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All I know it's a RALEIGH OLYMPIAN

Old 09-27-13, 04:10 PM
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All I know it's a RALEIGH OLYMPIAN

don't really know much it's worth but a friend owed me 80$ and traded me this bike I always wanted and liked the style of vintage road bikes

So my main question is does this bike look like its worth fixing

and if so any info on this bike helps like a good place to shop for parts

thanks guys

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Old 09-27-13, 04:20 PM
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#1 It's only good if it fits, #2 What doesn't work? Hard to tell from just a pic but it looks pretty good. Grease the wheel and headset bearings and ride the hell out it.
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Old 09-27-13, 05:05 PM
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Originally Posted by koolerb View Post
#1 It's only good if it fits, #2 What doesn't work? Hard to tell from just a pic but it looks pretty good. Grease the wheel and headset bearings and ride the hell out it.
It fits little just a little big I have to tippy toe it lol

1.the rear wheel wobbles I tried adjusting it by releasing the quick release and centering it to the frame and using the gap in between the brake pads to center it but when I turn a full 360 degrees to test it it still wobbles so I'm thinking it's the actual wheel

2... the front Brake lever seems too soft and by the looks of it seems like the brakes don't grip the rim also when the brakes squeeze they get stuck

3.And handle bar tape is just electric tape I plan to change that as well

for the most part they all sound like easy fixes what do u guys think ??

i plan on doing the work myself and using this website which is great btw
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
The Olympian was on the basic side, so the question is who does the fixing? Pay a shop? Maybe not. Do it yourself? Sure. Could likely sell as is for at least what you were owed, maybe more.
great thanks yeah I plan on working on it myself

this pic was taken after I had cleaned it it had some rust I used steel wool and wd -40 and other car products don't know if using any of the two is bad btw I'm a newbie to bikes
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If it's too large, you may not want to invest too much in it. Truing the rear wheel might be the only thing I would pay a shop to do if I were new to bike mechanics. My local shop charged $10 last time I checked, which was a while ago. The front brake looks to have a quick release lever on the caliper from the pictures if I'm not mistaken. The little black lever sticking out from the front reflector in the picture is what I'm talking about. If that's the case, it may be in the open position. Try flipping the lever the other way, the rear brake can be your reference. Handlebar tape is cheap ~$12 at the LBS, so unless you are adding it to an order for a bunch of other stuff, it's not worth it to buy it online after you factor in shipping. If you are buying tires, which look to be dry rotted, then ordering tires and tape makes sense. I like niagaracycle.com for parts, they are slow to ship, but cheap. They also sell a wide range of parts from high end to basic repair parts, most online shops don't sell lower tier components. Hope that helps. Good luck.
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Originally Posted by likebike23 View Post
If it's too large, you may not want to invest too much in it. Truing the rear wheel might be the only thing I would pay a shop to do if I were new to bike mechanics. My local shop charged $10 last time I checked, which was a while ago. The front brake looks to have a quick release lever on the caliper from the pictures if I'm not mistaken. The little black lever sticking out from the front reflector in the picture is what I'm talking about. If that's the case, it may be in the open position. Try flipping the lever the other way, the rear brake can be your reference. Handlebar tape is cheap ~$12 at the LBS, so unless you are adding it to an order for a bunch of other stuff, it's not worth it to buy it online after you factor in shipping. If you are buying tires, which look to be dry rotted, then ordering tires and tape makes sense. I like niagaracycle.com for parts, they are slow to ship, but cheap. They also sell a wide range of parts from high end to basic repair parts, most online shops don't sell lower tier components. Hope that helps. Good luck.
Thanks a lot for your help ... A lot of useful information if I have any more questions is it ok if I message u
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Originally Posted by C0nejit09 View Post
Thanks a lot for your help ... A lot of useful information if I have any more questions is it ok if I message u
No problem. You can't PM me until you have 50 posts, so just add onto this post. I'll see it when I check my subscribed posts.
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