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Can't tell if I paid too much for my Raleigh Grand Prix; Raleigh USA

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Can't tell if I paid too much for my Raleigh Grand Prix; Raleigh USA

I recently bought a Raleigh for $200 from a guy who flips bikes. He put new taping, tires and did some greasing to make sure the bike is okay. I believe the wheels are not original. The bike is in excellent condition. It comes with the old Shimano 105 group.

Here's my concern: I've been reading that unless this bike has 555 or 531 tubing, I paid too much for it.

There's a sticker on the seat tube that says ti Reynolds 531. It's really light and I love it. But I'm afraid that someone may have put the sticker on there? (It's not as smoothly placed as the others although I may just be panicking kuz I may have lost 140 dollars) Did I pay too much for it? Or is that about the right price?

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You already bought it, so just ride it.
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If it came with 105 and you like it, you paid just the right amount..Pictures would be helpful
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Can't tell if I paid too much for my Raleigh Grand Prix; Raleigh USA

I recently bought a Raleigh for $200 from a guy who flips bikes. He put new taping, tires and did some greasing to make sure the bike is okay. I believe the wheels are not original. The bike is in excellent condition. It comes with the old Shimano 105 group.

Here's my concern: I've been reading that unless this bike has 555 or 531 tubing, I paid too much for it.

There's a sticker on the seat tube that says ti Reynolds 531. It's really light and I love it. But I'm afraid that someone may have put the sticker on there? (It's not as smoothly placed as the others although I may just be panicking kuz I may have lost 140 dollars) Did I pay too much for it? Or is that about the right price?
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Originally Posted by socalrider
If it came with 105 and you like it, you paid just the right amount..Pictures would be helpful
I just reposted with a photo but here ya go...
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You already bought it, so just ride it.
Well I can hassle the person to sell me their other bike instead. I've only had it for a week.
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stop posting the same threads 6 times, it's a fine bike.
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Originally Posted by stien
stop posting the same threads 6 times, it's a fine bike.

I didn't know I did that. I was just trying to put a photo up. I'll delete the others.
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Next time use the EDIT button...
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Originally Posted by stien
stop posting the same threads 6 times, it's a fine bike.
Stop picking on new members when you've only been around for a few months yourself.

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I didn't know I did that. I was just trying to put a photo up. I'll delete the others.
Don't sweat it. The bike looks nice for the money - the biggest key is this: do you like it?
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Next time use the EDIT button...
Newbie... Sorry.
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Next time use the EDIT button...
See above.
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Originally Posted by midgetmaestro
Stop picking on new members when you've only been around for a few months yourself.



Don't sweat it. The bike looks nice for the money - the biggest key is this: do you like it?
I love it. I honestly feel like I made the right choice. I had really bad experiences with wal mart bikes so this is kind of my excalibur, haha. This bike has given me hopes of wanting to own more bikes that are vintage and are projects ya know? Thanks for backing me up. =)
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Originally Posted by raleighdavp
I love it. I honestly feel like I made the right choice. I had really bad experiences with wal mart bikes so this is kind of my excalibur, haha. This bike has given me hopes of wanting to own more bikes that are vintage and are projects ya know? Thanks for backing me up. =)
Good.

Vintage bikes are awesome - I will warn you that many c-listers try to pass off absolute crap as vintage, so just make certain of what you're buying. The C&V forum can help a lot with that.

On that note, welcome to BikeForums!
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it's a 20 year old bike, what did you expect?
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For 200.00 that is a decent bike. Good solid steel frame, 7 speed 105.. You may want to adjust the saddle tilt, looks a little down, try getting it level..
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Originally Posted by midgetmaestro
Good.

Vintage bikes are awesome - I will warn you that many c-listers try to pass off absolute crap as vintage, so just make certain of what you're buying. The C&V forum can help a lot with that.

On that note, welcome to BikeForums!
Thank you!
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Originally Posted by pdedes
it's a 20 year old bike, what did you expect?
I'm not sure what you mean by this but based on all the advice I read online, if I were to get quality based on my budget, I would need to get a used bike even if it is 20 years old.

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Thank you!

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For 200.00 that is a decent bike. Good solid steel frame, 7 speed 105.. You may want to adjust the saddle tilt, looks a little down, try getting it level..
It's actually a 12 speed so the rear has 6 speeds. Yeah I'll look into the saddle.
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I think you got a pretty good deal! I'd ride it!
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Originally Posted by pdedes
it's a 20 year old bike, what did you expect?
Why, the superior riding/handling qualities associated with a fine, hand-built 20 year-old Reynolds 531 frame of course!

Enjoy your ride!
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I bought a late 80's Merckx last year and the ride quality is just plain smooth...
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Thanks for the advice guys. This definitely makes me more confident about my purchase!
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The TI stands for Tube Investments. They owned Raleigh from 1960 to 1987 during which time they crushed the company under corporate red tape. They still owned Reynolds for another 10 years after selling Raleigh.

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You did fine. Now go ride the bike.

There is nothing with a well made older steel frame.
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