In a message dated 7/16/01 12:40:22 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> Would it be fair to characterize this model as "sport-touring", meaning
> for the person who probably owns only one bike and would take it on
> casual outings and perhaps a short day trip but nothing faster or longer
> than that? If I purchase one of these in my size, it sounds like it
> would make a better rain bike than something to be restored for its
> vintage value - true, in anyone's opinion?
I think Sport Touring nails it, in my case at least. From Warren's description of his S/C you can get the impression that his and mine were very different. Not just in componentry but in the frame design. It was my only bike for years and then I got the bug, bought a ' 80 Competition GS frame with similiar geometry and built it up with NR parts. You might find that the SuperCourse feels like a slug to you compared to your Raleigh Team. A CompGS might be more to your liking, and it still used all clamped on components(in1980!) so it looks the part of the classic bike better than the S/C, which had brazed on brake cable guides including rear cablestop for centerpulls, and above BB derailleur cable guides. I'll ride my SuperCourse until something happens to it, but so far I haven't felt it's worth rebuilding or even repainting, it'd be more cost effective to buy another frame or whole bike.