Old 01-13-22, 01:13 PM
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Welcome to the forum BishopPax!

Unless youíre looking at a late 1950s Raleigh Lenton Grand Prix, the 50s Grand Prix doesnít exist. If you are looking at a Lenton, and if it has its original paint, then it wonít be white. The regular Raleigh Grand Prix as we know it originated in the late 1960s and was a heavy bike with a steel cottered crankset and heavy steel rims. If itís white and with original paint then we are most likely looking at a mid-late 70s version with some alloy components. Very commonly, when it comes to old bikes, sellers donít really know very much about what theyíre selling. They usually are not trying to be deceptive, but they just donít recall the details. If it is a mid-late 70s Grand Prix then it will very comparable to the Sovereign (early 80s and red sounds correct). Both are entry level and on the heavy side but should do well for riding and commuting purposes. If the hills are too much then more can be done with the gearing at a later date. The Grand Prix originally had steel wheels even in the 70s but someone could easily have changed them to alloy by now. If youíll be commuting in wet weather, aluminum alloy rims are vastly preferable to steel when it comes to stopping safely. If they both have alloy wheels, pick the one that fits best. If theyíre the same size then pick the one you like best. If they need complete refurbishing then the prices (in my opinion) are a little bit high.

Good luck.

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