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    Raleigh Alyeska

    Hey folks: What's the scoop on this tourer. When was it made? Decent frame? I wrote to Raleigh but they never answered me. I'm not really interested in it's value just whether it was a clunker or steed. Thanks Charlie

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    I googled this bike and the only relevant link was to Harris Cyclery which indicated it uses 650C tires. The reason Raleigh probably ignored you is this was most likely made by the real Raleigh company, not the US seller of Oriental built bikes under the Raleigh name.

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    It's a good bike... has some touring specific braze on's, etc...

    if you have a lead on one, in your size and not more than 250 or 300 clams depending on condition-

    Go for it!!

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    Thanks for the info guys. Put a bid on it for 205. Went for 260 or so plus 55 for S&H. Looked to be in good shape, my size, with 'newish' bar end shifters but not to be. The hunt continues. Thanks again, Charlie

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    Thought I'd bump this up rather than start a new thread....

    If anybody's interested, there's a sweet-looking Raleigh Alyeska on Ebay at the moment (It's not mine).....
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    Nice heavy duty touring bike - just update the compnents a bit and you are in business. My only question would be can you convert it to 700c tires

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    Quote Originally Posted by vosyer
    Nice heavy duty touring bike - just update the compnents a bit and you are in business. My only question would be can you convert it to 700c tires
    I have a very similar Raleigh also from the early 80's. My model is the Kodiak. Looks almost identical.

    I converted over to a more modern set of 700c wheels without a hitch. The cantis have plenty of adjustment for that. Also, the rear spacing is 126mm, but it can easily be spread to 130mm.

    If I didn't already have 2 touring bikes, I would jump on this. (It's even my size )

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    That looks an awful lot like a subdued version of the Raleigh Kodiak which was a REAL(tm) touring bike of probably the highest spec you could get from a mass manufacturer.

    Here's one on the net: http://www.mit.edu/~cforest/hobbies_...h%20Kodiak.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclintom
    That looks an awful lot like a subdued version of the Raleigh Kodiak which was a REAL(tm) touring bike of probably the highest spec you could get from a mass manufacturer.

    Here's one on the net: http://www.mit.edu/~cforest/hobbies_...h%20Kodiak.htm
    Yea, that's the only reference I could pull up when researching my bike. The bast*ard replaced the cantis with sidepulls

    The only changes I made (besides the 700c wheels) was changing over to a cassette from a freewheel and buying some Cane Creek aero levers for more comfort/stopping power. I bought it new in 1984 for a little over $400, I believe. It really does ride smooth like a Buick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclintom
    That looks an awful lot like a subdued version of the Raleigh Kodiak which was a REAL(tm) touring bike of probably the highest spec you could get from a mass manufacturer.

    Here's one on the net: http://www.mit.edu/~cforest/hobbies_...h%20Kodiak.htm
    The Alyeska was a step below the Kodiak in the Raleigh touring lineup; from top to bottom, the lineup was Portage, Kodiak, Alyeska, Wyoming.

    I'm curious-- what differences do you see between the Kodiak and the Alyeska, cyclintom?

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    Sheldon Brown puts this info out on the Alyeska spec's:

    http://sheldonbrown.com/retroraleigh...h-alyeska.html


    I bought one off of Ebay myself, and I'm using it as my daily commuter, so far. Other than changing out the pedals and the saddle, its pretty much "as is." I LOVE the brown, the decals, e.t.c. I know, nothing real helpful there in terms of using it as a real touring bike. I bought it b/c I wanted to get into commuting, and I needing something tall enough for me (I'm 6' 5'').

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldLion
    Sheldon Brown puts this info out on the Alyeska spec's:

    http://sheldonbrown.com/retroraleigh...h-alyeska.html


    I bought one off of Ebay myself, and I'm using it as my daily commuter, so far. Other than changing out the pedals and the saddle, its pretty much "as is." I LOVE the brown, the decals, e.t.c. I know, nothing real helpful there in terms of using it as a real touring bike. I bought it b/c I wanted to get into commuting, and I needing something tall enough for me (I'm 6' 5'').
    It's Raleigh 555 tubing, which T-Mar is convinced is re-badged Reynolds 501. So, Raleigh 555 all tubes, double butted in the main tubes, hi tensile fork. Btw, the color is bordeaux, not brown, and the headtube color is rosť. Double eyelets front and rear, lowrider rack mounts on the fork blades, two water bottle braze-ons, rack eyelets on the seat stays, cantilever brakes, 41.5" wheelbase. Yeah, it's a very good tourer, and a very good commuter.

    Also from Sheldon:

    Raleigh Touring

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    Look at this Raleigh Kodiak on ebay ...
    The tubing is 575T right in the photo. So now we have the 555T ... 575T controversy.
    I have an Alyeska and had no idea there was a 575T
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWAX:IT

    T-Mar your thoughts?

    By the way my Alyeska is a 1986 (I think) and it has NO lowrider mounts on the stays but does have two pairs of eyelets front and rear.
    I recently bought this bike and it came with a 1986 lightweights owner's manual and had the serial # written on page 3 :: 4610219

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWNX:IT

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    In regard to changing to 700C wheels...
    why bother now that 27" PanaRacer Paselas come in both 1 1/8 and 1 1/4?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Dempsey View Post
    In regard to changing to 700C wheels...
    why bother now that 27" PanaRacer Paselas come in both 1 1/8 and 1 1/4?
    They do!?!?! EXcellent!

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    So much for the theory of small sizes sell for less $$$$
    a 20" Raleigh Kodiak "like New" just sold for $500 on ebay
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWAX:IT

    Then again a "Portage" 23"
    sold for $660 with extra tires etc.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWAX:IT

    I will now say that a good touring (Portage, Kodiak, Alyeska) Raleigh in nice condition for around $250 won't be found on eBay
    Craigslist and Garage sales seem to be the places to look if you have lots of time available.

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    Upgrading Alyeska BRAKES ....

    On upgrading an ALYESKA ... the brakes are problematic because the cants have the spring holes on the wrong side. It is virtually impossible to find a cheap brake to replace the originals. I upgraded to Paul brakes because they do not use the cant stud mount holes for their spring placement.

    This is the sweetest riding bike I've ever ridden. "Buick" is very appropriate. It came with 36 spokes front and 40 spokes rear, now running 27" x 1 1/4 Paselas and it is awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Dempsey View Post
    On upgrading an ALYESKA ... the brakes are problematic because the cants have the spring holes on the wrong side. It is virtually impossible to find a cheap brake to replace the originals. I upgraded to Paul brakes because they do not use the cant stud mount holes for their spring placement.

    This is the sweetest riding bike I've ever ridden. "Buick" is very appropriate. It came with 36 spokes front and 40 spokes rear, now running 27" x 1 1/4 Paselas and it is awesome.
    Wow, this is an old thread! Anyway, I have a Raleigh Touring 18 from the early '80s. It is similar to the Alyeska. They are very decent older bikes, and are beautiful with their two-tone paint jobs and lugged frames. I also have Paselas on mine, which makes it an exceptionally nice rider. This is my "fenderless" touring bike, since I find the clearance a bit too tight, especially with 27" rims and Paselas. "Buick" is actually very appropriate. I kind of forget I am riding a bike when I am on this Raleigh. It is one of my favorite bikes. It's made a few long distance trips in it's day, and functions like new. I have a 25" frame, front and rear racks, mirror, lights, and alot of other touring/commuting paraphanalia, and it still seems reasonably light to me. Glad to see this old thread reappear.
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    I have an 83 Raleigh Olympian sport tourer. Says Raleigh North America, but then below says it's actually made in Taiwan. Serial confirms Taiwan.



    Paint job around the lugs is not the cleanest, lug angle stampings still show, and rear chainstays are welded to the frame in a truly terrible fashion. Yes it does say Raleigh 502, but like the others said, these stickers were trying to upsell cheaper frames as Reynolds 531. Mine turned out to be: hi-ten stays and fork with double-butted (or was it single-butted?) vanilla 4130 chro-mo main tubes. Still lighter than my '77 Raleigh Grand Prix...

    Touring 18 was in the 1983 catalogue also.
    Alyeska was in the 1984 if I am correct.

    Both were made by Huffy, who owned Raleigh at the time, if I am not mistaken.
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    This is my Raleigh Touring 18. It was made in Japan, and seems to show signs of good workmanship. It's been a great bike, and now sees use mainly as a commuter on warm and sunny days. The Raleigh 555t stickers are an obvious attempt to make you think "Reynolds 5xx". Peugeot did a similar maneuver at around the same time with their "L1011" stickers. Huffy did a fairly nice job overseeing this one. They also used to import English 3-speeds (manufactured most likely by Raleigh) with their name on them (Huffy Sportsman) about 50 years ago.

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