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Old 10-21-16, 06:19 AM
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Should I buy it?

I hope this isn't the wrong place to post this but I found this on craigslist and am considering it. Would it be a good price? Is this a good bike? What is the general consensus for this bike? I don't really know anything about Vintage and Classic bikes so i'm just looking for some help here.

1975 carlton raleigh super course mk-11
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Old 10-22-16, 06:10 AM
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No one else answered so here's my take

Originally Posted by upton7418 View Post
I hope this isn't the wrong place to post this but I found this on craigslist and am considering it. Would it be a good price? Is this a good bike? What is the general consensus for this bike? I don't really know anything about Vintage and Classic bikes so i'm just looking for some help here.

1975 carlton raleigh super course mk-11

Love the color and looks to be in excellent shape. Believe these were made with Reynolds tubing......another plus.

It is a rather small frame however, which would nix the deal for me, but if it's your size I would definitely take an in-person look.

Not a Raleigh expert but the price seems a bit high, but you need someone more knowledgeable than me to verify.

Of course being on hand with cash in hand usually gets you a "discount," especially when it's be up for 15 days with no sale.

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That's local-ish to me and I see the seller's ads all the time on CL. Most of his stuff is priced at $299 and seem pretty fair for the apparent condition and the type. I think you're unlikely to find one as nice anytime soon for that price but the internet could prove me wrong.

I've never checked his bikes in person so do not know how they rate mechanically. I say, if the Raleigh is your size, go for it! A lot of his bike ads hang around so you might not need to decide today. Good luck!

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Old 10-22-16, 06:31 AM
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Not too bad at all.
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If you're under 5'6" it should fit. Priced at FMV.
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I know that prices are market driven and that the Raleigh and the Super Course models are very popular but I can't see $299 US for a mid-1970s, lower mid-range model with Reynolds 531 plain gauge main tubes only, even if it is very clean and ready to ride. I wouldn't offer over $200 US and even that price is only because of the upgraded Huret Jubilee rear derailleur. I assembled too many from this period and know what the workmanship was like.
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If the bike is fully serviced ready to ride with new consumables like it looks to be then the price is basically fair. If it's your size and the color and the bike you want I would say yes on buying it.If your just looking for a nice vintage bike in general I think you could do better for the price in most markets.
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70's bikes are fewer and fewer-I don't see a prob with the price because of this. Supply and demand. A 531 frame to me is worth the premium price/ I see no 531 as a low model. (also addressing the size) Hitting the collectors market with 40 yo bikes to my thinking. BTW-pretty bike.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
I know that prices are market driven and that the Raleigh and the Super Course models are very popular but I can't see $299 US for a mid-1970s, lower mid-range model with Reynolds 531 plain gauge main tubes only, even if it is very clean and ready to ride. I wouldn't offer over $200 US and even that price is only because of the upgraded Huret Jubilee rear derailleur. I assembled too many from this period and know what the workmanship was like.
I think this price is high as well.
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