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.
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.
The coveted “R” nuts were there.
The Dynohub spun freely but did not seem to work.
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.