Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic & Vintage
Reload this Page >

Curious about Raleigh Olympian I just got...

Notices
Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

Curious about Raleigh Olympian I just got...

Old 09-03-10, 06:22 PM
  #1  
Bartman682
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Posts: 2

Bikes: Trek Allant, Raleigh Olympian

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Curious about Raleigh Olympian I just got...

Hi everyone,
I'm new to the forum, but an avid reader (just braking into the lifestyle...wordplay fully intended). I just got a maroon Raleigh Olympian, which I've seen people discuss in the forums before. Not the most exciting bike, but I'm still curious about its year. It's a 12-speed with Suntour components, suicide/safety brakes and stem shifters. It has Raleigh 502 chromoly steel, and the "Olympian" text is in cursive script. I tried to decipher the year through the serial number on the underside of the bottom bracket housing, but there doesn't seem to be an authority I can find...according to the all-knowing Google. Thanks in advance for any info you can give me!
Bartman682 is offline  
Old 09-03-10, 06:38 PM
  #2  
Roll-Monroe-Co
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 2,308
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 62 Post(s)
Liked 14 Times in 12 Posts
Welcome. There are several Raleigh experts here. Stand by.
Roll-Monroe-Co is offline  
Old 09-03-10, 07:07 PM
  #3  
wrk101
Thrifty Bill
 
wrk101's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Mountains of Western NC
Posts: 23,165

Bikes: 86 Katakura Silk, 87 Prologue X2, 88 Cimarron LE, 1975 Sekai 4000 Professional, 73 Paramount, plus more

Mentioned: 88 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1101 Post(s)
Liked 616 Times in 439 Posts
You get the year quickest by looking up the component codes at the vintage Trek site.
wrk101 is offline  
Old 09-03-10, 08:44 PM
  #4  
cb400bill
Forum Moderator
 
cb400bill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Kalamazoo MI
Posts: 20,454

Bikes: Fuji SL2.1 Carbon Di2 Cannondale Synapse Alloy 4 Trek Checkpoint ALR gravel Viscount Aerospace Pro Schwinn Paramount PDG 5 Colnago Classic Rabobank

Mentioned: 53 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2769 Post(s)
Liked 4,540 Times in 2,700 Posts
Sounds like a 1983. Check out the link below.

https://www.bulgier.net/pics/bike/Cat...83-Catalog.pdf
cb400bill is offline  
Old 09-04-10, 09:38 AM
  #5  
dedhed
SE Wis
 
dedhed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Posts: 9,070

Bikes: '68 Raleigh Sprite, '02 Raleigh C500, '84 Raleigh Gran Prix, '91 Trek 400, 2013 Novara Randonee, 1990 Trek 970

Mentioned: 34 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2153 Post(s)
Liked 2,184 Times in 1,349 Posts
Mid eighties Raleigh USA in that level I've found the first digit of the serial # is "usually" the year. Date codes on components will verify that. Probably the easiest to find is on the back of the crank arm.
dedhed is offline  
Old 09-04-10, 10:24 AM
  #6  
Bianchigirll 
Bianchi Goddess
 
Bianchigirll's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Shady Pines Retirement Fort Wayne, In
Posts: 28,410

Bikes: Too many to list here check my signature.

Mentioned: 157 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2366 Post(s)
Liked 1,441 Times in 847 Posts
Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
You get the year quickest by looking up the component codes at the vintage Trek site.
Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
Sounds like a 1983. Check out the link below.

https://www.bulgier.net/pics/bike/Cat...83-Catalog.pdf
but doing it that way is no fun. the OP needs to post some pics of his bike and we need to ask him questions.

Hi Bartman. turkey lever eh? where are the shifters located? can you post a few pics?
__________________
One morning you wake up, the girl is gone, the bikes are gone, all that's left behind is a pair of old tires and a tube of tubular glue, all squeezed out"

Sugar "Kane" Kowalczyk
Bianchigirll is offline  
Old 09-04-10, 10:45 AM
  #7  
cb400bill
Forum Moderator
 
cb400bill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Kalamazoo MI
Posts: 20,454

Bikes: Fuji SL2.1 Carbon Di2 Cannondale Synapse Alloy 4 Trek Checkpoint ALR gravel Viscount Aerospace Pro Schwinn Paramount PDG 5 Colnago Classic Rabobank

Mentioned: 53 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2769 Post(s)
Liked 4,540 Times in 2,700 Posts
cb400bill is offline  
Old 09-04-10, 01:45 PM
  #8  
Gthoro
Senior Member
 
Gthoro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: SW Wisconsin
Posts: 107
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Here is a pic of an Olympian I sold earlier this year.


I thought it was an '85, but according to Sheldon Brown's Retro Raleigh page, the Olympian frame was 555.
https://www.sheldonbrown.com/retroral...5/pages/3.html

If yours is like mine, cb400bill is right - it's an '83.
Gthoro is offline  
Old 09-05-10, 06:21 PM
  #9  
Bartman682
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Posts: 2

Bikes: Trek Allant, Raleigh Olympian

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Hey everyone,
Sorry for the delay, I was gonna post pictures on Friday, but my LBS kept the bike longer than expected to replace the bottom bracket and cranks (pitted bearings and worn cranks)...that's what I get for taking it in for a tune-up and true-ing, haha. But according the catalog and posted pic, I think cb400bill and Gthoro hit the nail on the head with the year. Unfortunately, my bike's a little worse for wear, but I didn't pay much, so I don't mind fixing it up a bit. I might just throw in a nice "after" pic, when I spruce it up and get rid of the torn-up Raleigh decals. Thanks for all the help and sorry I didn't get to make it more interesting for you guys!
Bartman682 is offline  
Old 09-05-10, 07:36 PM
  #10  
cb400bill
Forum Moderator
 
cb400bill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Kalamazoo MI
Posts: 20,454

Bikes: Fuji SL2.1 Carbon Di2 Cannondale Synapse Alloy 4 Trek Checkpoint ALR gravel Viscount Aerospace Pro Schwinn Paramount PDG 5 Colnago Classic Rabobank

Mentioned: 53 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2769 Post(s)
Liked 4,540 Times in 2,700 Posts
I used to have a real nice condition Olympian like the one posted above. I sold it at my yard sale (cheap) before I got caught in the C&V spider web.

Enjoy!
__________________
Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
Fenders protect you from tire splatter. Mudguards protect you from tyre splatter.







cb400bill is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
BigPoser
Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational)
3
06-12-17 11:28 AM
auchencrow
Classic & Vintage
36
03-05-15 04:16 PM
youngandcurious
Classic & Vintage
5
09-13-10 07:16 AM
youngandcurious
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals.
1
09-11-10 07:10 PM
firewind
Classic & Vintage
13
06-04-10 08:18 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.