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Not my usual restoration 74 Raleigh Superbe!

Old 01-29-19, 08:52 PM
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Not my usual restoration 74 Raleigh Superbe!

I got this bike from a neighbor that knew i was into collecting bicycles. Not my usual cup of tea but there is something cool about an English built 3speed. Built before all of them were made in tiawan or China. Check out the Sturmey generator hub and 3speed. The factory rack! Factory Brooks! its in great shape. If you have any wisdom about this bicycle please comment below.

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Nice! A beautiful classic roadster. Pristine condition and looks to me to be all original except for the shifter cable. A rare find. It's nice that Raleigh went back to the B66 on the Superbe model here. I've always preferred them to the B72 for roadsters. Great bike!
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I'd be interested in hearing about when that bike was produced as well. Nice bike!
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Thereíll be a date code stamped on both the rear hub and the front Dyno hub. If the brake levers are original, I think itís from around 1974 (and that crankset design is another clue, though I donít quite remember when Raleigh switched to that 3-arm version).
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Pretty sure the chainring change happened sometime in 1972. Some bikes with 1972 stamped hubs still have the 46T, 6 point, eyeless heron type. One thing that makes this bike unusual is the coffee color paint. The Superbe was traditionally green. In fact the catalogs of this period list bronze green as the only color available. The 23" frame here also adds to it's rarity. Everything else here is consistent with a Nottingham built Raleigh from 1974.
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Wow! Very nice!!
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boy, what a time capsule! It warms my heart to see a Superbe in such fine shape!
Any plans for it? I'm guessing that it could use some fresh grease in the bearings.

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That looks like the '74 I inherited from my uncle would look if it had been properly stored (except for it being bronze-green). That is in fantastic condition. Now you're obligated to do the Lake Pepin ride.
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That is beautiful. I love that rich Root Beer color
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From 1974 catalog
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That is an absolute gorgeous, well preserved piece of bicycle history! I remember that color, Wow! I am so glad you have posted the pictures for all of us to gawk at. Thanks!
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Very nice. I have one of the bronze green ones. Also a 1974, and I switched mine up to a 22 tooth rear cog to get more reasonable ratios that handle the foothill country I live in. Don
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Originally Posted by Hobbiano
From 1974 catalog
I never noticed this before. Had to check it out. 1973 bronze green only/ 1974 bronze green or coffee/ 1975 only coffee was offered. Still learning new things.
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Need to slam the stem and flip the bars. Jokes aside, I would be proud to ride that bike.
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That’s a beautiful bike, timeless! I’d be very proud to own that if I were you.
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Wow! The paint is A-1. Beautiful machine.
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