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Old 07-15-14, 03:45 AM
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Raleigh International 1970's



Another Raleigh, not many images but a full 531 frame I understand, worth modernising?
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Old 07-15-14, 04:54 AM
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How modern? To get anything more than maybe a 6spd in the rear triangle you need to spread and 'coldset' the frame. It looks very small.

Other than occasionally putting index shifting on a older bike I am not a huge fan of 'modernizing' older bikes. I believe a vintage bike should be enjoyed the way it was made.
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It does not look like a 1970's Raleigh International to me. My guess is 60's. Bike may have 27" wheels. Modern will put you at 700c so 4mm smaller radius for the wheels, brake reach may become a factor. The rear triangle is no doubt 120mm as BG advised. I am not familiar with this version, so checking for the bottom bracket threading type is in order, a chance it is 26 tip, not the typical 24.

In short, I think this bike's best use is as a cleaned up period piece.
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Old 07-15-14, 07:29 AM
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Does it say "International" on it?

The white head tube paint looks like the bikes from the 1967 catalog (pdf)

It's a 5 speed, and cottered crank. I don't see any 5 speeds in the late 60s catalogs.


See Sheldon Brown's Retro Raleighs site !
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One of these days I have to find some one near me with a 59ish top line Raleigh and see if I can ride it to see what all the hubabub is about.
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That's not a Raleigh International, but rather seems to be some lower level bike from the 60's or 70's. It could also be a high-end bike from the 50's but the picture doesn't show enough detail to say one way or another. If it's low-end I would not not invest a lot of money in it. You could put all modern components on it and it would still be a heavy, low-end bike. If it's 50's high-end I wouldn't change it either.
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Originally Posted by SH27 View Post


Another Raleigh, not many images but a full 531 frame I understand, worth modernising?
Not '70's, not International.
More detailed pics necessary to determine when/what it is.
Pics: Head, serial#, tube decals, dropouts, drive side shot and components.

Older machines like this are not suitable for "modernizing" for many reasons.

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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
One of these days I have to find some one near me with a 59ish top line Raleigh and see if I can ride it to see what all the hubabub is about.
...I have several, but in all honesty, I don't get it. I still have a couple of pro's to overhaul, but It's mostly another myth.
Nice, springy, 531 bikes, but probably not quite as nice to ride as the Italian stuff of the same vintage, unless you prefer some flex.

They are pretty, though, and the International is stretched and slack to the point where it feels a little touristy.
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Another Raleigh, not many images but a full 531 frame I understand, worth modernising?
...how did you decide it was an International, if i may ask ?
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Old 07-18-14, 03:31 AM
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Originally Posted by 3alarmer View Post
...how did you decide it was an International, if i may ask ?
Of course, the vendor describes it as such, however I have looked elsewhere now after taking the sage advice of the members and am looking at a Carlton (see latest post)
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