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1976 raleigh super course mk ii

Old 12-28-11, 12:46 PM
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1976 raleigh super course mk ii

just scored this from my lbs:



unfortunately only came with the avocet saddle, so i had to buy a new honey b17..

the serial (WG600118) is stamped on the bottom bracket. it is two steps away from barn fresh and came with new tires!
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Damn. All these people coming up with vintage Super Courses are making me jealous. (I have one, but it is not a true, made-in-Knottingham Raleigh; it's a made-in-Japan Raleigh USA). Nice bike.
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Sweet!
The white and green is such a nice combination. (It looks especially good with the white bluemels, but finding a replacement for the front could cost you dearly.)

- It appears to be in great condition overall - just a lube job and re-cabling away from Super Course Nirvana!
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Yes, that is a beauty! I hope the honey B17 didn't cost more than the bike! (But you gotta do what you gotta do.)

What is the story on white fenders (Bluemels or otherwise)? I'm searching for the same. It looks like plastic "mudgards" come in any color you want, as long as its black.

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...What is the story on white fenders (Bluemels or otherwise)? I'm searching for the same. It looks like plastic "mudgards" come in any color you want, as long as its black.

David S.
Hi David -
Coincidentally another BF member and I just had this conversation, and we were speculating that fenders only come in black these days because the majority of riders who are foolish enough to ride in the rain these days are riding black carbon bikes (-or winter beater MTBs).

The old Bluemels are very expensive (if you can find them) and purportedly, they tend to be brittle after sitting all these years, and thus impractical for cold weather.

It seems that our C&V market is just not large enough for manufacturers, like PB to offer other colors. I think even their safety-yellow is discontinued.
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If it suddenly became warmer where you are, then you are feeling the burning rage of my jealousy. That bicycle is gorgeous and a great find since it is a Worksop-built Carlton frame...beautiful! I hope you enjoy many happy miles with it! I love old Raleighs!!!!

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Old 12-28-11, 05:55 PM
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Originally Posted by 55 Traveler View Post
Yes, that is a beauty! I hope the honey B17 didn't cost more than the bike! (But you gotta do what you gotta do.)

What is the story on white fenders (Bluemels or otherwise)? I'm searching for the same. It looks like plastic "mudgards" come in any color you want, as long as its black.

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the new saddle doubles the value of the bike though, doesn't it?

i like your red one, btw.. kind of a bastardized set of twins, right?
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Originally Posted by Junk083 View Post
the new saddle doubles the value of the bike though, doesn't it?

i like your red one, btw.. kind of a bastardized set of twins, right?
Yep, separated at birth.

I put a Honey B66 on my Dad's old Schwinn. Definitely cost more than he paid for the bike new. Still, an investment in "the collection" and can be moved from bike to bike over a lifetime. (Or so I told my wife.)

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The only colors that look better than white and green are white and cream! You lucky dog you!
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Well, I'm slightly jealous. I want one to match my old lady's Super Course.
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might have found an old set of white bluemels locally (pays to have those connections). got a call from a buddy that he had an old set of bluemels populars. haven't seen them yet (or talked $$), but it seems like the stays may be a little bent up. i'll keep you posted!
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Is the crank a first generation Dura Ace crank (52-42 with guard) banded for Raleigh? Looks identical to the DA crank on my 75 Schwinn Voyageur II, except Dura Ace is stamped where Raleigh is in the arm.

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Originally Posted by john hawrylak View Post
Is the crank a first generation Dura Ace crank (52-42 with guard) banded for Raleigh? Looks identical to the DA crank on my 75 Schwinn Voyageur II, except Dura Ace is stamped where Raleigh is in the arm.

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No, it is a Sakae/SR Raleigh branded crankset.
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fenders were a bust--literally.. well, at least for the front, which is what i need. the search continues!
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Very nice ! I have the same color one, with a Stronglite crankset, hanging in my shed. Love the green color. Also have a circa 1978 red SuperCourse with more upright angles and SunTour bar end shifters. Great bikes -real classics.
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installed a few incidentals (haven't ever really touched a brand new brooks and i can't believe how stiff that thing feels!) and broke out the 409 and toothbrush today. haven't decided if i'm going to salvage the existing housing or not. it is slightly cracked where the ferrules seat into the brake levers, but no splits anywhere else..

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Beautiful bike! The saddle is a great improvement!
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Originally Posted by auchencrow View Post
Sweet!
The white and green is such a nice combination. (It looks especially good with the white bluemels, but finding a replacement for the front could cost you dearly.)
scored a lone front fender (no hardware) for ~$30 shipped on ebay yesterday!

https://www.ebay.com/itm/280807783878
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I suppose white paint might brighten up some black fenders.
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I've been looking to see a complete example of a '76 wearing next year's Suntour components for 5 years now. Two have popped up on the forum within the last two weeks. Go figure!

Junk083, would you be interested in adding it to the Carlton Raleigh Registry at The Headbadge?

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Originally Posted by Junk083 View Post
scored a lone front fender (no hardware) for ~$30 shipped on ebay yesterday!

https://www.ebay.com/itm/280807783878
Attaboy !

(My guess is that now you could fabricate some hardware -&/ cannibalize something from some current shelf item.)
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
I suppose white paint might brighten up some black fenders.
I've often thought of this myself, but does anyone know of a good consumer applied paint for polycarbonate?
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Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
I've been looking to see a complete example of a '76 wearing next year's Suntour components for 5 years now. Two have popped up on the forum within the last two weeks. Go figure!

Junk083, would you be interested in adding it to the Carlton Raleigh Registry at The Headbadge?

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I'd love to! New pictures in the spring? Just let me know what you need..
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ohhh yours is much more classy than mine, I like.
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55 Traveler inspired me to do some work (thanks, Dave), so I did the headset and bottom bracket last night, as well as stripping/cleaning the components and installing the front fender!

Now, I kind of like the oversized look of the front reflector, but because it also serves as the cable stop for the front brake, it seems like it may pose a routing problem when I get around to installing the new cables. Should I keep the reflector or switch it for something new?

I also have a set of Suntour barcons that I could be talked into harvesting off a Peugeot I'm flipping. Any sage advice here?
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