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Raleigh Competition 79ish - 83ish?

Old 11-29-09, 03:08 PM
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Raleigh Competition 79ish - 83ish?

Hi all, very excited about a bike i've just bought, although i don't actually have it yet. bought online at auction, and seller being honest, this looks to be a real beauty. It's probably UK (i'm in NZ) Raleigh, reynolds 56cm 531 butted frame and fork, all original paint. san marco seat, shimano 600 all round with mondo speedy brakes and supbre hubs on 27inch wheels. i got it for just on $200US + @$40US shipping, and it's coming from a bike shop guy, so assurance that it will be packed and shipped carefully has been given. There was a bike collector type bidding on it too, but i think i got my magical auction timing just right!



The thing is, i know this didn't go for as much as it would have if it had the collectable allure of campagnolo components and 700c wheels etc, but its pretty nicely specc'ed and the condition appears to speak for itself. It seems ony italian frames are getting noticed here in NZ so far. The bike is in full running order, so a new wrap of leather bar tape and its good to go, maybe some decent tyres soon though.

Anyways, thought i'd share my impending joy, and just ask if anyone has a good word on value (i think ii paid a pretty solid amount, but reasonable) or possible age? i can only find limited info on US sites and the paint and decals on this seem to indicate an early competition, but the one thing i'm noticing is other competitions seem to have chrome seat stays and chain stays whereas this one has chrome on the chain stays only? anyone seen this before. righto, looong post, so i'll stop talking.

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Old 11-29-09, 06:11 PM
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Well, it sure is a beautiful looking bike ! Never remember seeing a Comp in this color though, so quite likely a British non-export bike. Price to me is quite a bargain. It appears to me to be a late 70's model, based on the black and silver ones that I sold that had similar components. However, the similar ones that I sold had Weinmann Carrera brakes, a 3 arm Campy or TA crankset, and Campy Gran Sport shifters and derailleurs. Never saw a Comp with Shimano 600 parts, although once Raleigh USA of Washington state took over, all kinds of things changed. Anyhoo, great deal.
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You can tell the place and the year of manufacture by the serial number on the seat tube, once the bike is on your hands... check this site (http://www.jaysmarine.com/TH_raleigh_serials.html ) created by BF member cudak888 to decipher the code.

I think that you did well as far as price goes. This is a very nice looking bike!

cheers!
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thanks jacksbike, yeah he combo you speak of seems to be the most common mentioned. the cranks are O.M.A.S on this one. it's entirely possible that it's a complete replacement of kit on the bike by a previous owner or the parts were heisted for another bike, but i'm just totally in love with the frame and forks on this bike! running gear be damned!

Thanks EjustE, i'm eagerly awaiting it's arrival so i can ID is' place and date of birth. I'll definitely post some pics too once i've got the grip redone to my tastes!

The one thing the seller warned me of is the relatively minor issue of crumbly rotting brake lever hoods, so now the search is on for something to replace them. that might prove harder than i imagine...
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Originally Posted by remotelocal View Post

The one thing the seller warned me of is the relatively minor issue of crumbly rotting brake lever hoods, so now the search is on for something to replace them. that might prove harder than i imagine...
Should be no worries there... there are several after market hoods you can replace directly on these levers or you can get "new" levers with decent hoods. Since the brakes are side-pull, pretty much any lever can work with an easy adjustment (I am still fighting with adjusting a rear weinmann centerpull brake to play nice with the lever on a '74 raleigh tour bike I want to sell...)
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bike has arrived and got a few more facts!

firstly, the bike is actually in incredible condition for it's age. the paint work is amazing, all the pinstriping is still there, the colour is strong, it's just really amazing. the bike has a tour de france T.I.Raleigh sticker on the top tube just back from the stem, so it's post-1980. the reynolds sticker is on the down tube but above the campagnolo levers. which leads me to believe the running gear must have been changed from campy at some stage to the shimano 600 it has now. the modolo speedy brakes are in amazing condition, no pitting or anything. suntour superbe hubs from the looks of it. suntour stem as well. the bars are sakae/sukae can't remember the spelling. the bike even has the original sticker from the bike shop that first sold it on the seat tube. i've dropped it down to the LBS to take care of the reconstruction for me, as i'm a bit low on tools (will need to rectify that!).

pics to come soon! as soon as it stops bloody raining!

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