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paocra 05-08-18 10:51 PM

Raleigh Technium Tri-Lite - Restore and Ride.
Hello all,

I started looking for a bike in NYC a couple of weeks ago and recently joined BikeForums looking for some advice on my purchase.
Despite having a tiny budget (200 high max.), I impatiently searched and finally purchased a Raleigh Technium Tri-Lite (White, Raspberry, hints of Light Blue)
The bike was in decent working condition, but had many scratches and scuff marks - paid 100 USD for it (which some have said is too much, but given the market and my lack of patience seems fine). It was, however, heavily scratched/scuffed and just not aesthetically maintained. Despite this, rust was very minimal and I only found some surface rust on the interior part of the front wheel eyelets?.

I was mostly looking to ride the bike, but seeing the bike's potential if restored has awakened my interest in doing some amateurish attempts at minor restoration. As a result, I have purchased a second bike (bye bye May leisure budget) - a 2009(ish) Boardman Road Team which I will be riding while I get the Raleigh nice and shiny.

The bike + the repairs
The paint is for the most part there, but there are significant scratches and scuffs (largest one is probably 1/2"x2").
Components seem to be close to original for the most part (Shimano 105 groupset + Rigida frame). They all work, but could do with some cleaning. Rims are actually looking dull, but will try to bring their shine back.

As of now I've purchased some Testor's Enamel paint to patch up the issue areas and have given the bike a quick wipe down. The wipe down alone made it 15% better. I plan to thoroughly clean the frame and do cleaning of the components.

I've always had a weak spot for old mechanical anythings, but had never really gotten into bikes. Excited to get familiar with bike anatomy through this project over the next couple of months.

Any advice/tips/thoughts will be very appreciated!

PS: The bike is the same color scheme as this one, but w drop bars:

jimmuller 05-09-18 04:44 AM

Welcome to BF, and C&V in particular! If you posted pics they don't show.

For most of us here the paint's condition is moderately important but the operating condition of all the components is critical. Clean up the derailleurs so that they operate smoothly, adjust them well. Position the saddle and handlebar so they are comfortable. Repack the bearings, especially if they feel gritty. To the extent of your skill and tools repack the bottom bracket (i.e. crank) and the headset. Replace anything that is actually broken or seriously worn out. Ride it, or them! You can worry about paint touch-up as a background task.

Of course without pics it didn't happen. That's a rule,you know.:D

Narhay 05-09-18 04:45 AM

Try some polish on a wet rag. It will clean up the paint before you touch it up.

If your bike has rhe 105 groupset in the photo you shared then it was in the middle of the lineup for Raleigh at the time. Depending on condition $100 could be quite a good deal. We need photos of your bike though.

T-Mar 05-09-18 06:26 AM

The Technium Tri-Lites were a series of Triathlon bicycles from the very late 1980s. For the 1987 model year,Raleigh entered into a deal with Scott Tinley, the 1982 & 1985 Ironman Champion. The deal was undoubtedly prompted by the success that WSI was having with their Centurion Ironman bicycles endorsed by Dave Scott. The first model was the Scott Tinley Tri-lite which used the aluminum and CrMo Technium road frame outfitted with a SunTour Cyclone AccuShift group. In 1988 the Tinley version was equipped with Campgnolo Nuovo Victory and four other Tri-lite models were added to the range. The line was short lived, having disappeared from the catalogue by 1990.

The OP's bicycle is the 3rd in line Tri-Lite Pro which was spec'd with Shimano New 105 and was $550-600 US. The wheels are OEM, despite the incongruous presence of Rigida rims. Almost certainly as a cost concession, Raleigh decided to spec freewheel compatible Atom/Maillard hubs laced to Rigida rims. The exact date manufacturing date for the frame should be obtainable from the serial number.

paocra 05-09-18 08:15 AM

I forgot to take pictures of the true starting condition, but I'll try to snag some tonight (I just got a little too excited and started taking it apart).
The partial serial is R811580 - so if I researched correctly April 24, 1988

paocra 05-10-18 11:02 PM

Pictures will come - I promise - I've just had a crazy week and haven't had time to transfer them.

Sadly, as I was pulling the bike apart I came across three roadblocks: what seems to be frozen pedals, a frozen stem and a frozen handlebar/stem clamp.
I'm considering going to my LBS to resolve these bits, although I'd be interested in trying to go the DIY route.

I have no clue how to address the handlebar clamp it seems like it was over tightened.
For the stem, I ended up fully removing the threaded bolt and screwing it from the bottom to get a hold of the wedge. I caught the wedge which is now sitting at the bottom of the for attached to the bolt. Despite this, the stem still wont come out... I've dropped in some WD 40 from the bottom and will give it a couple of days. It is possible to slightly rotate the fork independent of the stem if the latter is held.
The pedals - I just don't have a long enough wrench to get enough torque (is my hypothesis).
Any ideas or links to posts to resolve any of these?

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