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Old 01-12-08, 01:56 PM
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1978 Raleigh GS

Hi, I bought this bike, a Competition GS, maybe...15 years ago from a co-worker, rode it for a while, then stored it. I've pulled it out, cleaned it up some, but wanted some feedback whether a bike like this is worth restoring. I found the model here, http://www.retroraleighs.com/catalog...talog-1978.pdf, and, back in the day, it was high quality. Is this worth restoring? There is some rust on the frame, and the decals are worn. Ideally, i'd love to tear it down, repaint, and get new decals, and rebuild, although no clue on where to get decals. Ideas, suggestions?
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Old 01-12-08, 02:10 PM
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531 frame, Campy GS components, Brooks saddle. It's worth restoring if it's worth it to you. Repainting to original w/decals is a labor of love, not necessarily a labor of profit.

Although most of us here like restoring, parting it out is the way to make $.

Raleigh decals should be fairly easy to come by. eBay and BF member jrrestore.

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Old 01-12-08, 02:15 PM
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Welcome to bike forums, C&V. YES, IMHO that is one desirable bike. You have a Reynolds 531 butted frame and Campagnolo GS components (if its' original). I'm sure Kurt(Cudak888) or T-Mar will comment soon.
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Old 01-12-08, 02:51 PM
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The late 70s Competitions were nice bikes, and if yours has the original parts, so much the better. Definitely worth putting some time and money into if it fits and you like the ride (by the late 70s the Competitions had fairly "racey" geometry w/ steep angles and short wheelbase). I had one for awhile that I outfitted with 650B wheels, and it was an excellent candidate for that conversion.

As far as decals, Cyclemondo on eBay is doing repro Raleigh decals now: http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZgts753

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Old 01-12-08, 03:25 PM
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I had one for a while and liked it a lot. I will concur, it is well worth putting some money iinto and enjoying it.
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My current ride is a 1979 Competition, the last year for the English built version, I believe. I enjoy it so much that I've parked my '74 PX10LE. EBay prices for late '70's Competitions hit about $400 plus shipping.
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Old 01-12-08, 10:40 PM
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Here are a couple to watch:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Raleigh-...QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/Raleigh-Competit...QQcmdZViewItem

And this frameset has lousy pics and minimal description, but could be a good find:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Raleigh-Competit...QQcmdZViewItem

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Old 01-13-08, 02:53 AM
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While most Raleigh frames were available in 2 inch increments, the Competition GS from this period was available in 1 inch increments. I have both a 22" and a 23". The Campy GS rear hub is spaced for a 5 speed FW and unlike Campy Record hubs, I found them difficult to re-space for a 6 speed. But they are very nice bikes. My experience is that $350-400 would get you a very clean example.
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Old 01-13-08, 10:50 AM
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Another vote for restoring. At the time it was made it was one of Raleigh's top models (I believe only the Professional and custom Team models were higher). I have been riding a restored one for several years and it is probable my favorite ride. While the geometry is definitely more racing geared I find it to be comfortable on long rides. A few pictures of mine are posted at the following link. Good Luck.


http://www.cyclofiend.com/cc/2006/cc...joyce1206.html
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Have one, ride it, love it. My one complaint is the three-arm Campy Nuovo Gran Sport crankset (one model of GS had three arms, the other had the more conventional five). I haven't had to change out chainrings yet, but I gather that finding the right rings can be a trial.

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DO IT!!! you'll be glad you did! Post pics!
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