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Old 03-10-21, 12:26 PM
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~'73 Raleigh Carlton Super Course frameset

With my new bike purchases, I need to clear some room and keep "She who makes the money" happy.

Fairly clean with the usual scratches of a nearly 50yr old bike. 23" seattube with 55.5cm toptube. Reynolds 531 with Nervex lugs. Includes original Brooks that is highly cracked. I've rubbed some Obenhaufs on it, might be salvagable. Serial number on left dropout. Steep angles, I had toe overlap with 700x32 tires. There is an irregularity under the downtube/headlug, but I don't think that it has been in a collision. There is no paint rippling at any of the lugs and frame/fork appear to be straight.

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I'd really like to re-home this to someone in the PNW, as I don't have any frameboxes big enough and boxes seem to be very hard to come by this season with shops not receiving shipments.

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Old 03-10-21, 09:50 PM
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Nice Aurora Bike Shop sticker ! That’s gotta make it worth more.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Spadoni View Post
Nice Aurora Bike Shop sticker ! That’s gotta make it worth more.
Plus One for the Aurora Bike Shop sticker. 'Remember it well from my U-Dub days.....helluva long time ago.

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A point of interest: The Raleigh logo on the down tube is in script, so that dates this to 1971 or 1972. If it originally came with Huret derailleurs, it is probably a 1971, and if it came with Simplex derailleurs, it is probably a 1972.
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I agree it’s a ‘71 or ‘72

Heres what it would have looked like if it was ‘71
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Very pretty bike.

Two questions: (1) 23 inch frame measured center to center or center to top?; (2) is this a full Reynolds double butted frameset?

The bike looks tall for a 23 inch frame and I'm guessing you measured this center to center?

I though, perhaps mistakenly, that the Raleigh supercourse from this era was a Reynolds 531 plain gauge (or sometimes I think doubled butted?) main frame?
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Pretty confident that 99.999% of SuperCourses from those years were plain gauge 531.

Looks pretty. Love that root beer color. GLWS!
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One of the most versatile frames ever made. Great price too. GLWTS!

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I agree it's probably a '72. In '73, most had Capella lugs and block Raleigh font on the downtube. Here's the '72 catalog page:

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Three main tubes are plain gage 531. Nervex Professional lugs. Stamped drop outs. I believe BB should be BSC but headset/fork could be Raleigh proprietary threading, though this should be confirmed. The frames as mentioned are very versatile and can be used even for touring where a DB frame (lack of rigidity, proneness to dings) may not be best suited. Long wheelbase give nice ride and room for panniers.

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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
Very pretty bike.

Two questions: (1) 23 inch frame measured center to center or center to top?; (2) is this a full Reynolds double butted frameset?

The bike looks tall for a 23 inch frame and I'm guessing you measured this center to center?

I though, perhaps mistakenly, that the Raleigh supercourse from this era was a Reynolds 531 plain gauge (or sometimes I think doubled butted?) main frame?
I double checked the measurements on it. Seattube is 59cm, center to top and the toptube is a scant 56, center to center. I'm guessing it's a "monday morning" bike.
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