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Old 11-06-04, 03:06 PM
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Hello -

I found a bike in the garbage behind my apartment. It looks really old so i posted into the vintage category. I havent ridden a bike in ages, but i would love to be able ditch the horrible NJ traffic and get to class on this thing.

The only problem is that the seat is missing - and also the bar that connects it to the frame. Ive been to stores and noticed that its easy to replace the seat, but i have no idea how to find a replacement post to put in there, or if its even worth it.

Could you experts take a look at my bike and tell me what i need to do , or if i should even bother? I included some detail pictures so maybe someone could identify what year the bike was made...Its a Raleigh Grand Prix.

Any help is appreciated - thanks very much!

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Three things -

1. There should be a serial number on the rear of the frame just under the seat post. If you can tell me what it is, I can probably tell you what year it is.

2. It looks like you do have the seat post, but are lacking the clamp and the seat. Just about any bicycle shop should have those. Even a sporting goods store like Dick's is likely to have them. They aren't very expensive.

3. I'm not sure what you're used to riding, but if everything is in pretty good shape (from the picture it appears that you have a nice 21-1/2" frame), and the bike is the right size for you (If you're between 5'-7" and and 5'-11" this almost certainly will work for you), I'd say its definitely worth the investment in the seat, tubes, tires, replacement cables, brake pads and whatever other minor stuff you might need to spring for. If it's a little too large for you, I'd be willing to drive to Jersey and trade you the 19-1/2" frame Grand Prix I rescued in September for it. Send me an e-mail if you decide you don't want it.
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Old 11-06-04, 05:00 PM
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Looks older then my '77, maybe early 70's? A lot of the cheaper seats come with the clamp for the seat post on it so that shouldn't be a problem. When yo get all the requisit safety related stuff on there you should have a very nice riding bike. I love my Grand Prix.
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From the catalogs posted here: http://retroraleighs.com/catalogs.html - I'm not seeing any Grand Prix model before 1976. I suspect this is a 1976 or 1977 - as the color schemes are consistent, and it doesn't have the Raleigh "R" repeated all the way down the contrasting colored area on the seat tube like my '78 does. The serial number should tell us what year it is.
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Oops - my apologies to Seeker. They do go back to at least 1974. http://bulgier.net/pics/bike/Catalogs/ - anyway, if you really do want to know how old, the serial number is the best indicator.
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I knew it wasn't a '77. The decals weren't funky looking enough.
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