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Old 08-01-09, 02:23 PM
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Raleigh fills a niche that doesn't exist

So here's a recent eBay find, pretty much right out of the box: a 1974 Raleigh Super Tourer. This was another of Raleigh's short-lived attempts at a lightweight upright-bar road bike (a la the 1950/51 Lenton Tourist). It's a full DB 531 frameset w/ chrome ends and Huret dropouts, Huret Jubilee mechs, Stronglight 93 crankset w/ chain guard, 27" Weinmann alloy rims and Maillard 700 HF hubs, GB stem and bars, Huret stem shifters and Weinmann Symetric brakes and levers. It came to me in remarkably preserved condition. I've done pretty much nothing to clean it up yet, just put air in the tires, and fitted it with a donor set of Bluemels mudguards as shown in the '74 catalog pic below. And, yes, that is the original sprung mattress saddle. That'll have to get swapped out for some Brooks leather action. It's essentially an early 70s Raleigh Competition with a nice sloping fork crown but with stem shifters, 27" clinchers, and upright bars. Not a surprise that it was only produced from 1974-76.

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i love that. Maybe I'll have to build something like that with one of the raleigh frames i have sitting around.
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yes I'm inspired.
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Old 08-01-09, 02:49 PM
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That's a beautiful bike, Neal. Classy dork disk too! I think that the concept's downfall was the mattress saddle. It came in a bunch of sizes.
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Very cool!!! All my faverite parts too

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Old 08-01-09, 03:48 PM
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OMG the ripped off my Schwinn Varsity Tourist!!!!!



or is that the other way around?



(I bet mine weighs more that yours.)
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If it had a Sturmy Archer five speed hub, it would almost be a ringer for the bike I'm building now from an early Competition, right down to the stem shifters.
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Originally Posted by Charles Wahl View Post
That's a beautiful bike, Neal. Classy dork disk too! I think that the concept's downfall was the mattress saddle. It came in a bunch of sizes.
That's a Huret dork disk, Charles! And for the next two years, the model came with a Brooks B66, so I suppose the marketplace spoke, and Raleigh answered (sort of).

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And who made that "aero" pump, Neal? I need one for my Falcon with the same pegs.
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Is that picture in the advertisement implying that this bike will help you get some "action"?
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I've got a niche for that right here.
By the way, what is that guy doing with his hand?
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I hate to say it Neal, but that is one ugly shade o' green.
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Neal, you always come up with interesting bikes! Nicely done.
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I hate to say it Neal, but that is one ugly shade o' green.
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Can't agree. Reminds me of those delicious polychromatic colors used on Hot Wheels from 1968-1972.

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It's an ugly color...but that's what makes it charming!
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I'm with Kurt: I love the color. Give me this any day over one of those 80s pink/fuschia/purple/cyan/yellow monstrosities.
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I will have to peruse my old bike club photo albums, but I seem to recall we had a lady that used to ride one of those. She was a retired pediatrician and put many a racer to shame with her 75rpm cadence and the ability to ride forever without stopping.

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And who made that "aero" pump, Neal? I need one for my Falcon with the same pegs.
Charles, the pump is marked "APEX Ultralite, Made in England."

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I will have to peruse my old bike club photo albums, but I seem to recall we had a lady that used to ride one of those. She was a retired pediatrician and put many a racer to shame with her 75rpm cadence and the ability to ride forever without stopping.

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Nice! I should add that the bike as shown is about 25 lbs, so it's not like pushing a Raleigh Sprite of that era up and down hills.

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I know the bike. They stocked a lot of them at a place in Brighton called, I think, International Cycles or something like that. The frame was THE SAME FRAME as the Competition, which came only in black that year. My best friend bought a Super Tourer, and the shop happily changed the handlebars to drop bars. The overall price made it a bargain.
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International Bicycles is still there on Brighton Ave. in Allston, Tom. Their dumpster is my usual place to find bike and wheel boxes, as well as the occasional frameset that gets thrown out.

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Beautiful bike and I believe that Tom is right, that this was the exact same frame as the Competition. Never stocked this bike, cause no one was interested in a lightweight bike with upright bars. Still, I sure would love to get a hold of one too !
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I have one of these too: it's a brown DL135 - no front derailleur - but otherwise the same specs, mostly. Mine has a Brooks saddle and no fenders. I'm also missing the pump. I changed the Huret Jubilee for a Suntour Vx-GT (labeled "Raleigh," so it's still kosher!) and it's a very nice shifter, thank you. The Huret dropout did give me a bit of trouble, but the eventual fix was very simple, just had to install the derailleur adjustment screw from the other direction. (Yes, I did keep the Jubilee - cleaned up and bagged away for future use.)

The bike is amazingly light, around 25 lbs. It's a nice ride too. It's very much a sleeper, as it looks ancient but can go quite fast.
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Beautiful bike and I believe that Tom is right, that this was the exact same frame as the Competition.
Well, one difference between this model and the Competition is the fork crown. It was a box crown on the Competition, but this slope-shouldered crown was only found on the Professional and on this model. Why Raleigh did that, I have no idea!

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