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Old 11-07-08, 08:13 AM
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Please help ID this Raleigh... difficulties

Hi all. Well I am now the proud owner of a 2003 Raleigh Competition which will be my pampered racer from this point on. That means I need to pick up another Raleigh road bike for a commuter (panniers, rack, etc. to ride to work/store/soccer/etc.). I have given up on Ebay since shipping is almost prohibitively high even if you find a deal. So I have taken to scouring a couple local Craigslists almost hourly looking for it.

I found http://dayton.craigslist.org/bik/898546724.html a while back but "Dave" was more interested in telling me about how he's been getting a load of calls about the bike and that "it'll sell any day now" then telling me anything useful. He couldn't tell me the model, nor the serial number, nor the component manufacturers, nothing aside from at 6' tall he couldn't stand flat-footed over the bike (which was at least something useful I suppose).

I know it is a LOOOOOOOONGshot, but can anyone ID this bike from these rather poor pictures? It appears to have downtube shifters and 27" wheels by my guess. Maybe the mid-80's?






Thanks in advance!

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Definitely mid-80s decals to my eye, possibly a Marathon, which I believe came in that color.

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I think the Marathon came with stem shifters. I think this one is a little higher up the food chain.

Maybe an '84-ish Super Course?
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Judging by the decal script, I was guessing mid-80's too. Found an '85 online with the same block script.
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So do you think $50 is too much for an unidentified Raleigh from the mid-80's? After all, it'll cost me an hour's worth of drive time round trip to boot. I'm tempted to offer him $25 and see what he says...

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You can try $25.00, but if it is in riding condition, it's worth $50.00 (IMO) even if it's only a Marathon. If it's one of the models with downtube shifters and something other than Hi Tensile or 502 tubing, it's worth a bit more than that. Even in Cincinnati.
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I hope you're a big fella.
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You can try $25.00, but if it is in riding condition, it's worth $50.00 (IMO) even if it's only a Marathon. If it's one of the models with downtube shifters and something other than Hi Tensile or 502 tubing, it's worth a bit more than that. Even in Cincinnati.
+1, If that's the correct size for you, and you must be on the tall side, they're not common.
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Super Course had a chrome back end during that period, or was that 85/86? It has sidepull brakes, which is a good thing.,,,,BD
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Looks like an '86 Marathon to me.

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He says it sold, oh well. Thanks anyway!!
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