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Old 04-09-17, 07:37 PM
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1970s era Raleigh Record worth fixing up?

I have an old Raleigh Record that I'm considering either fixing up or scrapping for a new/ "new" used bike. Bought it about 10 years ago and fixed up but over the years and a couple of seasons being kept outside it's starting to show. The wheels need to be replaced, the gearing doesn't work well, neither do the brakes. Still ride it to work a lot of the time but it'd be nice to have a more comfortable commute. Just was wondering if you think it's worth putting money into fixing and also time which is even more of an issue. Does anyone have an idea how much it would cost to get my LBS to make these changes? I live in NYC so expecting $$$. I'm looking to spend no more than $450. Also, does anyone have any recommendations for which parts to replace mine with (derailleurs, crankset, wheelset)?

current components:
-Shimano SIS rear derailleur
-Hurel front derailleur
-Nervar crankset
-SunTour gear shifters
-"centerpull" brakes

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Old 04-09-17, 08:14 PM
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A Record? A full parts-off restore? Not in my opinion. A Super Course, maybe. A Competition, yeah sure. A Pro? You betcha but a Record was a low end bike in the day.

If you want a low profile every day get around town bike for NYC it would be good but I wouldn't spend much money on it. It was a work-horse of a bike in its day though just not a light tight road machine. As I recall from my shop days, it was price-range competition for the Schwinn Varsity albeit 250 lbs lighter...snicker snicker.
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A Record? A full parts-off restore? Not in my opinion. A Super Course, maybe. A Competition, yeah sure. A Pro? You betcha but a Record was a low end bike in the day.

If you want a low profile every day get around town bike for NYC it would be good but I wouldn't spend much money on it. It was a work-horse of a bike in its day though just not a light tight road machine. As I recall from my shop days, it was price-range competition for the Schwinn Varsity albeit 250 lbs lighter...snicker snicker.
yeah that's what I was afraid of...do you have any recommendations of a new road bike that would be a nice commuter? or perhaps what older bike I should start hunting for on Craigslist? And in your opinion, how much money is "too much" to put into this Record?
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I commuted for a good part of last year and did it with a fixed gear bike with brakes. Mine is a nice Wabi that I could take inside to work. It was a great commuter bike. Light, fast and tough.

For a commuter a Record would be good I would think. Maybe $150 bucks or less if a shop does it. If you are doing the work you can do more with the same money. If it were mine in the same situation I'd spring for new decent tires, new handlebar tape, new-used saddle (if the current one is bad).

If you are doing the work yourself, pull the brake and derailleur cables out and re-grease, pull the hubs, headset and bottom bracket and re-grease. Your labor is free and that will allow for nicer tires, tape, saddle etc.

I wouldn't re-paint it. The less of a target it looks like the better.

Let's see what others weigh-in with.
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Originally Posted by drlogik View Post
A Record? A full parts-off restore? Not in my opinion. A Super Course, maybe. A Competition, yeah sure. A Pro? You betcha but a Record was a low end bike in the day.

If you want a low profile every day get around town bike for NYC it would be good but I wouldn't spend much money on it. It was a work-horse of a bike in its day though just not a light tight road machine. As I recall from my shop days, it was price-range competition for the Schwinn Varsity albeit 250 lbs lighter...snicker snicker.
More like 250 kg lighter than a Varsity. I rode a 70's Continental, which was a smidge lighter than a Varsity.

The Record was below the Grand Prix in Raleigh's lineup.
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The "Record" was an entry-level bike BITD, so hardly worth sinking $450 into. Either spend that $450 on a new, entry-level bike, or scrounge used components to build it into a cheap beater.
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The "Record" was an entry-level bike BITD, so hardly worth sinking $450 into. Either spend that $450 on a new, entry-level bike, or scrounge used components to build it into a cheap beater.
Do you have any recommendations on an entry level bike that would be worth $450? There's also a Bianchi Eros on CL in my area right now for $525, would that be a better deal? Assuming it's in excellent condition?
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Sorry didn't answer your question about an alternative bike. I like fixed gear bikes for commuting and I had my eye on a Fuji Feather. Performance has the 2016 model on sale for $379. It got a great review in Urban Bike magazine this past year and I rode one in a local Performance shop and they pretty nice too.

I think you get a lot of bike for the money with the Feather. Plus it's got cool retro-classic looks too.

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I commuted for a good part of last year and did it with a fixed gear bike with brakes. Mine is a nice Wabi that I could take inside to work. It was a great commuter bike. Light, fast and tough.

For a commuter a Record would be good I would think. Maybe $150 bucks or less if a shop does it. If you are doing the work you can do more with the same money. If it were mine in the same situation I'd spring for new decent tires, new handlebar tape, new-used saddle (if the current one is bad).

If you are doing the work yourself, pull the brake and derailleur cables out and re-grease, pull the hubs, headset and bottom bracket and re-grease. Your labor is free and that will allow for nicer tires, tape, saddle etc.

I wouldn't re-paint it. The less of a target it looks like the better.

Let's see what others weigh-in with.
I feel like the #1 thing I'd need is a new wheel set...I found a 27.25 rear wheel that says it has a "36H bolt on" ? But it says it's only for 5-7 speed cassettes...
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Cougar,

I wouldn't pull the trigger for a new set of wheels. That will set you back some bucks. And, a 27 1/4" tires are going the way of the Dodo Bird and getting harder to find.

Better to put that money toward a new or new-used bike in better shape. Check my previous post of the Fuji Feather. I really like that bike but just can't justify buying one now as I have two Wabi fixie's. I want one but don't need one. If I had it all to do over again, I would have bought the Feather as my commuter and would have had more money to spend on a really tricked out Wabi.
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Sorry didn't answer your question about an alternative bike. I like fixed gear bikes for commuting and I had my eye on a Fuji Feather. Performance has the 2016 model on sale for $379. It got a great review in Urban Bike magazine this past year and I rode one in a local Performance shop and they pretty nice too.

I think you get a lot of bike for the money with the Feather. Plus it's got cool retro-classic looks too.
looks like they're sold out! but that does sound like a great deal!
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They still have some of them at $469. That's still a decent deal.

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They still have some of them at $469. That's still a decent deal.
What would say to a Bianchi Eros around $450 VS Fuji Feather $250 both look to be equally excellent condition
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I have a slightly different take on things; it is definitely NOT worth paying someone to get a Record functional. The Record is a good, solid, heavy, rugged bike - perfect for the city. IMHO it is worth fixing up if you do all the work yourself, and not go overboard on components. It is also a good frame for conversion to a Fixie/SS.

Like any bicycle, it needs to be taken care of, and protected from the weather; and cleaned/lubed after exposure to bad weather.

You do not state in detail the current issues with the bike, so no recommendations are possible.
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