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Old 06-06-10, 07:29 AM
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ID and advice on Raleigh

I recently bought a used Raleigh, and would love some help IDing the bike.

The serial number is NB0040196 (from the seatpost) From what I gather at the Headbadge, that means that it was made in Nottingham, in Feb. of 1980?

Some pictures below. Also, there is a 7 gear cassette. Don't know if that was swapped out. Maybe the bike is a Touring 14? The bike is also black, and has a 20-30 HT steel sticker (pic below).

I'm trying to decide what to do with this bike. It needs some work -- wheels need truing, and both derailleurs have been acting up. Part of me wants to go with a fixed gear conversion, but I don't want to destroy value if it is worth a lot more with all the original parts still on the bike.

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High ten steel frame, claw rear derailleur, stem shifters, nutted rear axle, turkey levers, swaged crankset = lower end Raleigh. Something in the Record/Grand Prix family. Not much value, have fun with it.

Touring 14 had cantilever brakes, bar end shifters, frame rear derailleur hanger and did not have turkey levers.

Painted fork is a puzzler, rather than chrome ends.

What size rims does the bike have? The lowest models were all 27 inch rim size, higher end bikes had 700c rim. But with high ten steel frame, it was not too far up the product line.

The better Raleighs from that era usually had Reynolds 531 frame.

As far as how it will be worth more, that is a philosophical question. My guess is that the SS/FG craze will subside, and buyers will be looking for bikes in original condition. But right now, FG/SS of this quality level sell for more than the comparable original bike.
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Thanks for the quick answer! 27" rims, which I guess is further confirm that it is lower end of the line. ANy way to tell a Record from a Grand Prix?
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Originally Posted by clermarm View Post
Thanks for the quick answer! 27" rims, which I guess is further confirm that it is lower end of the line. ANy way to tell a Record from a Grand Prix?
The GP had chromed fork tips, and the Record didn't, even after '77.
Your bike appears to be from that era based on the Raleigh branded crank and DRs.
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I would surmise that yours is c. 78/9 based on the paint scheme shown in this catalog.
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