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What model/year is this Raleigh?

Old 12-11-15, 12:47 PM
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What model/year is this Raleigh?

I found this Raleigh bike on craiglist for a 100 bucks. Do anyone know what model and year is this bike? And is it worth getting for that price?





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Old 12-11-15, 01:43 PM
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Not much info to go by here.

But, based on the font used in the decals, I'm pretty sure it's an early-to-mid 1980s "Raleigh of USA" bicycle. Raleigh of USA imported bikes made in Taiwan (and maybe some made in Japan) for the US market. Some are good, some are nothing special.
Based on the components ("suicide" brake levers, stem shifters, quill pedals, fat-butt vinyl seat) and the frame (I can see a stamped dropout on the rear, not forged), I'd say that this bike is an entry-to-mid-level bicycle. So, nothing special.
I can't find this model in the only Raleigh of USA catalog I know of. For '85 at least, most had their head tubes painted in a contrasting color.

That said, it may ride just fine (cheap steel sometimes rides nice). My girlfriend's dad has a 1985 Raleigh (USA) Marathon (nothing special) that he loves. I refurbished it for him two years ago.
In Toronto (very busy bike market), $100 is fair if the bike is in order, clean, and everything works. The rear rim looks deeper and shinier than the front, maybe it's a replacement?

From what I can tell, this bike is not a diamond in the rough, just a lump of coal. You'd never make money polishing it and flipping it, but it could be an unpretentious daily rider for another 30 years.

In an area with high risk of theft, this may be just the right bike.
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Old 12-11-15, 03:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Tim_Iowa View Post
Not much info to go by here.

But, based on the font used in the decals, I'm pretty sure it's an early-to-mid 1980s "Raleigh of USA" bicycle. Raleigh of USA imported bikes made in Taiwan (and maybe some made in Japan) for the US market. Some are good, some are nothing special.
Based on the components ("suicide" brake levers, stem shifters, quill pedals, fat-butt vinyl seat) and the frame (I can see a stamped dropout on the rear, not forged), I'd say that this bike is an entry-to-mid-level bicycle. So, nothing special.
I can't find this model in the only Raleigh of USA catalog I know of. For '85 at least, most had their head tubes painted in a contrasting color.

That said, it may ride just fine (cheap steel sometimes rides nice). My girlfriend's dad has a 1985 Raleigh (USA) Marathon (nothing special) that he loves. I refurbished it for him two years ago.
In Toronto (very busy bike market), $100 is fair if the bike is in order, clean, and everything works. The rear rim looks deeper and shinier than the front, maybe it's a replacement?

From what I can tell, this bike is not a diamond in the rough, just a lump of coal. You'd never make money polishing it and flipping it, but it could be an unpretentious daily rider for another 30 years.

In an area with high risk of theft, this may be just the right bike.
Thanks for the feedback. Yeah, your correct about Toronto. There is a busy bike market so its not easy to find a good deal on Craigslist. All the best deal for bikes is usually taken within the hour so it is competitive to score a good find for low cost.
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It's sort of a $100 bike, but you need tape and hoods and a new seat and probably something else so it could be a $200 bike pretty quickly. And you could do better for $200.
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