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My New (NOS!) Raleigh Competition GS and a few questions.

Old 10-16-05, 10:45 PM
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My New (NOS!) Raleigh Competition GS and a few questions.

First, hello all, I'm Mark and Im pretty new here.

Just picked up a really cool find. It's a NOS Raleigh Competition GS. I think '80 or late 70's.
It really is a new bike. The seller put it together for me after being boxed up for 25 years in original carton. Pretty much the same specs as seen on retroraleighs.com. Campy GS, Weinmann brakes and belgium rims. Brooks Pro saddle with a bit of green patina on the copper thats just shining off after a few short rides.

Rides really, really nice. It's a big one, but I'm about 6'2"+ and have just enough standover. Once up on it it actually seems smaller than it is, I think the top tube is not as long, proportionally, and I had to move the seat back to get a good torso fit.

Extras include Christophe clips and Sturmey Archer straps, Bluemels pump, reflectors (which I choose not to put on for now), the manual, the warranty card and the registration card.

I'll also post to Catch of the Day thread, but it really wasn't a steal as I paid good money for it, but also believe I got a really good deal. We had a beatiful weekend here in Chicago and rode the lakefront for its maiden voyage.

A few questions:

1)Dating?- Serial # is WM0004318. Is this a 1980?

2) I really want to protect the decals. I have read here about over spraying them with clear Dupli-color.
Is that bulletproof safe? Any other advice for this?

3) The freewheel is a bit sticky, wheels spin nice and free, but for some reason I think the freeewheel may need a cleaning. I soaked the edges with 30W and it seems to a bit better.

4) Any other care advise or tips?

Thanks in advance, enjoy more pics here
http://users.rcn.com/jarzemsky/rcgs_...cgs_index.html
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Old 10-16-05, 10:56 PM
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Nothing like NOS... That's a sharp looking bike! If you haven't already, you might want to pull the hubs, BB and headset apart for fresh grease. Looks like the stem is a little high too. For the freewheel, you can remove it & soak in motor oil, then drain well & put it back on.
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Old 10-16-05, 11:37 PM
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Since it's neither a 1970 or a 1990, you can safely assume it's a 1980 model.

The decals have a clearcoat from the factory, but more can't hurt. To do it properly though, you'll have to strip it down to the frame and forks. The one single thing you can do to protect the decals -- and paint -- is to avoid adding any accessories to the bike that have to be attached to the frame with clamps; bottle cages, pumps, that sort of thing. Kryptonite locks have an especially bad habit of tearing up whatever they're mounted to. If you can't avoid a clamp mounted add-on, cut a strip of old inner tube to place between the frame and clamp.

And never wipe dirt and dust off it with a dry cloth -- it's sandpaper.

In fact, just put it back in the box and go buy a beater to ride around; it's a jungle out there!
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Thanks for the tips. If already lowered the stem. The freewheel may need a soak.

RE the decals, I am not going to the trouble of stripping down to frame, but was thinking about just a light clear spray through a rough cut-out in card a few inches from the decals. This once worked out well when doing some paint touchups on a beater frame. Better yet, I may just leave it alone or carefully put a coat of wax over the whole frame.

I don't think I will mount any accesories, Actually, rarely need a water bottle for the kind of light pleasure and fitness riding I do. Mostly on paved trails, with water fountains always nearby every few miles.

I am thinking about a Brooks Challenge seat bag. No loops on this saddle. But I likely can strap it to the rails for a decent fit. I think a nylon wedge would seriously mess w/ the vintage vibe.
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Okay -- most folks don't know how to feather in paint. Sounds like the ol' girl's in good hands.
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Nice bike! I have the same rims on my '83 Motobecane GT.
It certainly does look like a new bike. The plastic disk on the rear wheel appears crystal clear...
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oooooo.... yummy.
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