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What did Raleigh call it's Touring Bikes?

Old 12-26-12, 06:45 PM
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What did Raleigh call it's Touring Bikes?

I just bought an old Raleigh Touring bike on Craigslist. I still haven't seen it up close yet my nephew picked it up for me and I thought you guys could tell me What did Raleigh call their touring bikes? When did they stop making them in England?
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I believe that after Raleigh was acquired by a US company in the early 80s that they called their touring model the "Portage" but I think that there were also a few other models that were considered touring or light touring and had cantilever brakes, the right geometry, etc.
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There was a few.................Raleigh Touring 14 and Kodiak off the top of my head, but there were others.
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My wife's made in England 1987 Granada was sold by Raleigh as a touring bike. In OEM condition it came with a rear rack, fenders, and a compact small chain ring.

I would not consider it a full on touring bike as it lacked provisions for water bottle cages, cantilever brakes, or a front rack. More of a sports tourer.
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I can think of Portage, Kodiak, and Wyoming. Western, manly-sounding marks.
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Originally Posted by r0ckh0und View Post
There was a few.................Raleigh Touring 14 and Kodiak off the top of my head, but there were others.
+1
Aleyeska comes to mind.
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They also had a set of MTB touring rigs. I had a Crested Butte Mountain Tour.
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I picked this old Raleigh touring bicycle up in a shop in Duluth, years ago. Stupid me - I sold it and I am sorry that I did. It was a great bicycle for getting around on. I am not even sure what model it was but it was a model of good breeding, in my opinion...

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The Touring 14 that is currently in pieces in my basement came with Suntour Vx branded components including the crankset and hubs. Crankset is a road double and wheelset is standard set (not touring). It does have canti's though.
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From Sheldon Brown, here's a scan of the Raleigh USA 1985 catalog showing the touring range:
https://www.sheldonbrown.com/retroral...5/pages/2.html
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Interesting Alaska theme going on with the Raleigh touring model names. Kodiak is obvious enough, Alyeska is the name of a ski resort in Girdwood, Alaska (I just skied there 4 days ago!).
Less obvious is that while "Portage" sounds like a reasobnable descriptive name for something that carries luggage, it is also the name of a Glacier and associated lake, river and campground that are a popular attraction, located in Chugach National Forest Park about 15 miles from Alyeska/Girdwood.
Wyoming model is a bit of an outlier with the AK name scheme.
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Interesting Alaska theme going on with the Raleigh touring model names. Kodiak is obvious enough, Alyeska is the name of a ski resort in Girdwood, Alaska (I just skied there 4 days ago!).
Less obvious is that while "Portage" sounds like a reasobnable descriptive name for something that carries luggage, it is also the name of a Glacier and associated lake, river and campground that are a popular attraction, located in Chugach National Forest Park about 15 miles from Alyeska/Girdwood.
Wyoming model is a bit of an outlier with the AK name scheme.
I thought Portage was when you carried a canoe
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Yes, though well known to mean carrying a canoe over a stretch that can't be paddled, it also means
to carry anything over a way that can't be traversed otherwise... early settlers would portage
their wagons. But in its simplist way, it is mere the act of carrying... which seems fitting for a bike that's meant more for
carrying rather than say going quickly or going over certain terrain.



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Originally Posted by RedC View Post
When did they stop making them in England?
Raleigh of England frames were produced from 1887 up until about 2000. In the late 1960's they started production in Canada, and in the 1980's Huffy bought the rights to the "Raleigh USA" name.
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Thanks for all the info. My wife has been ill and I haven't been able to pick up the bike. I bought it because it had a 25 inch frame and I thought I might put it on the trainer or use it as a backup or when I needed to take "stuff" the Madone doesn't lend itself to racks and so forth. I'll try to post a picture when I get the bike here
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Finally picked up the bike. It's a 1976 Super Course MKII,. Don't know why he thought it was a tourer but it's in fair shape and the 25 inch frame is big enough for me. Primarily I wanted something I could put on the trainer and use in foul weathter. Crank on the non-drive side appears to be bent can I find replacement parts? Rims are a little bit pitted, what can I do about that? He had cheap crap foam tubes on the handlebars instead of tape but that's an easy fix. I'll take it to my buddy at the LBS to make minor adjustments to derailers, etc. I'm not much of a wrench.
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Touring 14, Touring 18, Alyeska, Wyoming, Kodiak, Portage are the names I come up with. All are good quality Japanese frames made with "Raleigh 555" tubing (who knows what it *really* is, but it's certainly butted chromoly of some sort). The Portage is particularly desirable these days since it had stock 650B wheels- which were oddball in the '80's but have developed a certain cachet among the retro-grouch crowd these days.

I have a spare left side crank for a 1975 Supercourse MkII (well, actually the whole crank incl chainrings and BB). Will part with it for the cost of shipping- PM me if you want it.
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Wow , a "Super Course" how lucky can you get ? you have now joined an exclusive club within these hallowed forum walls my friend, lucky you, ----GOOD SCORE !
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The Portage is particularly desirable these days since it had stock 650B wheels- which were oddball in the '80's but have developed a certain cachet among the retro-grouch crowd these days.
The scan above says the Portage had 650C wheels, not 650B - so who is lying here?
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I seem to recall the Raleigh International from the 70's was sold as a touring bike, the Super Tourer from the mid 70's was another one.

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Yep. The "Super Tourer" from '74-76'.



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Originally Posted by LarDasse74 View Post
The scan above says the Portage had 650C wheels, not 650B - so who is lying here?
Sheldon Brown, the patron saint of cycling, said it's a misprint. IRTO 584 -> 650B. But I've never seen one in the flesh, so I wouldn't know for sure.

Anyway, I *know* I'm right about the retro-grouches.

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