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Old 01-25-10, 10:39 AM
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I have 2 Grand Prixs, both 1976 Nottingham models. The bronze one is complete and rides great, but a small frame. I have owned it for many, many years. The silver/blue was a thrift store purchase a couple years back. The alloy rims went on the bronze bike. I may build the silver one for use on a set of rollers.
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My 77',,, I think.


And my 74'ish.
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michael k, they started with the SunTour derailleurs in about 1976, so your blue Grand Prix is probably from 1975 or before.

This model was a good, reliable bike with a decent ride. It was fairly nice to work on, too.

I flipped a mixte from about 1975 recently. I sold it super-cheap ($50) because the buyer is a poor grad student, visiting from Germany, and I wanted to help her. She understood the market value was about $150. This one had Huret derailleurs which worked amazingly well. It had the original tires, though, which ride awfully.
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Sixty Fiver - Thank you for your comments! I'm quite sure mine is an '86 - the serial number is RD6 08896 (the 3rd character being '6' = 1986). Since you say they started making them in Canada in 1978, there's no way it's a 1976.
I'm a bit disappointed to hear that I do have a non-common bottom bracket as I was planning on putting something more modern with sealed bearings in there. My spindle is rather worn as is the fixed cup, though the adjustable cup is in pretty good shape. I will scour the city looking for these parts! What size bearings should I be looking for to replace the caged bearings? Any suggestions as to where to find replacement spindle and cups?

Fortunately the cranks and chainrings are still in good shape and I believe if I use the inner chainring (along with the 'play' in the rear spacing) I should be able to have a good chainline.

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mark., I may have a bottom bracket that will work. It's for a cottered crank, but if you want a cotterless crank, the cups may work.
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My first "real" bike was a '76 GP, in that groovy green and black finish, bought new with money I made flipping burgers at McDonalds. I can't tell you how much I miss that bike, and how wistful I get whenever I see one like it.
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Hi... some big news!! I just took the spindle, cups and bearings down to my LBS (Bikes on Wheels in Toronto) and a guy there assured me that a UN54 would fit. So, I bought it and brought it home and it does fit!

So, for anyone with a Canadian made Raleigh like mine ('86), with a bottom bracket of 71mm a UN54 will fit just fine. Threads on the bike are NOT 26tpi, but are regular 'English' 24tpi. The original spindle was 126.5mm and I got a 127mm UN54.

Post questions if you have any - I'll do my best to explain..

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michael k, they started with the SunTour derailleurs in about 1976, so your blue Grand Prix is probably from 1975 or before.
Oh' Thanks noglider, I think I may of had it confused with my UO-8.Other than some missing paint it is in great shape! As a plus the PO had greased the stem and seat post.
The white one is way to small for me and missing the DR's.I;ll find some to use and find it a new home this spring.
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This is mine, Mid '80s (bought from a forum member)I've since installed Delta brakes and some C Record Aero Levers. I'll see if i can take some pics soon.
Recently acquired a bike just like this one. The serial number reads:

6JN0556
M

Does that M indicate it was made in Malaysia, in '86?
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Old 02-08-10, 06:11 AM
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I had super grand prix that had a rear triangle that joined above the rear wheel and only 1 peice of tubing going to the seat tube. The same as a mtn bike. Anyone have a pic or remember the year they were built.Ive seen 2 both the same black metal flake finish. Thanks
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This one was made in Canada back in 1987.

Don't worry mom, I have a tail light now.

Appears that this bike was ridden a couple of times.
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This is my '76 Grand Prix that was produced in Holland by Gazelle. I bought it 2 years ago from the wife of the original owner, much to his dissatisfaction. He was reluctant to let it go, but after hanging in the garage for 20 years, she convinced him to part with it. As you can see in the second picture, in '76 the GP was still using cottered cranks. I'll soon be replacing the vinyl saddle with a leather Wright saddle.










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'77 Grand Prix with the Raleigh badged Suntour/Sakae drivetrain.
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My wifes '74, at least that is the year she purchased it. Been hanging in garages most of its life. It still has one original tire about to rot off. The HB tape has been replaced. The rest is as purchased.



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So what are the difference between the "Grand Prix" and the "Super Grand Prix" ? (I just picked up a 198? SGP last week) I've searched around a little but found some conflicting info (some said SGP was made in UK some said Asia) I would assume that the Super would be a step "up" in quality but I'm really clueless as to what is different.

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Sauze,

This thread was supposed to have a good long life.

SGP started as a Nottingham model in the 70's that got cotterless cranks, Suntour drivetrain and alloy 700c wheels, If I remember correctly.
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My late '70s SGP was the same frame as the GP with better wheels, drivetrain, and barcons. And it came from Woksop.
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1972 Raleigh Grand Prix - 24 inch wheels
note - no lugs - catalog specs show "welded" and weight of 25lbs
original rear shifter was Simplex

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Only the incomplete one from Retro Raleighs.
I do have originals for 1970, 1974, 1975 and 1976.
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Here's my '77 WL6086. Obviously not stock. It's a great city bike.
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Very pretty.
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1972 Raleigh Grand Prix - 24 inch wheels
I had a similar one (Rapide model) that I refitted with a 26" wheel mtb drivetrain, and turned it into a nice junior-sized road bike. It was a straight-forward proposition - there was enough room for the 26" wheels with Performance slicks, and the brakes were easily adjusted up to hit the rims properly. It even took the standard BB/crankset with no issues:

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I had a similar one (Rapide model) that I refitted with a 26" wheel mtb drivetrain, and turned it into a nice junior-sized road bike. It was a straight-forward proposition - there was enough room for the 26" wheels with Performance slicks, and the brakes were easily adjusted up to hit the rims properly. It even took the standard BB/crankset with no issues:

Very nice! It looks like those wheels worked out nicely. Is that a lugged frame?
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Very nice! It looks like those wheels worked out nicely. Is that a lugged frame?
Yeah, lugged - but gas-pipe. It was pretty heavy, but was a solid rider. It was a good way to get rid of an old mtb six speed wheels that I had lying around.
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