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Old 04-09-17, 06:21 PM
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Opinions on 1970s? Raleigh Record

I have an old Raleigh Record that I'm considering either fixing up or scrapping for a new/ "new" used bike. Bought it about 10 years ago and fixed up but over the years and a couple of seasons being kept outside it's starting to show. The wheels need to be replaced, the gearing doesn't work well, neither do the brakes. Still ride it to work a lot of the time but it'd be nice to have a more comfortable commute. Just was wondering if you think it's worth putting money into fixing and also time which is even more of an issue. Does anyone have an idea how much it would cost to get my LBS to make these changes? I live in NYC so expecting $$$. I'm looking to spend no more than $450. Also, does anyone have any recommendations for which parts to replace mine with (derailleurs, crankset, wheelset)?

current components:
-Shimano SIS rear derailleur
-Hurel front derailleur
-Nervar crankset
-SunTour gear shifters
-"centerpull" brakes

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Old 04-10-17, 01:01 AM
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The Record is the low end model in the Raleigh line, with steel wheels, a high tensile steel frame, cottered crank set, and other low end components. An LBS will charge you $200 or more to overhaul a bike worth $135 at best. On the other hand, if you can use a pair of wire cutters, squeeze grease out of tube like toothpaste, own an adjustable wrench, find a $7.00 cable set via Amazon, and some Dia Compe Grey Matter pads for $8.00, that will fix 90 percent of your issues.

https://www.amazon.com/Bell-PITCREW-...9EG1E4QEJZC09W

Or find a new used bike you like.
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Old 04-10-17, 09:27 AM
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Originally Posted by oddjob2 View Post
The Record is the low end model in the Raleigh line, with steel wheels, a high tensile steel frame, cottered crank set, and other low end components. An LBS will charge you $200 or more to overhaul a bike worth $135 at best. On the other hand, if you can use a pair of wire cutters, squeeze grease out of tube like toothpaste, own an adjustable wrench, find a $7.00 cable set via Amazon, and some Dia Compe Grey Matter pads for $8.00, that will fix 90 percent of your issues.

https://www.amazon.com/Bell-PITCREW-...9EG1E4QEJZC09W

Or find a new used bike you like.
+1 While not a great bike it can be fixed up to be a fairly nice rider fairly reasonably if you do it yourself, but it wouldn't make sense to have a LBS do it.
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Old 04-10-17, 09:37 AM
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My first road bike was a '71 Raleigh Record. Dead bike, dead ride and crappy quality and poor parts. I'd upgrade and you will be delighted art what a decent bike rides like.
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