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Creative ideas for a Raleigh Grand Prix frame/flip

Old 08-20-10, 12:58 PM
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Creative ideas for a Raleigh Grand Prix frame/flip

I have a Raleigh Grand Prix frame I picked up (wheeless) and am thinking of options for the build that may be cheap but interesting.

Paint is passable, decals intact, lugwork is a little fancy, no wheels, no BB/crank/chain/RD/FD, fork is straight and has brakes/stem/drop bars.

So I'm thinking of a few options on the cheap.
1. Part it back to a 10 speed, 27" or 700c
2. 3 speed IGH wheels
3. Coaster brake SS with 26" cruiser wheels (kinda interested in this urban assault look)
4. Regular fixie

Whaddya think?

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Old 08-20-10, 01:03 PM
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I'm currently looking for a 70s era Raleigh SC or GP or similar to try a fixed gear. What exactly do you have there? Pics?

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Perfect bicycle for a fixed gear.
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#2 or #3 IMO would be lots and lots of fun.
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For a flip, I would look for a donor bike, and that would dictate the build out. Around here, a Grand Prix value is relatively low, so I would need to be careful what I put into it.
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If you're starting from a frame, it would be expensive to build it into any type of bike. Very expensive, even if you bought most components used. As wrk101 says, a donor bike is a good bet. But the donor bike might even be better than the Grand Prix, unless it has a damaged frame or the frame is the wrong size or style or whatever.

The Grand Prix would make a nice commuter/errand bike. Or a tool-around-town bike.

An internally geared hub is nice for this type of bike, but I'd hope you can find a used hub. They're very expensive, new. It's much cheaper to build up a derailleur system than buying an IGH, because we bike collectors have lots of derailleurs sitting in our junk bins.
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57cm, might be 58, I'll have to take it out and photo it once the kids go to bed.
Silver with blue headtube
Even a turd of a $10 donor/walmart bike could supply some parts for an interesting build.

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Mine came with a flip flop hub from the factory. I've never lost so much sleep over gaspipe.
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I have a GP, is it really that bad of a bike? Seems okay to me
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No, it's not bad at all! I was always a fan of that silver/blue color scheme.
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I'm really liking mine. I don't think it's going to replace my Supercourse but it's a real nice ride. (Mine's a Gazelle with updated Suntour DRs BTW).
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Budget-cyclocrosser is also on the list. Just need to stumble into the proper wheelset.
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Originally Posted by thenomad
Budget-cyclocrosser is also on the list. Just need to stumble into the proper wheelset.
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I like your build.
I may try the local bike coop for wheels or such.
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Here he is in all his 'glory' (for some reason a Raleigh isn't a her)
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Say, can you get me a photo of the downtube and seattube logo?

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Kurt,

If he doesn't I can, I have that exact frame!
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the lact of almost all braze ons make it a great fixie canidate. just sayin thats what did with mine. sold it for more than it should have sold for.
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had them already

I'm thinking of SS at this point, maybe even go ahead and get a flip flop rear and use a crank and BB I have here.
I just remembered how little time I have of late.
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