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Pickin up two Raleighs today, one is an Glider?

Old 07-11-17, 03:04 PM
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Pickin up two Raleighs today, one is an Glider?

I was able to stumble on a deal today for two Raleigh's. They're both road bikes but I can't make out the model of the first, but the second is a Glider. Glider has downtube shifters, looks decent as well as the other bike. Cant make out any more details. Anyone have any value/information on these? I was going to take just the glider for 20, but she begged me to take the other, so I did 30. Lady is cleaning out her garage and wants to rid it today.
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Old 07-11-17, 03:37 PM
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The blue one is a model called Record and looks to hail from the early 1970's. It is the lowest of the manufacturer's drop bar "tenspeeds."

There was a brand of bicycle called Glider. They were mainly balloon and semi balloon. No derailleur gearing. Your Glider looks to be the same as the Raleigh Grand Prix model and again appears to come from the early 1970's. The Grand Prix is one model up from the Record.

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Old 07-11-17, 04:01 PM
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Thanks for the info man, so the Glider has no derailleur gearing? How does it change gears?
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Old 07-11-17, 04:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Helix Lamont View Post
Thanks for the info man, so the Glider has no derailleur gearing? How does it change gears?
That is not what was intended.

There WAS a brand of bicycle called Glider which was primarily known for balloon and semi-baloon models.

One possibility is that your Glider was made for that company by Raleigh. Your Glider is the SAME as a Raleigh model called Grand Prix.

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I gotcha, thanks, so it it's possible then. It says Eaton I think on the sticker too.
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Though I cannot prove it, Gliders are re-branded Raleighs as the Eaton of Canada's bicycle line. I have owned a couple of Glider road bicycles and a couple of roadsters. They do not rank high on the exotic scale but they are every bit as nice as any similar Raleigh that I have run across...

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Raleigh did some contract builds for others.

This what the bicycle would appear to be.

BTW - there was more than one brand of bicycle called Glider so this makes searching/historical exploration potentially confusing.

Have a brass Glider headplate in my headplate collection. It came from a semi-ballon machine with coaster brake. Hence my familiarity with THAT Glider co.

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Though I cannot prove it, Gliders are re-branded Raleighs as the Eaton of Canada's bicycle line. I have owned a couple of Glider road bicycles and a couple of roadsters. They do not rank high on the exotic scale but they are every bit as nice as any similar Raleigh that I have run across...

Thanks so much Randy!

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Glider was the house brand of the T. E. Eaton Co. Ltd., a Canadian department store and mail order chain. The first Glider bicycle appeared in 1923 and the brand was discontinued in 1988. They were contract manufactured by various sources, with CCM and Raleigh being the most common.

The subject Glider has wrapover seat stays, a cottered crankset and Simpex shift levers and front derailleur. As noted by Juvela, it is almost certainly a rebranded Raleigh Grand Prix from the early 1970s. The Grand Prix was Raleigh's best selling model of the era and 2nd from the bottom of the adult, lightweight line. It may be Canadian manufactured, as Raleigh opened their Canadian factory in 1972. The serial number will confirm the origin and exact year.

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on a side note, What a beautiful sprocket on the Glider
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No one has mentioned the Brooks saddles on these bikes. Both look to be in good condition(Any cracks in the topside?) The saddles should be worth at least $25-$50 each in good shape.

Raleigh 10 speeds from that age are good bikes. usually with 20-30 tubing which is a step up from gas pipe. They are probably about 30 lbs each and should ride nicely. The thicker wall tubing makes them more resistant to denting and the paint is usually better than some old french or Italian bikes. (Traditional British Craftsmanship, eh what). If you want to make some quick money sell them as is for $50-$75. and stress the Brooks saddles. Who ever buys them to ride will get a good deal and you will be doing a good deed.
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