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Old 04-07-18, 04:26 PM
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Raleigh Alyeska time capsule?

I picked up a Raleigh Alyeska that looks almost brand new and barely ridden, The only flaws I found is one patch of missing paint with a smooth surface rust and slight rusting on fastenings and chrome bits, Most of which should come right off. All the aluminum parts have their original polish.
I will get pictures this week. The frame is 25" so way to big for me. I was expecting Something I could pass along to a taller collector I know, or at least a donor bike to pull the components and touring wheelset off (40 spoke rear) and find a home for the frame, but this bike is in such good shape and all the components are marked Raleigh, so it seems a bit of a shame to strip everything. So the question is what kind of value does a bike like this have at 90+% condition have, verses just selling the frame, and transferring the parts to a beat up bridgestone t500?

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Need a pic to put a real value on it. I had to look it up because I've never heard of it before. It looks like an entry level touring bike with ho-hum but solid Shimano Z components.

The tall size might slow it down a sale, but touring bikes from the 80's really hold there value. I'd think 175-275, but that's just my opinion.

Get some pics!
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They are a very nice touring bike. It would be a shame if it were parted out. '80s touring bikes are popular. They sell, in the right places, for a nice premium.
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I'm a little torn by this, one as it is such a complete part of the archaeological record. But.. where else am I going to find a brand new "groupset" with 27" 36/40h wheels?
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All of your "Raliegh" branded components are going to look way out of place on a Bridgestone. Sell the Raliegh, and piece together a better group. As an upside you get to ditch the 27" wheels.
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All of your "Raliegh" branded components are going to look way out of place on a Bridgestone. Sell the Raliegh, and piece together a better group. As an upside you get to ditch the 27" wheels.

+1 what he said
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The Bridgestone has closely spaced cantilever brakes and is reportedly not a good candidate for 700c. my Miyata 610 is set up for 27" and would be way closer to the road with a brand new wheelset dropped in with the original brakes. function and $$ has the lead on form.. Picture's might have to wait another week. I am of course hoping that y'all will tell me I'm sitting on a gold mine...
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I'm sure its tight, and may not actually be possible, but it's only .16" height change at the brakes to go from 27" to 700c. I'd sure as heck check with a 700c wheel before I went out of my way to find a pair of 27" units.
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I got some quick pictures. There are a couple things I caught after the "Bike Goggles" came off. There is a missing crank cap and a missing pedal cap. the last photo is a little blurry but shows the paint loss, probably from storage.

[IMG]alyeska1 by woodersonj, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]alyeska2 by woodersonj, on Flickr[/IMG]

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Real nice! $250 to $300+. True touring bikes are not all that easy to come by. Entry-level 10 speeds with stem shifters and turkey levers are way more common.
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I have an Alyeska 58cm available for sale if you want.
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Thanks for the feed back everyone. I'm still wondering about the relative value of the compleat bike, verses keeping the wheel set and maybe the non Raleigh branded shifters and derailleurs and selling the frame and all the Raliegh branded componants together? There seems to be "ditch the 27" wheels" school of thought. Will that offset the "lost" value at all?

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Alyeska are not that popular. I have seen them mostly around $400 on ebay. What ever you do , do not separate the brakes from the frame, they are specific to the frame.
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While not top end this is a very nice touring bike in exceptional condition I see little or no wear on the chain rings or rear rim which is typical of a touring type bike that has been road more than a few hundred miles. As presented with great condition and cosmetics I would say $300 or so value wise the large size will limit market some but the right buyer will likely be willing to pay a bit of a premium considering condition..
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Would $200 be reasonable for the frame less the wheel set and non branded bits?
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In my opinion no. If you are looking for a donor bike, keep looking. The advice others have given is solid. Sell it and look for a more realistic donor with better parts. Shouldn't be that difficult..
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In my opinion no. If you are looking for a donor bike, keep looking. The advice others have given is solid. Sell it and look for a more realistic donor with better parts. Shouldn't be that difficult..


Agreed. There is no solid reasoning to molest this bike. Sell it, find a more suitable donor, enjoy life.
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Vintage touring bikes rarely make good donor bikes. First, complete touring bikes are usually worth more than the parts. Secondly, many parts from cheaper, worthy early MTBs can make just as good donor parts, at a much lower price point. Now if you find a touring bike with serious frame issues, sure, it can make a decent donor.

In this case, the Suntour AR components are in the nothing special category. They work fine, but are at the lower end of the Suntour product line.
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I'm going to come at this from the other direction. How much should I expect to pay for a new built 27" touring wheelset with a 40 spoke rear, with a NOS free wheel attached?
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