Vintage Raleigh info?

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Sacket cycle works

Finally riding a big boys bike
Mar 22, 2013
319
Wichita, KS, United States
Hey guys I’m not into road bikes or lightweight bikes at all but this Raleigh was super clean and I was digging the accessories on it. Can anyone tell me maybe the time period it came from and why the value is on it. In my opinion this bike has great color and has been taken care of quite well. Anyways. Thanks for the info.
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CavemanJoe

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Jul 4, 2019
14
58
New York
It is a mid-1970s (1975?) Raleigh Grand Prix. The Raleigh Grand Prix first came with SunTour deraileurs in 1977, so somebody upgraded this one. The 1977 model brought the Grand Prix more up to snuff with the competition. In addition to SunTour deraileurs, the Grand Prix in 1977 came with an alloy cotterless crank set. Prices are all over the place, but bikes like that probably actually sell in the $90 to $100 range. That is if the tires are good, and it doesn't have mechanical issues. Where you are selling it also makes a big difference.
 
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SirMike1983

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 27, 2008
3,174
United States
Would say 1972-75 era. I have a '74 in exactly the same trim, color, and size.
 

Mr.RED

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 17, 2017
186
36
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A Carlton made Gran Prix ready to ride condition in the Boston area $100- $200 depending on whats been done to it.
 

SirMike1983

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 27, 2008
3,174
United States
Only other thing to watch for when buying is that the lugs and tubes are not separating. There were production problems with the Carlton-factory Raleighs in about 1973 or so where lugs were not being properly and fully brazed to the tubes. Most of the bikes are fine, but sometimes a bike turns up where the brazing was not done properly and the tubes are coming out of the lugs. But like I said, I love my '74. It's a great, basic 10-speed with a few nice touches (ornate lugs and wrap-around chainstay tops).
 
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juvela

I live for the CABE
Aug 2, 2014
1,379
Playa del Rey, United States
Only other thing to watch for when buying is that the lugs and tubes are not separating. There were production problems with the Carlton-factory Raleighs in about 1973 or so where lugs were not being properly and fully brazed to the tubes. Most of the bikes are fine, but sometimes a bike turns up where the brazing was not done properly and the tubes are coming out of the lugs. But like I said, I love my '74. It's a great, basic 10-speed with a few nice touches (ornate lugs and wrap-around chainstay tops).
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+1 ;)

Saw some Raleigh machines in the showroom of me local agent at that time where one could put their fingernail betwixt the lug and the tube. :eek:


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SirMike1983

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 27, 2008
3,174
United States
Sorry, meant say wrap-around seatstay tops (not chainstay). But the rest stands.
 
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