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Hierarchy of Raleigh Road Racing Bikes from 70's decade

Old 10-30-17, 08:36 PM
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Hierarchy of Raleigh Road Racing Bikes from 70's decade

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I'm looking to pick up a vintage Raleigh road racing bike from the 1970's and I was wondering what the hierarchy is of those particular models. I know the Professional and International models are at the top (1 and 2, or vice versa) but I'm not really sure much beyond that down to the entry level road bikes. Can someone help? I'm only interested in Raleigh road bikes with drop handlebars from the 70's when they were still good bikes Thanks in advance for any feedback.
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While the 70's were probably the heyday of Raleigh in the US, they made many other very decent bikes after that. From the bike boom days, the next models down were the Competition, then Super Course in general and others as well.
They can be found fairly easily but are sometimes overpriced, the upper models can be spendy for nice ones.


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Hi All,

I'm looking to pick up a vintage Raleigh road racing bike from the 1970's and I was wondering what the hierarchy is of those particular models. I know the Professional and International models are at the top (1 and 2, or vice versa) but I'm not really sure much beyond that down to the entry level road bikes. Can someone help? I'm only interested in Raleigh road bikes with drop handlebars from the 70's when they were still good bikes Thanks in advance for any feedback.
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US models from lowest to highest:
Record
Grand Prix
Super Course
Gran ( Grand) Sports
Competition
International
Pro
There were Record Aces and Super Tourers that weren't offered in every year.
Check RetroRaleighs.com for catalogues and model specs.

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Just to interject - I have a 74 Super Course MK II, and it is one of my favorite bikes. Paid $20 for it. It just feels great - and looks sharp in Mint Green. I rode it this year in the NYC 5 Boro - and being relatively flat for the entire 43 miles, it was wonderful.
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At the tip-top was the SBDU Team Pro. Hand made.
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Just to interject - I have a 74 Super Course MK II, and it is one of my favorite bikes. Paid $20 for it. It just feels great - and looks sharp in Mint Green. I rode it this year in the NYC 5 Boro - and being relatively flat for the entire 43 miles, it was wonderful.
What a score. I paid 40 for a Super Course with cappella lugs and built up with new and new old stock ..so final price was high !!
Rides great but the guy who painted it did not know what he was doing so need a to be stripped again ..made me mad cuz I stripped it to bare metal with citrus stripper and prepped..
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This beauty is waiting for a rebuild, the bike is in great shape! needs tires/bar tape/hoods etc.. But cant go wrong with these bike boom Raleigh's.

@nlerner , thanks for posting the price list i was curious what my pro sold for new..

1974 Professional (sorry for the bad photo)
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So iconic, so beautiful, bike boom at its finest.


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This beauty is waiting for a rebuild, the bike is in great shape! needs tires/bar tape/hoods etc.. But cant go wrong with these bike boom Raleigh's.

@nlerner , thanks for posting the price list i was curious what my pro sold for new..

1974 Professional (sorry for the bad photo)
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Raleigh made some very nice bikes well into the eighties. Not only in Ilkeston, but also in Worksop. Models like the Team Replica, Road Ace and Competition come to mind. Not sure which of those made it to your side of the pond, but I've come across quite a few friendly-priced examples on this side.
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I like riding all of them (except for an International. Never have ridden one of them, but no reason to think it wouldn't be a good rider). Even the ones that have 700c wheels, rather than the 27" indicated on the cheat sheet.

One observation... the closer the model is toward the top of the heirarchy, the better the chances it was brazed thoroughly and cleanly.
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Lots of good info! Looks like I have some research to do now.
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So iconic, so beautiful, bike boom at its finest.
Thank you,this winter i will get it restored
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Originally Posted by jafran456 View Post
Hi All,

I'm looking to pick up a vintage Raleigh road racing bike from the 1970's and I was wondering what the hierarchy is of those particular models. I know the Professional and International models are at the top (1 and 2, or vice versa) but I'm not really sure much beyond that down to the entry level road bikes. Can someone help? I'm only interested in Raleigh road bikes with drop handlebars from the 70's when they were still good bikes Thanks in advance for any feedback.
...if you Google up some pictures with an image search, I think you'll find that there are some large differences in the various upper tier Raleigh's from the 70's in terms of purpose that is reflected in geometry. So you probably ought to consider what it is you want to do on this bike, and what you prefer for your own riding purposes.

I've attached some photos of some bikes I have or have had recently.

You can see some of the major differences in geometry. and whoever said that they still made fine bikes in the 80's is also correct. I think maybe the pictured caramel colored Gran Sport is from 1982. And it's a fine bicycle.

The white Pro is an early one, the Team bike much later. You can see where even within the decade of the 70's the bikes were getting shorter and tighter, as were bikes generally in the race models.

Older Competitions used to be pretty common here, so they got used as project bikes. A lot of 650B project bikes that you see nowadays started life as stock Raleigh Competition models. The International was never intended as a road racer. It's more a touring geometry. They are harder to find unmolested anyway.
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I'm just an avid cyclist. I've been off my road bike for a while but I'm planning to get back on soon. I don't race. I mainly do 30-35 mile solo rides (18-20 mph pace) and occasionally get into a group ride. I figured I would get extra motivated if I picked up an old vintage bike over the winter. I'm leaning towards a late '70s Raleigh Competition GS.
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Originally Posted by jafran456 View Post
I'm just an avid cyclist. I've been off my road bike for a while but I'm planning to get back on soon. I don't race. I mainly do 30-35 mile solo rides (18-20 mph pace) and occasionally get into a group ride. I figured I would get extra motivated if I picked up an old vintage bike over the winter. I'm leaning towards a late '70s Raleigh Competition GS.
I have to say I think that's a good choice from the standpoints of practicality and functionality. Would be happy to keep an eye out for you if I knew the size to be looking for (I have a '71 and a '73 already, so even if you want a 21-1/2" I have no reason to beat you to it)

3-alarmer - be thankful you are tall. I have a (semi-faithfully) repainted Mk-1 Pro and a creatively repainted '77 Team Pro, but still have an unsatiated lusting for a copper International ('73-ish), so you have no fear of midnight ninja actions.
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My Cannondale System6 road bike is a 58cm. I believe that's a 23". I could probably fit onto a 23-1/2" too.
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My Cannondale System6 road bike is a 58cm. I believe that's a 23". I could probably fit onto a 23-1/2" too.
The Raleigh connection is?
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3-alarmer - be thankful you are tall. ...
...easy to say, but I am in the back row of every class picture from grade school and high school.
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I have no connection to Raleigh. I just like some of their older bikes. There seems to be plenty of them for sale. Some of the old Schwinns are cool too. Not looking to invest a lot of money. I just want a good ol' steel framed bike.
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Careful. Raleigh is a N + 1 vintage bicycle gateway drug.

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Originally Posted by USAZorro View Post

3-alarmer - be thankful you are tall. I have a (semi-faithfully) repainted Mk-1 Pro and a creatively repainted '77 Team Pro, but still have an unsatiated lusting for a copper International ('73-ish), so you have no fear of midnight ninja actions.
...Raleigh International 56 cm Reynolds 531 - $600 (bernal heights)

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Originally Posted by 3alarmer View Post
...Raleigh International 56 cm Reynolds 531 - $600 (bernal heights)



...you still alive ? I was afeared you got burnt up in the faahrs.
All safe and unburned. We live west of the fires. You fire fighters are studs.

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