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 Post subject: Raleigh Sprite
PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:49 am 
Dirt Disciple

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I have got this bike and would like some advice about wether to repaint or just polish what paint is left. I believe the bike is 1961 and seems to have all the original bits.

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 Post subject: Re: Raleigh Sprite
PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 6:23 am 
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Personally I'd do as much as I can to degrese, clean and polish. There is much charcter in that old paint job. New tyres, a good does of some proofide on that saddle and some new cloth bar tape will help a lot. The brake blocks will be shot too I suspect so a new set tof those as well. Nice.

I'd do something about that chainwheel too. A period Williams or Raleigh 49 tooth would be better. Steel of course!


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 Post subject: Re: Raleigh Sprite
PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 2:29 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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I have got a copy of the advert for the bike but cannot find any other info or pictures of others.


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 Post subject: Re: Raleigh Sprite
PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 3:37 pm 
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crazyjokeuk wrote:
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I have got a copy of the advert for the bike but cannot find any other infor or pictures of others.



Gets my vote! :D


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 Post subject: Re: Raleigh Sprite
PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 5:57 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Does anyone know if this is a rare find as most sprites come with a sit up and beg style and I think this is the only year they made it as a racer?


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 Post subject: Re: Raleigh Sprite
PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 11:52 pm 
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Lovely bike in original condition although, as mentioned, the chainset might be a replacement. I agree with Spokesmann about not repainting. Re further info have you searched the catalogue archives on here, retro Raleigh, Bulgier.net, Velo Pages? Also have a search on Flickr.


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 Post subject: Re: Raleigh Sprite
PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 6:34 am 
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Interesting how the ad shows sidepulls and the bike in thread has lovely GB Courier 66s instead - great choice of brake and still OK, with the correct adjustment and blocks...


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