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Old 08-19-13, 08:19 AM
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Originally Posted by peazweag
panaracers are good but have thin sidewalls prone to pinch flats
I'm using 'Specialized' tires on the LeTour from a bike shop. I'd love to hear recommendations on tires for the SC!

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Old 08-19-13, 08:59 AM
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Never had a single pinch flat on a Pasela, and they're on at least half of my road bikes if not more. I am no small guy either, at 6'1" and right around 225-230 right now. I guess it depends on how you ride? Or more to the point, how often you air up before a ride. Depnding on the year of SC, namely flat sided 70's rims, I would run no more than 100psi, and 95 if you can get away with it.,,,,BD
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Pinch flats are the rider's fault as bikedued implies. Yes they are delicate and get torn by foreign objects. That's the price you pay for a ride like that.

Kevin, Specialized tends to put out good products. Maybe your tires are already nice. If you're buying new tires, consider the Pasela. I love it. The ride is really nice, and the price is great.
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I have an old set of Specialized Armadillos on my old Trek. They rarely ever get flats, and they wear well. Specialized stopped making them in gumwall, so I tried a set of brown-sided Continental Gatorskins for my other wheels. The Gatorskins have been worry-free so far. I like the gumwall Panaracer Paselas the best so far for my vintage bikes.
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We had some poor guy buy Specialized Nimbus Sport tires for his Crosstrail. He had two bead separations on two separate tires, (original and warranty replacement) then the tread rubber was coming off of the carcass on the third. Like staying on the tire, but the tread was raised in a couple of small sections. Weird.,,,,BD
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OK need a little opinion and maybe some advice. Have a 75' supercourse which I am restoring, new cables/housings brake pads etc... the original 24 tooth 5 speed freewheel needed replacement. I had a slightly used 6 speed freewheel and it fit and worked perfectly with a new chain as well. Problem is the old original Huret derailluer cannot get up on the 6th (28 tooth) gear. So I'm wondering if anybody else has upgraded either with a new derailluer that still has that chrome vintage look, or found a 5 speed freewheel with the largest gear having 24 teeth. Plenty online but they all seem to be 14-28 tooth.
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Lots of vintage derailleurs will work. In those days, owners would replace their stock derailleurs with the SunTour V-GT Luxe rear derailleur. It was the most popular replacement, because it cost less than the high end stuff and it worked great. But pretty much anything made by SunTour will work fine. And you get C&V "cred" from using SunTour, since that company is gone now.
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Super Course with complete Campy Super Record groupset. I don't mind saying this is the nicest bike in this thread!
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Originally Posted by CrescentWrench
Super Course with complete Campy Super Record groupset. I don't mind saying this is the nicest bike in this thread!
Oh, it's alright, I guess, as far as I can tell. You're going to need a LOT better and bigger pix to support your thesis.

Until then you're just another guy talking big about his bike
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Originally Posted by noglider
Lots of vintage derailleurs will work. In those days, owners would replace their stock derailleurs with the SunTour V-GT Luxe rear derailleur. It was the most popular replacement, because it cost less than the high end stuff and it worked great. But pretty much anything made by SunTour will work fine. And you get C&V "cred" from using SunTour, since that company is gone now.
Thanks Tom, I'll get searching for the SunTour Luxe on CL and ebay.
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Originally Posted by noglider
SunTour V-GT Luxe rear derailleur cost less than the high end stuff.
$25 Campy;
https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...py-RD-TA-Mafac
$35 Suntour;
https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ear-derailleur
I think people are catching on.
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Nice but would be cooler if it was campy ergo
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Super Course with complete Campy Super Record groupset. I don't mind saying this is the nicest bike in this thread!
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Originally Posted by CrescentWrench
Super Course with complete Campy Super Record groupset. I don't mind saying this is the nicest bike in this thread!
It would be much nicer if the brake cables were routed correctly behind the bars.
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It's still the most refined Super Course I've ever seen.
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Originally Posted by David Laird
I have an old set of Specialized Armadillos on my old Trek. They rarely ever get flats, and they wear well. Specialized stopped making them in gumwall, so I tried a set of brown-sided Continental Gatorskins for my other wheels. The Gatorskins have been worry-free so far. I like the gumwall Panaracer Paselas the best so far for my vintage bikes.
I know the Specialized don't have the vintage look....but I average about 300 miles a month on the LeTour and I've had them on since late Spring. The mold flashing is still on the center of the tires! They wear like iron @90psi.

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I bought this 1972 Frame & Fork with paint stripped from original owner. Also got the handlebars and brake levers and the rest came from the parts pin. Used a Nervar crank set,a set of Mavic Module-e2 700 wheels with 6 speed freewheel. Nice riding bike but almost to small. It is one of those bike that after you have it you wonder why you bought it. I went to look at a 30's bike but didn't like it so I bought this Super Course. It may go back to Florida with my son in law when he visits this fall.
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Originally Posted by banger
OK need a little opinion and maybe some advice. Have a 75' supercourse which I am restoring, new cables/housings brake pads etc... the original 24 tooth 5 speed freewheel needed replacement. I had a slightly used 6 speed freewheel and it fit and worked perfectly with a new chain as well. Problem is the old original Huret derailluer cannot get up on the 6th (28 tooth) gear. So I'm wondering if anybody else has upgraded either with a new derailluer that still has that chrome vintage look, or found a 5 speed freewheel with the largest gear having 24 teeth. Plenty online but they all seem to be 14-28 tooth.
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As noglider mentioned, the best "period-correct" derailleur might be the SunTour VGT Luxe. My favorite vintage SunTour would be a Cyclone GT because they are lighter with a jewel-like polish (at least mine did). They are basically the same design as the VGT, so they shift about the same. They will handle up to 34 (or possibly 36?) tooth freewheel.
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If your '75 was equipped like mine, you have a Huret Challenger derailleur. The cage and pulleys can be mounted in two positions on the derailleur body. The upper hole is intended for 24 teeth max and the lower hole is for 28 teeth max. Also, you might need more chain links to get better shifting action.
The Huret was spec'd for a standard 14-28 five speed freewheel. That being said, BITD, I fitted the Super Course out with a first generation Suntour Cyclone. Shifted like magic! I used the GT ( alias long cage) version. This derailleur has only one minor drawback; no adjusting ferrule for the shift cable. You must use other techniques to take up cable stretch. The Suntour VGT Luxe derailleur DOES have an adjusting ferrule for the cable, though.
Either way, you should be able to get this cycle to handle a 28 freewheel
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On my ,now sold ,Black Super Course above I used the SunTour VGT Luxe. It worked well on the 6 speed freewheel with a large big gear 28 or 30 tooth.

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Super Course raleighs are the best IMO.....just saying
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Super Course raleighs are the best IMO.....just saying
I dunno...noglider thinks they are a 'lower-end' bike as far as bikes go, but I think they are pretty cool. After being a member of the Raleigh Pro forum for a few yrs, I'm glad I have the SC and haven't become like those guys. Sometimes, things get lost in pursuit of the 'best', like courtesy and the fun factor.

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What's this Raleigh Pro forum of which you speak? I can officially be a member of that, as of a week ago. I am down to earth though, since I have several(5ish?) Super Courses.,,,,BD

And my blue mid 80's Super Course, which was too chipped up to show well, became my racy chrome SS. This may become a fixed gear later, once I can afford a set of wheels. I also need a longer seat post, as this one is an 80's shorty post, nearly at the limit. I have not weighed it yet, but this beauty is LIGHT! I am also planning to change the stem eventually. I have a black Origin-8, that can be stripped and polished, but a Nitto Technomic may fit a little better. I want to raise the bars about an inch or so, to get a little hand relief.,,,,BD










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Very nice and chromey! Jealous!

What's the deal with that rear hub? Is that a "dinglespeed" non-fixed something or what? I've seen flip flops before but nothing like that.
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Nothing so elaborate as that. It's an 8 speed Deore XT(Parallax) with a Surly cog, an Origin-8 spacer kit stripped and polished, and I ran out of spacers(inner cog on the freehub). The strangest part is that the paint chipped easily from the looks of the frame, but getting all the paint and primer off was really tough. It took several occasions where I felt like fighting with it, before I finally got it all the way to the chrome. The primer was incredible, whatever it was. It held on for dear life! Epoxy primer, probably.,,,,BD

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I just noticed that my Super Course is made in Japan, is that common? It is a 1982 model in the copper paint.
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