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Old 09-07-11, 05:21 PM
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Raleigh Racing Bike


Found this bike with very little information on gumtree for £15.

All i really know is it needs new inner tubes apparently...

Might go take a look at it tomorrow, unless its a definite veto?

Was thinking about stripping it down and adding some new parts...

(new to the forum so I apologise if this is not an appropriate post)

Any help would amazing! I'm a bit out of my depth.
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Old 09-07-11, 05:44 PM
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I don't recognize the model, but It looks like pretty nice bike. Hard to go wrong at that price.
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Old 09-07-11, 05:52 PM
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Cheers for the quick response!
Yeah I think I'm gonna go for it as long as its about my size when I go check it out.

I don't suppose you can offer any insight on anything particular to look out for when I check it out? Like is rust particularly bad? I'm not really sure what to look for other than size.. I know its a very vague question but any help would be great.
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If you look past the ill-fitting aftermarket fenders, it's not a bad looking bike.

As far as what to look at, I'm assuming it is not rideable with the flat tires, so what you essentially want to check is that all the moving parts turn freely and anything cable-operated moves freely. So lift up each end of the bike and spin the wheels; crank the crank backwards to check how free it runs; see that the handlebars don't bind when turning; check the brake operation; and if all that checks out, have someone hold up the back end of the bike while you turn the pedals with one hand and run through the gears with the other. A problem in any of those areas isn't a deal-breaker, it just indicates a maintenance issue (that will cost you some small amount of money if you need to have a shop remedy it). If the tires do hold air, even for a short while, take a short spin and see how you like the feel.

All that said, for 15 UKP you aren't risking much in any event.
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Also, check for dints, dings and crash damage. Most crashes are head on. Make sure the fork is straight, But it looks OK to me. Check for chipped or creased paint on the top and down where they join the head tube, also a sign of a crash. Bubbling paint is a sign of rust. Very important, take Alan or hex wrenches...er, spanners with you. Make sure the handlebar stem and seat post are not stuck. The main thing I look for is structural damage, anything else can be fixed. Good luck.
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Old 09-08-11, 07:04 AM
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That was amazing help guys!

It looked okay to my eyes, and I tried to look out and test the things you mentioned. The brakes work and I think the gears do but they need some more thorough testing. I ended just going for it, with "do-er-upper" in mind...

Here are some pics, let me if you think its worth fixing up or if its a lost cause! It has a "winner" sticker on it if that means anything (might be the first thing to be removed )


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Looks pretty entry level. I don't know what your market price is for entry level 10 speeds, but working back from that number minus already invested cost would give you a good indication of what kind of budget you have.

Hopefully your shifting and braking problems are only related to gummed up components and stretched cables.

Nice fade paint scheme. Once cleaned and polished, that might make the bike stand out in a sea of other entry levels.
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Old 10-20-11, 10:07 AM
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It's a Raleigh Winner OK.....i had one back in the late eighties, early nineties, would have been an entry level racer.
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Old 10-20-11, 10:49 AM
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Those tires look pretty awful. I'd probably replace them as a safety issue.

Otherwise, doesn't look like a bad deal. The bike is very entry level, but for that price it's not bad.
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