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Old 09-30-10, 01:41 PM   #1
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1970-something raleigh sports 3-speed, value?

hello, i'm new to this site as well as to posting re: bikes in general.

i'm finally moving up from my old fair lady (girls' sting ray) banana single-speed coaster
and i'm going to check out this raleigh sports 3-speed tomorrow.
it seems to be a bit over-priced to me, any input on projected value would be immensely appreciated-
cos i'd like to haggle down a bit, and not insult the seller.

here's the craigslist link:

i've figured if she's outfitted the bike with new tires (just says they're "in great shape")
the paint's mint, and the pedals & cables aren't gnarly...

how much do you think i should pay for it?

thanks in advance
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Price has a lot to do with the market in your area. $150- $175 is not out of line in my area., if the bike is in excellent condition.
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Old 10-01-10, 08:28 AM   #3
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Prices on well kept Sports seem to vary greatly based on geographic location. Here in the St Louis area a Sports in very good condition would sell for approximately $100; I bought a matched set of well maintained Sports for $125 two years ago.

Bikes on the East and West coast are often selling for over $200, based on what I've seen on Craigslist. The asking price of $175 does not seem out of line.

The following sites should help you gain some knowledge on the Raleigh Sports:

I also sent you an e-mail with some additional advice.

Good luck tomorrow,


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Old 10-01-10, 08:42 AM   #4
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Looks like a nice one. In my area (Boston, MA) that's actually right about in the middle of the average prices I see these go for on craigslist. Read those links that gbalke provided, make sure it's what you want, then see if you can get it for a little lower than the asking price.
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update: wow, now it's mine & it isn't even a Sports...

hey all, thank you for the responses.
so i ended up getting the bike- after surmising that it must be a '69
(on the SA rear hub) & that although it has some small dents in the fender & such,
it was in pretty great shape. the rims sparkle and i couldn't believe they're around 40 years old. outfitted with new tubes/tires, seemingly updated brake-pads,
everything else seems original.

it turns out that this bike isn't a Sports but rather a Colt, which seems to be
more like the Sports' younger sibling. now i'm having trouble aging it because
while the hub says '69, (according to the catalog) the 1969 Raleigh 3-speed Colt
had a two-tone seat & a font on the down-tube that looks different as well.

my bike's saddle is a Brooks (as the ad claimed), but it's solid black leather
w/ neither those sidelong rivets, nor the large visible springs at the rear.
i suppose it's possible someone replaced the seat with the one it currently has. ultimately this bike looks more like the 1970's Colt & i'm wondering-
is it possible that Raleigh used a '69 hub on a '70 bike?

any thoughts?

i will post photos when i can.

thanks, dayna
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Yes, Raleigh is very well known for using what they had on hand at the time. Using a hub that is one year older than the frame is pretty normal, in fact I believe that is the case with my own Raleigh 3 speed. It sounds like the Brooks on your bike is one of the better models. My Raleigh came with a Brooks B72, it has a wide top and two small loops underneath. Does yours look similar to this:

Here you can see the two spring loops:
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