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1961 Raleigh Lenton Grand Prix w/pics

Old 03-29-11, 01:42 PM
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1961 Raleigh Lenton Grand Prix w/pics

Hey guys,

So I'm thinking about selling my Lenton. I have a specific reason for selling this. I just found out I ruined one of my wife's collections. I'd rather not get into the specifics but let's just say it wasn't malicious and I really wasn't aware of what it was before it happened.

I'd like to get her something but I also want to sacrifice one of my best rides to do it (I could just buy her something but I want her to know I really care and share the sacrifice). Therefore, I'm thinking of letting go of this 1961 Lenton Grand Prix that I just completed. The only issue is the back brakes remain "closed shut' when you compress the lever. I know it's a small adjustment issue but haven't had the patience to fuss with it.

That's really about it. The brake lever covers are a little too big (the original levers are an odd size) but everything is pretty pristine. My question is, what should I list it for? It's complete now (pic below has rear derailler disconnected, chain off, and seat too high.







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Old 03-29-11, 01:52 PM
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Talk to your wife about this... she might disagree with your thinking.

The Girl knows how much time and effort I have put into restoring some of my bikes and selling them is the last thing she would want me to do unless circumstances were dire.

In the end... the things aren't all that important in this life.
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Old 03-29-11, 01:55 PM
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Honestly, I was thinking about selling it anyway. I really wanted to display this bike in our place but there's really nowhere to put it and I think someone else can enjoy it. Also, I'll use the remainder of what I don't use on her gift as seed money for a new cyclo-cross bike (really want to get into this sport). It's something I've been thinking about doing anyway so it's not completely a "sacrifice"
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I sold an LGP from the same year a couple of years ago on eBay and got a tad over $300 for it. I don't believe I included fenders. However, I bought that same bike on eBay for about $125. I think the problem is that many buyers will assume it's a Grand Prix, fairly low-end stuff. It's a small market who'll recognize it's C&V value.

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If the frame was shorter I would make an offer.
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How are you, Ive collected a few english roadsters, the 28 inch bikes over the year and always wanted a lenton. Wondering if yours is still for sale, if so maybe we can talk, my email is rdiamonde@gmail.com or my cell 917 733 8811

If its sold, maybe you can help educate me.

Thank you.


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Try an apology to your wife, and leave it at that. Take her out to someplace special ... really help out with domestic chores ... beg for her forgiveness. Otherwise, try $375. That assumes it has original spec'd components, those are Bluemels fenders, the saddle leather isn't shot, the wheels spin true, everything has been properly adjusted, bottom bracket and everything else re-greased, metal surfaces are not rusted and pitted, paint and decals are in great shape. If it doesn't move, at least your wife knows you are in the process of performing your sacrificial act and that it is something of importance you are "sacrificing". Just keep in mind, you can always find another wife...English "club bikes" with Reynolds 531 frames from that era that are in great shape aren't as readily available...just kidding about finding another wife. Whatever you did, if it requires this much sacrifice, you are lucky she didn't throw your stuff on the street.


BTW, make sure the back brake cable is oiled and moving freely through the brake housing. You may also need to loosen the nut on the brake calipers a bit, or oil it up good.

Performance, Nashbar and Bikes Direct have had a few good deals on Cyclocross bikes recently.

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Beautiful bike! I only have one English road bike and am interested in getting more. Too bad you are so far away!

Good job on her.
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Well, a lots changed since this went up. Don't have the wife anymore but that has nothing to do with this. Totally ammicable separation so sorry feelings required.

Anyways, I did end up selling this for $600. Sold pretty quickly but I'm glad that I could pass it on to someone that would use it. I thought of displaying it but didn't have the room so it just sat down in storage. Broke my heart.

Now I only have two toys but my search is starting for an old Raleigh 3-speed Sportster......

I love those things
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