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Old 11-17-08, 08:16 AM
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Raleigh Super Course: What year is it?

Hello All,
I have a great Raleigh Super Course that I can not figure out the year to.

Perhaps someone here can help? I've got it down to between 1970 and 1977

Its copper in color, is hand made at the Carlton factory, has Raleigh 610 Weinman brakes, GB imprinted on the stem and is made of Reynolds 531

The serial number is what is really throwing me: it looks like WI700*067 - the * being a number I can't read

I've switched the wheels to Alex rims: AT400s and put ergonomic handlebars on her with 4 brakes

I'm going to put a Brooks saddle on her and ride her in Philadelphia's MS-150 events

I really can't express enough how nice this bike rides. I have a Schwinn Le Tour III with Deep V Velocity wheels and it rides like a dream but its nowhere near this bike

Please help: andrewjkane@yahoo.com
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Old 11-17-08, 08:42 AM
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Try to find any markings on the components you think are original. The vintage trek website will help you identify the year they were made.
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Originally Posted by kaneandrew View Post
Hello All,
I have a great Raleigh Super Course that I can not figure out the year to.

Perhaps someone here can help? I've got it down to between 1970 and 1977

Its copper in color, is hand made at the Carlton factory, has Raleigh 610 Weinman brakes, GB imprinted on the stem and is made of Reynolds 531

The serial number is what is really throwing me: it looks like WI700*067 - the * being a number I can't read

I've switched the wheels to Alex rims: AT400s and put ergonomic handlebars on her with 4 brakes

I'm going to put a Brooks saddle on her and ride her in Philadelphia's MS-150 events

I really can't express enough how nice this bike rides. I have a Schwinn Le Tour III with Deep V Velocity wheels and it rides like a dream but its nowhere near this bike

Please help: andrewjkane@yahoo.com
That's a '77 serial number, but '77 was the model year that Raleigh made a big change to the model - giving it Sun Tour dropouts and many other Sun Tour components, changing the wheel size to 700c and removing the chrome.
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Old 11-17-08, 09:31 AM
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Pics needed!

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Raleigh Super Course: What year is it?

Thank you for your replies. The bike is indeed solid copper...there is no chrome on the frame like on other Super Courses made in the 70s. The gear shifters ARE Suntour but the rear deraleiur is Shimano Tourney.

Just this weekend I got a green Brooks B17 Special on her and the same color green Deda tape on the ergonomic handlebars. Deda tape is fantastic btw...I researched it before I bought it and the guys at the shop made all kinds of positive comments about the tape when putting it on the bars. It feels great in the hands, much better than the stuff I had on it before. At $13.95 + free shipping you can't go wrong.

I am definitely going to post pics for the group this week some time. I'm waiting for the MKS Green pedals to arrive and the yellow Continental Grand Prix 4000s to arrive before I take the pictures.

Thanks again for the replies I feel we'll all know the year within a week or so. I did see another identical one on craigslist and the guy swore up and down it was a 77 so you're probably right. The thing that throws me is they had chromeless Super Courses in the early 70s as well.
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Yes. It's a '77. That was the year and model I had all through college. I never had ridden a better bicycle (until about three years ago).

psst. the color is "gold".
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was that the one that was on Annapolis MD craigslist for 80 bucks? If so it didnt stay there long. I emailed him and he pulled the ad a few days later....
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Old 11-24-08, 08:39 AM
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oops its back up there....good deal for 80 bucks for a tall dude.....wheres that beaver guy from baltimore? http://annapolis.craigslist.org/bik/930944228.html
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Raleigh Super Course: What year is it?

I promised the group some pics of the bike. Currently, I've got a green Brooks saddle -supremely comfortable-, green Deda bar tape, Continental Grand Prix 4000 tires -I'm starting to think yellow looks terrible-, Alex Rims AT400 wheels and green MKS track pedals.


http://i541.photobucket.com/albums/g...w/IMG_0017.jpg

http://i541.photobucket.com/albums/g...w/IMG_0018.jpg

http://i541.photobucket.com/albums/g...w/IMG_0019.jpg

http://i541.photobucket.com/albums/g...w/IMG_0020.jpg
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What size frame is that?
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Originally Posted by Noah Scape View Post
What size frame is that?
Looks like the 25 1/2"

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Looks bigger than the 25-1/2"... and I see it came in a 27".
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Considering the catalog picture bicycle is 23-1/2", I'd concur with 27"
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You guys are probably right. Either way it is a big bike.

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sorry, but whats a big mistake? the fact they guessed wrong on the size or the size or bike itself?
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I'm 6.1 and the bike fits me perfectly. I guess I should measure the frame and find out what the size is. When I first looked at it I wasn't thinking in inches. To my eye it was a 63cm or maybe even a 65cm. I guess its a 27incher though. I have a Schwinn Le Tour III 1978 which is a very zippy ride that I dearly love but this Raleigh is just on a completely different level of riding experience. Maybe its the Reynolds 531 as opposed to Chrome Moly...maybe its the fact that this Raleigh was hand made in the Carlton factory. I don't know...all I know is this is the best riding bike I've ever owned!
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