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Old 10-19-11, 04:43 PM
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Here are my recently acquired "garage queen" 1974 Super Course Mk II's. The men's is my size and the women's is my wife's size, so I had to buy them even though I suspect I overpaid somewhat. So far the men's has cleaned up very well- I'm going to use the pinstripe tape trick to clean up the edges of the labels, which have a little damage.


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My '68. Only the saddle and the hubs are original.



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Eric1514 - I don't see too many 60's Super Courses but we have catalogs and they suggest that '68 is the first-year issue, still with the hallmark Carlton wrap-around stays. It's nice to see one like that.
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Originally Posted by auchencrow
Eric1514 - I don't see too many 60's Super Courses but we have catalogs and they suggest that '68 is the first-year issue, still with the hallmark Carlton wrap-around stays. It's nice to see one like that.
I bought that bike in 1968. I'm the only person who's ever sat on that saddle!



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I am 66 years old and ride 20 to 39 miles a day and need to be more up rite, my back feels a lot older, but still have all the original parts.
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Beautiful! I had a '72 SC just like this (23.5 inch), but I gave it away about 10 years ago--Alas! When I last had mine, it had TA triple crankset, Suntour derailleurs/shifters and a Weyless front hub. I kept the Brooks B-15 saddle though.
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Here's my attempt at updating, somewhat, a 1985ish Super Course. It's an absolute joy to ride!

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My bar tape wrapping and cable routing is still a work in progress. This is a bit busy on the front end with all the cabling. And I expect to catch hell from the Raleigh purists.....but I enjoy the ride and the looks.
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I really like that purple color. Looks like a fun machine.
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Thanks, noglider! When I first saw the frame when I bought it, I really liked the purple, too. And I went kind of goofy with the bar tape just for the heck of it......lol. It's a very, very fun bike to ride....I like it a lot! Definitely a keeper.
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Here's the latest pictures of mine. Nothing special but really handy. Latest additions are the Wald rack and the Pleischer double kickstand. I've been carrying a full load of tools and supplies to work every day and enjoying the car free thing (ok, I drive when it rains).


And a shower cap for bad weather;
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I haven't looked thru this thread in awhile - great variety of builds, which is why I love the SC.
Here's mine as it stands right now in a stalled project status:

It looked pretty nasty when I got it; to date it's been OA bathed and linseed oiled. I repainted the white panels because there was more bare metal and rust than paint, and used Scratch-X on the rest to polish the red and chrome. I've been trying to track down Cyclomondo to get a new decal set. I restored the headbadge but my son confiscated it to hang in his room before I got it remounted.
My plan is to build it up very close to nlerner's bike with an SA rear hub and rando bars; or to make it an SS. I have a 40h SA hub, 36h flip/flop hub, and a pair of 36h CR18s in the basement right now, so if I get a 40h rim, I could do both.
It's kind of stalled at the moment because my meager bike play money has been going to cyclocross supplies and entry fees this fall. Once I'm done suffering in the mud, I'll give wheelbuilding a go and get this thing built.
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Is that a cottered steel triple on the basketized Super? Are my eyes playing tricks on me?,,,,BD
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It looks like a triple to me, too. And are the fenders from a Raleigh Sprite? They look like Sports fenders, but clearly, they fit your 27" wheels, so the Sprite is all I could think of.

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Here is my Super Course in "as found" condition. Rides great and the bar end shifters work smoothly. It just needs a good clean and lube. Maybe some fresh tape and some new tires and call it a day. It's also a Worksop (England) built bike, I'm happy.
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Very nice find! That's my favorite SC right there~! For riding anyways.. I like them all, but those last few years of British made double butted 531 frames ride like a dream. Congratulations!,,,,BD
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Anniversary Headbadge Super Course

Somehow in its long life it has been repainted Schwinn blue.

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Originally Posted by The Pistol
Here is my Super Course in "as found" condition. Rides great and the bar end shifters work smoothly. It just needs a good clean and lube. Maybe some fresh tape and some new tires and call it a day. It's also a Worksop (England) built bike, I'm happy.
That is a really nice looking bike!
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Originally Posted by 3alarmer
Somehow in its long life it has been repainted Schwinn blue.

Beautiful bike!!!!
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Originally Posted by sailorbenjamin
Here's the latest pictures of mine. Nothing special but really handy. Latest additions are the Wald rack and the Pleischer double kickstand. I've been carrying a full load of tools and supplies to work every day and enjoying the car free thing (ok, I drive when it rains).


And a shower cap for bad weather;
A very cool looking 'utilitarian' sort of bike, imo. Something that looks like it gets the job done, no matter what. I love the headlight and the bar end shifters......
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Originally Posted by Bikedued
Is that a cottered steel triple on the basketized Super? Are my eyes playing tricks on me?,,,,BD
Yup. I was having a hard time finding a spindle to get the tapered cranks to fit so I took the 34 cog off of the old worn out freewheel (been saving that for years and didn't know why) and bolted it to a cottered crank.

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It looks like a triple to me, too. And are the fenders from a Raleigh Sprite? They look like Sports fenders, but clearly, they fit your 27" wheels, so the Sprite is all I could think of.
Well, I took the fenders off of a 26" Phillips. On some of the off brands, the stays are bolted rather than welded. Then I made longer stays. I had to force the front open a little more, too. Can I bore you all again with this pic?

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Somehow in its long life it has been repainted Schwinn blue.
That's a pretty color. Who du thunk a Schwinn color would work on a Raleigh?
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Thanks Bikedued and Teon. I'll post some pics when it is more photogenic.
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This is where I should have posted first, it is a Super Course. I'll be putting DA 7700 on it in December.
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The Super Course I had to sell because it was too tall. It rode so good though! I'd love to get a nice 58 in my hands.











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Originally Posted by Doohickie
I'm going to sneak in the back door here... Yeah, it's a Raleigh Super Course, but it's a Raleigh USA version from 1983. I recently got this from BF member Brockd15 in exchange for my '87 Schwinn Prelude (I'm a bit taller than he is and after the switch we both have bikes that fit us well). It is in really good shape. Without further adieu...



It came with a Suntour aR derailleur, a replacement for the original aRX which had a broken spring. I happened to have a Suntour aRX laying around (from my old Nishiki Olympic 12), so I put it on there.



So now, I think, the bike is pretty much original except for the seat.
And not so original anymore. I updated the cockpit with Suntour Bar-Con, ergo drops and aero brake levers.





This pics are from a couple nights ago. I just changed out the handlebar tape to natural cork to play up the browns on the bike. The frame is a very dark brown, almost black, with a gold head tube and Raleigh markings.
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Originally Posted by omgar
The Super Course I had to sell because it was too tall. It rode so good though! I'd love to get a nice 58 in my hands.

My '72 came with that Huret RD. I spent a lot of time cleaning and adjusting it. (I love the look!) But I could not get it to shift very responsively. It was sluggish and imprecise. Have others had good lick with those? I swapped it out for a Suntour VGT Luxe, but I kept the Huret and would love to use it if I could get it to shift better.

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