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Old Raleigh Grand Prix for Touring?

Old 05-06-16, 10:57 AM
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Quite nice. It has a certain look, but for the life of me I cannot think of the proper way to describe it. Maybe part hipster and part retro chic, but not too much of either.
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Old 05-06-16, 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Maybe you should have read his comment about what he's looking for in this build. It's not always about money to some people.

So...Where is your 920?
Stop Trolling Please!!
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Old 05-06-16, 02:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Teamdarb
I like the new look.
Thank you, Teamdarb. (:

Originally Posted by jefnvk
Beautiful! I love reusing old stuff, over just going out and buying new. I'd have done my upcoming trip on my old Schwinn Le Tour, if I could have shed enough weight off the thing to feel comfortable staying under the 50# airline weight limit when boxed and packed.

Forgive me if I missed this earlier in the thread, who makes those fenders?
Velo Orange, my man. They are hammered aluminum 700c 45mm width fenders.

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I see what you did there

Nice bike! I have a soft spot for C&V bikes; they just seem stylishly classy. Did you keep the original pedals? I get why you probably wanted wider platforms but old school with metal toe clips and leather straps... Just sayin
Blue blue blue. Mmhhmm... Pretty... and yes, I want cleated platforms for touring. I feel ya though. (;

Originally Posted by jefnvk
What size steel do you use, and do you feel it holds rigid enough? I'm trying to attach some racks (Axiom Journey) to bikes without the seat stay screws right now, I'm wondering if that is a better option than the P Clips I found at Home Depot.
I'm not sure I understand the first part about the size of steel. The Axiom is aluminum. Good commuter rack, not touring. Without seatstay screws you want to be careful. scroll back in this thread to see suggestions that were given to me. I actually wouldn't mount racks to this bike now that I've learned some more and understand better my options. This bike would be fine for touring with a B.O.B. trailer.

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Chili Cheesy, Very nice job, congrats!

Brad
Thank you, Brad. I appreciate your approval.
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Old 05-06-16, 02:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Squeezebox
Stop Trolling Please!!
Oops. I shouldn't have quoted that tard and drawn him back. I was just quickly getting everyone quoted and forgot about that chick. Haha
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Nearly two months later and you pop up with this? smh
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Originally Posted by Chili Cheesy
I'm not sure I understand the first part about the size of steel. The Axiom is aluminum. Good commuter rack, not touring. Without seatstay screws you want to be careful. scroll back in this thread to see suggestions that were given to me. I actually wouldn't mount racks to this bike now that I've learned some more and understand better my options. This bike would be fine for touring with a B.O.B. trailer.
That was actually directed at whomever it was that mentioned modifying racks to use a single arm attachment to the brake screw instead of two arms to the seat stays. But, to paraphrase you from earlier in the thread, the rack is already bought and on the bike, it isn't going back now! TO be quite honest, short of me piling 60# of crap on it and riding cobblestones for months straight, I can't really see it breaking.
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Looks like you've got yourself a nice touring bike there. I know a guy who circa 1975 bought a used tensile steel bicycle in Victoria BC, Canada and with a Pletscher rack rode it to St. John's in Newfoundland. Your bike is a lot better than the one he rode. Enjoy and many happy trails to you.

May the wind be alweays at your back and your flats (tire) few.

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Nearly two months later and you pop up with this? smh
No!! It's about what you came up with 2 months later.
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Originally Posted by Miele Man
Looks like you've got yourself a nice touring bike there. I know a guy who circa 1975 bought a used tensile steel bicycle in Victoria BC, Canada and with a Pletscher rack rode it to St. John's in Newfoundland. Your bike is a lot better than the one he rode. Enjoy and many happy trails to you.

May the wind be alweays at your back and your flats (tire) few.

Cheers
Great news to hear, good sir. Thank you very much!
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Originally Posted by Chili Cheesy
Great news to hear, good sir. Thank you very much!
What's interesting is that a lot of the old high-tensile steel bikes with more modern components become a real joy to ride and get used a lot by their owners because of the comfortable ride they give.

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Nice! Touring plans?
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Originally Posted by BigAura
Nice! Touring plans?
Yup. (:
A Mediterranean tour I am thinking.
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Looks great! Nice job.
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Originally Posted by Chili Cheesy
Hey all,

I have obtained a 1974 Raleigh Grand Prix. I've stripped it down to only the frame, fork, headset, stem and handlebars. I am in the process of building it into a touring bike, kind of for the cool factor in addition to the money it saves me. The frame is steal of course, but it was intended back then to be a racing type frame, not touring. I know they built things tough back then too and wonder if this is plenty sturdy enough for front and rear loads on big tours.

Just some extra details to prevent unnecessary questions:
I've cold set the rear triangle to fit a 130mm hub and aligned the dropouts. the frame and fork are nice and straight. It's gonna' be a 9-speed drivetrain setup. I've already got the compatibility issues with mounting racks solved.

Parts:
Rear Derailleur - Shimano Deore long cage 9-speed
Front Derailleur - Shimano Sora for wide tooth range (same that now comes on Surly LHT, but it's the 9-speed version)
Crankset and BB - Shimano Alivio 22,32,44t and Shimano UN-55 square taper
Cassette - Shimano SLX 34-11t 9-speed
Wheels - Alex Ace19 Rims and Schwalbe Marathon 35c tires (on the narrow side to fit in the rear triangle on this lil' racer)
Brake Levers and Shifters - Cane Creek SCR-5 (Tektro R200) and microSHIFT 9-speed bar-end shifters
Saddle - Brooks of course

I'd appreciate any wisdom on this matter, especially if it comes from real experience with a similar situation. I just want to feel secure about this... or to know the inconvenient truth that will save me from being stranded on a back road with a busted bike.

The picture is something I found on Google. It's exactly the bike I intend to mutate.

,Ryan
In 1957 I bought a steel cotter pin fixed triple crank.





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