you feel up to it, but a lot of Raleighs get ridden for decade upon decade with no maintenance beyond air in the tires and an occasion chain oiling.
    "Progress might have been all right once, but it has gone on too long."
    --Ogden Nash

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    Very nice!

    Ride it lube it, enjoy!

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