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Old 05-27-05, 03:43 PM
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old raleigh record any good

https://retroraleighs.com/catalogs/19...76-record.html

i found a bike that i think looks like that same color scheme and all for 15 any good it only needs new tires and tubes
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Old 05-27-05, 07:01 PM
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what makes it not good i know it weighs alot but what is so bad about it
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It explains to you on that page that it was their lowest-end ten speed. It would probably make a fantastic transportation machine, (does it have aluminum rims?) given good maintenance. The stem shifters and "safety levers" are pretty good indicators that it's a low-end bike. That's no reason not to enjoy it, though. Give the brake pads and cables a look, too. Repack the hubs, bottom bracket and headset and you should be rolling happily again for years to come.
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Old 05-27-05, 08:10 PM
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Originally Posted by corwincastle
https://retroraleighs.com/catalogs/19...76-record.html

i found a bike that i think looks like that same color scheme and all for 15 any good it only needs new tires and tubes

Can't lose for $15.00, IMO.

Clean it up and enjoy it.

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Old 05-27-05, 09:35 PM
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o ok i was just gunna ride it it was not to be competitive just a fun riding road bike for exercise also are the nishiki bikes good i seen one of those at store too didnt know what it was till today when i came on here i was like o well it must be some generic jap bike
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For $15 you might as well get the generic Jap bike with decent alloy components and a butted tubing frame... The Raleigh Record is poop (and I like Raleighs).
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For $15 you could probably clean it up and resell it for a profit, but otherwise I concur with the gang; pass on a Record. If you want a Raleigh, keep your eyes open -- Grand Prix seem to be falling out of the sky lately for the same money. Here's a '71 Grand Prix I bought for $10 last month. I put on a pair of alloy wheels and an alloy Sugino crank ($15), and repainted it ($10). Grand total: $35 -- and it only weighs 21 pounds.

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well i live in Mi so its kinda hard to find any good bikes i dont know how much the nishiki cost but it looked in slightly nicer condition also what is the most i should pay for either and what price should i go for for both
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Hello All,
Was 1989 the only year Fignon rode a Raleigh in the Tour De France?
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Old 05-28-05, 11:05 AM
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so i think i may get the nashiki instead i will give it a real throurough look over first though
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Old 05-28-05, 08:50 PM
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Was 1989 the only year Fignon rode a Raleigh in the Tour De France?
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Le Professeur was also on Raleigh in 1990 & 1991 when he was a member of Castorama. I believe he abondonded the 1990 TdF, but bounced back to finish 6th in 1991.
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That's one fine looking Grand Prix.
I have a similar one but I'm not sure of the age. It has a Made in Canada decal. Derailleurs are Suntour (Raleigh logo) shifters are ratchet type "Suntour Power" on the down tube. French made Rigida Chrolux Chromage steel wheels. I thought of of replacing them with lighter alum. wheels, but these were rust free and true so I kept them. I'm cheap and rationalized that the extra weight will provide more exercise resistance. No real restoration was necessary. Just cleaned it, lubed and adjusted everything, installed new tires, brake pads, cables & housings, and bar tape. Color is two tone light and dark blue. Also has white plastic Bluemels mud guards. it's now about as good as it ever was. Not top of the line, but a good smooth performer that well meets my needs.

Does anyone know if "Made in Canada" gives a clue to the age? I know Raleigh was in corporate turmoil in the 80s and 90s and were making the bikes in places other than Nottingham.

If I can find my Brownie camera, I"ll take a picture of it before it gets too grubby again.
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I know Raleigh was making bikes in Ireland and Holland during the bike boom years (seventies), so it could be earlier, but I really have no idea when they made them in Canada. The Raleigh experts will be along shortly and correct any misconceptions I may have, at least the ones about Raleighs. They don't have time for the rest of my misconceptions.
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I suspect that the serial number on your Raleigh will tell the tale. Does it begin with an "R", have another letter, and then numbers? If so, the first of the numbers will tell what year it was made in - as long as we can figure out which decade.
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An old Record was the first bike I had when I "re-started" my riding. ( I had a Schwinn Continental back around 1976)
Picked the thing up in a thrift shop for 25.00, and spent a like amount on tires and tubes.

The dreadful Simplex DRs were a royal pain, and the gearset was impossibly high for my out-of-shape legs.

By luck, I found a castoff Fuji that was way too small for me. I stole the Suntour DRs and the 6-speed rear wheel, which had much lower gears. I picked up a clamp-on downtube shifter mount and a pair of friction shifters from my LBS's junk-parts bin. Made the old beast sufficiently rideable that I kept it for about a year while I had a more current ride in the lay-a-way.
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Originally Posted by mswantak
For $15 you could probably clean it up and resell it for a profit, but otherwise I concur with the gang; pass on a Record. If you want a Raleigh, keep your eyes open -- Grand Prix seem to be falling out of the sky lately for the same money. Here's a '71 Grand Prix I bought for $10 last month. I put on a pair of alloy wheels and an alloy Sugino crank ($15), and repainted it ($10). Grand total: $35 -- and it only weighs 21 pounds.

Man that is not a bike, that is a piece of art!!!
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Thanks, I was pleased with how it came out. I sort of regret selling it, but it went to a good home.
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Originally Posted by mswantak
For $15 you could probably clean it up and resell it for a profit, but otherwise I concur with the gang; pass on a Record. If you want a Raleigh, keep your eyes open -- Grand Prix seem to be falling out of the sky lately for the same money. Here's a '71 Grand Prix I bought for $10 last month. I put on a pair of alloy wheels and an alloy Sugino crank ($15), and repainted it ($10). Grand total: $35 -- and it only weighs 21 pounds.

You did a great job. Beats my restored Raleigh by a long shot! And I spent $50 on it (new saddle, tires, cables, etc.) But you should lose the "safety" levers it you plan to ride it.
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Actually the safety levers were because I was riding it. I live in an urban area and without safety levers I have to choose between riding in the drops all the time (uncomfortable, and limits my field of vision) or being too far away from the brakes in case I need them in a hurry. Agreed, they've got crappy leverage, and my own riders have upright or flat bars, but since this bike was intended for sale the drops and safeties seemed like a reasonable compromise.
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For fixie conversion purposes, is there any difference in quality between a Record frame and a Grand Prix frame?
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I commuted on a Raleigh Record for about a year until the BB broke due to some poor wrenching. I LOVED it. I don't care what anybody says about where it ranked in the Raleigh family pricing structure.

The Record has a really damp ride. It takes on rough road riding really well. The Record has a longer rake than most other Raleigh and European bikes - it was a longer geometry all round. This made it a little less responsive in steering, but it gave the bike a very smooth ride.

I have seen many Raleigh Gran Prix since then, but that was the only Record I have ever seen or owned.

If I had the chance, I would own another Raleigh Record. They are smooth riders - good for touring and commuting for sure.
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I believe that Raleigh production in Canada was started in 1978 and the Suntour bits would place it as an early 80's model.
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I just got one for $10, will be my winter ride, it is getting alloy's from a too small Fuji. Have one from new, 1970. Did centuries on it, multi-week camping trips. Ride it in the basement now. Even if you don't like it should be able to get that $15 back.
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For fixie conversion purposes, is there any difference in quality between a Record frame and a Grand Prix frame?
No.
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