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Tell me about Raleigh bikes.

Old 06-19-11, 08:57 AM
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Tell me about Raleigh bikes.

A friend of mine in the bike club had this bike and was having all kinds of problems out of it. She was fed up with it to put it lightly. I could tell it had never had a tune up and needed a new front derailleur. I traded her one of my older repaint road bikes in perfect shape so she could ride with out problems. I took the bike, cleaned it up and put on a new SRAM chain and Tigra front derailleur. Works perfectly now. Also used a set of wheels I had and flipped and re taped the bars. This is a steel bike, Columbus Are these quality bikes? Never have seen on other than this one. I looked on there website but I can not for the life of me get the catalogs to load on my computer. I always did like the looks of this bike in pearl white and royal blue.

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Really can't speak much on the Columbus. Since it's steel, I'd be curious as to what kind of steel it is. It looks like a really sweet ride.

If you hate it, send it my way. I'd love a modern steel ride.
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LOL, well I am not sure I am going to use it. I will probably sell it if I can figure out what it's worth on the used market. It's not bad for a steel bike. It's 23 pounds.
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Not sure what year it is but it looks like a really nice bike. If it fits I say ride the hell out of it.
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Not a clue what it's worth, though it looks to be in great condition.

Maybe with the steel culture on ebay you could fetch a higher price? Ebay seems to hyperinflate some bike costs.



Let me know when you put it on ebay... : )
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I am not familiar with that particular model of Raleigh but I am a big fan of their bikes.

The first road bike I ever owned was a Raleigh and I loved it. I was 14 and found it in an abandoned in a construction site. Houses were being removed to build a freeway and Raleigh was laying in a pile of rubble. Both wheels were destroyed, it didn't have a chain and the bar tape was gone. I took it to the local Raleigh dealer and they built new wheels for it and put the bike back in riding condition. I out grew it and replaced it with a Panasonic that I hated but I still have it.

Some day I would like to have another Raleigh. I think they build quality bikes.
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Originally Posted by iheartbenben View Post
Really can't speak much on the Columbus. Since it's steel, I'd be curious as to what kind of steel it is. It looks like a really sweet ride.

If you hate it, send it my way. I'd love a modern steel ride.
Columbus is the type of steel. its good stuff! not really shure what the bike is worth but Raleigh makes good bike (or use to anyways). i have a Raleigh tandem w/105 and its very well made.

here is a link to some info on Culumbus steel tubing
http://italiancyclingjournal.blogspo...for-frame.html

Do you know what year the Raleigh is?

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ok i think its a 2002 check out this link. it should have all the info you need to know.
http://bikepedia.com/QuickBike/BikeS...onal&Type=bike


to bad it still doesnt have the campy parts on it. it would be worth more if it did imo.

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Raleigh is one of the vintage names of the bike world but the brand name has gone through numerous owners over the past decades and has no relation to Nottingham England anymore. In the late 1990s they were owned by the US distributor Derby

They have been marketing steel frames for awhile now, at times with Campy components. They use the old names that vintage fans recognize like International and Super Course.

Columbus steel comes in a variety of qualities. If the bike is 23# that's kind of heavy for a high quality Columbus frame.

Check eBay for closed auctions. Look at Raleighs and also Univegas which were also a Derby line.
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Well some one took all the campy off it.
It has real low grade Shimano parts now. I think you could get it down to 20 or better pretty easy.
I see it was MSRP $1500 in 02. OK, well let me play with it awhile and see what I think about it.
I won't know till I ride it around. It's a 53cm frame by the way.
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I like Raleigh road bikes. I think they offer a good value.
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