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Old 02-15-2013, 05:18 PM   #2221
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Picked this up from a friend who was moving. He bought it new when he lived in England. Still had the original tires and tubes. One sweet ride. He gave it to me. He said that way he didn't have to move it and he knew I would ride it. Raleigh Super Grand Prix
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Old 02-15-2013, 06:12 PM   #2222
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pretty, but dang! judging by the looks of it, you and your friend are both, what, about 6'5"?

original rubber?! must be because of that fancy double kickstand,...
throw that rotten old rubber stuff away before you try riding it and it puts you on the ground. (hopefully it's got 700C rims, and not 27",...)


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Picked this up from a friend who was moving. He bought it new when he lived in England. Still had the original tires and tubes. One sweet ride. He gave it to me. He said that way he didn't have to move it and he knew I would ride it. Raleigh Super Grand Prix
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:14 PM   #2223
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This might be one of the best looking bikes I've ever seen online. Great simplicity, and elegance of design!
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almost done. Took it for the first time around the block. This bike is so light I'm afraid to ride it...



Tomorrow is supposed to be a nice day so I'll take it for a longer ride.
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:23 AM   #2224
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Picked this up from a friend who was moving. He bought it new when he lived in England. Still had the original tires and tubes. One sweet ride. He gave it to me. He said that way he didn't have to move it and he knew I would ride it. Raleigh Super Grand Prix
I'm not sure I would regularly ride it, even if I did fit. That bike is a time capsule, super-cool, and should be preserved.
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:28 AM   #2225
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Heres my throw it off anything in the midwest bike....LOL

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Old 02-16-2013, 10:00 AM   #2226
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and, heres its road weenie cousin.... started life as an MTB, then got a crapload of 700c and road components thrown on because it royally sucked as a MTB.... not half bad as a roadie though... bit on the heavy side due to the chro-mo frame, but i am looking at getting a carbon fork for it....that fork is MASSIVE.....LOL and the one liece crank is geting converted to a standard 3 piece... i cant stand having to use 1/2" thread pedals...theres NO decent pedals out for that size....

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Old 02-16-2013, 11:28 AM   #2227
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Heres my throw it off anything in the midwest bike....LOL


Looks like at least a 6" travel fork, is that frame rated for that much fork?
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Old 02-16-2013, 01:10 PM   #2228
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Looks like at least a 6" travel fork, is that frame rated for that much fork?
it is a 5", and as far as i know....LOL the LBS said it would be fine... and i trust them....
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Old 02-16-2013, 01:38 PM   #2229
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I'm not sure I would regularly ride it, even if I did fit. That bike is a time capsule, super-cool, and should be preserved.
If it fit, I'd ride it. I'm not into being a warehouse for someone who will get it after I'm gone.
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:28 PM   #2230
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I just bought this hardly used ca 1989 Panasonic MC4500 made using the PICS system. It was brought over from someone from the US and looks like it just sat in storage. Poor quality paint job but their largest frame that used Tange DB MTB tubing. I was sad to score the brake rims on its first outing!



PS the saddle has been raised since this photo!
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:44 PM   #2231
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ditto.
i'll take care of my stuff, but any bike worth its salt was built to be ridden.

and with all due respect to this one, as well-preserved as it might be, that Raleigh was never *that* nice a bike that it's worth hermetically sealing.
ride it!

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Old 02-16-2013, 10:37 PM   #2232
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This might be one of the best looking bikes I've ever seen online. Great simplicity, and elegance of design!
The frame is super cool but that chain tensioner kills it for me
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Old 02-17-2013, 12:27 AM   #2233
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The frame is super cool but that chain tensioner kills it for me
That's funny...I like it even more because of that little thing. I bet it makes wheel swaps easier, not having to hold so much tension as you do with fixies.
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:30 AM   #2234
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That's funny...I like it even more because of that little thing. I bet it makes wheel swaps easier, not having to hold so much tension as you do with fixies.
correct, and with the tensioner mounted I'm running a 18t cog now and can easily swap it to a 16t.
What is left for the build is the rear brake. I had to order a longer rear brake line because all the cables run internally and the one I had was too short.
This is the first carbon bike I ever rode and I'm amazed how much different the ride is compared to my the Niner aluminium bike I've been using for the last 3 years.
I may put on a suspension fork and a 10 speed casette and take it off road this summer.
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Old 02-17-2013, 06:04 AM   #2235
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correct, and with the tensioner mounted I'm running a 18t cog now and can easily swap it to a 16t.
What is left for the build is the rear brake. I had to order a longer rear brake line because all the cables run internally and the one I had was too short.
This is the first carbon bike I ever rode and I'm amazed how much different the ride is compared to my the Niner aluminium bike I've been using for the last 3 years.
I may put on a suspension fork and a 10 speed casette and take it off road this summer.
I don't get why singulators get a bad wrap. It's purely a functional adapter.
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