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Old 05-23-19, 06:26 AM
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You'll love it - photo is a bit cluttered but this my '72. I'm still using the Simplex delrin derailleurs, I may be tempting fate but they work fine and no cracks yet. This one has a square taper vs. a cottered crank, had that when I got it. It also had safety lever brakes that I swapped out for the correct Weinmanns, so there were some alterations at some point in its past.

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Old 05-29-19, 09:58 AM
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Pulled the trigger on this green mostly original SC. I have a leather Brooks Saddle, found for it. Two things I am going to need help with, one is where do I find fenders for one of these. And two, not a must have but would like to have a fluted seatpost. It measures 26.2 mm..
Oh and it does ride nice, my first dropbar bike. The peddles and wheel bearings were needing to have a little fresh grease in them so got that dóne. Been raining for the three days since I got it home, hence the fender question.
Any help would be greatly appreciate. Pics to follow
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Handsome Cycles has nice aluminum fenders that fit well on my Super Course. They come in Silver, Copper, Gold, and Black and have a hammered look.
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Velo Orange also have a nice selection of Fenders and once a year they have a Fender sale. Or you can go the SKS route. I really like alloy fenders but you need to be prepared in advance that they will take a while to get installed and set up. Riv had a good video on
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Old 05-29-19, 12:22 PM
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The Handsome cycle and the Velo Orange both have really nice lookin fenders....
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Old 05-29-19, 12:23 PM
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Originally Posted by PilotFishBob View Post
You'll love it - photo is a bit cluttered but this my '72. I'm still using the Simplex delrin derailleurs, I may be tempting fate but they work fine and no cracks yet. This one has a square taper vs. a cottered crank, had that when I got it. It also had safety lever brakes that I swapped out for the correct Weinmanns, so there were some alterations at some point in its past.

I remember that three pin cotterless crank being a factory issue after the Japanese bicycles started hitting the market seriously.

The Super Course was a very highly thought of bike in its day. Back in Erie, PA the only competition it had (at $150.00) was the Schwinn Super Sport (wonderful frame, nice wheels, but God that crank) and the Gitane Interclub (basic Gitane steel frame and cottered crank, but tubular wheels were standard on Normandy hubs). The decently hot setup at the time was to buy a Super Course then have someone build you up a set of tubular wheels and you were ready for racing.

That bike was the only way you got Reynolds 531 for $150.00 back then.
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Old 05-29-19, 11:23 PM
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Great bikes. I love mine, a '73 built from a bare frame found in a pile of scrap bikes. It was my first ever build, with help from lurking on BF. Turned out great. Earlier this year, I picked up a '78, missing wheels and drivetrain for $20. As I begin to hang parts on it it feels lighter than my "73, but doesn't have the cool Capella lugs. Neither of mine came with cranks, so I have a Sugino AT triple on the green '73, and a Sakae SR double on the gold '78. Enjoy yours, here's mine.

My '73, one of my favorite rides.

My '78, in process, almost there.

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Finally stopped raining out here in Nebraska. A little sunshine this morning and just a slight breeze. I enjoyed the ride, it is a different ride than my Trek DS 8.4. Definitely needs a decent saddle. Here it is........
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^^ Another beauty!
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Congratulations, @308jerry. I wish you many happy miles.

I'm pretty sure the seatpost is 26.4mm. Check again.

Any fenders made for 700c wheels should work. I happen to like SKS Chromoplastic fenders which have the advantages of both metal and plastic, and they're not delicate.
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
Congratulations, @308jerry. I wish you many happy miles.

I'm pretty sure the seatpost is 26.4mm. Check again.

Any fenders made for 700c wheels should work. I happen to like SKS Chromoplastic fenders which have the advantages of both metal and plastic, and they're not delicate.
Thanks, I will take a look at SKS fenders also. Measured the seatpost itself, it reads 1.030 inches. I haven't taken it all the way out, but only adjusted it for a ride. But it was very tight in the upright. So I'm not sure what size to get right now until I can get a chance to take a hard look at it with the seatpost removed....
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1.03 inches is 26.162 mm, so that's weird.
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I’ve had early 70s SuperCourses with 26.2mm seat posts.
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
I’ve had early 70s SuperCourses with 26.2mm seat posts.
Good to know. Thank you!
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Not the Brooks I thought I had a line on, but a Wright W3N. Put a few miles on it. It's comfortable enough. And the price was right.....
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Originally Posted by fraba View Post
They look like Nervex lugs to me, not Capella. Capella have round protrusions with a hole in it (look at the diag tube on the brown one). The green one has no round protrusions and I believe these are Nervex lugs.

As per this guy (https://www.sheldonbrown.com/retrora...percourse.html) 73 and 74 had Capella lugs and before they had Nervex. Are you sure of the year?
Agree, I think the green one has Nervex lugs and the brown one has Capella. I don't think there's any difference in quality, just a different ornamentation.
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Regarding the seatpost, my early 70's Carlton S.C. needed a 26.0 mm.
Only one I could find was the not very pretty Kalloy
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Front derailleur was shoving the chain off of the small chainring. A little adjustment and now it actually works pretty smoothly up and down.....
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Regarding the seatpost, my early 70's Carlton S.C. needed a 26.0 mm.
Only one I could find was the not very pretty Kalloy
Be careful not to lose the adjuster from the old centerpull cable stop.
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Cable Adjusters

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Be careful not to lose the adjuster from the old centerpull cable stop.
FYI, bwilli88....those can be bought from several online vendors.

Uncertain re: Raleigh thread pitch issue, though, but many 70'sRaleigh used Weinmann.

Weinmann center pull brake parts at this link:
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