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teambhultima 07-05-06 10:48 PM

What to do w/ Raleigh Grand Prix?
 
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I bought a mid-70's Raleigh Grand Prix at the local thrift today because I need the wheels. They have 27" aluminum Araya rims and I can use them on my slightly older, but better condition, Grand Prix, which has old steel rims. Plus, today's purchase came with a 6-cog freewheel instead of 5.

So now what do I do with the "new" Grand Prix? I don't need the frame or any of its components. (No time to work on it.) Is it worth the hassle of E-bay? If so, should I sell it complete or part it out? Would a LBS give me an old box to ship it in?

Any/all advice is welcome...
Thanks!

mswantak 07-05-06 11:12 PM

Well you lucked out; that '77 GP originally came with Sturmey-Archer steel wheels and a Suntour 5-cog freewheel. Somebody apparently swapped them out for the alloys -- which was a big improvement.

GPs are nice little bikes, but they go on eBay all the time for next to nothing -- with wheels. Most LBS will give you an old box for shipping. So how much would you want for it as is? I'm famous for taking in stray Grand Prix.

ga_mueller 07-06-06 09:41 AM

Fixed gear! :D

roughrider504 07-06-06 11:56 AM


Originally Posted by ga_mueller
Fixed gear! :D

+1
But you can try craigslist. Someone in your area might want a bike to fix up.

rat_factory 07-06-06 12:30 PM

I've got a 77 grand prix also, but it is a mixte frame. I am debating to build this one up versus an 81 Suteki Track 10 mixte frame. I have the set of one mens track 10 & one womens mixte track 10 and would like to overhaul and restore them as a set, then sell them.
Would the grand prix be a good choice to keep? I am also in possession of a pair of 27" araya alloy rims identical to the ones on my miyata 310. Would the grand prix be just as light and strong as the suteki if i put the araya rims on it?

roughrider504 07-06-06 01:10 PM


Originally Posted by rat_factory
I've got a 77 grand prix also, but it is a mixte frame. I am debating to build this one up versus an 81 Suteki Track 10 mixte frame. I have the set of one mens track 10 & one womens mixte track 10 and would like to overhaul and restore them as a set, then sell them.
Would the grand prix be a good choice to keep? I am also in possession of a pair of 27" araya alloy rims identical to the ones on my miyata 310. Would the grand prix be just as light and strong as the suteki if i put the araya rims on it?

Just remember the Suteki is HEAVY, well mine at least. The grand prix would be a better daily rider than the suteki.

peripatetic 07-06-06 08:10 PM


Originally Posted by ga_mueller
Fixed gear! :D

Is it me, or have we found another "convert"? Ga, weren't you the one asking "what's the point" last week?:D

teambhultima 07-06-06 10:20 PM


Originally Posted by ga_mueller
Fixed gear! :D

I thought about fixed gear conversion briefly, but with a Schwinn Suburban, my trusty Ultima and the other GP to swap wheels onto, I'm running out of space (and spare time). My original brown Grand Prix is a smaller frame that my wife and oldest daughter could ride, while the silver one is more my size, but I need it like another hole in my head.

I don't know anything about listing/selling on craigslist and have limited experience with e-bay. Also, I doubt there is a huge top-dollar market for old Raleigh components that would make parting this bike out worth my time. Campy or Dura-Ace, sure, but how much is an old Raliegh/Weimann brake set really worth?:rolleyes:

mswantak, pm me if you are still interested.


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