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My favorite bike...Raleigh Grand Prix

Old 01-10-20, 10:34 AM
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My favorite bike...Raleigh Grand Prix

This classic Raleigh Grand Prix is my favorite bike. I have had several of these in the last 10 years or so. The ride quality and my position on the bike makes me like this model over anything I have ridden in the past...well...50 years or so. And the graphics and general look of the bike is top notch. Of course I upgraded to tubular wheels, the rest pretty much 1973 stock components.


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Old 01-10-20, 03:17 PM
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He's a handsome fellow, that one.

Even the chain guard has style.


I'm a sucker for a love letter to a bike.
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Old 01-10-20, 03:28 PM
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"the rest pretty much 1973 stock components."

That front hub looks suspiciously like a replacement for the Normandy Sport. If the rear hub matches, you have a nice pair.
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Wrap-over seat stays and lug design suggest this one may be one made in the Gazelle factory in NL. If the cranks are Stronglight branded, the Bottom bracket may actually be standard BSC threading rather than Raleigh Proprietary 26 tip threading. Although you have kept the OEM equipment, you could upgrade the crankset to a cotterless alloy one and save a bit more weight in the rotating parts (where it counts).
All in all, this is one of the most iconic "Ten Speed" bicycles of the 70's. Looks to have been garage kept and minimally "beaten upon" for its age.
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Handsome Bike

23.5" frame?
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Old 01-10-20, 04:43 PM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post

Even the chain guard has style.
I'm curious how it plays with FD.
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Old 01-10-20, 09:04 PM
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Yes this is a Gazelle built Grand Prix in 23 1/2 frame size. The wheels are Campy Tipo with Mavic rims, Tufo cyclocross tires. The chainguard is Simplex made to play well with the Simplex Prestige front derailleur. Saddle is a Wrights, but predates the bike by 5 yrs. I added Suntour bar end shifters also.
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That era graphics are neat.
Always amazes me to see that apparently people didn't like to drink water in the 70s.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
That era graphics are neat.
Always amazes me to see that apparently people didn't like to drink water in the 70s.
The paint is so pristine I dont want to put a bottle cage on the frame. Maybe a handlebar cage.

Speaking of water though. Back in the day, water was available everywhere. Gas stations, even if I used their slop sink in the service area, always had water available. Most had drinking fountains. Any park or forest preserve would have a fountain or a hand pump to bring up water. So one water bottle was all you needed. A refill was always close by. And for the most part I was probably dehydrated when I was racking up miles in my youth. I can remember waking up in the middle of the night craving water. Doing 50-80 miles every day, and not really paying attention to water intake.
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I have 2 Grand Prixs, a 74 and 76.
Here is my favorite build of my 74 and as it is now as a SS. My 76 is just a frame and fork.

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Originally Posted by bwilli88 View Post
I have 2 Grand Prixs, a 74 and 76.
Here is my favorite build of my 74 and as it is now as a SS. My 76 is just a frame and fork.

Nice! I have had white, blue, red, but never a green Grand Prix. And the green is classic Raleigh for sure.
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Originally Posted by big chainring View Post
Yes this is a Gazelle built Grand Prix in 23 1/2 frame size. The wheels are Campy Tipo with Mavic rims, Tufo cyclocross tires. The chainguard is Simplex made to play well with the Simplex Prestige front derailleur. Saddle is a Wrights, but predates the bike by 5 yrs. I added Suntour bar end shifters also.
I have a green Grand Prix frame and fork that I never built up, maybe someday . I am not sure about the Gazelle designation , but mine says Made In Holland. I read somewhere that the bike boom in the late sixties through the early seventies overwhelmed the Nottingham factory so they made theses in Holland , Ireland , and even Japan. Joe
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Hey hey! It's Grand Prix show off time
My 1970 restoration/SS conversion.

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Old 01-12-20, 12:29 PM
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My brother had a Grand Prix. Bar end shifters were not OEM, although they are period-correct. For that matter, tubbies are period-correct. Nice looking bike.
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Originally Posted by big chainring View Post
This classic Raleigh Grand Prix is my favorite bike.
That's a nice bike. By modern standards, however, that crank arm looks like a noodle.
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I've had alum, carbon and even a steel tandem and hybrid but never an actual steel roadie. Though my wife has a full carbon roadie, she also has a 1984 Bianchi (I was told buying from a friend/ 1986 by a Bianchi fan).

She rode it for 4 years before going carbon. Once she got the full carbon (Trek OCLV, $3000), she said the steel Bianchi was a better ride.

I have sat on it and rode a bit to test and make adjustments and I know what she means. If I end up getting another roadie (have 7 bikes now) I may look into a steel bike. Maybe look for a Torelli or similar, WITH LUGS!

We've had it racked while visiting bike shops after a ride and have had offers to buy it from us, sorry, not for sale. Dude who sold it to me asked $40 saying it was old and beat up, wanted money for a dept store MTB. I gave him the $80 I had in my pocket then dropped a couple hundred to upgrade a few things. Sweet bike, she won't sell it!

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Here's my '78, I think, Grand Prix SS conversion, 65cm. Fun bike for around town and riding with the kids. I had the dreaded 26tpi bottom bracket, so I went with the Velo Orange threadless unit and it worked like a charm.
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Some nice looking bikes!
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What I like about old Raleighs is that they made so many of them in 25" (63cm). I cannot recall seeing a Trek 620 or Miyata 910 in 63cm, but with old Raleighs it seems that's all there are.

I have a c.1980 Gran Prix that I built up with upright bars and a Nexus Inter7 hub for my son to use as a commuter. Fits 700x35c tires and fenders no problem. I need to upgrade to dual pivot or some other modern brake technology, though - the centre-pull Weinmanns work as well as expected, but that's not saying much.
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Very nice job on the Grand Prix big chainring !
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A frame that is a perfect fit is hard to beat, especially with upgraded bar end shifters and a nice wheel set. My favorite bike is an old Fuji Royale with bar end shifters. It has a 25" frame with a top tube is about a mile long, which works for me. Haven't found anything more comfortable to ride.


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My 1984 I bought brand new and still own


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Very nice vintage bikes
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Originally Posted by chainwhip View Post
I'm curious how it plays with FD.
If the front derailleur is a Simplex to match the rear it moved straight out to the side. I'm surprised to see a plastic Simplex derailleur still in useable condition.
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Excellent! Love it. Nice looking bike as are the others in this thread.

My main road bike is a 2004 Supercourse I bought on closeout. Although it's a different beast entirely from the older line-up, I still love it. I've changed the stem to a shorter one with a 17 degree rise in order to make it more comfy for my lower back (read: old guy friendly). I also swapped the saddle. Other than that it's all stock.


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