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1974 Raleigh Superbe

A neighbour brought this bike over the other day for me to have a look at. She’d bought it on an impulse last year and now realizes that it’s too tall and heavy for her to ride and carry up to her apartment….

A responsible seller should have told her this.

Someone was interested in buying it and I just gave it a quick cleaning and topped up the oil/air etc.

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An examination revealed it to be a 1974 Canadian built model and as far as I could tell was completely original with a few exceptions.

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The coveted “R” nuts were there.

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The Dynohub spun freely but did not seem to work.

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The old style bell was very nice.

The bike had new tires and pads and rode very well.

There is a lesson here for people that want to buy a vintage bicycle. There’s a greater amount of owner responsibility in the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of these things than with some modern bikes.

It’s now somehow cool to ride one of these around but you need to be prepared to do your homework.

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3 responses

  1. Sergey Smirnov

    Hello.I can buy this bike ?
    If yes please give me a call 305 319 0119

    June 5, 2016 at 11:29 am

    • It’s not mine and I think it’s been sold.

      June 5, 2016 at 11:56 am

  2. Hi Greg…is it for sale? Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone on the Rogers network. From: Three Speed ManiaSent: Sunday, June 5, 2016 11:14 AMTo: davidquan1@gmail.comReply To: Three Speed ManiaSubject: [New post] 1974 Raleigh Superbe

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    greg chown posted: “A neighbour brought this bike over the other day for me to have a look at. She’d bought it on an impulse last year and now realizes that it’s too tall and heavy for her to ride and carry up to her apartment…. A responsible seller should have told her th”

    June 5, 2016 at 12:03 pm

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