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Raliegh Portage(?) Build (image heavy)

Old 03-24-14, 09:17 AM
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Raliegh Portage(?) Build (image heavy)

Howdy, All,

I finally finished building up the Raleigh Portage (?) I bought as a box-o-parts and a sandblasted frame. The provenanceis questionable, but it is a 650B bike with a frame made by Raleigh:

Cantilever brakes mounts for 650B wheels (and no indication that they were moved or replaced on the bare frame).
All the right braze-ons.
Some of the right components (1st-gen Deore Shifter (not shown), Tourney Crank).

Frame made in 1983 (Portages weren't in the catalog until 1984).
Deore 1st-gen Derailleurs rather than Stag's head.
Horizontal dropouts rather than vertical.

It didn't have brakes, wheels or handlebars/stem, so I can't judge from them.

Could this be an early Portage? I'm thinking maybe, but it really doesn't matter that much. Suffice to say it's an oddball but pretty beast. The sun needs to shine for the deep purple metalflake powdercoat to show best.

What do y'all think? A set of hammered fenders to finish it off? Lose the front mini-rack and get a lowrider mount?
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None of the frame details, that I can see, match those of a Portage. Different dropouts (as you have observed), different head lugs, different brake bosses. The brake cable stop bridge may be the same, I can't tell. Given these differences, and the fact that it's been repainted, I'd have to say no, it's not a Portage. but as you say, it really doesn't matter much. Looks like a nice bike.
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Bikes like cars, in Sept. Oct. the new model year's come out. The Portage came out 20 Plus odd years before the 560B wheel revival, took off. I can't recall ever seeing them back then, would have been, likely owned by a bike nerd. The 80's had a lot more touring bikes sold by most every company. And MTB's were pretty hot, being new.
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