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Old 05-13-13, 08:12 PM
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74 Raleigh Grand Prix

I just picked up a basement kept Grand Prix from my friend so I have a ride while I am back in the States and it has a crapped out sountour RD, what will I be looking at to fix it. It also needs a pair of nice gumwalls, where is a good place to find some 27 x 1 1/4.

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Old 05-13-13, 08:15 PM
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Common tire size, support your LBS. Panaracer Pasela's are a nice multi-purpose tire that would look very similar to the original
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I have to go with buying stuff locally, too. If you're only here in the states for a short while, I wouldn't want to waste time with shipping to save a couple bucks.

The RD doesn't look like a Suntour to me. Looks like the original plastic RD, which was commonly replaced by just about any Suntour RD when they broke.
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It's a friction shifter so any Suntour or Shimano will work. There's an old mountain bike in a dumpster near you with a good one.
What part of the US are you in?
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+1 On just about any good used Suntour or Shimano derailleur with a claw hanger. Also you can pic up a new Shimano Tourney with a claw hang for under $20 at just about any LBS they work great and are inexpensive. Basicaly as said the parts you need should be easy to find at nearly any shop.
https://www.amazon.com/Shimano-Tourne...himano+Tourney
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Good advice all around in this thread. This should be a decent touring/transportation bike, and its English/ISO threading should make parts relatively easy to find.
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Simplex derailleurs and shifters?
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Sorry, yes it is a simplex RD.
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Originally Posted by bwilli88 View Post
Sorry, yes it is a simplex RD.
Looks like a Simplex Front Derailleur too. . .
Inspect the body closely for cracks -(you don't want your FD getting caught up in your chain-wheel).
You may just want to replace it too.

Apart from that potential issue, you have yourself a nice bike there.
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Is it better or worse than a 86 Schwinn LeTour?
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I prefer the Raleigh frame but the Schwinn is probably better equipped.
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Those mid-late 1980s Schwinns are hard to beat, but it'll depend on size, condition and price. For a "ride when I visit my parents" bike, though, I'd probably go with the one I could get up and running the easiest.
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I have a '74 Raleigh Grand Prix that look just like the one in your photo. The only difference is that this one has the additional center pull brake levers on the handlebars. The rear derailleur on this one had to be replaced years back. The front wheel was replaced when the bike rack at work was moved by the lawn mowing guy with the bike attached. The original front wheel was history. It's a buzz riding one of the original 10 Speeds on occasion! Tires can still be found at the LBS.
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How it looks now, Replaced the FD and RD and shifter cables and housing. I just finished replacing the brake cables and housings along with replacing the handlebar tape with some black Cork. Debating changing the crankset and bottom bracket. Still need new tires, brake pads and thinking about new rims. I have one Cyclocross tire and might get another for when I take it to Cambodia in August.
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Also need a new seat and post.
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If you saved that green bar tape I'd be interested in it!
If it's the 25.4mm seatpost, I get them in alloy from Niagara for real cheap.
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You might want to go cotterless on the cranks, IIRC those still had cottered cranks, and alloy wheels will be a good thing in wetter climes. I'm just going off what mine, a 73 had, which had cottered cranks and steel wheels, but during the bike boom, Raleigh had many plants and suppliers making this bike. Some were even built by Gazelle. Mine had the serial number on the axle, made by Carlton in 1973. They would have merged with Raleigh by then.
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Yep it is cottered and heavy, a nice light weight aluminum set of cranks will be nice and much more easily replaceable.
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This is a Gazelle made bike from sept of 74.
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Originally Posted by John E View Post
Good advice all around in this thread. This should be a decent touring/transportation bike, and its English/ISO threading should make parts relatively easy to find.
umm...is this particular bike going to have British (24tpi) threading in the BB and HS, or the hard-to-find Raleigh-specific (26tpi) threading?
If it's Gazelle-built I'd hope you will have the former, but........?
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