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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 12:43 pm 
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Hi,
Thanks in advance for helping a newbie out.
Not really into road bikes, been using my mountain bike for my commute for the past couple of years, and BMX's for fun. So i thought i'd eventually sort out getting a road bike to knock a few mins of my journey. Anyway I done some asking around and was given this for the grand toitaol of £0.00. Now please bear with me as i've never had any experiance in road bikes.
The spec is:
It weighs about 10kg, ATAX bars and stem, Campagnolo headset, and shifters, Shimano Dura-ace crank, Specialized saddle, carbon seatpost, Weinmann Type 500 brakes, Mavic MA2 700c rims on Malliard hubs. Serial number WA5000759
So my questions are:
What brand/model is it, is it any good, components etc.
Thanks again Jon. :D


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 1:57 pm 
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That looks like a Raleigh serial number. I'm no expert but there are plenty on here who can decipher that number.

The mix of components makes it likely that there's been a bit of swapping about in it's life.

If you have some pictures it would help.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 2:00 pm 
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sounds like an early 80's raleigh too

please make you avatar pic a bit smaller?

ta.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 2:13 pm 
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legrandefromage wrote:
sounds like an early 80's raleigh too

please make you avatar pic a bit smaller?

ta.


Avatar sorted, sorry.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 2:15 pm 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 1:38 pm 
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Result!
Them's some tasty cranks if nothing else... and I think there's plenty else - possibly looking at something tasty that's been well bastardised over the years? Give it the flick test see if it's butted :) (flick the tubes & they'll 'ping' differently at the ends if it is thicker walled there)


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 1:57 pm 
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elPedro666 wrote:
Result!
Them's some tasty cranks if nothing else... and I think there's plenty else - possibly looking at something tasty that's been well bastardised over the years? Give it the flick test see if it's butted :) (flick the tubes & they'll 'ping' differently at the ends if it is thicker walled there)


Oh right that sounds good. I've tried doing a bit of research but have struggled to find good resources for older road bikes. Seems to be plenty of info on old BMX's etc.
Just tried the flick test, there is a definate difference in 'ping' at the ends. More of a flatter sound.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 3:22 pm 
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it looks good! - seat clamp area looks like it isnt anything higher than 531 but looking a pretty good basis for a restoration.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 7:44 pm 
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That looks really nice. The lugs look Prugnat-ish - did Holdsworth / Claud Butler ever make anything with a sloping fork crown like that?


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 8:58 pm 
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Goldie wrote:
That looks really nice. The lugs look Prugnat-ish - did Holdsworth / Claud Butler ever make anything with a sloping fork crown like that?


Yes, a lot of their frames had the sloping crown - but I'm not sure this is one of theirs. I reckon this is quite a good frame that would respond well to some TLC and period fittings. Like said above, the early Dura-Ace chainset is nice for a start.


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