Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 11-15-08, 12:31 PM   #1
Paulthe
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 18
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Raleigh Grand Prix

There is a Raleigh Grand Prix on craiglist for $60 in good condition, needs new tires and bar tape, but everything else is in good condition. This deal seems too good to be true, what do you think?

Pictures of the bike from Sheldon Brown:
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/retroral...rand-prix.html
Paulthe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-08, 01:00 PM   #2
tmh657
Senior Member
 
tmh657's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: SoCal
Bikes: A few BSO's.
Posts: 2,439
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Hmmm, good condition for a 30 some year old bike doesn't sound so "good".
New tires are not cheap if you get a decent pair.
Depends on what you want to do with it. Do you have a picture of it? It could be a project for you if you have the time.
I would pass on it and spend $100 on a CL bike that you can ride now.
tmh657 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-08, 01:08 PM   #3
huerro
Villainous
 
huerro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Austin
Bikes: Trek 420, Cyclops
Posts: 1,894
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
If it really just needs tires and tape, it's a great deal. As you said, perhaps too good to be true.

I would look it over very carefully.
huerro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-08, 01:21 PM   #4
xiamsammyx
Harbinger
 
xiamsammyx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Milwaukee
Bikes: IRO Jamie Roy, Old Araya fixed conversion.
Posts: 564
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I've snatched 2 of these off of CL for half of that price or less, they seem to be my lucky goldmine flip bike from CL. I'd go for it.
xiamsammyx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-08, 02:40 PM   #5
Paulthe
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 18
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
http://denver.craigslist.org/bik/917526682.html

Just bought it, and it is in better condition than he described over the phone. Only thing I really need to do is convert it to fixie, get cages and wait for a good deal on tires (tires are ridable). Maybe get a new BB, crank, pedals, seat and paintjob.

Overall, I am happy with this purchase, everything, especially the frame is in great condition.

Any suggestions or links to other topics regarding painting?

Thanks
Paulthe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-08, 01:18 AM   #6
TBird2582
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Bikes: 85 Raleigh Competition fixed, 68 Raleigh Grand Prix fixed, 2004 Fuji Sagres Xtracycle, 72 Raleigh 20, 67 Raleigh Sports fixed
Posts: 7
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have one just like it. It's a pain in the **s to replace the front wheel. Stock axle is 5/16th so you'll have to do some filing to get a 9-mm axle in there. The front fork spacing is narrow too, 90mm ish. If it is Belgium built the bottom bracket should be 68mm english but the fork is almost certainly 26tpi Raleigh. So new fork = new headset.
TBird2582 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-08, 02:35 AM   #7
Vern
Guest
 
Bikes:
Posts: n/a
Mentioned: Post(s)
Tagged: Thread(s)
Quoted: Post(s)
the majority of raleigh grand prix bikes have proprietary 26 tpi bbs,and will be incompatible with everything but certain phil wood bb cartridges. funky bb shell and spindle widths and headsets too. that said i just finished converting a raleigh super grand prix into a single speed, and i like it a hell of a lot. you can and should spend a good bit of money overhauling it if you want to like riding it, but you can also do it without killing yourself. I did have a lot of spare parts I swapped out, but i could have gotten away with most of the original components, or gradually upgraded. upfront, i spent 100 on the bike and 120 rebuilding the rear wheel and replacing the rear tire. 220 aint bad for a good fitting,classy tank of a bike. Hi-ten for life.
  Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:58 PM.