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Old 09-07-12, 10:22 AM
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I finally got a bike

Hello everyone. For those that remember me trying to get a C&V bike in a budget and in good conditions! I finally settled for one.
I just wanted to thank everyone for the great advise and help.
I know its not the best bike out there but I think it looks great! it's in really nice conditions and ready to ride. I rode it to work today ;-) I'm really happy with it. It's a Raleigh Grand Prix 83'.

Here is a pic. If anyone has any suggestions on some upgrading I could do in the future that would be great!

Thanks again!
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Old 09-07-12, 10:41 AM
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What is it? Gran Sport? Grand Prix? If it was mine, those safety levers and stem shifters would be the first things to get changed out.
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Old 09-07-12, 10:43 AM
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Congratulations! The Raleigh looks great. Just ride for a while, read the post, and upgrade when you find bargains. Once you start upgrading, it is hard to stop.
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Old 09-07-12, 10:44 AM
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Congrats on your new ride ! Make adjustments to get the best fit, clean and grease and go ride !!! Spend some time with it and get to know it before worrying about upgrades.

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Old 09-07-12, 10:48 AM
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Best upgrade is lighter wheels, more expensive than some things but immediately felt on every ride.
I'd replace things as they become troublesome rather than engage in an upgrade program.
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Good choice, and don't listen to the naysayers who naysay that stem shifters are lame, they are great.
Turkey levers are lame.
Ride the heck...
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Old 09-07-12, 10:50 AM
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Step 1 - Acquire bike. (You can't ride without one.)
Step 2 - Ride and enjoy.
Step 3 - Decide you want to expand your capabilities.
Step N+1 - Start collecting C&V bikes.

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It's a Grand Prix. So is the purpose of changing the levers and shifters for new one is it for safety?
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It's a Grand Prix. So is the purpose of changing the levers and shifters for new one is it for safety?
Not necessarily, you will see a lot of people here use them as well, a lot of people hate them too. In my personal case it's more a function thing, even dialed in well safety levers feel scary to me and not as precise as just using the actual levers. The stem shifters, I really dislike the positioning and can always picture impaling myself on them. If they work for you though, just ride it! I was simply stating what I'd do. Those appear to be alloy wheels, so I wouldn't worry too much about upgrading that any time soon if they're reasonably useable. Love the bike though!
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Old 09-07-12, 01:17 PM
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Congratulations on your Raleigh.

Be, as Grant Petersen says, an "unracer" and don't worry about the stem shifters and turkey wings. I have several Raleighs with stem shifters, but have taken the drop bars and turkey wings off my "Record" in favour of alloy north road bars.

Probably the thing I would change is the seat. I found the Viscount and Selle seats of that style not so comfortable.
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^ The saddle is always a wise first upgrade. But, If it doesn't make you sore just ride!
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Old 09-07-12, 02:16 PM
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Looks like a great bike to me...congratulations. If/when you do upgrades, the best way to decide what you want and need to do is by you riding. If the first thing that comes to your mind is your butt is going to hurt, then it's time to change saddle position, handlebar height, and then the saddle. A good saddle that fits you well is a huge difference in whether a bike is fun to ride or not.

And on and on. If the brakes aren't to your liking, fix those, then upgrade the next thing that you think bothers you. It's a lot of fun to daydream about the next upgrade.
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Old 09-07-12, 02:25 PM
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I don't have the best back so when I started riding I took the drop bars off my bike and put upright "northroads" style bars on. Way more comfortable, and the stem shifters make much more sense when you are riding in an upright position. Fortunately, I had the forsight to keep the drops in a box in the basement. Now that I'm a little more advanced and my back is a little stronger, I appreciate the extra performance of the drops, and suddenly downtube shifters make sense again, too.
Enough autobiography, if your back and neck get tired, get some upright bars, with appropriate brake levers and grips, at least for now.
Logic aside, I usually base my upgrade decisions on what kind of parts bike I find in the dumpster.
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Looks great! Congratulations
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Originally Posted by browngw View Post
Congratulations on your Raleigh.

Be, as Grant Petersen says, an "unracer" and don't worry about the stem shifters and turkey wings. I have several Raleighs with stem shifters, but have taken the drop bars and turkey wings off my "Record" in favour of alloy north road bars.

Probably the thing I would change is the seat. I found the Viscount and Selle seats of that style not so comfortable.
yeah the seat it's not comfortable at all! I guess I was used to my old cruiser that was like being on a couch. I will have to look into a new seat for sure
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Old 09-07-12, 03:11 PM
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I'm still trying to find the right hight for the saddle. Last night it was too high... today it was too low... I'm still enjoying trying to figure the bike out. The shifters are a bit scary... but fun!
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Old 09-07-12, 08:30 PM
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Looks good! Enjoy it!
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Congrats! I just picked up a vintage Raleigh today too!
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Well done. A very good find and it looks very original too. I'd tend to leave it 'as-is' but a saddle of your choice would be nice if that one causes you problems. Wheels too are a good up-grade. I ride bigger frames and have no real trouble finding things in my size. Was it difficult finding a small frame to fit you? I think you did very well. I remember my very first venture into racing bikes, back in the 70's, was a fully chromed Raleigh Carlton - loved it until a 531 Bob Jackson came along.
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Thanks everyone! The bikes is running great except for my brakes are really squeaky, don't know why, pads look pretty new so there goes my first trip to the shop. I'm gonna try this co-op where I can have someone teach me how to fix it myself. I really need to to learn how to take care of the basics myself.
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Happy new bike!

If you haven't found the optimal seat position, this is an easy visual aid.

Dialing in the saddle height for a comfortable fit? Put a 1/2" piece of tape on the seat post to use as a reference. Masking, electrical, duct tape, any will do. Place it on the seat post, maybe an 1" above the frame if there's room leaving it in place, when raising or lowering, over the course of a couple rides. This could take a few days, the tape will hang right in there for you.


An easy up grade, lights. Enjoy!
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Originally Posted by ChicAgo steel View Post
If you haven't found the optimal seat position, this is an easy visual aid.

Dialing in the saddle height for a comfortable fit? Put a 1/2" piece of tape on the seat post to use as a reference. Masking, electrical, duct tape, any will do. Place it on the seat post, maybe an 1" above the frame if there's room leaving it in place, when raising or lowering, over the course of a couple rides. This could take a few days, the tape will hang right in there for you.


An easy up grade, lights. Enjoy!
Thanks for the tip! I'll try that.
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Originally Posted by dayana9 View Post
Thanks everyone! The bikes is running great except for my brakes are really squeaky, don't know why, pads look pretty new so there goes my first trip to the shop. I'm gonna try this co-op where I can have someone teach me how to fix it myself. I really need to to learn how to take care of the basics myself.
30 year old brake shoes dry out and are like granite. Get some new ones, like diacompe grey matter. Also the front edge of the pad should touch the rim first, when applied, to avoid vibration chatter.
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You can find the catalog and spec's for it here:
https://www.theheadbadge.com/

The GP was upgraded some in '84. Here's my '84 I bought new
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30 year old brake shoes dry out and are like granite. Get some new ones, like diacompe grey matter. Also the front edge of the pad should touch the rim first, when applied, to avoid vibration chatter.
Thanks! Yeah they get pretty good reviews. I'll order some online.
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