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Old 02-07-15, 10:10 PM
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$40 Raleigh Marathon!

A while ago, I found a Raleigh Marathon on CL with an asking price of $250...supposedly the thing was totally NOS, but the price was still pretty high, especially since I was mostly interested in the frame. I know it's nothing special, but I love the color scheme, and the lugged fork crown looks really nice. That one ended up not happening, but I found another of the same model listed on CL this morning, with an asking price of $40, not much info, and no pics. I immediately emailed the seller, got a response and some pictures this afternoon. I was at work and don't own a car, but a friend of mine lives near the seller and has a car, and they were nice enough to pick it up for me! Now I need to figure out getting it home, and then what to do with it...but I haven't even seen it in person yet! Here are the pics I got from the seller:




I'm thinking about moving my 3-speed build to this frame, since I'm not really happy with the geometry of the Panasonic frame it's built around, and I think this Raleigh should fit me a little better (plus I think it's a slightly higher-end tubeset).
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You got a great deal at that price if it fits you. Even if not, you could clean and lube it and sell it on!
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Congratulations, good luck getting it home with all the.snow you have! You paid FMV for the pictured bike in that condition.

It is a 1984ish Raleigh of America bike, likely made in Taiwan. High tensile frame most likely or a Raleigh branded steel tube. It is an entry level bike. If it fits you better than the Panasonic, go for it. But unless it is a Panasonic Villager, the Panasonic frame is likely chromoly and a better grade of steel.
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Yeah, my friend said no rush on picking it up. I'm not expecting it to be rideable right off, either, so this'll be interesting to figure out (since I don't have a car). I think the seller said it wasn't holding air for very long and will need some work, but has been stored inside for a long time. The Panasonic is my winter/rain bike, though, so I can at least get over there and take a look at it sometime in the next week or two.

The Panasonic is a Sport 500, and it's all hi-ten steel. From what I understand, the Marathon is a mix of CrMo and hi-ten....but the bigger thing is the expectation of a more comfortable fit, and the price was low enough to impulse-buy - and, like Oldpedaller said, I can always sell it on if it doesn't work for me.
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Yeah, my friend said no rush on picking it up. I'm not expecting it to be rideable right off, either, so this'll be interesting to figure out (since I don't have a car). I think the seller said it wasn't holding air for very long and will need some work, but has been stored inside for a long time. The Panasonic is my winter/rain bike, though, so I can at least get over there and take a look at it sometime in the next week or two.

The Panasonic is a Sport 500, and it's all hi-ten steel. From what I understand, the Marathon is a mix of CrMo and hi-ten....but the bigger thing is the expectation of a more comfortable fit, and the price was low enough to impulse-buy - and, like Oldpedaller said, I can always sell it on if it doesn't work for me.
I stand corrected enjoy! I recently overhauled and sold a Marathon Mixte and I recall it being extra heavy. However the international grad student who bought it loves it.
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I stand corrected enjoy! I recently overhauled and sold a Marathon Mixte and I recall it being extra heavy. However the international grad student who bought it loves it.
This is how I have the Panasonic built up right now (although at the moment it's pretty dirty from road salt...):



It's got several parts salvaged from another build that was on a smaller, more comfortable frame, that was unfortunately totaled in a collision with a car in September:


I'm thinking the most likely thing that'll happen is I move that basic build from the Panasonic frame to the Raleigh...maybe switch back to drop bars if I can find a suitable shifting setup for the 3-speed hub. I do really like the modern thumb-shifter, though...

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Looks like mine, an 85. Reynolds 502 and hi-ten. Colour scheme is very nice and the panto'd parts are nice.

currently set up here on the coast as a SS. Love it, good tubing for the life it leads. Should make a good commuter choice.
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My Raleigh is a 1984 and is made in Japan. Look at the base of the seat tube for a decal.
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Yeah, the bike is currently hanging out at a friend's place that I can't get to very easily at the moment, but hopefully they can send me some better pics, so I'll have a better idea of what I'm in for. From what I've read, there's some variation out there, like Taiwan vs. Japan manufacturing (more commonly Taiwanese, but I understand the Japanese ones have more consistent quality?), and 502 vs. 575SL tubing. My friend isn't that much of a bike person, and I don't want to bug him with too many questions since he already did me a pretty big favor by picking it up for me.
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Yes, you are in that period of Raleigh's history when they established a separate division in the USA for the American market.

Some were general fair and others were quite nice,tubing and component wise.

Know how you feel agmetal, car free as well. Sometimes it's not the time to go forth... Or transport bulky objects.
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Yeah, we've got snow happening today, and it's about a 30-mile round trip. I've carried most of a bike on another bike before, but I'm not as willing to do that when there's ice and snow to contend with...and especially with that kind of distance. Public transportation isn't the easiest to deal with, either.
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You got a good deal on that Raleigh, which is hard to do on Boston CL everybody has highly overpriced crap that they post over and over again daily.
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Anyone know what size seatpost these bikes have?
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Anyone know what size seatpost these bikes have?
I am thinking a 26.4 does it not have one already ? I can double check tomorrow as the bike is at the other house we just bought. I stay these days at my Parents house while I settle their estate. Lost them both in August.
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I am thinking a 26.4 does it not have one already ? I can double check tomorrow as the bike is at the other house we just bought. I stay these days at my Parents house while I settle their estate. Lost them both in August.
It does, but, as stated, I've yet to see the bike in person. I'm just wondering if any of the seatposts I already have are likely to work with it...I have a zero-setback 2-bolt Origin-8 seatpost that I like, but I think it's 26.2.
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Like others have said, a decent hi-ten frame with fair to middling parts. Perfectly serviceable!

Looks to be a twin of a bike I picked up curbside and did over for a neighbor:

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Like others have said, a decent hi-ten frame with fair to middling parts. Perfectly serviceable!

Looks to be a twin of a bike I picked up curbside and did over for a neighbor:

Something I haven't been able to tell from pictures - is that outer ring permanently attached to the crank? The pictures I was sent make it look like there are bolts, but I can't see it clearly enough, and it looks like there were two slightly different cranksets used on these bikes.
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Quite often you will find these with the lg chainring swayed to the crank arm and the inner detachable.

mine came to me stripped and sitting by the cans ready to be hauled away so I put what I wanted on it. The deep green goes very well with a blk brooks. As said, it is my SS/FG ride around town bike and handles the job classy.
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Something I haven't been able to tell from pictures - is that outer ring permanently attached to the crank? The pictures I was sent make it look like there are bolts, but I can't see it clearly enough, and it looks like there were two slightly different cranksets used on these bikes.
Not sure. I gave my Marathon away about 2 years ago. I think the outermost ring in my pic is a chain guard that's actually part of the crank arm, and if I remember correctly, the inner and outer chainrings did bolt to the cranks. The drive side crank was definitely a 2 piece setup - the 'spider' portion of the crank was swaged on to the crank arm.
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I stay these days at my Parents house while I settle their estate. Lost them both in August.
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Not sure. I gave my Marathon away about 2 years ago. I think the outermost ring in my pic is a chain guard that's actually part of the crank arm, and if I remember correctly, the inner and outer chainrings did bolt to the cranks. The drive side crank was definitely a 2 piece setup - the 'spider' portion of the crank was swaged on to the crank arm.
I was afraid of that. Looks like it'll probably be getting a new crankset, then.
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I was afraid of that. Looks like it'll probably be getting a new crankset, then.
Frogbutter has some seriously nice examples for sale.
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Frogbutter has some seriously nice examples for sale.
Who?

EDIT: Never mind, I found it. All of those have already sold...there's at least one place locally where I should be able to get something decent used, though.
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I finally brought this bike home a few weeks ago, but it took a while before I had a chance to measure or test-fit anything. It's slightly too big of a frame for me, and there's not quite enough clearance for my intended fender/tire combination. Doesn't look like it'll take much to get it rideable again, though, so I'm inclined to just replace what needs to be replaced and throw it up on CL (although a few friends have asked me about buying it as a project for themselves)
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