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(newbie)20+ year old Raligh road bike. I have some questions(5 posts)

(newbie)20+ year old Raligh road bike. I have some questionscrackmunch
Jul 31, 2001 4:08 AM
Thanks taking a look at my thread. Well I want to getinto road cycling on a hobby level not racing or anything. I know its an older bike but I plan on upgrading the componets on it if its worth the time and money. Is it? Also what models of the older bikes should i look for? Im not really sure what this bike is. Right now its a 10 speed can i change it to a 27speed? What all would i have to do to update all the components? I do appreciate the help.
disreguard the 27 speed questioncrackmunch
Jul 31, 2001 4:12 AM
Like i said im new to this and i know that mountian bikes have so many gears its rediclious. And i guess that road bikes sitll have 10? Thanks again
re: (newbie)20+ year old Raligh road bike. I have some questionsRusty McNasty
Jul 31, 2001 4:27 AM
Which Raleigh do you have? If it's one of the old, heavy sprites or the like, it probably isn't worth $h!t. If it is one of the better Raleigh road bikes (record?), altering it would destroy any historical value. If it has cottered cranks, forget it! Many other parts are of different diameters and threading to be able to swich easily. Also, the older Raleighs used Whitworth standard threading, making it incompatible with any new components. Spreading the dropouts to 13cm is most likely too much, so no, you can't upgrade to 27 speeds.
You would be much better off, even if it is one of the "better" Raleighs to forget it, and buy a newer used road bike.
Aacck! Don't even try.jtolleson
Jul 31, 2001 4:52 AM
For all the reasons discussed above, it is absolutely not worth it to attempt to change components out on your old Raleigh 10-spd. You also wouldn't save any money.

Road bikes no longer have 10 speeds. Typically, you'll see most late model bikes ranging from 18-27 gears depending on how many cogs in front (some of us in the mountain west like 3 in the front for touring, it gives you an extra range of low gears for climbing...though some look down their noses at such gearing).

If you want to road bike as a hobby, maybe ride some charity events or train for a century, you can go one of two ways without breaking the bank: Spend $500-$750 on a manufacturer's entry level bike (these are fully capable of doing everything you want and no need to let anyone tell you otherwise)... Bianchi Brava, Cannondale R300, Trek 1000, Fuji Finest, KHS Flite 300, etc. Adding another $250 will probably save you a lb. off the bike's weight and may move you one notch up the component food chain.

The other option is buying used, which can give you more bike for the buck. But it is really only a good idea if you have a knowledgeable person to assist you. Otherwise, you risk buying the wrong size or setup, a bike that has been damaged, etc.

Good luck.
re: (newbie)20+ year old Raligh road bike. I have some questionswjudd
Jul 31, 2001 9:52 AM
If the Raleigh is one of the high-end ones then I'd just ride it. New rubber. Make sure all the bearings are greased/adjusted, check your brakes and go.

How to know? Higher end Raleighs used Reynolds tubing look for a decal on the seat post. If it's there and esp. if its says things like "butted" you've got a nice rider. With, hopefully Campy or higher-line Suntour or Shimano components such a bike rides very well and will certainly get you started.

Indexed shifting has been around long enough so that a generation of riders know nothing of friction shifting. However, if you haven't ridden in a long time it'll be just as you remembered. I have a modern bike but my pride is a 1980s Basso with Campy Super Record. Lasts forever and I don't miss shifts.

This all depends on your Raleigh being one of the good ones. If it weighs more than 23# then you should be looking for a new or used bike.