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08-08-21, 08:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 389
Posted By daka

I'd do the restoration as a Carlton. I'm not...

I'd do the restoration as a Carlton. I'm not aware of any year of Raleigh Grand Prix ever having chromed lugs like your bike.
As far as the cross-badging is concerned, you are not alone. I have a...
07-27-21, 12:55 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,873
Posted By daka

One more vote for the International. ...

One more vote for the International.

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1080x810/campy_sport_a6a8169a6e8e24033a75c921bb554a8e1824782e.jpg

This picture is slightly dated - the...
07-01-21, 11:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 744
Posted By daka

Lucky find! I think blue was a one-year-only...

Lucky find! I think blue was a one-year-only color for 1970. This finish is in nice shape for more than 50 years old. Whatever you do, do NOT look on eBay to see what those Huret Luxe rear...
06-23-21, 10:44 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,336
Posted By daka

I have two bikes with B-17s and two with the...

I have two bikes with B-17s and two with the Brooks Pro. I find the B-17 is more comfortable when first getting on the bike, but the Pro is better on a longer ride. The larger area of the B17...
06-14-21, 04:15 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,533
Posted By daka

Maybe I just swallowed a hook, but I believed the...

Maybe I just swallowed a hook, but I believed the guy that told me that high flange hubs originated back in the day of fixed gears as it allowed a spoke to be changed on the road without having to...
06-08-21, 08:16 PM
Replies: 2,059
Views: 398,372
Posted By daka

White Fenders

This is not the first time this bike has appeared here but I have had the good fortune to now possess a pair of vintage, white, Bluemels "Lightweight" mudguards. These came with the Raleigh Pro Mk I...
05-08-21, 07:43 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,418
Posted By daka

Based on the dropouts and the...

Based on the dropouts and the crankset/chainrings, I'd say the white one looks a lot like the PA10 that I bought in 1970, except for the wheels. PA10s came with sew-up rims laced to Normandy hubs....
05-08-21, 09:52 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 908
Posted By daka

That's the plan for now - I took it out for a...

That's the plan for now - I took it out for a couple hours yesterday and really did enjoy myself. Despite its flaws, the bike has a touch of magic in the way it rides.
05-07-21, 10:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 908
Posted By daka

Here are a couple more examples: The nubbin...

Here are a couple more examples:

The nubbin to prevent the shift levers slipping down is brazed well off-center
...
05-06-21, 04:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 908
Posted By daka

1969 Raleigh Pro Mk 1

I've gotten the Raleigh Pro Mk 1 that my brother found at a neighborhood estate sale back into an operational state and thought I would share a few pictures...
04-25-21, 11:18 PM
Replies: 2,542
Views: 886,827
Posted By daka

You can tell the Titanium Duopars from the steel...

You can tell the Titanium Duopars from the steel Ecos by the cable housing stop on the derailleur. The Ti version has a threaded adjustor, the Eco does not. From time to time you will see the plastic...
04-24-21, 11:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 334
Posted By daka

I don't think those are Jubilee shifters. Jubilee...

I don't think those are Jubilee shifters. Jubilee shifters (at least the ones I have) have an aluminum arm that is flat and have a black plastic tip. They are incredibly light. However, they use the...
04-06-21, 10:47 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 16,183
Posted By daka

That's beautiful!

That's beautiful!
04-06-21, 06:35 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 16,183
Posted By daka

Doesn't look like I'll have too much trouble...

Doesn't look like I'll have too much trouble moving this along, if it comes to that. The progress report so far - I've cleaned, polished, and have done a little touch-up on the frame and fork....
04-02-21, 10:53 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 16,183
Posted By daka

You'd think with a name like "Professional" that...

You'd think with a name like "Professional" that we would be talking about a bike designed for racing, but the 18 inch chainstays and 41 inch wheelbase would indicate otherwise. Peter Kohler suggests...
04-02-21, 10:01 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 16,183
Posted By daka

Everything I know about this bike I learned from...

Everything I know about this bike I learned from Peter Kohler's "On the Drops" blog. I should add here that I didn't seek this bike out, it found me. My non-cycling brother was perusing an estate...
03-19-21, 04:16 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,274
Posted By daka

Concur on the replacement fork. Lack of chrome on...

Concur on the replacement fork. Lack of chrome on the rear triangle and the lack of a brazed-on rear cable stop kinda rules out it being a Raleigh Super Course. Does anyone recognize those rear...
01-30-21, 02:07 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 6,011
Posted By daka

I didn't mean to suggest that the "upgrades"...

I didn't mean to suggest that the "upgrades" occurred later in the life of the bike. I saw all of those items on new Super Course MkIIs when I worked at a Raleigh dealer in the '70s, but never all on...
01-25-21, 01:47 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 9,664
Posted By daka

I've eaten there, it's called "A Taste of Rome"...

I've eaten there, it's called "A Taste of Rome" now. My preferred lunch stop in Sausalito is a restaurant called "Fish" that is further down the road (past Bicycle Odyssey) at the Clipper Yacht...
01-15-21, 11:41 PM
Replies: 2,059
Views: 398,372
Posted By daka

Seatpost should be 26.4. "W4" indicates Worksop...

Seatpost should be 26.4. "W4" indicates Worksop 1974.

Pretty bike!
12-28-20, 10:37 AM
Replies: 2,059
Views: 398,372
Posted By daka

Correct. Clockwise to loosen. But, being...

Correct. Clockwise to loosen.

But, being conflict-averse, I don't remove those unless they are worn/damaged badly enough that they have to be replaced. For a clean & regrease, I'd suggest doing...
12-26-20, 11:39 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,093
Posted By daka

Those narrow bars take some getting used to. The...

Those narrow bars take some getting used to. The bikes track well so not a lot of concentration is required on steering. If you find it impossible to get acclimated, Nitto sells wider bars that have...
12-25-20, 11:11 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,093
Posted By daka

I'd flip that seatpost clamp over. A big bump...

I'd flip that seatpost clamp over. A big bump might result in a painful surprise......
12-25-20, 11:01 AM
Replies: 2,059
Views: 398,372
Posted By daka

If you decide to rebuild the bottom bracket,...

If you decide to rebuild the bottom bracket, measure one of the bearing balls before charging ahead and replacing with fresh 1/4" balls - Both of my Nervar cotterless bottom brackets used 7/32"...
12-23-20, 04:29 PM
Replies: 2,059
Views: 398,372
Posted By daka

The Raleigh threaded bottom brackets are easy to...

The Raleigh threaded bottom brackets are easy to spot because they are wider, as much as 71-72 mm .
12-23-20, 11:55 AM
Replies: 2,059
Views: 398,372
Posted By daka

The clamp for the front derailleur looks like a...

The clamp for the front derailleur looks like a Simplex, rather than Huret, so I'll guess '72.
12-22-20, 11:05 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 8,622
Posted By daka

I can't say that I have thought about this much...

I can't say that I have thought about this much before but the inclination of the seat tube combined with a large frame size moves the rider back over the rear wheel as they go up, likely reducing...
12-21-20, 10:32 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 8,970
Posted By daka

2020 is a year which we are looking to put behind...

2020 is a year which we are looking to put behind us but. speaking personally, it has not been all bad. I have never before ridden so much with my wife, since neither of us has much else to do....
12-19-20, 11:55 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,091
Posted By daka

I, too, am enjoying Brent's foray into the past....

I, too, am enjoying Brent's foray into the past. Great thread for those of us that like this era of cycling history.
12-19-20, 10:20 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,091
Posted By daka

Or perhaps the Carlton policy of using whatever...

Or perhaps the Carlton policy of using whatever was nearby/on-hand that we are familiar with with the Raleigh-branded Carltons was already in place in 1957? After seeing seamed head tubes in both of...
12-16-20, 12:27 PM
Replies: 2,059
Views: 398,372
Posted By daka

I'll second the motion for '72 due to the...

I'll second the motion for '72 due to the combination of "early" decals and "Nottingham" headbadge with Simplex derailleurs. Surprised to see "chicken levers" on the brakes though, I would have...
12-14-20, 04:46 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 10,509
Posted By daka

eBikes need to be ridden responsibly. I've been...

eBikes need to be ridden responsibly. I've been annoyed more than once by an eBike passing within inches at 30mph on a bike trail. Technically, they are mopeds and, unless ridden with some care and...
12-12-20, 08:12 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 10,509
Posted By daka

Some caution is appropriate here - if we use the...

Some caution is appropriate here - if we use the term "torque * cadence" as corollary of "torque * rpm" equaling horsepower in an internal combustion engine we can be mislead. While an internal...
12-12-20, 05:07 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 10,509
Posted By daka

I question whether racers would have gone faster...

I question whether racers would have gone faster with lower gears. The energy required to climb a particular hill remains the same - a given amount of mass to be lifted a given distance, etc.. The...
12-10-20, 07:54 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 10,509
Posted By daka

For a couple years in my early minimalist...

For a couple years in my early minimalist twenties my only bike was a Raleigh SC - single speed with coaster brake. I used to say it had three gears: sit, stand and push.

Is it possible that some...
12-08-20, 12:55 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,867
Posted By daka

I have much less experience than most of the...

I have much less experience than most of the voices here, having had only a total of 9 transactions combined between eBay and Craigslist. My comment would be that eBay is not a place to "shop", it's...
Replies: 11
Views: 1,330
Posted By daka

I think bike pricing depends a lot on your...

I think bike pricing depends a lot on your locale. On eBay people will ask $300-400 for a decent Super Course, but I've never paid over $100 for one. I'll make an exception to that if I can find one...
12-01-20, 07:17 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,185
Posted By daka

Perhaps the mis-represented weight - in their own...

Perhaps the mis-represented weight - in their own catalog - would help explain why they weren't selling as many of these as needed to keep them in production.
12-01-20, 06:54 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,185
Posted By daka

I'll wager that the 810 gram figure has its...

I'll wager that the 810 gram figure has its origins in a mis-print somewhere. I really doubt that the hand-pounded rivets can add more than half a pound to the saddle's weight. My Team Pro is also...
11-29-20, 08:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 706
Posted By daka

The way I see it, the logic behind half-step...

The way I see it, the logic behind half-step gearing is this: the ratios on the freewheel are widely spaced - say, 20% apart - and seldom feel like the right gear. The chainwheels on the other hand...
11-29-20, 01:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 706
Posted By daka

Great scenery, nice looking bike!

Great scenery, nice looking bike!
11-24-20, 04:46 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 25,100
Posted By daka

If you are looking for something that will...

If you are looking for something that will consume and digest discretionary income, it's tough to beat a sailboat. I'm told powerboats are worse. We have, however, had so many wonderful experiences...
11-24-20, 12:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 610
Posted By daka

Very cool! My wife Francesca grew up in...

Very cool!

My wife Francesca grew up in Colle Val d'Elsa, which is at the lower right corner of the map in your post. A beautiful place.
11-22-20, 08:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,198
Posted By daka

Someone with more knowledge of mid-fifties frame...

Someone with more knowledge of mid-fifties frame geometry norms will be able to answer your question better, but I will hazard the guess that "short wheelbase" in 1955 was still in excess of 40...
11-22-20, 10:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,198
Posted By daka

British Cycling in 1955

I stumbled on this film clip while reading a guy's blog on his Jack Taylor.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPkT0paGEnQ

Although it is a time well in the past, even for an Olde Farte (I was...
11-19-20, 01:08 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,734
Posted By daka

I'm going to guess "Varsity" due to the...

I'm going to guess "Varsity" due to the fork.
11-18-20, 11:32 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 14,232
Posted By daka

One place where the old-bike wins over the...

One place where the old-bike wins over the old-car hands-down is environmental impact. Using the 1965 Corvette mentioned above as an example - that car will output more toxic emissions in one day...
11-14-20, 01:02 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,582
Posted By daka

I also have both - My International and Super...

I also have both - My International and Super Course Mk II are both from 1974. The Super Course has rapid-taper chainstays so, in addition to the three main tubes, at least part of the rear triangle...
11-13-20, 01:25 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 14,232
Posted By daka

I'm certain that CF bikes are faster, they pass...

I'm certain that CF bikes are faster, they pass me ALL THE TIME! Yup, it's the bike fer shure, nothing to do with age, how much I like donuts, how I like to ride in regular shoes, gotta be the bike...
11-10-20, 08:51 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,046
Posted By daka

I think that seat tube decal moves the bike...

I think that seat tube decal moves the bike closer to the mid-70s.

Catalog page from 1973 looks like a good match:
http://www.jaysmarine.com/1973raleighcat_12_lg.jpg
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