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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 4:18 pm 
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Here we go. The drop outs are just plain steel - no markings on them:

Head tube lugs:

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Fork crown profile:

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Drive side drop out:

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Seat tube cluster:

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And finally...Low winter sun:

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 4:49 pm 
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i was watching that one also . bit of a crappy photo on e bay if i recall
im just up the road from blackburn too. but decided as there was little interest i couldnt be bothered . i thought europa but the chrome forks threw me out . looks a decent buy anyway for the money


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 5:31 pm 
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Nothing there that a bit of thought and TLC cant sort.

The Europa was the bike to have in the Raleigh line up in the 1970s.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 12:46 am 
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It's nicer than any other Eurpa I've seen, integral hanger, but still stamped steel, and the forks look nice with the sloping crown. It may be later than the others I've seen.

Enjoy it, it looks like a fun bike.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 4:14 pm 
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It's a good un, it is shining up well with T-cut, although there are plenty of scratches and scrapes. It is very comfy and compliant to ride, even with the skinny tyres - something to do with it being a big frame maybe?

Nick, I completely forgot to stick up the serial number - it's NL 2002198 - I think that makes it a Nottingham bike with an August 1982 build date?


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 10:46 pm 
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Yup, it's an 82 bike, and Nottingham made, so not high end.

Big frames are often a little softer and more compliant.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 9:39 pm 
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There's the remains of a dealer's sticker on the seat post - the words "Black-" (which I'd guess is Blackburn or at a push Blackpool) and the start of an address, "20 King-". Do any north west retro bikers know the shop name and whether it's still going? I believe 20 King St in Blackburn is a Pizza Shack now :(


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 6:35 pm 
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Finished (apart from the cracked drop out :cry: )

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Gah! Curse you knackered drop out!

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Lovely to use Suntour Power shifters, making the Sachs-Huret rear derailleur seem much classier than it is...

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All time favourite Raleigh colour scheme.

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Decals from Lloyds, nervous-but-ultimately ok flatting back of paint and painting of seat tube by me and rattle cans.


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Love it. Head and shoulders aesthetically above any of today straight forked clones.


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