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Is this vintage Raleigh dramatically overpriced?

Old 06-26-21, 03:58 PM
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Is this vintage Raleigh dramatically overpriced?

I think it's a super cool bike, and it's close so I wouldn't have to deal with shipping, but I suspect it should be priced somewhere in the $400-$600 range. Am I crazy or am I missing something?
Early 1930’s Raleigh racer a true piece of bicycle history -... (craigslist.org)

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That price is ridiculous, in my opinion. I love older bikes but I would want to negotiate to less than $500.00 and then only if I could absolutely verify authenticity and actual condition in person.
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It's local to the OP so he can check out the bike and verify the date. $1600 is more than I'd pay for that bike but that price is likely a negotiation point. That said, the seller is unlikely to take as big a haircut as you are suggesting. Usually when someone starts out that high, they are not realistic as to the price.

Assuming this is a 30s Raleigh and mainly all original, these bikes don't pop up often so it will command a premium. How badly do you want it?

The saddle looks mainly gone.

The black handlebars look odd to me but looking at this '35 catalog, apparently some Raleighs came with that:
https://threespeedhub.com/wp-content/...og-1935-UK.pdf

The 3 speed freewheel and derailleur are interesting.

This is beyond my area of expertise but you should google "raleigh sports model." This may be a predecessor to the RRA which would make it an interesting bike:

https://onlinebicyclemuseum.co.uk/19...s-raleigh-rra/

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If it were an RRA or Golden Arrow with all original bits, he’d be in the neighborhood, but for a 30s Sports Tourist that was outfitted with lauterwassers and Cyclo gears? I don’t think so.

Hmm, I happen to have one of those frames, set up as an upright bar 3-speed. I’ll let it go for $500!


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...as someone who does a lot of older bike projects, I can state with some assurance there's a great deal of confusion on the local CL about what an older bike ought to sell for as a potential project, and what it ought to sell for restored to some kind of excellent, rideable condition. That one looks like it would require a lot of work. It's not really priced at the "needs a lot of work" price point.

I wouldn't bother the guy. Maybe he'll sell it for that on ebay. Certainly I see fewer and fewer of these. But you can't pay 1600 bucks for something you want to restore as a project. And the sSports frame was made, essentially little changed, for a long, long time in various incarnations. So not exactly rare or on the high end of the Raleigh production lineup.
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If it were an RRA or Golden Arrow with all original bits, hed be in the neighborhood, but for a 30s Sports Tourist that was outfitted with lauterwassers and Cyclo gears? I dont think so.

Hmm, I happen to have one of those frames, set up as an upright bar 3-speed. Ill let it go for $500!


What size is the frame?
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what size is the frame?
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It is what it proports to be, though the Cyclo RD is an addition. Fenders and frame pump are missing.

This is the original catalog page for it. (SOURCE: https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Raleig...1937_Catalogue)




Most notably, the dropouts have been crowbared open for the 10mm axles of the replacement rear hub; a definite deal-killer until fixed. This would have had a Sturmey hub BITD, and thus had 8mm axle slots.



Is it worth $1,600 as-is? Not in a million years. Plus, the seller hasn't even done a good job of running even a decent wax over the frame. It's dirty and looks like a $75 Cambridge Craigslist special, which it isn't far removed from.

Neal was spot-on with his assessment. I'd go even further to say that the butchered dropouts make the value of this thing a wildcard until proven that they can be successfully cold-set back to where the folks in Nottingham intended them to be.

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Ugg, too big. That head tube looked kinda long.
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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
It's local to the OP so he can check out the bike and verify the date. $1600 is more than I'd pay for that bike but that price is likely a negotiation point. That said, the seller is unlikely to take as big a haircut as you are suggesting. Usually when someone starts out that high, they are not realistic as to the price.

Assuming this is a 30s Raleigh and mainly all original, these bikes don't pop up often so it will command a premium. How badly do you want it?

The saddle looks mainly gone.

The black handlebars look odd to me but looking at this '35 catalog, apparently some Raleighs came with that:
https://threespeedhub.com/wp-content/...og-1935-UK.pdf

The 3 speed freewheel and derailleur are interesting.

This is beyond my area of expertise but you should google "raleigh sports model." This may be a predecessor to the RRA which would make it an interesting bike:

https://onlinebicyclemuseum.co.uk/19...s-raleigh-rra/
Yep, same bars and grips as the 1935 Sport 31 model!
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Old 06-27-21, 07:53 AM
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Interesting bike, a cool mod would have been a sturmey hub with a multicog adapter.

the Cyclo retro dates to the late 40s- early 50s?
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