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What do you think about this Raleigh Criterium?

Old 01-25-18, 08:05 AM
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What do you think about this Raleigh Criterium?

I found this Raleigh:

It was bought about 20 years ago. Unfortunately the original handle bar isn't there anymore. I guess the Shimano Alivio RD isn't an original part, too.

Would this make a good commuter or a bike for some short trips (just some hours without luggage)? Or is this just a money sink?

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...if you're looking for a commuter and short trip bike that's practical, look for something with a less aggressive race geometry, and with the fender eyes and rack braze-ons that make it much easier to fit out your bike for wet weather and carrying a set of panniers on the back.

That one's a decent bike, that has been "repurposed" by someone with that stem and bar for a more upright riding position that is not especially well suited to the original design of the bicycle.

Edit: looking at it again, it does have fittings and room for fenders, so you can probably make it work for your purposes if it's the right size and you can fit a rack on the rear using P-clamps on the seat stays. You're still probably gonna want to go back to drop bars and a different stem, but you could go with a straight bar and new stem, and it might allow you to keep and use the same brake levers.

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