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Cool Wall - Raleigh
Cool 41%  41%  [ 59 ]
Uncool 59%  59%  [ 86 ]
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 10:19 am 
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Raleigh bikes are cool for me. My first bikes were Raleigh's and introduced me to cycling. My Burner was v cool at the time with its yellow plastic wheels!


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 12:13 pm 
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just about cool.on grounds that they have consistently produced
bikes for the masses for many years.some good and desireable(burner,bannana,dyna.)some bad(extreme,activator).
imho,they have done quite well in a tough,american dominated market.
not deep-freeze but comfortably ice-box.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 12:44 pm 
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For a company that has it's own fan based forum
http://www.raleighbikes.com/viewforum.php?f=5 (try asking the question there ;) (that's just the UK section)
let alone all the specific model forums there are or the Sheldon Brown pages..

or the fact they are museum pieces
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or the early 90's UK team
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIDD-fWaeuw


They're still un-cool :xmas-cool:


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 12:53 pm 
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i do feel guilty about voting uncool


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 1:12 pm 
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I had to vote Uncool...

BUT, I did love every bike I had from Raleigh, which I think numbers as 6. I still have a Road Ace (Shimano 600 index model), which got a little small for me after a few years and so it was refurbed and gifted to my Sister who still uses it, its 20 years old now.

Raleigh did make some very cool bikes, but they also made plenty that were not, the balance therefore falls on the uncool side for me. I never had a problem with the quality of a Raleigh bike, and had many happy years riding them - as a kid you could get an Iron Horse BMX for about £30.00 when a Burner was over £100, no one was going to be persuaded on the price - the Burners were cool then.

The BMX probably stopped Raleigh going under quite a few years ago, but some of the thing they have produced since have not been inspiring and I suspect that its only places like this website that you can truly appreciate some of the great (and cool) things they have done in the past. :)


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Before I strip it, one more reminder of what Raleigh bikes could be....

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Anyone wants the frame for postage costs, shout up. As long as it's not to be ridden as I don't want to be responsible for anyone's early demise or personal injury.

I'm sad to see it go - but the corrosion at the left seatstay airhole is just too bad to ignore, seapost is seized and RH side of BB shell is damaged. It wasn't made for Danish winters (the roads still taste of saltwater from the grit when it rains in early may)


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 8:01 pm 
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Image 8)


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 8:20 pm 
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velocitizen wrote:
Image 8)



Now that's cool 8) But even if you gave all the Grifters and Panasonics prefect badges and taser gus, they couldn't bring the vast mass of uncool Raleighs into line.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 9:17 pm 
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doctor-bond wrote:
But even if you gave all the Grifters and Panasonics prefect badges and taser gus, they couldn't bring the vast mass of uncool Raleighs into line.


For me it's the vast mass of uncool Raleighs that make them cool, it's the Budgies, Twenties, Massifs and Mustangs.

'I were right about that saddle though..' Genius!


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 9:39 pm 
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velocitizen wrote:

'I were right about that saddle though..' Genius!


Sorry, always remember that as a Raleigh advert, when it was a Yellow pages advert...must have been riding a Raleigh though?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMYZyUygW6Y


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