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Help identifying model and a couple other things

Old 04-14-12, 08:24 PM
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Help identifying model and a couple other things

Hey all I just picked up the first road bike I've owned since I was a kid. The mountain bike fad made it impossible to buy a bike in a deparment store and higher end road bikes in shops were always out of my budget. I rode a LOT when I was a kid and always was in decent shape because of it. Having turned 40 and put on more weight than I would like, I've been looking for a decent road bike for a reasonable price (that was also tall enough for me) so I can get back into riding. I finally found one today. I bought a Raleigh for 40 bucks. It needs a little TLC but it's there, the deraileurs and brakes work, etc. The problem I'm having is I can't identify the model. The serial number is on the left side of the seat tube and is JA7 2864. From the serials I've found online, it seems to be an oddball. It has a sticker at the very bottom of the seat tube that says Raleigh Ind of America, Enid, OK. The badge is also not the Raleigh heron badge that I've seen. It's a stylized R with a black background. There are no model name stickers on any of the tubes. The reason I'd like to know the model is it appears the fork may be bent back. There isn't much clearance between the front wheel and the downtube. If I have to order a new fork, I need to know what to order. I paid $40 for the thing so if I have to put a couple hundred bucks in it to get it where I want it I'm not gonna be upset. It's better than I've been able to find and I know it's a decent quality bike so I don't mind investing a little. Thanks in advance for the help

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Old 04-14-12, 08:32 PM
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it looks like the fork/steertube is bent
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Hi,

The fork is badly bent and the frame is probably bent too. Notice the rust behind the head tube lugs, that's where it bent in the same accident that bent the fork. If the frame and fork were straight, the bike might have been worth $40 because it is some kind of department store bike and Raleigh probably wishes it never put it's logo on it. Either that or Raleigh of America was a scam company that was not affiliated with the original Raleigh company.

Even if the fork was the only problem with the bike, you couldn't get a "factory" replacement though you could probably get something that would work, but the model and serial number wouldn't help with finding one. Believe me, I am not saying this as a bike snob. Chalk it up as a $40 lesson.

Next time post photos of a potential purchase on the forum before you buy it. Good hunting and good luck.
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Cleave, I appreciate that you say you're not saying things as a "bike snob" but your comment about being a deparment store bike suggests otherwise. Bottom line is I don't care if it's a department store bike and never did. Even if my budget allowed me to buy a high end road bike I wouldn't because I can't justify it. I know the fork is bent. I don't believe the frame is bent but I know I could be wrong about that. I have the ability to straighten the fork or replace it if necessary. It is NOT a $40 lesson because I can make it rideable with minimal work even if it's not perfect. I understand that you are only trying to be honest but I can't help but feel I was ridiculed from the start given the first smart aleck reply I got to my post. I'm sorry I came here. I hope other new people to the forum get better treatment. I'll figure it out on my own.
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The fork and steerer look to be bent, Its in rough shape, I would pass and look for something else. You can find much better bikes for a little bit more money.
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Hi,

Let's try this another way. Quote, "I paid $40 for the thing so if I have to put a couple hundred bucks in it to get it where I want it I'm not gonna be upset." You could have bought a brand new bike of similar quality for $249 shipped:

https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/..._al_xi_sc1.htm

My department store reference meant that trying to find a replacement fork (and probably parts) will be very difficult, if not impossible. The frame and fork are the two most valuable parts on that bike and probably both are bent since it is almost impossible to bend the fork that much without bending the frame. I am not and would not suggest that you buy a high end road bike given your stated needs. However, you could have done much better for "a couple of hundred bucks" used or new.
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Unfortunately this will be an expensive fix. That fork and steer tube are way off. New fork, chain, cassette, shifters are going to run you 500+ tune. this is not a worthy fixer unless you have some sort of sentimental attachment. see the post above for some decent sub 300 options for a road bike. also look at decent hybrids. For some reason they seem to be more abundant at bike shops in that price range.
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Originally Posted by beeballman
The fork and steerer look to be bent, Its in rough shape, I would pass and look for something else. You can find much better bikes for a little bit more money.
Agreed. Raleigh of America is Raleigh, but that bike itself is a Japanese made Panasonic bottom end frame. It has definitely been crashed, too, and the fork is bent, as others have said. The bike isn't worth much, and DropdeadFred.....funny, but this is a newbie who doesn't understand RC humor yet. Give him a wee bit of time to get his feet under himself before you start teasing him too hard.
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