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Old 06-17-21, 12:04 PM
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Found Reynolds

I saw a bicycle on my local Craigslist kind of like Iíve been looking for to refit as an upright touring bike. I wasnít sure Iíd buy it until I saw it live, and saw the 531 sticker on the frame. Itís a Raleigh Super Course 12. It has a few nicks and scratches but I think itíll clean up nicely. It has Continental Super Sport tires on concave Weinmann rims. I paid 90 for it mostly because the tires rims and frame are unusual and in good shape.







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Old 06-17-21, 08:08 PM
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Looks like a sweet project!
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Old 06-18-21, 04:24 AM
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Raleigh SuperCourses are great bikes. I have 3 and they ride real well for a mid tier bike. Here is my 73 setup with a flip flop rear. Also my 78 setup with Shimano Arabesque.

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Those concave Weinmann rims are bomb proof. They were great for touring bikes in '78. The SunTrust bar cons are almost worth what you paid. Every now and then you get lucky. C&V market around me is super dried up, the prices are nuts, and nothing is selling. I did catch a 'holy grail' in my size bike this month on the cheap. Every now and then you get lucky!
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I’d buy that bike at $90 all day long.
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Well I took it completely apart down to just the frame. Fortunately all the bearings appear to be in very nice condition with no pitting. Even the wheels roll fairly smoothly. At least as smoothly as youíd expect from 40 plus year old French hubs. It has the nutted crank spindle which I donít like, but the races are shiny and smooth. The crankset is barely used. But god, how filthy. It has that crazy type front deraileur that you pull the lever to shift down to the inner ring. If your cable breaks, youíre stuck with your higher gears. All in all Iím happy with it and intend to put a short alloy stem, alloy North road bars, and possibly my nos Campagnolo Nuovo Gran Sport deraileurs and shifters, and nice white mudguards. Iím really stoked to ride this bike. I always enjoyed a bike with Reynolds 531 butted tubing! (My third or forth). Pictures coming
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Well I took it completely apart down to just the frame. Fortunately all the bearings appear to be in very nice condition with no pitting. Even the wheels roll fairly smoothly. At least as smoothly as youíd expect from 40 plus year old French hubs. It has the nutted crank spindle which I donít like, but the races are shiny and smooth. The crankset is barely used. But god, how filthy. It has that crazy type front deraileur that you pull the lever to shift down to the inner ring. If your cable breaks, youíre stuck with your higher gears. All in all Iím happy with it and intend to put a short alloy stem, alloy North road bars, and possibly my nos Campagnolo Nuovo Gran Sport deraileurs and shifters, and nice white mudguards. Iím really stoked to ride this bike. I always enjoyed a bike with Reynolds 531 butted tubing! (My third or forth). Pictures coming
Looks like a solid pickup, a barely used bike at that. Why not clean up the existing Suntour drivetrain and save your NOS campy stuff for an Italian frame? Sounds like you know enough, just a gentle nudge to wait for the right moment. And the existing parts are more likely to sing in chorus than transplanted kit.

With new cables, housing, brake pads, and bar tape, it's a rider. With some wax/polish, grease, and lube you'd do even better.

Whichever direction you take it, enjoy!
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Old 06-21-21, 04:51 PM
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Well I took it completely apart down to just the frame. Fortunately all the bearings appear to be in very nice condition with no pitting. Even the wheels roll fairly smoothly. At least as smoothly as youíd expect from 40 plus year old French hubs. It has the nutted crank spindle which I donít like, but the races are shiny and smooth. The crankset is barely used. But god, how filthy. It has that crazy type front deraileur that you pull the lever to shift down to the inner ring. If your cable breaks, youíre stuck with your higher gears. All in all Iím happy with it and intend to put a short alloy stem, alloy North road bars, and possibly my nos Campagnolo Nuovo Gran Sport deraileurs and shifters, and nice white mudguards. Iím really stoked to ride this bike. I always enjoyed a bike with Reynolds 531 butted tubing! (My third or forth). Pictures coming
That is my favorite fd, for a double. The crispest shifting I've ever experienced. I cannot recall ever breaking a shifter cable out on the road. Give it a try before nixing it out of hand.
Nice pickup. Well worth $90, imo.
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I always liked those Suntour fd's as well.

Your SuperCourse is the later model, a bit racier than the ubiquitous early 70Ďs one. I think the frame angles are steeper... or is that just my imagination? If so that might make for somewhat zippier handling than you expected, but i'll probably be fine.
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