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Old 07-05-06, 10:48 PM
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What to do w/ Raleigh Grand Prix?

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...
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Old 07-05-06, 11:12 PM
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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.
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Fixed gear!
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Originally Posted by ga_mueller
Fixed gear!
+1
But you can try craigslist. Someone in your area might want a bike to fix up.
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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?
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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.
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Originally Posted by ga_mueller
Fixed gear!
Is it me, or have we found another "convert"? Ga, weren't you the one asking "what's the point" last week?
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Originally Posted by ga_mueller
Fixed gear!
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?

mswantak, pm me if you are still interested.
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