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1981 Raleigh Competition GS Valuation Please (classic or beater?),

Old 06-11-11, 01:16 PM
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1981 Raleigh Competition GS Valuation Please (classic or beater?),

Hi C&V,

after reading about drop vs. flat bars, I got this bike as a rainy/windy day drop bar commuter. After cleaning it up, I am having second thoughts. I am wondering how much it is worth and should I be looking for a different drop bar beater?

I think the bike is 1981 model year with Reynolds 531 fork & frame and mostly 1980 Campagnolo Gran Sport parts, Modolo Speedy brakes, Sunshine hubs, Avocett racing III saddle. Tires and chains were replaced as they look a bit rough. I also switched out the narrow 6 speeds Suntour for a regular 5 speeds SunRace. Friction shifters are new to me and I find the 5 speeds is a little easier.

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I an not a big Raleigh girl but I think if I had time and money I would look for a different rain bike. unfortunately that is a problem alot of us have. we buy a bike thinking it will be a rain bike, overhaul, clean and reubuild it and suddenly it is as nice as the rest of our bikes. now we need another beater.
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I don't think I'd treat that machine as a beater. It's not the top of the line, but it's quite nice. If I really needed a beater, I'd sell this one, buy a real beater, and pocket the savings.

But I probably wouldn't sell it, if it were mine.
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OK, thanks for your inputs Bianchigirll and Zumkopf.

Does it worth $300 - $400 range?
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OK, thanks for your inputs Bianchigirll and Zumkopf.

Does it worth $300 - $400 range?
That would be about right - I would keep it if I were you though (and replace those calipers with some less flexy ones with some Koolstop pads).
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That would be about right - I would keep it if I were you though (and replace those calipers with some less flexy ones with some Koolstop pads).
I am considering keeping this bike for sunny day commute. I am a newbie at restoring and maintaining "old" bike. Do you have any suggestions for calipers?

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I am considering keeping this bike for sunny day commute. I am a newbie at restoring and maintaining "old" bike. Do you have any suggestions for calipers?

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I would consider Tektro Dual Pivot Caliper road bike Brakes, in silver anodizing for that bike.
They are recommended by many as a more modern and much improved design for braking - but they would look good on your bike.

I have purchased other Tektro brakes and have been very satisfied.
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Originally Posted by auchencrow View Post
I would consider Tektro Dual Pivot Caliper road bike Brakes, in silver anodizing for that bike.
They are recommended by many as a more modern and much improved design for braking - but they would look good on your bike.

I have purchased other Tektro brakes and have been very satisfied.
Thanks for the recommendation auchencrow, nice brakes and affordable too. obviously, I should be replacing levers too. Question, new levers have black hoods and I am considering new bar tapes. What bar tape colour would go well this this combo?

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I'm not so sure you'd NEED to replaced the levers, but for aesthetics perhaps you'd want to. Are you in Winnipeg per chance? That bike looks familiar ...
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I'm not so sure you'd NEED to replaced the levers, but for aesthetics perhaps you'd want to. Are you in Winnipeg per chance? That bike looks familiar ...
I have been wanting to change the hood to newer rubber but the cost just doesn't make sense. Since I am changing calipers, I may as well changing levers. I am a little concern that the bike won't have that "old" look after the refresh. But it will stop on a dime

I am way out West.

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Originally Posted by cyberphat View Post
What bar tape colour would go well this this combo?
I dont know if you can go wrong with black bar tape. Heres how I did mine up.

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