Mr. Sid wrote:
Hi all, the Raleigh Banana came out in '88 and ran a MKII version, (black headset, internal routed cables) in '89.
The 531c version was called a 'Competition' & was also produced for 2 years, '88 & '89.
£150 is around the ceiling price for a 'standard' one, depending on condition obviously, the 531c ones usually go between £200-400 depending on condition, though they are hard to find these days.
I deal in Raleigh top end bikes from this era, I have sold 3 'Competitions' in the last 12 months, they're getting very much sought after now.
I still have my original '88 one, though I'd never sell it at any price, it's far too sentimental.
I DID actually sell it in 1991 but immediately regretted it and spent the next 6 years trying to find it, which I managed in 1997 & to my absolute glee it was still the same, untouched, everything the way I left it.
At the beginning of this year I fully kitted her out in full Campagnolo C Record Delta groupset & she's had a fair share of admirers at sportives I've ridden her in.
They're beautiful bikes, timeless classics, enjoy it Brian,good luck & best wishes
Hi Sid what a wonderful write up ,
I can only imagine what its like to ride a top end Raleigh bike like you have ,and luck really must have been with you to get your bike back and untouched ,wonderful and i am so pleased for you ,its strange really i know mine is bottom of the pile but i sure dont look at it that way ,i bought mine from a Farm in stafford ,the guy had hundreads of bikes there and i tryed a few other makes ,but once i set eyes on the Raleigh Banana bike and rode it ,well was i taken by it and what a joy it is to ride ,just got back from bathpool and Harecastle tunnel wonderful ride and loads of folk seem to know this bike and are eager to ask questions about her ,increadable ,oh and i will enjoy her Sid ,my very best wishes Brian.
Raleigh Banana 1980 something Road Bike