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Old 05-16-11, 09:27 PM
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vintage raleigh frame identification

Hello, my name is Josh. This particular frame is a Raleigh that I built after I acquired it in a trade for a Schwinn Le Tour frame that I scored at the thrift store for next to nothing. The Schwinn was too large for me at 64 cm so I traded for this Raleigh which I believe is a 54 cm. I swapped the Sugino cranks and BB from the Schwinn to the Raleigh frame. Really nice riding bike. From this website https://www.jaysmarine.com/TH_raleigh_serials.html I have determined that it is a 1969 or later model year. The serial on the BB is 4717502. There is also 112521 stamped on the left drop out. The fork isn't stock, I had it laying around. So what I'm asking is: which model is this frame? Is this frame going to last me for daily commuter? I've never owned an old Raleigh steel frame and I want to paint or power coat it. I'm just not sure if it is worth dumping the money into. Should I look for another frame to put a little bit of cash into? Budget is the main concern here and if is just gonna break on me I will find another frame to paint and just keep this one for back up. Thanks in advance for any info.
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Old 05-16-11, 10:19 PM
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My guess is a '69 Grand Prix.
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Old 05-17-11, 05:43 AM
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^ +1. Likely a Grand Prix from the late 60s as Raleigh phased out that headbadge by 1971. Not high end, but kind of cool.

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Yes, that frame will last a long time. Not a high end frame, a little heavy, but very nice riding. My first thought is not to paint it. It looks pretty cool like it is, and it spent the last 40+ years earning that patina. But i think painting it is better than junking it. I would paint the fork though, maybe blue?
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The block RALEIGH letters on the downtube were phased out around 1970 as well.
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Old 05-17-11, 06:31 PM
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Thanks for the information all, I think I will just keep it as is for now. Will probably search for something a little nicer to paint up for a nice day/summer bike and keep this one for daily commuting and wet weather. Still might paint that fork up to match better tho. Once again thanks.
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Will probably search for something a little nicer to paint up for a nice day/summer bike and keep this one for daily commuting and wet weather.
Nice bike.

But do you really feel a need to paint something? An older bike carries its history on its sleeve, so to speak. Ride it proudly regardless of what it looks like.
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Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post
Nice bike.

But do you really feel a need to paint something? An older bike carries its history on its sleeve, so to speak. Ride it proudly regardless of what it looks like.
Thanks, I really like this frame. I think I'm gonna keep it as is. Really starting to grow on me now that I've been riding it a couple weeks.
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