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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:43 am 
Old School Hero

Joined: Sat Mar 17, 2012 8:42 pm
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Location: Warrington
Not used it much yet, still waiting for the rain :D

The bike heft (+ lights, guards, wheel, tires) means it doesn't get used much.

Still its nice to have my dads old bike, and one day I may have a go at restoring the paint work, oddly the stickers are pretty much in great condition.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 12:51 pm 
Retro Guru

Joined: Fri Nov 03, 2006 12:28 am
Posts: 1733
Location: italy
Were they really made in England? Or just aligned and painted?


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 1:05 pm 
Old School Hero

Joined: Sat Mar 17, 2012 8:42 pm
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Location: Warrington
Well mine says "Designed and Hand Built in Nottingham" (see above photo) - not entirely sure if its true on not. It certainly feel like is British made from the finest pig iron.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 6:52 pm 
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Joined: Thu Jul 09, 2009 2:12 pm
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Location: Yateley, Hants.
These older lugged frames were to my knowledge handbuilt in Nottingham.
Not really pig iron either hardly 853 or Max-OR but not gaspipe either, equivalent to Reynolds 501 I think.
These old Raleighs do ride nicely though just be careful of the rear stays where they join the seat tube as many were replaced under warranty for failure here, later years the stays changed to a shot it design.

Carl.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 7:20 pm 
Retro Guru

Joined: Sat Mar 05, 2011 2:09 pm
Posts: 375
Location: nottingham
very nice, good solid frames on those.
ive got a thread in this section on the apex which was its sister bike in th range.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:50 pm 
Old School Hero

Joined: Sat Mar 17, 2012 8:42 pm
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Location: Warrington
I had the Apex when I was a teenager, 400lx and Virgin Flex Stem.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:17 pm 
Retro Guru

Joined: Mon Sep 10, 2012 5:21 pm
Posts: 297
Location: County Durham
Wasn't it a girvin flex stem?
Think a virgin flex stem is something compleeeetely different! Haha


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:23 pm 
Old School Hero

Joined: Sat Mar 17, 2012 8:42 pm
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Location: Warrington
haha... bloody spell checker!!!


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2013 1:10 am 
Devout Dirtbag

Joined: Sun May 09, 2010 12:53 pm
Posts: 137
Location: Great Britain
I weighed a peak frame when I was respraying it, and it tipped the scales at five and a quarter pounds, pretty comparable to mid range steel from other manufacturers, not really heavy at all. They ride well too. A bit under appreciated I reckon.


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