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1976 Raleigh Sprite 27 - Rebuild or part out?

Old 01-31-10, 03:31 PM
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1976 Raleigh Sprite 27 - Rebuild or part out?

My loving sis recently recovered a 1976 Raleigh Sprite 27 (in Yellow) from a trash pile. The bike can be brought back to life with some work. The rust appears to be on the surface only. The RD and 5 speed freewheel + chain are likely history though. Other components are in fair condition, with some cleaning some may even be in good shape. Nothing will rate over "good" (6-7 on a scale of 10).

When new, it was exactly as pictured in this catalog page (2nd color photo).

Big question: Keep and rebuild as it's my size or see what I can get for it in pieces.

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P.S. I can't find a serial number ANYWHERE on this thing. Looked on the BB, head tube, and down tube.

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I'd keep it. You cannot get enough in parts to worth your time and effort. If it is a '76 the serial number would probably be on the back side of the seat tube.
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What E said. Clean it and flip it or ride it, but the parts aren't worth the time it takes to tear the bike apart.
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Couple of options...
  1. Put it back out for the trash
  2. Tear it down and rebuild it with used parts from somewhere (thrift store, coop, etc)
  3. Build up a back wheel with a 3 speed hub and ride it

I have one that is roughly the same age, same color, same condition in a step through, right now it is just occupying storage space while I catch up on other more pressing projects.

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