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Raleigh Super Course MKII

Old 01-19-15, 10:48 PM
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Raleigh Super Course MKII

Well, the other day I spied a beaten looking road machine amongst a pile of bikes at a local 'Recycle Cycle' type shop - where I buy most of my Schwinns (I'm the only one to do so according to the owner). Anyhow, it's a 74 Super Course MK 2 with Huret components. It was in pretty pathetic shape. I paid 20 bucks for it, which for a slightly upscale bike for it's time, I felt giddy about. Did a lot of reading about it and I approve of my find. Anyhow....cleaned it up the best I could - degreased/regreased things, got it in working order, slapped some new tires on it and an old seat I had laying around and wow, I love this thing. Rode it all over NYC on Saturday and today and it was just fantastic; I didn't want to stop, just round and round and round Manhattan I went. I like to think it was pleased to feel the whip of the frosty wind again. It was colder than a witches tit and my seat needed tightening, but other than that - what a fun and agile bike. Just wanted to share..

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Old 01-19-15, 11:50 PM
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Nice way to get around that little island, isn't it? Helluva lot better than a Schwinn Varsity, anyway.
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I was riding a seemingly identical SC Mk II in NY back in 1976, and even toured (loaded) Nova Scotia for three weeks on it.

Good, mellow geometry/handling on these, great looks, and no funky bb threading btw. Mine was the red color.
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Lascauxcaveman: LOL - indeed, much easier on the knees than my Varsity. Definite thumbs up!

dddd: I was having a ball on the thing - and yes, the BB was a pleasant surprise, compared to the Mercier thingamabob I had tackled a couple of months ago. This Raleigh is a keeper - and will definitely re tape my handlebars and get a new seat. Love the red btw.

Don't forget - NYC 5 boro tickets open up at noon Today! (1-20-2015)
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Old 01-20-15, 06:09 AM
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Did people think you were homeless wheeling that bike home?

You'd like it even more with the saddle leveled out. Enjoy!
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Great find and rescue ! She does look happy to be out on the road again ! That green is quite nice and would be my choice, enjoy your keeper.
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Great choice and glad that you have saved her from oblivion. Enjoy all the happy miles that you'll get.

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Nice score! There's plenty of Super Course inspiration for you here https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...er-course.html

Just a question: why are you running the seat clamp backwards? Like the shorter reach to the bars?
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Great find...great rescue...looks fabulous...ride, ride, ride!! Wow...great job!
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That looks like a rare cotterless steel Nervar crankset. It takes the same 128mm BCD aluminum rings the Nervar Star does, and you can adapt standard 130mm rings to fit by elongating each mounting hole outward by 1mm. (Been there ... done that.)

I fully understand why you like the bike. My 1959 Capo has straight gauge Reynolds 531 main tubes and a relaxed geometry well-suited to long rides. Great, worthwhile rescue!
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the catalogue spec on these was huret challenger derailleurs and nervar sport chainset but some came through with an upgrade to huret jubilee gears and some to the nervar star chainset. even saw a couple machines which received both upgrades.

this is an odd one in that it has the jubilee controls and rear mech but a challenger or 700 front mech. first one i've seen with a mixed set like this.

wanted to purchase one but the size regime left me in between.

enjoy your excellent find!
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You did well! I have two Super Courses that I picked up this winter and I can't wait to ride them around the City. Nice pictures also!

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Well, the other day I spied a beaten looking road machine amongst a pile of bikes at a local 'Recycle Cycle' type shop - where I buy most of my Schwinns (I'm the only one to do so according to the owner). Anyhow, it's a 74 Super Course MK 2 with Huret components. It was in pretty pathetic shape. I paid 20 bucks for it, which for a slightly upscale bike for it's time, I felt giddy about. Did a lot of reading about it and I approve of my find. Anyhow....cleaned it up the best I could - degreased/regreased things, got it in working order, slapped some new tires on it and an old seat I had laying around and wow, I love this thing. Rode it all over NYC on Saturday and today and it was just fantastic; I didn't want to stop, just round and round and round Manhattan I went. I like to think it was pleased to feel the whip of the frosty wind again. It was colder than a witches tit and my seat needed tightening, but other than that - what a fun and agile bike. Just wanted to share..

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Originally Posted by Clang View Post
...Just a question: why are you running the seat clamp backwards? Like the shorter reach to the bars?
I'll chime in, because from the looks of the saddle height, this bike fits "big" for the rider.

Not a bad thing, actually a good thing when the frame has relaxed angles that might position the saddle too far rearward for a comfortable reach to the bars.

I made the same choice on my American Eagle Kokusai, a large-for-me bike with same 72-degree angles as on this Super Course Mk II. Maybe mine is a bit bigger, but the scaled effect is the same since I have relatively long legs for someone just 5'9".
Also it was much easier than changing stem length, and I've found no reason to revise it since it works especially well whether charging up steep hills or doing a long hard pull in front.

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hello dddd,

have got a 23" kokusai frame hanging in me rack if it would be of use to you.
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dddd: I'm sorry I didn't reply earlier - just saw this now. You are absolutely right, it's a little big for me. My understanding is the sizes are small, a little bigger than medium, and large.... Makes for funky stops at red lights. Jeez, yours is astoundingly beautiful


Greg - thank you so much - I'm sure you're really going to enjoy them - really great ride/feel.
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