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Old 10-15-12, 04:40 PM
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'88 Raleigh International?

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This forum has been a world of help for me on learning about old bikes and their value, quality, rarity, etc. With that I have just emailed about this bike and at $50 it seems like a no brainer but the picture is terrible. I've searched for this model/year but never found one with a full chrome for and this seems to not have chrome head tube lugs. What do you experts say?

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1984/85 Raleigh USA Grand Prix. Well worth $50, and unique to the American market - someone must have brought it across the border to BC.

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Well that takes my excitement down a little bit but it is still a good deal. I was pretty jazzed to finally score something with Reynolds tubing for a good price but at $50 if I get it it can still be marked as the first time I've been smart enough to not get a bottom end ride with hard to find parts.
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It's Raleigh's 555SL tubing - widely thought to be Tange 2. Not bad at all.

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I'd pick that up in a heartbeat. My only Tange 2 bike (Panasonic) is a really nice rider.
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In the mid 1980's I believe the Gran Prix was Marketed as an International in Canada. A Racing USA decal wouldn't make sense.
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The OP is talking about a 88 Raleigh International, something I never heard of. It look like lightning struck two times in the same spot! I also landed a 85 Raleigh Grand Prix for $51 a couple weeks ago. I have been searching a long time for this bike too.. This is rare. 1 out of 1000, that two 1985 Raleigh Grand Prixs in red showed up within a couple weeks and were sold for $50!!

Here is the one I got, and that makes me have the 3 of the 1985 Raleigh RACINGUSA series. I am missing the 1985 Raleigh Super Course.
Right now, mine in the hands of the Master/Blaster Robbie Tunes. When she comes back, she will be a strutin beauty, I tell you that!!





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Nice.
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In the mid 1980's I believe the Gran Prix was Marketed as an International in Canada. A Racing USA decal wouldn't make sense.
Now that I look at the top tube decal, you're probably right - it's missing the RACING USA lettering.

Didn't realize that Raleigh USA (Huffy) marketing extended to Canada during these years.

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No email back yet so I'm not holding my breath. But at least I'm getting better at finding the goods. My wife is pretty pleased I missed out. We have a small apartment. She'd hate for me to take up more room than the cat.
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