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Old 10-24-21, 10:27 AM
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Help Me Identify This Raleigh Racing Bike

Hello everyone, I have (literally) unearthed a bike, serial number NK0007700, does this mean Nottingham 1977? I don't know which model this bike is. It is very rusty as you can tell so I'm not sure if the model name is covered in rust. I'm not sure if any parts are even salvageable, but am keen to learn which parts came with which bike and how to identify certain models and years. I have looked online and tried to work it out for myself before coming here but I am not getting anywhere.

I'm sure someone on here can tell me and I would be most grateful for the information. I have only just gained an interest in vintage bicycles. I would love to find one which is worth restoring.

I can't put up pictures until I've made 10 posts, just realised so this is a long shot
it has dia-compe brake levers, Wienmann brakes, simplex derailleur, michelin tyres, it's silver.
it has an iscaselle saddle with 3 holes in it

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We can see the pictures in your gallery even if you can't add them to your post. You need to take a few steps back and take pictures of the overall bike, from the righthand side so we can see all the drivetrain components.
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We can see the pictures in your gallery even if you can't add them to your post. You need to take a few steps back and take pictures of the overall bike, from the righthand side so we can see all the drivetrain components.
oh OK, thanks for the help. It won't let me create an album, comes up with some weird message. I'm at a loss.
I have found something on the bike saying "Grand Prix" however, I couldn't have been looking in the right place, expected it written on the frame not on the brakes so perhaps they're just grand prix brakes?
Anyway it won't let me create an album so I've no idea what to do
other than keep making posts!
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Thank you very much cb400bill! There's the rustbucket!
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Early 70s Grand Prix sounds right.
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Early 70s Grand Prix sounds right.
Thank you, now the question is, is it worth restoring? It would be such a big job, I'm hoping I can salvage some parts off of it, I think that's all it's good for.

Anything special about the serial number? Is it a low number and would that even matter to anyone?
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It is a low-end Raleigh. Now worth investing a lot of money in, you'll be underwater in a hurry. Having a specific serial number makes no difference in desirability.
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It is a low-end Raleigh. Now worth investing a lot of money in, you'll be underwater in a hurry. Having a specific serial number makes no difference in desirability.
OK thank you very much for the information. I didn't think it would be anything special, the search continues for a worthy restoration project.
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The shortage of bikes in general has caused a lot of good candidates to grow in price to the point where they are no longer good candidates in my opinion. But there are still targets out there, you might have to work harder.

Check out the C&V forum to see threads where folks detail their efforts to restore bikes. It is a wealth of information.

Also, have you any idea of what sort of bikes appeal to you? Some seem to gravitate to a particular genre or even brand. For example, some specialize in French bikes or Italian bikes. Still others stay close to a brand, like Legeune or Colnago, etc. Then there's track bike collectors, randonneur collectors, etc.

What sort of bike speaks to you? Focus on those. Passion plays a big role in this game. If you love a bike you will remain enthusiastic about it and be motivated to complete a restoration. It isn't always a walk in the park. Depending on the bike you can have a difficult time finding all of the period-correct bits. Or you may choose to ignore that aspect altogether and simply rehabilitate a bike and use any available parts. You can also do a resto-mod where you modernize a vintage bike by upgrading components and adding new parts to make it more functional. There are threads on that subject too in C&V.

And you will get lots of support along the way. There is a wealth of information on the forum and lots of helpful folks that probably have "been there and done that" and you can draw from their experience.

Good luck!
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If you would take $100 and put into that bike or $100 and put into another used bike, you probably would still be way ahead in the worth dept on the second option.
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Trek 420 - $80 (napa county)

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Entry level, UK market model, manufactured in Nottingham during July 1980.
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