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Old 11-13-18, 07:42 PM
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Age/model guess on this Raleigh?

Any guesses on the Raleigh model / year? Based on the font in the decal (assuming that's original), I'd guess mid-to-late 70s? It seems like a pretty bulky fork for the 80s (when I believe they also used that font), but I've looked through old catalogs and Sheldon Brown's site, and I can't seem to find anything.

The super-plain plain lugs lead me to think it's 1) low-end, 2) old, or 3) both.

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the fork looks to be post-CPSC, so that would be '70s.
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I don't believe the frame and fork came together from the factory. Frame is probably older.
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1950's, early 60's at the latest. The long, heavy lugs and dropouts are the tell.

Fork looks to be a replacement from the 1970's - slots for "lawyer lips" in the fork ends.

It's been repainted and the down tube decals are from the mid 70's.

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The fork KIND OF looks like this Gran Prix's fork, maybe. Maybe?

raleigh grand prix full chrome fork?

So any thoughts on the rideability of those old 50s and 60s Raleighs? The size is right. Guy wants $150.
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Frame looks like a repainted Sports (particularly that rear dropout) with a replacement fork.
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
Frame looks like a repainted Sports (particularly that rear dropout) with a replacement fork.

How right you are! 1966 Sport below, and it's selling for the same price as that frame (under $200). That actually looks like a fun little bike to tinker with over the winter!

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The fork looks to me like it could be from a Schwinn Continental.
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Originally Posted by cormacf View Post
So any thoughts on the rideability of those old 50s and 60s Raleighs? The size is right. Guy wants $150.
The are heavy, but they ride fine, assuming they're complete and in good condition, but $150 for that frame is outrageous. $15 is more like it
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Originally Posted by cormacf View Post
How right you are! 1966 Sport below, and it's selling for the same price as that frame (under $200). That actually looks like a fun little bike to tinker with over the winter!

This frame has the brazed on guide wheel of the 1950s. I can narrow it down to the mid 1950s by the shape of the head tube and seat tube lugs. If they're using a stamped hub date to identify this bike as from 1966, the hub isn't original to the frame. The pedals are much more modern.
The other frame looks to be a 1954 or earlier light roadster frame. It looks like the pump mounts were removed. I think I see stumps, but it's hard to tell from the photo. If there is no trace of the frame ever having a guide wheel lug on the top tube, that would indicate a date of 1950 or earlier.
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The are heavy, but they ride fine, assuming they're complete and in good condition, but $150 for that frame is outrageous. $15 is more like it
Agreed. Possibly twice that in a really tight market. Is it a size that you, or near and dear rider would fit well?
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