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 Post subject: Raleigh Gran Sport
PostPosted: Tue May 11, 2010 3:44 pm 
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I just aquired this bike and have fallen for it in a big way. I appreciate it lacks the class of Italian thoroughbreds but I think it's a nice, clean bike that holds its own. Frame is 531c, with full Campag Gran Sport groupset. I think this around '82/'83 and, from my limited knowledge, is a pretty well made Raleigh at the time. It's in beautiful condition and I think the Milremo saddle just adds that certain style...

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PostPosted: Tue May 11, 2010 4:25 pm 
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That looks absolutely spot on! Any chance of some more photos? I am working hard on converting my wife, friends and family to the '70s/ '80s road bike cause... :D


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PostPosted: Tue May 11, 2010 5:22 pm 
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Don't say that lacks class, it is LOVELY.


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PostPosted: Tue May 11, 2010 9:34 pm 
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Very nice!

Are they the original Brake lever hoods or copy's?

I'm desperate to find some!


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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2010 8:20 am 
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Love it. I had a Raleigh catalogue with this Gran Sport model in it when I was about 13. It was the stand out bike for me even above the Team Replica.


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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2010 10:36 am 
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I always liked this bike, it was good value at the time.

Sue Fenwick of Essex RC rode and won lots of races on one of these at the time.


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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2010 11:19 am 
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Thanks for all th feedback chaps, glad it has been recieved so favourably. I half bought this bike with the intention of selling it on but once I got it out of the box I realised that it was a bit special. As I said it really is in great condition and hasn't been ridden since late 80s. The wheelset is barely used, a lovely combination of Normandy Maillard 700 high flange Team hubs on Gentleman 81 rims, built by Ken Stubbs.

Sadly they are replica hoods, I too have trouble finding affordable black Campagnolo ones :(

Can't wait to put a few miles into her, roll on summer.

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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2010 12:33 pm 
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Very nice Del

I do like the pearlescent orange and the no-nonse aesthtics. The 'romantic' Italian compentry adds a nice touch to this bike.

Lovely Concor too 8)


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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 10:46 pm 
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that's gorgeous. Good find!


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PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2010 9:17 am 
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That is a really good looking bike. Nice understated graphics & the right amount of chrome. Perfect.

Any idea where it was made? Worksop?


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