Hi all, first post.. (Your friendly neighbours at ctc sent me here, what a great resource. Sometimes I really miss old England)
Having moved to Aus 6 years ago I packed up and brought my Raleigh over, I don't know why it had sat in the shed for years, then the garage, then the shed over here. After a good powerwash and removing a family of Redbacks that had made a home under the saddle, I lubed her up, new tubes and tires and away we went. Covered over 250k's very quickly and she began to show wear and tear. Crank noises, spokes grinding etc. So I had permission to buy new, a new Scott Foil 40 is my new ride. I cannot bear to part with the old girl so I plan to restore, maybe too original if not certainly respectfully. No brifters on this one....
I purchased from trader magazine ages ago, it was just to replace my stolen one so I could get to work, size was more important than anything.
The bike has never had many stickers only Raleigh on the tubes and front forks. No other names or identifiers, it was sold as a Raleigh Racer!
The frame number is WP 801162 or WP 801763 can't make out the last three numbers to well as they are masked by the cable guide. From a bit of research does this make it a November 1988, Nottingham built? The Shimano 300ex Derailleurs, brakes and Biopace crank gear id has been checked too, on the crank P 170 A I assumed 170 is crank length so using the P/A would give me January 1991 date stamp, is this correct? I weighs as per the picture (10kg) thats with me holding it on the bathrooms scales, not the most accurrate method, but, it gives you an idea!
Can anybody help identify, original catalogue pictures? Age, value today in current condition? Restored?
So far people have named it an élan or Elise, non of the images found so far match the paint.
I have tried in Australia to do all this but have drawn a blank, Sheldon Browns website seems to lonly focus on the earlier bikes.