Old road bikes (1960s Mens English Raleigh Sport Cruiser)

Discussion in 'Bike buying advice' started by sepandee, Jun 9, 2014.

  1. sepandee

    sepandee New Member

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    I'm in search of a bike that will basically get me from point A to B. I live in Toronto, which is a hotspot for stealing bikes. I personally know more than 5 people who have had their $1000+ bikes stolen. So yeah, nothing flashy.

    I'll need the bike for two things: for very short distances (under 1.5km: going to the grocery store, gym, etc.) almost on a daily basis and also, once or twice a week, for commuting to downtown. Toronto is a bit hilly when you travel north from downtown, and I live 7km (roughly 5 miles) North of downtown, so coming back home on a cruiser, even though I love the bikes, is not really ideal. Hybrid is probably the best way to go, but a road bike is fine as well.

    If I don't find a used road bike for a cheap price I'll go with the Giant Escape which roughly sells for $350. I road it a few days ago and it was very lightweight and smooth.

    FOr now, the search continues, and I've come across this bike today:

    http://www.kijiji.ca/v-other-bike/city-of-toronto/vintage-1960s-mens-english-raleigh-sport-cruiser-3-speed-bike/601136271?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true

    Mind you, second-hand bikes in Toronto are relatively expensive, and this one's being sold for a really good price. Not sure what condition the bike is in but do you think it's worth a check?
     
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  2. alfeng

    alfeng Well-Known Member

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    FWIW. 3-speed bikes have limitations, but for the asking price, 'I' would buy it ...
     
  3. sepandee

    sepandee New Member

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    So it's not anything special?
     
  4. oldbobcat

    oldbobcat Well-Known Member

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    I would, too. Alf, why the scare-quotes around "I"?

    No, it's not that special. I gets a few points for not being a Dunelt or a Triumph, but that's about it.
     
  5. alfeng

    alfeng Well-Known Member

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    Scare-quotes!?!

    Well, I learned about something new!

    I guess that I am just too old to know THAT was a faux-pas!!

    Anyway, I'm OKAY with almost ANY old steel bicycle frame ...

    • THAT is obviously not true for most riders, particular "new" riders who gravitate toward bikes with non-ferrous frames ...
    • also, I have the advantage of not being as tall as many others for whom the frame might be too small

    So, 'I' would buy the bike ...

    BTW. After re-lubing whatever needed servicing AND de-glazing the contact surface of the brake pads, I would ride the bike until I had the time-and-inclination to rebuild the wheelset with alloy rims -- either 700c rims or 26" MTB (559) rims.

    Hmmm ...

    If I were adventurous, I might opt for 650b rims/tires.

    Other steel components which are obvious (?) candidates for replacement which I might replace include the brake calipers & the cottered crank ...

    Et cetera.
     
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