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Old 09-11-21, 02:36 PM
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Originally Posted by 52telecaster View Post
Just picked it up today!

As bought. I rode it a couple of miles and was pretty impressed even with using the lousy shifters. Brake levers are in the wrong place too and I really should get the hoods to someone who loves that sort of thing as I will be doing an upright 3 speed 700c conversion. I'm quite excited!
That is a beauty. Nice find.
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Old 09-12-21, 11:37 AM
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More changes to the '73. I was thinking about sourcing a Campy Gran Sport crankset to go with the derailleurs until this TA fell into my lap. Came on a thoroughly abused Schwinn. The bottom bracket is toast, but I happened to have a Shimano UN-72 here with a 113mm spindle. After receiving a puller from J.A. Stein (nice tool, btw), I got the cranks cleaned up. Unfortunately I had to destroy a dust cap in the process. The Shimano BB worked out great, though. The rings are worn, but not completely dead yet. I'll pick up spares when I figure out what tooth counts I want. Everything was smooth on today's test ride.

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Old 09-12-21, 12:06 PM
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Bespoke Chainrings in Australia sells replacement dust caps for TA in the unique 23 mm threading. https://www.bespokechainrings.com/shop/dustcaps
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Old 09-12-21, 01:31 PM
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More changes to the '73. I was thinking about sourcing a Campy Gran Sport crankset to go with the derailleurs until this TA fell into my lap. Came on a thoroughly abused Schwinn. The bottom bracket is toast, but I happened to have a Shimano UN-72 here with a 113mm spindle. After receiving a puller from J.A. Stein (nice tool, btw), I got the cranks cleaned up. Unfortunately I had to destroy a dust cap in the process. The Shimano BB worked out great, though. The rings are worn, but not completely dead yet. I'll pick up spares when I figure out what tooth counts I want. Everything was smooth on today's test ride.
That j.a. stein tool is nice.
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Old 09-12-21, 02:08 PM
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My new acquisition--- been looking for one of these root-beer specials for a while:



As found. Some previous owner had upgraded to a Crane GS rear mech and a Suntour Compe-V in front--- one of the "high normal" ones.

Seatpost and stem moved easily, so I made an offer. After I got it home I replaced the Selle Italia Grand Prix TI saddle with an old Wrights I had sitting around--- the Grand Prix was actually pretty comfortable, but the look (to me) is pretty "meh". I also swapped in some different wheels which have Paselas on them (the old tires were the originals and pretty dry!)



Tough light for photos!

This bike looks like is has barely been ridden--- the Nisi Evian rims are completely true, the brake blocks are old and dry but hardly worn, etc. There's some spot rust on the upper surfaces of the top tube, down tube, etc. which is maybe just condensation from sitting in storage for years. I will do the "paper towels soaked in evaporust" thing on the rust, and then maybe an aluminum non-cottered crank? I have an SR Apex, but maybe I'll look for a 70's era Dura Ace to go with the rear derailleur....

Reminded again how much I like the way these bikes ride! By accident or genius, the SC has a very distinctive and enjoyable feel...

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Old 09-12-21, 03:54 PM
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@bertinjim, thanks for sharing that link. Good to know.
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As found. Some previous owner had upgraded to a Crane GS rear mech and a Suntour Compe-V in front--- one of the "high normal" ones.

The Crane GS and Compe V work really well together: OOoo !
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Old 09-13-21, 03:28 PM
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Yeah I'd never seen a Crane derailleur in person--- kind of odd and interesting. The other weird thing is the shift levers--- they look to be Suntour power shift levers that were usually stem-mounted: https://velobase.com/ViewComponent.a...104&AbsPos=296
They are by far the longest shift levers I've ever used--- they work well, but they just seem weirdly long. The result is that you barely move the levers to effect a shift-- makes trimming require a safecracker's touch....

I think, given the mods already done, that I'll replace the cottered steel crank with something lighter, and the steel seat pin ditto...
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Old 09-20-21, 02:26 PM
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The new Dura Ace 7100 crank makes a big difference!
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Old 09-21-21, 01:04 AM
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The new Dura Ace 7100 crank makes a big difference!
Love that color.
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Old 09-22-21, 09:53 PM
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first ride this morning, just got the frame last week and built it up with parts i had on hand. Honestly, it's much more nicely finished and constructed than any of my other Raleighs, I was pretty surprised with how comparatively clean the lugwork is. it's a 1974

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Old 10-13-21, 07:25 PM
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My $70 OfferUp find

Cheers from San Diego,California!
Iím happy to share my Super Course. I was fortunate enough to have found this very original I think 1971. Bar tape, brake pads, tire and inner tubes will be replaced. Inside brake levers will be removed. Brooks saddle will be treated to a deep moisturizing. Has a couple of stains that will be handled by leather dye to create a patina.





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Old 10-13-21, 07:55 PM
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Nice find! Decals and Capella lugs suggest 1973.
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Old 10-13-21, 08:07 PM
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Originally Posted by daka View Post
Nice find! Decals and Capella lugs suggest 1973.
Thank you!
I am looking at decals so your impute really helps.
do you know the type of tubes used to build the frame?
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Old 10-13-21, 08:18 PM
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They are Reynolds 531 plain gauge in the 3 main tubes and hi-tensile steel in the forks and stays.
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Originally Posted by Alsobay View Post
Thank you!
I am looking at decals so your impute really helps.
do you know the type of tubes used to build the frame?
Excellent! Looking forward to reviving this bike. Last Raleigh I owned was in 1983 when I was in junior high school. Started as a frames set and found parts in, come on all you middle age folks out there, ď The RecyclerĒ. God bless my dad, may he Rest In Peace. He would take the time and drive me all over Los Angeles to buy parts. Beautiful memories.
Ahhh!!! I have to admit. My eyes welled up as I recalled this.

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Old 10-13-21, 11:09 PM
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Thank you!
I am looking at decals so your impute really helps.
do you know the type of tubes used to build the frame?
Since youíre looking for the correct Reynolds 531 decal I thought you could use a visual guide. Just like yours, this is a 1973 Super Course. The red one came with tubular tires and was known as the TT model but really itís the same bike. This is the remnant of the correct decal. So many different versions were made over the years it can be difficult to know which one you need. Iíve even seen some complete sets of Super Course decals for sale on line with the wrong Reynolds decal. I hope itís complete enough to help.


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Originally Posted by Pcampeau View Post
Since youíre looking for the correct Reynolds 531 decal I thought you could use a visual guide. Just like yours, this is a 1973 Super Course. The red one came with tubular tires and was known as the TT model but really itís the same bike. This is the remnant of the correct decal. So many different versions were made over the years it can be difficult to know which one you need. Iíve even seen some complete sets of Super Course decals for sale on line with the wrong Reynolds decal. I hope itís complete enough to help.
Absolutely helps. Thanks for the photo
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Originally Posted by Pcampeau View Post
Since youíre looking for the correct Reynolds 531 decal I thought you could use a visual guide. Just like yours, this is a 1973 Super Course. The red one came with tubular tires and was known as the TT model but really itís the same bike. This is the remnant of the correct decal. So many different versions were made over the years it can be difficult to know which one you need. Iíve even seen some complete sets of Super Course decals for sale on line with the wrong Reynolds decal. I hope itís complete enough to help.

FWIW, thatís actually not the Reynolds 531 decal shown in the Ď73 Raleigh catalog page for that model:

https://www.velo-pages.com/main.php?...geViewsIndex=1
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FWIW, thatís actually not the Reynolds 531 decal shown in the Ď73 Raleigh catalog page for that model:

https://www.velo-pages.com/main.php?...geViewsIndex=1
I do appreciate you showing this nlerner. All I can say is Raleigh catalogs are only good for muddying the water. As I look through this thread most Reynolds decals on the early Super Courses seem to match my example, whenever they are still present and visible, right up through 1973. Iíve never seen a plain gauge Reynolds decal with a diagonal 531 script and Iím not sure one exists. I have however, seen many errors or inconsistencies on mock-up frames depicted in Raleigh catalogs. It looks to me like Raleigh used a Double Butted decal, which this bike is not, in their photo.

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Originally Posted by Pcampeau View Post
I do appreciate you showing this nlerner. All I can say is Raleigh catalogs are only good for muddying the water. As I look through this thread most Reynolds decals on the early Super Courses seem to match my example, whenever they are still present and visible, right up through 1973. Iíve never seen a plain gauge Reynolds decal with a diagonal 531 script and Iím not sure one exists. I have however, seen many errors or inconsistencies on mock-up frames depicted in Raleigh catalogs. It looks to me like Raleigh used a Double Butted decal, which this bike is not, in their photo.
Oh, I totally agree. The catalogs seem like rough approximations of reality. But I went down a rabbit hole at one point of trying to figure out which Reynolds decal was actually used on the '73 SuperCourse and definitely found examples of at least two, including the one you show. Raleigh was not known for consistency!
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