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Old 02-20-08, 07:45 PM
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Charles Wahl
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I don't see a consensus hereabouts that a bike has to be preserved as is. My own feeling about such things is that I won't do anything that's irreversible, should someone want to restore it. So I'd repaint without compunction, if it suited me better, but surgery is another matter.

As to what you have, I've never seen a Raleigh like that. I know they built aluminum bikes, but I've never seen graphics or paint like that before. It's not that unusual for bikes to have multiple stampings on the BB. Provide the numbers, and perhaps T-mar can read the tea leaves for you.

Myself, I'm skeptical of a 1984 date. Reynolds made 753 then, perhaps they were even flirting with Titanium. But everything else I see says later than '84.
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