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    Pawn Shop buy!

    Well, I have been looking for a classic/vintage road bike for some time now and I finally found this Raleigh at a local Pawn Shop. I paid 50.00 so I am pretty pleased. I am unsure as to what frame it is as the stickers are all gone. It has Raleigh Suntour Components and the wheels are Raleigh hubs with Avaya hoops. Maybe some of you can help me find out what model it is. Also, I am a little unsure about the handle bars but they can be changed. I think this will be a good bike for my first single speed/fixie conversion! I will bein here asking questions about conversions. I cant wait! Here are some pics!











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    Nice find man. Just use this thread for asking your questions, no need to create a new thread for every question

    Look forward to seeing it completed.
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    trying finding your raleigh here.
    http://bulgier.net/pics/bike/Catalogs/Retro-Raleighs/

    Catalog of vintage raleighs ^^^

    but by the pics, looks likes the bike is in pretty good condition and for $50 sounds like a good deal.

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    bike looks real good, congrats man. I feel like those bars would be super comfy if they were a bit narrower.

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    Nice find dude, 50$ is a little steep IMO but, then again i don't know much about the bike, the hubs and rims seem okay, but the rest seems meh, buy there's definetly enough to work with there.

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    as someone who flips bikes for a hobby this is a pretty kick ass deal. i live near pdx where the bike market is so inflated a bike like this could go for 150 easy without any tuning or restoration. doesn't appear to be too much cosmetic damage or rust and from the looks of that crankset the original pieces are there. good work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by evangelinegale View Post
    as someone who flips bikes for a hobby this is a pretty kick ass deal. i live near pdx where the bike market is so inflated a bike like this could go for 150 easy without any tuning or restoration. doesn't appear to be too much cosmetic damage or rust and from the looks of that crankset the original pieces are there. good work!
    I am really wanting this to become a fixie but I am not sure you can do it with a freewheel. Is there any way to make it fixed without buying a new rear wheel?
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    Not really, you'll probably want to buy a new flip/flop rear wheel. You can get them on craigslist for cheap, or if you have any friends who are in the bike scene ask them. Chances are there are some people with old track wheels to sell, or co-ops that will help you out with a lot of your project for cheap/free/

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    Vintage 70s era gas pipe frame. The stem mounted shifters are a dead give away, harpoons for the family jewels.
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    Nice find. looks like late 70's Grand Prix or Record. If you post the serial number on the Classic and Vintage forum, they'll tell you exactly what it is.

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    OK, so I decided to start looking into a wheel set since I am pretty set on a fixie. The wheels that are on it now are 27in and all I am able to find out there are 700c wheels. I took the rear off my current road bike and it is too wide to fit into the drop outs. So with that being said do they make wheel hubs in diffrent widths?
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    That looks mad hot...as in stolen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rustybrown View Post
    That looks mad hot...as in stolen.
    Isn't everything at a pawn shop stolen?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
    Isn't everything at a pawn shop stolen?
    Everything except the dry-wall stilts and farmer John wetsuits. Got to meet payroll.

    However, decent price for a Raleigh.

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    love those handlebars! Would look great on an old Ross I'm rebuilding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rustybrown View Post
    Everything except the dry-wall stilts and farmer John wetsuits. Got to meet payroll.

    However, decent price for a Raleigh.
    Lol I just bought some drywall stilts at the pawn shop last week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 99m6z28 View Post
    OK, so I decided to start looking into a wheel set since I am pretty set on a fixie. The wheels that are on it now are 27in and all I am able to find out there are 700c wheels. I took the rear off my current road bike and it is too wide to fit into the drop outs. So with that being said do they make wheel hubs in diffrent widths?
    Yes.

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    Those handlebars are sweet. Don't get rid of them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 99m6z28 View Post
    OK, so I decided to start looking into a wheel set since I am pretty set on a fixie. The wheels that are on it now are 27in and all I am able to find out there are 700c wheels. I took the rear off my current road bike and it is too wide to fit into the drop outs. So with that being said do they make wheel hubs in diffrent widths?
    Sun, Weinmann and Velocity make 27" rims. Get some Velocity Dyads or Synergys or the Sun CR18s with Formula hubs.

    Any fixed gear hub should fit fine on that old bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blickblocks View Post
    Those handlebars are sweet. Don't get rid of them!
    You are the last person I would expect to be saying this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WoundedKnee View Post
    You are the last person I would expect to be saying this.
    wait wat

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    That looks like a good find. I wish that tubing sticker was in focus--tells a lot about how nice the frame is. Not all bikes w/ stem shifters were "gaspipe," though most were. Either way, it looks good.

    You can choose to put 700c or 27" wheels on that frame. The cheapest solution would probably be to get a single rear 27" wheel with a track or flip flop hub, that way you only have to get one wheel. However, those rims look like chrome-plated steel to me, which means your front brake (the one doing most of the work) is going to be grabbing a slippery steel rim. IMO, it's better to bite the bullet and get a set of aluminum wheels in either size (though you can probably find the 700c set cheaper).

    I'm curious, what are your plans for the derailleurs, shift levers, misc geared bike components if you do convert? I ask because I might be interested in buying them...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robofunc View Post
    That looks like a good find. I wish that tubing sticker was in focus--tells a lot about how nice the frame is. Not all bikes w/ stem shifters were "gaspipe," though most were. Either way, it looks good.

    You can choose to put 700c or 27" wheels on that frame. The cheapest solution would probably be to get a single rear 27" wheel with a track or flip flop hub, that way you only have to get one wheel. However, those rims look like chrome-plated steel to me, which means your front brake (the one doing most of the work) is going to be grabbing a slippery steel rim. IMO, it's better to bite the bullet and get a set of aluminum wheels in either size (though you can probably find the 700c set cheaper).

    I'm curious, what are your plans for the derailleurs, shift levers, misc geared bike components if you do convert? I ask because I might be interested in buying them...
    The sticker on the tubing says: Raleigh High-Tensile Tubing. As far as components go, I gave thm to a buddy of mine!
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    Ok so I want to buy a fixed gear crankset for the conversion and I am wanting to know if I will also need to buy a bottom bracket to help with chain alignment. The bike is currently a double chain ring and I was just wondering if the axle/spindle would be too long and mess up chain alignment?
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    If you get a single-speed crank, you probably should just get a new bottom bracket that has the right length spindle for the crank. You could also replace just the spindle, if you can find one that's the right length. The second option will probably be cheaper, but harder to find.

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