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Old 06-14-22, 05:06 PM
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Old 06-14-22, 09:30 PM
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Old 08-12-22, 10:35 AM
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Tiny 1973 Supercourse

I though I had posted the before pictures somewhere but cannot find the thread. This is a bit curious because it's the only year Raleigh made a Supercourse frame this small (20 1/2"), and as well the only Supercourse size they built that year WITHOUT Capella lugs, the points of which would leave no room for the Raleigh heron. It was bought complete but in neglected condition, down to bare metal and back up again with various nicer bits.

Centre-to-centre it's smaller than 20 1/2":



Bocama lugs:



After cleaning the rest of it looked pretty good:




However, it wound up a different colour:







Non-obvious details for the nerds (are there any nerds reading this?):

Hubs are Maillard (R) and Normandy (F), rims Weinmann 16x630, tyres are Kenda 27x 1 3/8".
Levers and brakes are Dia-Compe.
Seatpost is SR Laprade copy.
Pedals are some generic skimpy thing that I don't like at all, will source some SR SP-<something>.
And I have this much nicer set of cranks that would suit - but no rings, they're 118 BCD, pm me if you have some you don't want:

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Old 08-15-22, 08:14 AM
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Originally Posted by tjfastback66
I think that this will be my next Winter project but the seat post is Frozen!
Sprayed some PB Blaster on that area this morning so will see if that does the trick.
1978 23.5" Raleigh Super Course - unfortunately the wheel set does not match..
Serial # WH8002890


Since the Wheelset was not a matching set,

I thought that I would try a different approach on my '78 Raleigh Super Course.
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Old 08-15-22, 08:54 AM
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'74 MK.II, 23 1/2", FS in VA, no shipping -



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Old 08-17-22, 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by oneclick
I though I had posted the before pictures somewhere but cannot find the thread. This is a bit curious because it's the only year Raleigh made a Supercourse frame this small (20 1/2"), and as well the only Supercourse size they built that year WITHOUT Capella lugs, the points of which would leave no room for the Raleigh heron. It was bought complete but in neglected condition, down to bare metal and back up again with various nicer bits.

Centre-to-centre it's smaller than 20 1/2":



Bocama lugs:



After cleaning the rest of it looked pretty good:




However, it wound up a different colour:







Non-obvious details for the nerds (are there any nerds reading this?):

Hubs are Maillard (R) and Normandy (F), rims Weinmann 16x630, tyres are Kenda 27x 1 3/8".
Levers and brakes are Dia-Compe.
Seatpost is SR Laprade copy.
Pedals are some generic skimpy thing that I don't like at all, will source some SR SP-<something>.
And I have this much nicer set of cranks that would suit - but no rings, they're 118 BCD, pm me if you have some you don't want:

I sent you a PM about the crank.
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Old 08-19-22, 12:00 AM
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Originally Posted by BFisher
My '73. Freshened up the TA crank with some V/O hardware and a bit of Mothers polish, and installed a nice pair of Conti GP Classics. Weighs ≈23 lbs. as shown. Not bad for a Super Course.
I love this VO crankset, it looks particularly good on this!
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Old 08-20-22, 07:41 PM
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[MENTION=512318]oneclick[/MENTION], really nice work. What is the length of the top tube?
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Still a work in progress, TA Crank, Lyotard pedals, Campy seat post and Brooks Pro B17 saddle. The chain is a bit too long yet.
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Just finished this one up on the weekend and rode it for the first time yesterday. Quiet, solid comfy ride most all components are different except for the stem, handlebars frame and fork. Love it!


1978 Raleigh Super Course
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Old 09-28-22, 01:17 PM
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Any Super Course TTs out there?

I bought mine used around '76. Being a high school student, I thought that all of the Super Course bikes were equiped with tubular tires and never equated
the TT script with the tubulars. I never saw another Super Course to discover the difference.. I loved riding tubulars, especially with latex tubes but the cheap
cotton, low thread count casings were easily torn and flatted. What a pain to cut open the tire to find the hole, make the repair and sew them back up. I
upgraded the wheels and replaced the cotterless crank but saved all of the components, which I still have. I made contact with Nottingham Industries in 1991.
They no longer had the
TT decals but they did send a complete set of decals for an early MK II which look really close.
After finding this forum and seeing all of these beauties, I am getting the urge to put it back together. The chrome is a little rough, maybe I can get the
frame rechromed.
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Old 10-15-22, 10:14 AM
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Originally Posted by AdventureManCO
Look what the cat dragged home...









Funny story about this one. I saw it last year for sale at a local community bike shop that I have volunteered at a little bit. I kept hearing good things about the ride on these Super Courses and didn't yet have a good British boom bike example in my stable. So, negotiated a price and was about to buy it but looking it over, I saw a big gap in the chainstay-to-BB brazing that I guess horrified me enough to put it down and walk away.

A few weeks ago, for some reason I started thinking about this bicycle again. Because of all the closings, I hadn't really yet been to the shop as of this year, but finally decided to go, and lo and behold, it was still there lol. So I thought 'what the heck' - I'll buy it anyway. The gap in the chainstay is not as bad as I remember it, and was pleasantly surprised to find that while tearing it apart for a complete rebuild, it looks like the chainstays are flared inside the BB shell, so there is a mechanical connection as well - peace of mind, if you will.

Whoever had this bike before it was neglected out in the sun for several years must have really liked it, because it was very tastefully upgraded - Suntour drivetrain all around, aluminum SR type seatpost, and newer-ish 27x1 wheelset (Miche Competition hubs and Araya rims) that show barely any riding at all. The good stuff, like the stem, brakes, etc, have stayed original to the bike.

The rebuild has since commenced and I'm in the home stretch. Completely disassembled - the headset came out well, the wheel hubs/bearings came out like new, the crank spindle and bearings are a little rough but serviceable, I have a Brooks from a donor bike that was refurb'd and put on this one. Sanded out the casting lines in the GB stem and gave it a bit of a polish and came out well. Polished one set of brakes, need to do the other. Have natural veg-tanned leather for bar tap, cut and stitched some leather brake hoods, got a new chain to put on it, and now I just need cables and tires and it should be ready to go!

Thanks for turning me on to this project! I'm digging the British racing green color, the Capella lugs, and how everything is shaping up!

Wow, over 2 years later and here is the update...

I cleaned, polished, repacked the bearings, got it a B17, a new chain and change to more cruiser-eque handlebars, and here is where we are -





lol...don't look too closely!



It really is a beautiful bicycle. Probably the best bang-for-the-buck bicycle I have in terms of cost, looks, and ride quality. It is lighter than you'd think (thanks to whomever decided to very tastefully decided to upgrade to Japanese alloy components years ago), and wherever it lived (outside or in a sunny window) for many years, it put a nice fade on the non drive side to give it a super cool faded, turquoise color. The chrome turned out to be in great shape, and after it was upgraded with new parts, it must not have been ridden much, because the components are in great shape.

Future plans for the bike are to eventually change to north road bars, drop down to a single front chainring (just don't use the big ring often enough AND the fd is the most rusty part on the bike and stands out in a bad way), get a different seatpost (and avoid the grooves going down the seattube) and get some real copper fenders for it, which will go great with the green/aqua paint.
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Old 10-15-22, 10:25 AM
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Originally Posted by hzqw2l
1971. As found. Needs a cleaning but complete for $40.





Wow gorgeous and lovely bicycle, and for $40! I have a feeling it is going to clean up really nicely. Probably one of the best 'proportioned' bikes I've seen...stem height, seat height, frame size...it all looks perfectly purportioned and in sync. Imagine what that would look like with a VO/TA type crankset...
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150.00 and a few mods by me to make it an incredible grocery bike. This one has a butted main triangle.
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I took my 68 out for a short ride. I really like the way this bike handles. It just feels right. It currently has 27”x1.25” Paselas on it but t I am considering putting 700c x 38 Paselas on it for fun.



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Originally Posted by beicster
I took my 68 out for a short ride. I really like the way this bike handles. It just feels right. It currently has 27”x1.25” Paselas on it but t I am considering putting 700c x 38 Paselas on it for fun.


That bike tuned out nice! Is that a Reynolds 531 fork you found for it? It looks like it’s from an International. Which wheels will you be using to get 700c?
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That bike tuned out nice! Is that a Reynolds 531 fork you found for it? It looks like it’s from an International. Which wheels will you be using to get 700c?
Thanks. I am not sure about the fork. I bought this as a frame set and that is the fork that came with it. The eyelets on the fork are not standard metric but the headset threading is standard and not the 26 tpi on some Raleighs. My International has a similar crown but the eyelets are standard metric threads. I have wondered if it came off a Gran Sport as I have seen a similar crown on some of those forks.

I have not made up my mind on the 700c wheelset. Part of me wants to stick with a 120 spaced wheelset and part of me wants to go ahead and get a more modern 130 wheelset. In the meantime, I am happy with this.
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Old 02-13-23, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by beicster
Thanks. I am not sure about the fork. I bought this as a frame set and that is the fork that came with it. The eyelets on the fork are not standard metric but the headset threading is standard and not the 26 tpi on some Raleighs. My International has a similar crown but the eyelets are standard metric threads. I have wondered if it came off a Gran Sport as I have seen a similar crown on some of those forks.

I have not made up my mind on the 700c wheelset. Part of me wants to stick with a 120 spaced wheelset and part of me wants to go ahead and get a more modern 130 wheelset. In the meantime, I am happy with this.
I built a 700c wheelset for mine; thankfully the modern track hub standard is 120mm OLN. If you have a bike co-op nearby it would benefit you to look for another set of period wheels with good bearings and build up the 700c rims if they're not already 700c.
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Just found

I had given away a Super Course with Cappella lugs years ago. It had a bad repaint and non original fork. It was just a frame and i just peiced it together with parts. I really liked the ride. Was stable, comfortable. I happened to see this on Facebook and looked very original mostly with the Cappella lugs . I picked up yesterday. Wheels and derailer are not original ,and has a clicking noise out of rear . Needs to be all gone through , not sure what to do with it ? Paint and even under bottom bracket seem surprisingly good condition. 👍

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Old 03-25-23, 06:27 AM
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^ Wow, that Brooks saddle is quite the sway back! SuperCourses are great blank canvases for all sorts of builds: IGH, single-speed or fixed gear, modern-ish upgrade, faithful restoration of original. Even for that last, cost isn’t very high given that the original parts weren’t anything special.
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I got lucky and scored this local off the original owner, missing only a front wheel. Seat is hard and crunchy, used up all my Brooks saddle dressing on it. Going to keep it all original replacing only one pedal, brake cables, pads and RD cable, maybe a new chain.

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Same color combo I got. The white part has paint chips on mine , all original also.
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I just picked up this one owner Super Course for $40.00. It has a Brooks Saddle and some Campy stuff on it. It will be nice to get this back on the road!

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