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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:05 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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As the title suggests really, looking for suggestions on the sort of stuff I should be looking out for, in particular one with a lugged steel frame. I'm trying not to spend much at all, something like £100 overall. I've found an auction listing on eBay for what I think is an '87 Raleigh Montage, without wheels, a seatpost and gears. Doing a bit of research into the bike, opinions of it are very hit and miss. I don't care if the stock wheels or gears are rubbish, I don't exactly intend to restore it to accurate, as new condition. But if there's something wrong about the frame, then there's no point in pursuing it.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:40 pm 
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If you are going to actually ride it and it needs to be reliable, you need to budget for decent new tyres, probably a new chain, and cables

That’s £40 give or take, so really you have about £60

Still perfectly doable, but Dont get hung up on reviews etc, you just need something complete, near you and in the right size

Saracens seem to go cheaply


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 4:12 pm 
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There's nothing wrong with the Montage, but TBH they are a bit hit and miss. I believe only the main tubes are Reynolds steel and they're not known to be exactly lightweight (not too much of a big deal, but might be a pain with loaded touring).

The key to a good lugged steel deal IMO is to go for a fairly unfashionable brand from back in the day. Saracen is a good choice, or you can also find early 90's Claud Butler and Dawes complete bikes for well under £100 with a bit of patience.

Echoing what Nick says, do factor in a fair bit of budget to cover the bits mentioned. Bear in mind you'll save a fair bit of £££ if you are comfortable replacing the parts yourself, although you will have to factor in some costs for any specific tools needed - they're good to have though! There's plenty of YouTube vids and guides online to help you on.

Good Luck :xmas-big-grin:


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:01 pm 
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Bit biased because I have a couple but specialised rockhopper in mid nineties vintage turn up often. My 98 alloy comp fs needed new forks but was £60. I had a 99 steel fs complete but needed a clean up I sold it for £70 all up and running. Also a 96 with questionable upgrades £50. All of these in the last 6 months. Plenty of bargains out there.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:04 pm 
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Marin Bear Valley


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:08 pm 
Old School Hero

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I would buy a full bike though whatever you decide on. You will spend more buying components than a few bits and some elbow grease to get a complete bike riding. If your near Manchester you could come and raid mine if you want.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:34 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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I was originally more gearing my search towards frames and forks on their own, as I expected to be replacing most of the parts anyway for newer stuff. So I thought it better to use everything from a purchase than pay a few quid extra for a full bike because of parts I wouldn't want anyway.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:36 pm 
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Raleigh pioneer hybrid. Ten a penny.

For example near you? https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre ... 2812080189


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:38 pm 
Old School Grand Master

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I'd agree with that - any early to mid 90's steel frame with mudguard eyes would do. Nicer bike - great! Lower end one (like a Marin Muirwoods or Palisades) with steel chainrings - enjoy the durability!

New cables and outers will tidy up the shifting 90% of the time. Bang on some mudguards to keep yourself clean and dry plus Schwalbe Marathon tyres and run the whole lot to destruction...rebuild and repeat.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:58 pm 
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I picked up a 1983 Nikishi Bushwacker for £20 recently. Tange 2 tubing , Suntour thumbies etc . Mudguard and rack mounts. Bit rough but all working and original. It's going to be my steed for any retro rides and hopefully be kitted out as a tourer/bikepacker for a bit of me time in the spring/summer.
A few years ago I picked up a 501 tubed Raleigh Dune Dancer for £25. Odd name but a crackin old bike .
Back in the summer I met a guy Alan Young up in Shieldaig. He was cycling the coastline of the UK on an old chromo 90s Raleigh mtb. It weighed a ton loaded up but speed wasn't an issue. He was out to enjoy the ride.
So there's plenty of unfashionable 80s-90s steel for sale cheap. Find one that's complete , working and that fits you and away you go.


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