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Help with Raleigh Super Course(4 posts)

Help with Raleigh Super CourseDoodad
Aug 11, 2001 1:20 PM
I have a chance to get an 80-something Super course for cheap but is it a good deal? Here's the specs: 531 frame,Shimano 10 speed 600 SIS group, Die-Comp Royal comp brakes and look pedals. The bike has original paint and decals in excellent shape. Best of all, the frame fits. Approx weight is 20 lbs. Any suggestions on value are welcome.
re: Help with Raleigh Super CoursePeleton Pedro
Aug 11, 2001 5:40 PM
I am the proud, but outdated owner of a Raleigh Super Course (circa. 1978) that has much of its original componentry (incl. Stronglight cranks, Huret d/t shifters, Weinmann centerpull brakes & levers, GB stem). Over the years, I've had to replace the derailleurs, BB, fork and headset (post-crash), saddle, wheelset, pedals. I use it for commuting to work these days and not for long rides although it is comfortable if need be because of the long wheelbase.

The frame & paint have held up well, but most of the decals have not. I've tried to get replacement decals from Raleigh, but no luck. One lapse on my part was to allow corrosion within the seattube such that my aluminum replacement seatpost has literally chemically fused to the frame. Thus now, I can't replace or adjust the seatpost, but I think I've stopped growing - up anyway.

My advice is to check for corrosion inside and out and if it is minimal or manageable, then go for it. Just realize that the 115 mm rear axle spacing will pretty much limit you to older drivetrains and NO STI shifters. Now if I could unfuse my seatpost and convert to STI or ErgoPower without cold-setting the rear triangle, then I'd have that bike buried with me.

Good luck!
1979 Raleigh Super CourseHoward
Aug 11, 2001 6:58 PM
I own a 1979 Raleigh Super Course. Aside from flat tires, the bike has worked perfectly all these years. The bike still has all its original components (Suntour derailleurs). I have replaced the saddle and a few years ago I replaced the front wheel. The bike still has the original chain and freewheel.

I have ridden the bike about 14 thousand miles. (Most of my riding is on mountain bikes.) I now use this bike, depsite its comfortable 531 Reynolds tubing, as my beater bike. The bike still moves pretty well.
re: Help with Raleigh Super Coursetr
Aug 11, 2001 10:40 PM
I have a 1974 Raleigh super course (green) that is my fixed gear bike. Still have original brakes and front wheel and stem. Is a very comfortable bike and have added fenders. Still love even though it is not fast or new.