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Raleigh Rialto - Does anybody know this bike?

Old 02-23-08, 09:42 AM
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Raleigh Rialto - Does anybody know this bike?

Hi everybody!

I need some help to identify my bike.
Itīs a 10-speed Raleigh Rialto, frame-number GN914152 with 27 inch steel rims. The derailleur-components are from (Raleigh)-Huret, also the levers, but I donīt know which type. The breaks are (Raleigh)-Weinmann 610 (front) and 750(rear). In the front there is a 36-hole Sturmey Archer highflange-hub, the rear-hub is a 36-hole Weco highflange hub, but I think it was replaced sometimes, because the rims are different.
To me this bike seems similar to the Raleigh Sprite, but I think they had no chrome mudguards. Is it right, that it was build by Gazelle in the Netherlands? But in which year?
Up to now I never found this bike anywhere in the web….
So I ask again: Does anybody know this bike?

I would be very grateful for some informations!

Thanks and many greetings,

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Hi legobasic, welcome to BikeForums!

Are you located in the US? You should be able to determine the year by looking at the AS hub.

It's a beautiful bike, and perhaps someone more knowledgeable than I can help you...

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Hallo East Hill!

No, i donīt live in the US. I am from Cologne, Germany and iīm working in a bike store in Cologne. One day, perhaps 7 months ago, there was a client who bought a 300,- euro-citybike, and asked me to throw his old bike into the dumpster.... :-)
All i had to do, was to clean the bike and do some little repairings and restorations ( some oilings, new break cables, new tires, the front hub didnīt work, so i had to lubricate it with new grease etc.) Last but not least i bought a new Brooks B17. Since then i rode this bike more than 1000 km....
I know, on SA-hubs usually there is engraved the year of manufacturing, but not in this case.

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Old 02-23-08, 05:02 PM
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Great story!

Well, a Raleigh expert should stop by eventually...odd about the AS hub not having the date.

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Reminds me of a Record with fenders and a light. Those stem shifters look more modern than the rest of the bike; I'm going to throw out a WAG of late 70's. Great condition. Ride it like you stole it.
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It seems to me that the S/n would indicate Gazelle Production in October of probably 1979.
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Originally Posted by redneckwes View Post
It seems to me that the S/n would indicate Gazelle Production in October of probably 1979.
Can you be more specific?
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Yes, if whoever origionaly posted this will forgive me, I saved it for my own use, but I never intended to post it.

I believe Neal or Wahoonc was the o.p. on this from M. Bulgiers site, and it might have been a scan of Sheldon's first.
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Cool, sarcasm goes a long way on this board.
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Cool, sarcasm goes a long way on this board.
No such thing as sarcasm here--but a good question gets a good answer .

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Hey. I know that bike. That's Manfred!! Haven't seen him in about 20 years.

ok - so I'm being a smart aleck. What's new?

That's a really nice looking bicycle legobasic. The things some people would just toss away...

I agree with the 1979 dating. The crankset looks like it could have come from 1969, as does the lettering style, but there are too many other things that place it at 1979. I imagine that is a very good way to get around the city.


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Old 02-24-08, 02:16 PM
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Hi!
Ok, October 1979, made in Holland, thanks for this informations so far...
but why does it seem older in some details? Is it possible that the production in the netherlands used some oddments or some older parts they had in stock to create some new bike-models? Does anybody have some dutch raleigh-catalogs, or does anybody know, where i can find them in the web? Perhaps there is pictured that bike...
And if somebody owns a dutch-made raleigh, especially a Raleigh Rialto, please post some pictures! (I think itīs an item for a new thread...)

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Raleigh, on the "Tourist" models more than some others, tended to maintain the older features for quite a bit longer than most companies might. I had a '77ish Nottingham Sprite that had the same crankset. Raleigh was never in a hurry to change anything if the old stuff still worked. They did afterall, keep making the DL-1 into the 1980's and it's hard enough to tell a 1975 or 1980 "Sports" from a 1955 version.
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Hi there - from another one from Germany.

Since the day before yesterday I also own an Raleigh Rialto. Serial Number: GE01...

So Netherlands, April - and I think 1980 should match.

Some pictures:











And a large one (1.4 MB) - therefore as link:

http://www.x-fish.org/blog_picture/080825_06.jpg

I changed/repaired nothing so far, the pictures have been taken on the day I went to fetch it.

The previous owner told me he left the bicycle for 20 years locked up, now he sold it at eBay.

I have noticed a few differences from the orange Rialto in the first posting, maybe someone can tell me if my Rialto is from 1980 - or is there a rare possibility that it is from 1970?

Greetings, Martin
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Cheers all,

To revive an old thread, I have a question about the pedals on this bike. Does anyone know whether it's possible to change lock pedals (if that's the correct term) on it. I mean could it be possible that the screw for attaching the pedal might be the right size.

To clarify (I'm not a native English speaker), I'd like to put something like this:
http://cycle.shimano-eu.com/publish/...e-pd_road.html
on a Raleigh Rialto. Any chances?

Thanks a bunch!
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Raleigh Rialto

Hello,

I was born and bred in Nottingham, and YES I had the very same bike as a teenager 1979 ish
It was either gold or sliver, cant really remember, it was a great bike, as new from the factory, it was a Christmas present, a family friend worked for Raleigh in Nottingham (as did a lot of folks back then :-( ).

My recollections looking at your pictures:
1. mine had quick release hubs front and back, (yours seems to have a non-original front hub)
2. mine had a high ratio gear set, might be the same as yours, but not sure
3. mine had toe clips
3. mine had a standard set of racing handlebars, with no outward sweep to them.
4. mine did have the rear carrier to it.

Chris Lord
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About the colouring/decals, I've seen roughly two kinds of Rialtos: Ones with a different "psychedelic" lettering
http://www.vanhatvelot.org/keskustel...pic.php?id=769
and clearly newer ones with metallic colour and a cleaner lettering as can be seen on this thread. I wonder when the looks changed? Rialtos are absent in all Raleigh catalogues I've seen in the web.
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Hi guys, I would like to share my Raleight Rialto with you, It is total original I just don't have the pump, I been researching also but it is really few info about this bike also I couldn't find the bike in any of the catalogs , If someone found it could be nice if can share it with us.I publish some pics .. enjoy ... I know my model should be 78 if I'm not wrong .



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Originally Posted by legobasic View Post
Hi everybody!

I need some help to identify my bike.
Itīs a 10-speed Raleigh Rialto, frame-number GN914152 with 27 inch steel rims. The derailleur-components are from (Raleigh)-Huret, also the levers, but I donīt know which type. The breaks are (Raleigh)-Weinmann 610 (front) and 750(rear). In the front there is a 36-hole Sturmey Archer highflange-hub, the rear-hub is a 36-hole Weco highflange hub, but I think it was replaced sometimes, because the rims are different.
To me this bike seems similar to the Raleigh Sprite, but I think they had no chrome mudguards. Is it right, that it was build by Gazelle in the Netherlands? But in which year?
Up to now I never found this bike anywhere in the web….
So I ask again: Does anybody know this bike?

I would be very grateful for some informations!

Thanks and many greetings,

legobasic
Cool, I'm doing the same researches for my Raleigh Rialto and I'm so glad that I found someone else that have one

Mine is a 10 speeds blue with a "classic" handlebar. I receive it as a gift for my solemn communion
That should be around 1971-72-73 (need to check)

For now, I started to clean it up and replace some parts that are too damaged (e.g. pedals)
As you can see on the picture, I removed lights, dynamo and mudguards...

if someone wants these removed parts, let me know.
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