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Old 06-23-14, 11:36 AM
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Originally Posted by daf1009
Absolutely! The BL is a pretty decent group...
thanks for the input, i will be building this thing up shortly..
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Oh yeah. Great score. Lagoon/white Gran Sport - the Doris Day of C&V bikes.
Aw jeez, did you have to? My wood just went limp...
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I miss mine....if I get another...it'll not get away......
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I built up my GS for my wife , long stays and upright handlebars go well together for a balanced ride. When she saw it she says, " I don't need another bike, my 29er is fine, one ride down the street and " Your right, I'll take it". She loves the bike , I love the spot it cleared for my International.
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this thing is too big for my wife, besides she already has 2 bikes, Raleigh Hybrid, and a Panasonic Sport LX, she loves the panasonic, even made me put the turkey levers back on it
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Originally Posted by old's'cool
Aw jeez, did you have to? My wood just went limp...
Not a fan of the pretty girl next door?

My son's Gran Sport w/ modern Veloce



I had a Gran Sport when I was his age, but I destroyed it in a crash. Something I still regret, over 30 years later.
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was there a difference in Gran Sport and Grand Sports? i notice in JYL's version, he has the different decals and a derailleur hanger.. interesting when the paint scheme and equipment are the same.. different years? typical raleigh inconsistency?
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Originally Posted by jyl
Not a fan of the pretty girl next door?

My son's Gran Sport w/ modern Veloce



I had a Gran Sport when I was his age, but I destroyed it in a crash. Something I still regret, over 30 years later.
Thats really hot! Do I spy a Sheldon Brown drop mount for the rear brake?


GordoTrek, the name changed over the years while the bike also changed a bit. Each year, it had only one color scheme available. First came the white with lagoon blue trim. Later, they reversed it. The earlier one had Zeus forged dropouts with integrated derailleur hanger. The later one had stamped dropouts and a bolt-on hanger.
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Yes, drop brackets for front and rear. Made from aluminum bar stock.

We only have one brifter bike, and it's not even mine :-(
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Yes, drop brackets for front and rear. Made from aluminum bar stock.

We only have one brifter bike, and it's not even mine :-(
what year is that JYL? its really pretty
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Originally Posted by GordoTrek
what year is that JYL? its really pretty
I think 1974/75 for the frameset. Same year as my long-dead Gran Sport.

Components are almost all Campagnolo Veloce 10 speed, guessing mid 2000s? Rims are Mavic Open Pros, not sure of age. Seat post, stem, bar, headset are the only original components. Saddle is a ratty Brooks Pro.
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wow, i think mine is only a year or so off yours.. its astounding that they were so different
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Originally Posted by GordoTrek
wow, i think mine is only a year or so off yours.. its astounding that they were so different
I think you misunderstand. jyl equipped the bike with that stuff, long after the frame was built.
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Rght, the only original parts hanging on the frame are the seat post, stem, bars, headset and if you want to be picky, the seat post pinch bolt/nut.
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Originally Posted by noglider
I think you misunderstand. jyl equipped the bike with that stuff, long after the frame was built.
nope i under stood, if you look at his photobucket pictures of the bike originally, it had the same equipment before he put the modern stuff on..
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Raleigh Gran Sport... should I?

I'd be interested in the Simplex derailleur if you are replacing it. PM me if interested.
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Originally Posted by GordoTrek
was there a difference in Gran Sport and Grand Sports? i notice in JYL's version, he has the different decals and a derailleur hanger.. interesting when the paint scheme and equipment are the same.. different years? typical raleigh inconsistency?
Raleigh continually economized on the length of the name over time. From Grand Sports to Grand Sport to Gran Sport. Some earlier ones were full '531.
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My 1975 Gran Sport was full 531. I think 1976 was the last year for the model, and it was identical to the 1975 model.
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so i think my year lies between 76 and 73, although jyl's is the grand sports he claims is a 75.. so im guessing its a 73? according to this catologue scan it matches up
https://sheldonbrown.com/retroraleigh...talog-1973.pdf
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Originally Posted by auchencrow
Raleigh continually economized on the length of the name over time. From Grand Sports to Grand Sport to Gran Sport. Some earlier ones were full '531.
I thought the progression went from 531 main tubes and fork in the early '70's to full 531 beginning around 1974. Are you referring to older (60's) models?
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Originally Posted by due ruote
I thought the progression went from 531 main tubes and fork in the early '70's to full 531 beginning around 1974. Are you referring to older (60's) models?
I'm referring to the early 70's models. My GranD SportS from '73 has 531 tubes & stays.
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Originally Posted by auchencrow
I'm referring to the early 70's models. My GranD SportS from '73 has 531 tubes & stays.
Really? Mine has only 8 (if you count the head tube), plus the fork. Where do the other 523 go?
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Originally Posted by jimmuller
Really? Mine has only 8 (if you count the head tube), plus the fork. Where do the other 523 go?
Jim - it took me a second, but then -
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Originally Posted by big chainring
I'd be interested in the Simplex derailleur if you are replacing it. PM me if interested.
sent you a couple pms haven't heard back from you... going to list it on eBay unless anybody else wants it? pm me
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