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Raleigh Supercourse paint color

Old 05-25-20, 06:33 PM
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Raleigh Supercourse paint color

I have a 1974 Supercourse Mk II and would like to repaint it. I found a catalog pic of a 1975 (looks exactly same as mine) with the notation of colors as "Flam Red and White." I can't tell if this is a typo and the actual color is FlamE Red (now - white is white, so I'm good there). Does anyone know what the original red color really is, and does it have a paint code, and is it available in a spray can?
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Old 05-25-20, 09:57 PM
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Hopefully someone will chime in. If not, you might take it to a professional body shop / paint supply store and see if they can run a color match on it.

I had a red Supercourse MKII that I bought used in, I think, 1977 or 78 for $125 after the one and only new bike I've ever owned was stolen off my back porch (cable cut). I immediately was much happier with the Supercourse than that other bike, even though the other bike (a mid-70s Windsor) had "better" components. Just felt right the first ride.

So it was similar vintage to yours. The details I remember are:

black plastic Simplex rear derailleur
half chrome fork and seat and chain stays
stamped rear dropouts
a STEEL cotterless crank (can't remember if it was branded Raleigh or something else)
leather Ideale saddle
it had a Reynolds 531 sticker on it, but I think it indicated only the main tubes? Not a top quality tube set, but nice enough functionally!
It might have had Weinemann brakes, but I'm not sure of that.

Those are the only details I can remember. I loved that bike and foolishly "upgraded" to a SIS bike / indexed shifting bike (also used) in the 90s sometime and sold the Supercourse in excellent condition at the same bike swap for about $75. The newer bike wasn't ever nearly as comfortable as the Raleigh or as fun to ride, even though the shifting was probably better. I never got that comfortable feel of the Supercourse until I put a lot of thought into the bikes I've bought in later years, instead of just the random "standover test" that is so commonly used to "fit" a bike.

Sorry for the ramble. I hope you figure out that nice red color.

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