Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic & Vintage
Reload this Page >

Raleigh Technium Tri-Lite - Restore and Ride.

Notices
Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

Raleigh Technium Tri-Lite - Restore and Ride.

Old 05-08-18, 10:51 PM
  #1  
paocra
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2018
Posts: 17
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Raleigh Technium Tri-Lite - Restore and Ride.

Hello all,

Backstory
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:

paocra is offline  
Old 05-09-18, 04:44 AM
  #2  
jimmuller 
What??? Only 2 wheels?
 
jimmuller's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Boston-ish, MA
Posts: 13,410

Bikes: 73 Raleigh Carlton Gran Sport, 72 Peugeot UO-8, 82 Peugeot TH8, 87 Bianchi Brava, 76? Masi Grand Criterium, 87 Centurion Ironman Expert, 74 Motobecane Champion Team, 86 & 77 Gazelle champion mondial, 81? Grandis, 82? Tommasini, 83 Peugeot PF10

Mentioned: 187 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1213 Post(s)
Liked 520 Times in 202 Posts
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.
__________________
Real cyclists use toe clips.
With great bikes comes great responsibility.
jimmuller
jimmuller is offline  
Old 05-09-18, 04:45 AM
  #3  
Narhay
Senior Member
 
Narhay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
Posts: 3,715
Mentioned: 120 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 951 Post(s)
Liked 529 Times in 298 Posts
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.
Narhay is offline  
Old 05-09-18, 06:26 AM
  #4  
T-Mar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 22,908
Mentioned: 613 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4549 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2,700 Times in 1,700 Posts
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.

Last edited by T-Mar; 05-09-18 at 06:31 AM.
T-Mar is offline  
Old 05-09-18, 08:15 AM
  #5  
paocra
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2018
Posts: 17
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
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 is offline  
Old 05-10-18, 11:02 PM
  #6  
paocra
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2018
Posts: 17
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
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?

Last edited by paocra; 05-10-18 at 11:19 PM.
paocra is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
fishboy316
Classic & Vintage
2
03-19-19 08:20 AM
bobclark86
Classic & Vintage
34
09-20-17 07:40 PM
jaidw
Classic & Vintage
2
05-07-13 10:48 AM
DirtyHarry714
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals.
6
08-16-11 11:05 AM
bcdeck
Classic & Vintage
1
03-13-11 03:24 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.