Oct 17, 2002 8:23 AM
|I have the chance to buy a Raleigh Record for $75. It is in mint condition. It has 12 speeds,a410 Hi Tensile steel frame, Shimano Deraileurs w/index shifting, Araya rims 27x1 1/4 ". Questions are: is this a good buy, where and when was this Raleigh made, how durable/good is the 410 frame? I will be using this as a back up bike. Thanks|
|re: Raleigh Record||GMS|
Oct 17, 2002 11:41 AM
|I have a Raleigh Record from 1973. It has held up well, but is not in mint condition. The frame is steel and has no rust damage. Mint condition is impressive.
I don't know how long they made the Record, but back then they were more of a niche bike maker and highly respected for their quality. Now they are more of a mass production company.
$75 is cheaper than a department store bike, and it's better, and it has a heritage. I'd buy it.
|Well, for $75 . . .||Kerry|
Oct 17, 2002 4:57 PM
|Your going to get a lot better bike than the department store clunkers. However, the Record was pretty close to the bottom of the Raleigh line, so nothing to write home about. Key question: what do you want it for? Is this a collector bike? - not much value appreciation likely, nor much appreciation in general. Is this a ride around town bike? - not bad for that, though you'll be challenged to find 27" tires in your local shops. Is this a training bike? - it is only $75. Or is it just that it's really cheap and who can pass up such a deal? If that's the case, $75 is a HUGE amount of money to buy something for which you have no use. Better to make a donation (tax deductible) to the League of American Bicylists or Adventure Cycling.|| |