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Is this a Step Up or a Lateral Move?

Old 11-02-23, 04:39 PM
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Is this a Step Up or a Lateral Move?

Just bought a Raleigh Capri for $70. Intended use was riding around a city with a lot of bike theft and occasional 13-14 mph rides on the Greenways (20-40 miles). The Raleigh Capri has performed flawlessly and I'm pretty happy other than I need better bar tape and/or gloves. However with my pannier rack it weighs 32 lbs.

I found this Raleigh Marathon locally I can get for $60. I noticed the Chromoly frame and was thinking about getting it and finding aluminum wheels for it. I'm shooting for under 25 pounds and maybe slightly better components.


https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/869251931579673/?mibextid=dXMIcH

Should I get it and sell the Capri or should I not bother. I believe the Capri is 23 inches which seems to fit on for me at 5'10.
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Old 11-02-23, 05:57 PM
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Looks like its already had the wheels replaced. Rims appear to to be aluminum. Probably a slight step up from the Capri assuming it fits well and is in good shape. Brake cables are poorly taped, may have had some sloppy DIY work done.
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For what I recall both were mid tier bikes, so close to same difference?

I would go by whichever is the prettiest, which is a matter of personal taste.
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Originally Posted by abdon
For what I recall both were mid tier bikes, so close to same difference?

I would go by whichever is the prettiest, which is a matter of personal taste.
I thought the Chromoly frame of the Marathon might have the edge. But maybe not.
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Perhaps you could post a pic of your Capri. I feel like you would probably benefit from the lighter tubing. But on the other had, IMHO, I would not give $70 for the Marathon. And you need to take that with a grain of salt because I will disclose that a week ago I gave $150 for a bike I wanted to pay $75 for.
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Originally Posted by RoadWearier
I thought the Chromoly frame of the Marathon might have the edge. But maybe not.
Enough to spend money to "upgrade"? Probably not. Then again practicality is not a strong aspect of vintage cycling. At one point I would have done it just because I like working on bikes and I like riding different bikes.
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Richard- as you say, the Marathon might be a theoretical upgrade due to the tubing but you are unlikely to be able to discern a difference while riding. Condition is most important if you are looking to flip with minimal work, that one seems to have some rust. I see the Capri is for sale, so maybe if you make enough on it you can move up a couple levels in quality.
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Any bike with air in the tires and all its essentials is worth $75. Whether you need it or not is a different question; whether you want to fix or maintain it is also important.
I have a seriously upgraded Raleigh Marathon that I love to ride. Its certainly as comfortable as my Centurion (Tange 2); my Bianchi (Infinity); or my cyclocross (aluminum). With good wheels and reasonable gearing its a great bike for daily use.

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I would say not much improvement over the Capri you posted earlier pretty much a lateral move while alloy the wheels on the Marathon look pretty low end are mismatched and it's sloppy half done build with iffy looking brakes, what looks like some potential major issues with the crank set bottom bracket looks like some one just slapped a cheap MTB triple crank on the original BB and rust. I would say definite pass IMHO this bike is a bit of mess, if your looking to upgrade from the Capri curb weight on the is one is likely 26-27 nicely setup with current component's which doesn't really matter. If your looking to upgrade I would say keep looking be patient and be ready to spend a bit more you can find much nicer bikes that are pretty much ready to go starting in the $150-200 range in most markets which would end up cheaper than what it would cost to buy and fix up the Marathon. For now I would say just keep enjoying riding the Caori.

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Thanks all for the helpful posts! I noticed the rust too. I think I kind of lucked out with the Capri not needing any work. Probably I'll pass. Or maybe I'll look at the Paramount in my area. I can get it for $275. Seem like if I want to upgrade wheels on the Capri I will be looking at around $160 or so. So then I'll be into the bike for $230.
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A quick look through the adds in your area does show several nice road bikes in your area under $300.
https://chattanooga.craigslist.org/b...669983520.html
https://chattanooga.craigslist.org/b...674567376.html
These two might be a bit too race oriented but fairly good price for a bikes with good working 9speed 105 Ultegra drive trains probably worth a look.
https://chattanooga.craigslist.org/b...680226722.html This one maybe a bit small for you but a bit of a step up.
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Originally Posted by RoadWearier
Thanks all for the helpful posts! I noticed the rust too. I think I kind of lucked out with the Capri not needing any work. Probably I'll pass. Or maybe I'll look at the Paramount in my area. I can get it for $275. Seem like if I want to upgrade wheels on the Capri I will be looking at around $160 or so. So then I'll be into the bike for $230.
If the $275 Paramount is your size and has most or all of its original components, that looks like a safe bet. You're now an experienced buyer (learning from your mistakes, as all of us had to do), so you know what to look for: straight rims, good bearings throughout the bike, undamaged fork and frame (especially look for frame or fork damage from a front impact), smoothly operating derailleurs, seat post and handle stem not stuck in the frame, etc.

That Paramount, if it's in good shape, is far, far above the Capri and the Marathon in quality. You probably know that; just wanted to be sure. You might as well skip the in-between levels and go for one of the best.

Edit: if you do buy the Paramount, be sure to come back and report.
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Originally Posted by zukahn1
A quick look through the adds in your area does show several nice road bikes in your area under $300.
https://chattanooga.craigslist.org/b...669983520.html
https://chattanooga.craigslist.org/b...674567376.html
These two might be a bit too race oriented but fairly good price for a bikes with good working 9speed 105 Ultegra drive trains probably worth a look.
https://chattanooga.craigslist.org/b...680226722.html This one maybe a bit small for you but a bit of a step up.
I appreciate you searching for me. I had a decent Bianchi Giro with 105 group but I sold it because I like to use my bike for errands and I wanted something a little less flashy. The steels bikes from the 70s 80s fit the bill. I know I could just get a second bike but I'm trying to keep it to one all rounder
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Originally Posted by Chuck M
Perhaps you could post a pic of your Capri.
OP started a thread on it here:

Which Raleigh Model is This?
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