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Old 02-06-21, 08:28 AM
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Vintage Raleigh with Dura-Ace

I have a vintage Raleigh with Shimano Dura Ace.
Should i restore it?
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Probably.

Once you have 10 posts you can share pictures. After that the answer will be yes.
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No? Wait, yes.

uh, maybe.
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Originally Posted by AtoZ View Post
I have a vintage Raleigh with Shimano Dura Ace.
Should i restore it?

Hello and welcome to the forums. Should you restore it? It depends on what your definition of 'restore' is Removing all the parts and CLEANING and waxing the frame and then cleaning, greasing and reinstalling the parts yes hen yes overhaul it and get on the road especially if it fits you and you want to ride again.

If your idea of restoring means stripping the paint off and repainting that is probably not a good idea
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70s Team Record. Nice bike. Clean it carefully if you are keeping it. If your plan is too sell it, sell it as is.
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^^^ What he said.
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Yeah, that would be a major restoration effort--great if you already know how to do it or want to learn (and want to and have the means to acquire lots of specialized tools). If not, best to sell as is as others have said. You won't get a premium for it in current condition, but there are lots of Raleigh nuts out there, and this is a desirable model.
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Looking at that picture a bit more I think a nice wipedown will reveal a lot of shinier-than-expected; that looks like sitting-around-forever grime, not rust or corrosion. I hope so, because that's a really cool bike.
Lukewarm water + Dawn dish soap + soft sponge. See what you've got.
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Absolutely, clean the thing first, then see what it looks like - it'll be pretty, I expect. I'm always amazed at the filthy bikes people post for sale, with terrible pictures, too. But, looking for bargains, I guess those are the ones I gravitate to trying to identify!
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Don't waste your time, just send it to me ,

Seriously though, I have overhauled, restored, or whatever you want to call it, more bikes than I can count that are in this condition. If you are new to it you will need some bike tools and there is a learning curve, but if it is for yourself I'd go for it. There are lots of good YouTube videos, and a great sources of information on this forum and other biking sites. Do some research before carrying out each step and it can save you the frustration of breaking a vintage part that can be tough to replace. If you don't want to buy some specialized tools like a crank puller or freewheel removal tool a bike shop can do that in 15 minutes and it should not cost much. Some of those tools are not expensive. I just bought a new freewheel removal tool for $14 Canadian new. Before you start, I would check and see if the seat post and stem come out easy as they can be tough if they are seized.

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The first thing you should do is pull that bike lock and lock holder off of the seat post. Itís not up to the job. Itís hard to believe anyone ever did use it. This will be a nice bike when itís cleaned up and overhauled.
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that bike is extra super duper cool.....its worth putting major work into it...........
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Thanks admin for helping me to post and delete the duplicate chat.
Thanks members for all the advise.
Let me try to order the decals transfer from UK and start my step by step restoring the bike.
Will keep you all posted.


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Don't forget to pump up those tires.
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Don't forget to pump up those tires.
Need to replace the tubular tires. Likely going for 700c23
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Originally Posted by Pcampeau View Post
The first thing you should do is pull that bike lock and lock holder off of the seat post. Itís not up to the job. Itís hard to believe anyone ever did use it. This will be a nice bike when itís cleaned up and overhauled.
Haha. Will remove the lock. Thanks for your advise
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Originally Posted by bikeaddiction1 View Post
Don't waste your time, just send it to me ,

Seriously though, I have overhauled, restored, or whatever you want to call it, more bikes than I can count that are in this condition. If you are new to it you will need some bike tools and there is a learning curve, but if it is for yourself I'd go for it. There are lots of good YouTube videos, and a great sources of information on this forum and other biking sites. Do some research before carrying out each step and it can save you the frustration of breaking a vintage part that can be tough to replace. If you don't want to buy some specialized tools like a crank puller or freewheel removal tool a bike shop can do that in 15 minutes and it should not cost much. Some of those tools are not expensive. I just bought a new freewheel removal tool for $14 Canadian new. Before you start, I would check and see if the seat post and stem come out easy as they can be tough if they are seized.
Thanks. Will check and YouTube for more info
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