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Just found a raleigh super record in my shed.....please help(10 posts)

Just found a raleigh super record in my shed.....please helpScreamin Eagle
Oct 11, 2003 2:45 PM
Is this bike worth keeping and fixing? From what I can gather it is from the 70's or 80's. The components on the bike have had it but the frame is in good shape. Is is worth keeping the frame and adding on some inexpensive components or and I wasting my time. I have a gary fisher tassajara MTB but I would also like something to ride on the road. Like I said before the frame is in good shape, just some scratches and dings but no cracks or rust. It might need some paint but other than that is seems fine. I wouldn't mind adding some decent components as long as I am not wasting my time. Please let me know what everyone here thinks. I don't know a whole lot about road bikes.
It's not worth anything, I'll take it away for you...eddie m
Oct 12, 2003 5:05 AM
Seriously, if it has Super Record components, it's a real nice bike. You can probably get it to work fine with the SR , or convert it to fixed gear. Upgrading to modern components requires an entire new drive train, including a crank, bottom bracket and rear wheel, and would cost nearly as much as new bike.
It's not worth anything, I'll take it away for you...VW
Oct 12, 2003 8:48 PM
A Raleigh Super Record does not mean it had Super Record (Campy) components. I remember the old Raleigh "Record" (not Super Record) was probably the lowest line road bike Raleigh made. I don't know what is a Raleigh Super Record though!

Then again, I also remember the Raleigh Grand Prix was the second cheapest Raleigh made, but some people on this board seem to place a high value on this bike and other cheap bikes like the Schwinn (sp?) varsity!

VW
It's not worth anything, I'll take it away for you...Screamin Eagle
Oct 12, 2003 9:15 PM
I took off all of the components and cleaned them. The frame had a lot of scratches so I think I will sand it and repaint it. Any suggestions on what to use or where I could get it painted? I am going to replace the cables because they were rusted and the rear wheel needs to be replaced. It's only a 10 speed, will I be able to keep up with other people on more modern road bikes? All of the components looked great after a little degreaser. I was really suprised.
Everyone in this forum enjoys ...Humma Hah
Oct 13, 2003 1:32 PM
... keeping up with, or leaving behind, more modern bikes on our retros. I'm a singlespeed/fixie rider. I can see the utility of 3 gears, always thought 10 was overkill, and think 21, 24, 27, and now 30-speed bikes are just the most insane thing imaginable.

The bike will keep up just fine if the motor is any good.

You can go to any level you want with refinishing. I've done the "two cans of Dupli-Color" thing, and I've done the "throw money at it and have a world-class bike refinisher powdercoat it" thing. I regretted the first option, and have never regretted the second.

Powdercoat is the most durable option, although there's nothing wrong with a good paint job. If you don't have a bike powdercoater in town, maybe there's a shop that does motorcycle frames. You may be able to get decals from an internet source (I'll see if I can find you a link).
Raleigh made at least 2 very different RecordsStraightblock
Oct 13, 2003 8:27 AM
They sold tons of the entry-level Records, a $100 30 pound college student's commuter 10 speed in the 1970's, but also made the Record RRA, a nice Carlton-built 531 framed racer.

I think a Super Record might be just a slightly upgraded version of the low-end Record. If that's what you have, I wouldn't spend much money fixing it up. It wouldn't be competitive on a fast group ride, either.

If you have the better RRA, it's a nice retro bike worthy of keeping and fixing up. If the paint and decals are shot and you don't want to spend a lot on a restoration, have it powdercoated.

Check http://www.retroraleighs.com for more info.
Raleigh made at least 2 very different RecordsScreamin Eagle
Oct 13, 2003 10:09 AM
I've had a lot of trouble locating a Super Record. I've seen another one for sale on Ebay for a stout $20. All of the components seem pretty good but I don't want to fix this bike if I can go faster and ride better on my 27 spd MTB.
What are the components?The The
Oct 13, 2003 11:35 AM
What name is on the components? Perhaps the only way anyone here will be able to tell if this bike is worth anything is if you tell us what name is on the dearailleurs and brakes.
Raleigh made at least 2 very different Recordswooglin
Oct 13, 2003 12:04 PM
If I remember right, the Record I _think_ Straightblock is refering to came in this paint scheme only.

http://retroraleighs.com/team-professional.html
retroraleighs.com site photosSao
Oct 15, 2003 3:48 PM
I love the photos of the Grand Prix from 1970 and 1976 on the site. In the first one *why* do the hands/arms above the bike look so small compared to the bike?

In the 1976 pic, that woman with her stylin' whites and flared pants is cyclocrossin' her Grand Prix -- woo hoo!!

Great pics.