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Weight limit woman's Raleigh Sports

Old 10-12-12, 07:01 PM
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Weight limit woman's Raleigh Sports

I am looking at a Raleigh Sports step through frame for my uberclyde brother. Anyone know what the weight limit for that bike is?
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Old 10-12-12, 07:30 PM
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I'm 240 and haven't been able to hurt one. Maybe you should post in the Clydes section cuz I think you're looking at over 300lbs
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There might be an effective weight limit, as even the ladies' Raleigh Sports frames are prone to buckling at the seattube (as is generally associated with cheaper frames of the same design) given enough weight and force.

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If he's just going to ride it on smooth or dirt roads, I wouldn't worry about it. There might be some tendency to buckle (never actually heard of it until now), but it's not a common occurence.

Of more concern is to get a tire/wheel combo that fits the frame/fender clearances, protects the rim well (fat, lots of air volume), and that fits the brake calipers. Might be able to get some good aluminum rims and build a set of wheels to modern standards. The original steel rims are not as durable as you'd think, despite being steel, and the spokes are rarely at modern levels of tension.
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Myself plus racks, basket, bags, lights, gear = approx 400lbs, havent hurt anything on my mens LTD-3 yet. Front wheel has a hop that I cant easily true out but it's been solid. I have put considerable time into tensioning the rear wheel spokes twice over the last couple years of almost daily short trips. I've upgraded the brakes to new Tektro dual pivots to help slow down all that mass and I keep the tires inflated to 60psi- I air up weekly to be safe.
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^ "i air up weekly..."

i recommend checking your air before each ride, unless you're only making a short grocery run and the feel of the tires is adequate.
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The only menís Sports frame Iíve seen fail in 20 years is this one.
Iíve seen a couple womenís Sports frames fail where the seat stays attach to the top of the seat tube, (sorry no photos) but Iíve only seen 2 of those failures in 20 years.
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here might be an effective weight limit, as even the ladies' Raleigh Sports frames are prone to buckling at the seattube (as is generally associated with cheaper frames of the same design) given enough weight and force.

-Kurt
Yup , not a total failure but a slight buckle. In most cases it's a very slight bend at the junction of the the upper down or loop tube and the seat tube. The fix requires taking a 8" or so section of a steel seat pin and running down the inside to the seat tube to shore up the lug and tube intersection from within. An interior lug. Adds a bit of weight but it'll pull the tube straight and return the frame to it's correct geometry.
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