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Old 11-06-15, 08:16 PM
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Hi there, I just spent a few months worth of weekends to completely overhaul/upgrade this Canadian made 77' Grand Prix in my garage. It's the first bike I've ever overhauled and it's been quite a fun learning experience. After it was road-ready, I got intimate with it on a 100 mile weekend camping trip and it's still in one piece.

Anywho, it's great fun. I've been using this forum as a resource and it's much appreciated. I believe some would say that I went overboard based on the responses I've seen here about Grand Prixs but the story that lead me to this outcome is boring anyway. So, here ya go.


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BF member cehowardGS's 1985's (Yes, 2) . One of them (in the white) was a $50 ebay purchase. The other was a bit more.

Then we dug into them. He likes them hot-rodded and ready to roll.




This is the eBay one, after:


...and before:
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@RobbieTunes, I sold those bikes back in 1984, but I don't remember them well. Is the frame lighter than typical gaspipe? I think so. What's the geometry like?
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
BF member cehowardGS's 1985's (Yes, 2) . One of them (in the white) was a $50 ebay purchase. The other was a bit more.

Then we dug into them. He likes them hot-rodded and ready to roll.




This is the eBay one, after:


...and before:
I have been searching for an 83 to 85 Grand Prix in a 55 or 56cm for the last four or five years. No luck so far.
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Hope Robbie does not mind if I chime in. The 84 SC Frame I have reminds me of a good criterium style rider. As for the weight, it is not super light but certainly is no heavy weight. Possibly in the 4-5 lb range. Tubing is Raleigh 555.
Yes. Thank you for refreshing my memory. It looks totally different from the 1979 Super Course which had 531 plain gauge tubes and was made in the Carlton factory, but the frame design was similar. It had pretty quick handling.
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What brakes are those, they look intriguing?
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yes indeed, what brakes indeed?
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Hey all, I have posted about this before and gotten some great help, but I am still looking for a more concrete answer. I am trying to repaint a 1974 grand prix and need someone to take some measurements of the black bars for me on a 23.5 size frame. See my original post here http://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...-question.html


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Originally Posted by jumbosandbox View Post
Hi there, I just spent a few months worth of weekends to completely overhaul/upgrade this Canadian made 77' Grand Prix in my garage. It's the first bike I've ever overhauled and it's been quite a fun learning experience. After it was road-ready, I got intimate with it on a 100 mile weekend camping trip and it's still in one piece.

Anywho, it's great fun. I've been using this forum as a resource and it's much appreciated. I believe some would say that I went overboard based on the responses I've seen here about Grand Prixs but the story that lead me to this outcome is boring anyway. So, here ya go.


Touring, that's impressive. A hard core RGP aficionado.

I've thought a few times, does "hi-ten" steel make a good tourer? They certainly are strong.
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Does anyone know if these black sections were painted or were part f the decals. The replica decals are just the lettering and I have heard that the black sections were also part of the decals. Anyone able to shed some light on the subject.
I would think if the black was a decal then it would be offered with the decal kits I have seen online but no one seems to have them.
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Black sections are in fact painted on Gazelle built RGP's in that era. Stripes and lettering are decals.
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Well, it's late Spring in Dallas. Time to bring this thread out of hibernation. Here is my birthday present to myself ...
1986-87 Raleigh Grand Prix. Finding the model year was perplexing. The '86 catalog shows the correct picture and color scheme-but all wrong drivetrain components. Searched for and could not find an '87 catalog entry for a Grand Prix. After searching this thread (thank you BF) and finding the bike's serial number on the bb - 7AN0870, I realized that I have a '86-'87 carryover model. So, the Green Miler is a 58cm, mostly original unit. The usual wear and tear items have been upgraded/replaced. The brakes and drivetrain are entirely Shimano and apparently original ... Including the Biopace ring set. This bike must have been in a time capsule for 30 years ... The decals, paint, and bright work are 99%.
Took it out for a 30 mile test ride at White Rock Lake this morning. Ran perfectly.
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Did anyone source a set of decals for 1975 Grand Prix
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Originally Posted by jim dandy View Post
Well, it's late Spring in Dallas. Time to bring this thread out of hibernation. Here is my birthday present to myself ...
1986-87 Raleigh Grand Prix. Finding the model year was perplexing. The '86 catalog shows the correct picture and color scheme-but all wrong drivetrain components. Searched for and could not find an '87 catalog entry for a Grand Prix. After searching this thread (thank you BF) and finding the bike's serial number on the bb - 7AN0870, I realized that I have a '86-'87 carryover model. So, the Green Miler is a 58cm, mostly original unit. The usual wear and tear items have been upgraded/replaced. The brakes and drivetrain are entirely Shimano and apparently original ... Including the Biopace ring set. This bike must have been in a time capsule for 30 years ... The decals, paint, and bright work are 99%.
Took it out for a 30 mile test ride at White Rock Lake this morning. Ran perfectly.
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Very nice indeed. Looks mint condition.
I have the same year Gran Prix, but has been updated with STI (105 / Sora mix - 9 speed)
I have a post in this thread - june last year with a pic.

Enjoy.

PS. What saddle do you have on there?
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Very nice indeed. Looks mint condition.
I have the same year Gran Prix, but has been updated with STI (105 / Sora mix - 9 speed)
I have a post in this thread - june last year with a pic.

Enjoy.

PS. What saddle do you have on there?
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I checked your post. You have a really nice black accent thing going on there. Think I'll get a couple of black bottle cages. The paint on your bike looks perfect ... The Raleigh version of the Centurion Miami Vice paint scheme.
The Green Miler has the 105 light action shifters and I love them . Wish I had them on all my bikes. Got lucky with the saddle and found a Brooks Cambium. Wish I could get this saddle on the other bikes also, but too expensive. At 24lbs, rides like a dream but tends to run out of gears on long hills.
Have fun. Ride it like you stole it ...
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I checked your post. You have a really nice black accent thing going on there. Think I'll get a couple of black bottle cages. The paint on your bike looks perfect ... The Raleigh version of the Centurion Miami Vice paint scheme.
The Green Miler has the 105 light action shifters and I love them . Wish I had them on all my bikes. Got lucky with the saddle and found a Brooks Cambium. Wish I could get this saddle on the other bikes also, but too expensive. At 24lbs, rides like a dream but tends to run out of gears on long hills.
Have fun. Ride it like you stole it ...
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Yeah the paint is pretty good for 30 years old. A few scrapes and here and there but still shines pretty good.
That saddle/post does look sweet on your bike but a bit expensive as you say.
I hear you on the gearing, I am in north Houston with practically no hills but still ended up swapping rear cassette to 14-25 Ultegra.. A whole lot easier on my old knees.....
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frameset FS Grand Prix 531 '86

Hi all,
I have a frameset for sale on the 'bay, item 332201505738.

I'm pretty sure it's a 54, but will measure it and update here. If somebody here wants it, we can make a deal as I know it would be going to a good home.
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Here's one I restored about 8 years ago...




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Here's one I picked up a couple of weeks ago. I'm not planning on restoring this one, but rather using the frame, handlebars, stem and brakes to do a conversion to a "clubman" sort of bike.

My current plans are to use the Normandy hubs for another project and replace the wheels with an aluminium (I figure the British spelling is appropriate here) set--27" rims, aluminium front hub and a new aluminium-bodied Sturmey-Archer 3-speed hub. I'll also use an aluminium seat post, get some vintage-style white fenders (SKS, perhaps, there's a term for the fenders on clubman-style bikes that escapes me at the moment) an aluminium crank set. I'm also planning on replacing the brake levers with a vintage Weinmann set without the secondary levers.

I'll find out how well I can polish the old aluminium handlebars and put rubber grips on them if I'm successful or some vintage looking wrap if I'm not.

I hope it turns out to be a high(er) performance 3-speed with vintage inspired styling.

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Here's one I picked up a couple of weeks ago. I'm not planning on restoring this one, but rather using the frame, handlebars, stem and brakes to do a conversion to a "clubman" sort of bike.

My current plans are to use the Normandy hubs for another project and replace the wheels with an aluminium (I figure the British spelling is appropriate here) set--27" rims, aluminium front hub and a new aluminium-bodied Sturmey-Archer 3-speed hub. I'll also use an aluminium seat post, get some vintage-style white fenders (SKS, perhaps, there's a term for the fenders on clubman-style bikes that escapes me at the moment) an aluminium crank set. I'm also planning on replacing the brake levers with a vintage Weinmann set without the secondary levers.

I'll find out how well I can polish the old aluminium handlebars and put rubber grips on them if I'm successful or some vintage looking wrap if I'm not.

I hope it turns out to be a high(er) performance 3-speed with vintage inspired styling.

Very nice bike. I am sure it will turn out nice. I have a frame from the early 70's I think in the same color only a bit more faded. Mine was made in Holland . I keep wanting to build a town bike out of it , but too many other projects keep getting in the way. Joe
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Here's one I restored about 8 years ago...



This is exactly why I started this thread! Beautiful GP!
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that is a sweet bike and a excellent photography as well. I just got an 85 grand prix - quite a different beast, but ill post pics once I get it into shape.
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