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My college Raleigh Grand Prix

Old 04-18-16, 09:17 AM
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Lugs were lined with an oil-based enamel FINE point pen that I trimmed with razor blade even thinner, wish I had started with an EXTRA fine point, but the way I did it did easily get me the width I wanted. I have done this more than once with an artist brush, the pen in immensely faster and easier.
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Old 04-25-16, 01:10 PM
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More photos of the lugs, look great in person, even up close I am pleased but you can see the little issues that close up.
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Old 04-28-16, 08:20 AM
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I have a frame that I believe is early 70's that I may build up someday even though it is a bit smaller than I normally ride. It is the classic green color original with some fading and I plan to leave it that way , the decals all seem ok and it was made in Holland. I am not sure how many of these were made in Holland , but this is the first one I have seen. My daughter has a Super Gran Prix(1978) and it is a Worksup bike. Her bike is also original except for the Mavic wheels and Campy record hubs, I don't think she will ever part with that bike. I currently have a Competition GS (1977) all original that is in the ride rotation and I love it. The english bikes are not as quick as some of the other bikes but solid quality bikes that are pleasant to ride.
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Old 04-28-16, 08:26 AM
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Here is my daughters Super Gran Prix
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Old 05-08-16, 05:06 PM
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Nice bike and daughter. Got my daughter to ride also.
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Old 05-08-16, 05:10 PM
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Good to have friends

My buddy is really an engineer and he had this tool which is perfect for a headset press. I got the cups in and you can see I got the head badge on and all the decals
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Old 05-08-16, 07:49 PM
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Got the decals from Crawfords in Elyria OH. Has an eBay store. I felt like his artwork for the scripts was the most accurate. Plus he made the Carlton seat tube decal for me. Very satisfied. Found him from a paramount decal thread here.
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Nice work, the paint looks great. Is the pen that you lined the lugs with available in stores?
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Old 05-08-16, 08:13 PM
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Sharpie from Office Depot. Started with fine and cut it smaller with razor blade. Everyone here recommended extra fine. So did second coat with that. Easier. Should have listened the first time.
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Old 05-09-16, 07:36 AM
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The script logos were produced with a clear carrier, see photo, looks like I still have some burnishing to do. The Paramount decals I saw here by cudak888 (https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...transfers.html) did not have that, does any one know if i did something wrong or were they just produced different?

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More pics of other decals (the blue fork decal is just a paper label sticker i made--is original to this bike).

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Old 05-09-16, 08:16 AM
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Excellent work and nice photos, thanks for sharing.
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Old 06-27-16, 08:59 AM
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Ok, the bike is very close, if you check the post dates you will see how slow I work. At least the new paint is fully cured!

Brought the bike indoors (much cooler inside) and installed the bottom bracket and crank. Had to order the campy spindle crank from Velodromeshop.net, the only place I could find it. Got a perfect chainline after double checking the axle spacing and then doing a final dish on the wheel, very happy with that. Set up with 45x18 for now.

Those pedals are temporary although they look great on the bike and I do have some Christophe toe clips. I find I am very clumsy switching from Speedplay on all the rest of my bikes to anything else.

Still need to cable the brakes, finess the brake pads, retape the bar wrap, and install the chain. And the final seatpost/saddle install.

I had hoped to go with a nutted axle on the rear but realized more complicated that just changing out axle as the axle i had in my spares had touch different diameter, so could not swap over the cones...I am not going hammer on this bike so hoping I can do casual rides with this setup for now and will look for an exact replacement soon.
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Old 07-22-16, 11:56 AM
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One last post with my final build photos--mainly because I like the photos. Enjoying riding singlespeed and feel like it is making me stronger on my geared bikes. Going single dropped the down to 22+ pounds, so not the lightest but a big improvement and a great bike to ride for the fun of riding.



The Milremo stem is very classy (original to bike) and makes me feel like I am going fast!


The Stronglight 93 crank is brand correct for the bike (was a steel cotter SL) and a nice looking improvement.
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Old 07-22-16, 12:51 PM
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college Grand Prix love.
Mine, bought in fall '76 at Cumberland Transit in Nashville, on its 3rd rebuild (original paint, but enhanced decal scheme). Only original parts are headset (great condition) and brake calipers.
Keep wondering if I should move the parts to a different frame, but I love this bike and still ride it 30+ mi/week (not counting the other bikes)


(btw, Cumberland Transit was a closet-size Raleigh-only shop then - now it's a city block and I think they sell more kayaks than anything else)

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Artistic Meticulous Artwork done to the max...
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That is absolutely beautiful!
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One last post with my final build photos--mainly because I like the photos.
great job and documentation !
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Sharpie from Office Depot. Started with fine and cut it smaller with razor blade. Everyone here recommended extra fine. So did second coat with that. Easier. Should have listened the first time.
Good tip. I bought what I thought was an automotive touch up pen, which turned out to be a nail polish brush. It was my own fault for attempting it but the lug outlining turned out a mess.
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