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Old 08-19-18, 07:36 PM
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This is what friends are for.

Last Friday I got a note from @Andy_K.

"Bad wing or no, grab the keys and go get it!"

Copper colored Raleigh International, looks like my size, local. Andy knew I was searching for one. I contacted the guy immediately, and found that I was second in line. First in line either passed or didn't get back to the seller in time, so early Saturday morning I drove over and picked it up.


Serial number shows it's a '74
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Very cool, I picked one up today also.
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow
congrats! And yes to good friends!
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24-1/2" or 23-1/2"? You already know that it's not 650B material unless you're into dimpling the chainstays, or plan to use tires only modestly wide.


But that is the "signature" International color, and the frame looks rather well preserved. Congratulations.

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Old 08-19-18, 10:39 PM
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Congrats on the nice score. A lovely bike and perfect color for the approaching fall season. And props to Andy of course.
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Originally Posted by Charles Wahl
24-1/2" or 23-1/2"? You already know that it's not 650B material unless you're into dimpling the chainstays, or plan to use tires only modestly wide.


But that is the "signature" International color, and the frame looks rather well preserved. Congratulations.
Hey Charles,

It's a 24 1/2 CTT as Raleigh measured them. (60cm CTC) Yeah, you and I went through this mind experiment awhile back when I thought I had a 73, and that one turned out to be a 71 (slightly longer stays). I had a 73 or 74 in the shop awhile back and 42's didn't fit. I didn't expect this one too either, but a test fit showed it was possible:



2-3mm clearance
BTW, those are some fairly old 42's, fully stretched out. I'm not sure whether I'll dimple this one or not, but if I do, it will only be a modest one. The more you dimple, the more flexible the stays are.

I'll have some time to think about it. None of the components are original. I'm guessing this was bought originally for the Campy group, as many were, then rebuilt with various parts, none of which match. I've got plenty of projects to keep me busy for awhile, so I don't have to decide for awhile. Might just put on some wider tires and ride it as is for now.
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Old 08-19-18, 10:57 PM
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More pix

Glam shot


Rear brake - old Dura-Ace


Creative cable routing

Drivetrain


Cockpit


Dappled rust


This is clearly a bin build. Lots of possibilities here.
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Originally Posted by sloar
Very cool, I picked one up today also.
International?
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Looks in nice shape.

Happy Copper International day to you and @sloar!
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From the international side of things, yours looks great, nice find.
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Nice! I know a guy in Portland who can modify that for you.
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Way too tall for me, but great find! Beautiful frame.
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Nice look'n bike.

that Andy is an OK guy
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That's always been one of my favorites, and copper is THE color for this model, imo.

Closing in on getting a 20-1/2" one on the road for my wife. A front brake hanger is the only missing piece.

p.s. If you're looking for a 24-1/2" Professional (I think it's a '74 or '75), I can put you in touch with someone here who has one.
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Cool bike bra.

Is anyone concerned that Goog is trying to corner the Raleigh market?
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs
...Is anyone concerned that Goog is trying to corner the Raleigh market?
He doesn't touch 22-1/2", so I suspect Neil isn't concerned, nor does he bother with 21-1/2", so I'm not.
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Yup, friends is friends. I have my International (and some other bits) thanks to @noglider. Look forward to seeing what you turn that beauty into.
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Really great friends help you go back and haul away the body's bikes.
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Originally Posted by nlerner
Nice! I know a guy in Portland who can modify that for you.
Do tell.
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs
Is anyone concerned that Goog is trying to corner the Raleigh market?
No, he’s building up spares - I unfortunately jinxed him (with humble apologies to the wounded) by being a smart as in the thread ?Four Identical Raleighs?

I take full responsibility for being a baaad boy on the 4 Raleigh thread.
It will never happen again. Really!

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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes
Friends find you a bike.
I have a Friend in @Brewsmith, who is passing on a very nice, lightweight British frameset+.
No pics, not a thread steal, I just promised above to be nice.

edit: Nice Raleigh @gugie. I’m still basking in the glow of the Ride/Wrench WE.



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