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1971? Supercourse

Old 03-02-17, 12:28 PM
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1971? Supercourse

1971 (I think) Raleigh SuperCourse. Reynolds 531 tubing. Tons of scratches, nicks, and paint chips. Structurally solid and tracks true down the road.
Unfortunately, this bike is too small for me. I picked it up for close to nothing and would love to sell it on to someone else. Would like to know how much this bike is worth considering the parts and work I've done.

What I've done:
Broke the frame down completely. Cleaned, de greased, and polished frame and fork.
Repacked all bearings with fresh grease and brand new bearings (Headset, Bottom Bracket, both hubs)
Fully dissasembled, clean, and polished original crank.
Replaced (broken) simplex RD and FD and replaced them with a Suntour VG Lux and a Suntour AR up front
Brand new 5 Speed Sunlite freewheel
New cable housing and cables
New brake pads (Jagwire)
New bar tape
New Chain
Hand Polished the Seat post, Stem, and Bars.
Brand new Paselas, tubes, and rim strips











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Old 03-02-17, 12:32 PM
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What's your question?
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Old 03-02-17, 12:34 PM
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My bad. Forgot to post what you guys think it's worth. WHat to ask and what to expect. Will update the OP
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Old 03-02-17, 12:42 PM
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...depending on where you live, your work is worth nothing or maybe $1.50 hourly in a better market like Portland or possibly NorCal.

If you kept track of the materials costs, you have a pretty good idea of your break even point. These have a pretty good reputation as nice riding, more open and longer wheel based bikes, and yours appears to be pretty original. It shouldn't be all that tough to sell and recoup your costs.

If you're in a college town, you can probably ask more for the time and labor, like maybe 2 or 3 bucks hourly.
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Old 03-02-17, 12:48 PM
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...depending on where you live, your work is worth nothing or maybe $1.50 hourly in a better market like Portland or possibly NorCal.

If you kept track of the materials costs, you have a pretty good idea of your break even point. These have a pretty good reputation as nice riding, more open and longer wheel based bikes, and yours appears to be pretty original. It shouldn't be all that tough to sell and recoup your costs.

If you're in a college town, you can probably ask more for the time and labor, like maybe 2 or 3 bucks hourly.
Thank you for your reply. I understand that my time and effort wont exactly pay off but I'm looking at it big picture. I'm selling the bike, not the parts and time I did. Does that make sense?

I've went through the entire "Show your SuperCourse" thread and have heard a lot of good things about these bikes. I figure this is a fine example (sans scratches) of a nice riding, vintage Raleigh. Especially fully overhauled.
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Nice job. Maybe $300 +/- 50 depending on your area. It would be more if not for the frame condition.
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Old 03-02-17, 12:54 PM
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Originally Posted by bargainguy View Post
Nice job. Maybe $300 +/- 50 depending on your area. It would be more if not for the frame condition.
I was originally thinking of 350 (with the Brooks). THe Brooks was too far gone to salvage, so that will hurt me a bit.

I replaced it with a parts stash saddle.

Thanks for the reply.
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Nice work -- the bike looks great. It appears that the saddle is tilting downwards on the right side -- are the rails bent, or is it perhaps not properly installed?
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Originally Posted by primo123 View Post
Thank you for your reply. I understand that my time and effort wont exactly pay off but I'm looking at it big picture. I'm selling the bike, not the parts and time I did. Does that make sense?

I've went through the entire "Show your SuperCourse" thread and have heard a lot of good things about these bikes. I figure this is a fine example (sans scratches) of a nice riding, vintage Raleigh. Especially fully overhauled.
...yes. All this is true. It just has (in many places) a limited market demographic. But in some places it has a very good market demographic. I presume you're listing it via Craigslist.

Certainly you could list it for $3-350 here in my area and expect some responses, at least after the rain stops and it warms up a little bit.
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Originally Posted by Kevindale View Post
Nice work -- the bike looks great. It appears that the saddle is tilting downwards on the right side -- are the rails bent, or is it perhaps not properly installed?
After looking at it, it does look like the saddle is bent. Will have to replace soon. Good eye, thanks!
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As nice as it looks and indeed is, I think 250 or so because of the steel seat post and cottered crank. But is a great work of love and art to make it look that great.
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I regularly see these sell for $250-$350 in Brooklyn, depending on season and condition. This one looks nice and spring is coming...
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After looking at it, it does look like the saddle is bent. Will have to replace soon. Good eye, thanks!
...if the rails are steel, it's often possible to bend it back to some semblance of level and keep using it. You do need a certain amount of creative technique. I have used a pry bar. some wood blocking, and the saddle clamped in a scrap seat post (one I won't use again) clamped in a vise with some success. But it's an iffy process.

If those are just steel rails in a plastic shell, this won't work and you're better off tossing it.
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We have a very similar Super Course at the bike exchange I rehabbed that we listed for $200 for our semi annual yard sale last Saturday. It didn't sell but I think that is the right price for it here in silicon valley. We did sell 3 beautiful Mixtes for $175 each, and a 1974 Flandria which I thought was priceless and was listed for $600 for $450. The Flandria went to a very good home so all is good.
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