[Classicrendezvous] Raleigh quality and the Tek 520

From: "brian blum" <brianblum@hotmail.com>
To: Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2000 21:43:55 GMT
Subject: [Classicrendezvous] Raleigh quality and the Tek 520

Trek did seem to have a one piece head tube and head lug assembly on some of there 80's bikes. Funny I just made the exact same observation of one locked by a BART station in downtown Oakland and noted it was a Reynolds 531 frame with what initially seemed to have very fine lugs at the head tube.

I also have personal experence with early 70's Raleigh quality. My 1972 Supercourse which I bought March 1973 new, lost the left (front) deraileur guide after 2 days of ownership. The brazed-on guide just popped off when I pulled the shift lever back.. Later the right seat stay cracked through the brazing breather hole and is hugh almost through the whole stay at the joint. The stay caps are peeling off and while doing my winter overhaul in Dec 1973 I found I could pull the right rear chain stay out of the dropout, it was held in by the chrome. The appeal of these bikes is the beautiful paint and chrome not the great workmanship. They must have spent a lot just on the paint and chrome..