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1985(?) Raleigh Portage Touring

Old 04-28-16, 11:59 AM
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1985(?) Raleigh Portage Touring

Seen this specific ad on the eBay / CL listing thread, and was in contact with the owner yesterday.

In need of a daily commuter, pretty basic bike. Good price / worth it?
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I'm not seeing a link? Is it just me?
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Believe this CL add is the bike. Looks bigger than 25 though it could be the angle. 6'3 can generally ride a 25+-. Will let others address value as not familiar with the portage builds.
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Wow, that does look like a tall one (coming from someone who rides a 63). Any chance those are 26" wheels?
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I have a 25" '85 Raleigh Alyeska, which is one "step" below the Portage in the touring line. The differences? The Portage had 650b wheels (making this seemingly larger-than-25" bike clearly a 25"), and three pairs of water bottle bosses to the Alyeska's two.

I paid about $340 (or was it $325?) plus shipping for a super mint unridden 25" with original raleigh branded toe clip straps, branded black water bottle, orig everything. Freewheel was still gold colored -- no grease, etc. Catalog shot accurate and new. I consider that an excellent deal.

This portage has new wheels, and the sakae triple crankset has been replaced with a cheaper old double.

Looks like this bike was raided for its wheels and crankset (not sure about the FD and RD. I can check mine) and later rebuilt.

Are the new wheels a net plus to the value? Up to you.

I would buy it if I needed a touring bike and consider it a pretty good deal, despite it needing a triple.

No bike I have ever ridden a smoothly as my Alyeska in terms of long distance straight down the road riding. Not even my Trek 620. Have gone on loaded tours with it and the geo is excellent. DT shifters aren't always my favorite, but they work better than bar ends for halfstep+granny gearing.

The 650b models are considered the rarer more valuable models than the 27" versions.

My vote? Get it right away, maybe ask for a bit of a discount b/c of the crankset.
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Huh, good to know. If it were local to me, I'd probably get it (though might replace the drive train).
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Originally Posted by dailycommute View Post
Believe this CL add is the bike. Looks bigger than 25 though it could be the angle. 6'3 can generally ride a 25+-. Will let others address value as not familiar with the portage builds.
That's the one, sorry, I seem to always forget to include links.
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As a fellow tall rider, I would consider it if it were local because I have always wanted to try 650B, but those wheels just look wrong on a bike that big.
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Better deal? 25"/63cm Cannondale Touring bike w new tires
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https://simplicityvintagecycles.com/...-catalog-1984/

According to this link, the Alyeska is third, Kodiak second to the Portage. I missed a shot at a Portage for $200 locally and am kicking myself. I have a Kodiak myself.

One caveat with these cycles is that the DT braze ons are not standard. Not a big deal if the original shifters are present and you plan to keep them. If you plan to make changes this can present a challenge. If you explore further on that link the writer discusses switching to barcons.
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Depends on what you want it for. I didn't look close enough to figure the model, but I have a 1985 ST400 where 32 mm tires with fenders is very tight. Maybe even too tight for comfort.
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Depends on what you want it for. I didn't look close enough to figure the model, but I have a 1985 ST400 where 32 mm tires with fenders is very tight. Maybe even too tight for comfort.
Light commuting and flat city riding.
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Probably not a better tourer. But likely a better city bike.



Get the Portage, quit the job, and go tour America.
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Wheel size is 650B... is that bad?
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