Hello Sam ,
Two absolutely excellent sources leap to mind . Both are the work of C. R. List-members :
Thanks Sheldon !!
Thanks Mark !!
So , just check the catalogs , and see what looks right !
The emerald green paint ( correct Raleigh paint color name , "Emerald Green" ! :^) , is a strong clue for 1974 - 1975 .
Look for Huret Challenger derailleurs . Gosh I really liked those derailleurs . I wish that they'd sold bunches of them , so those derailleurs would be common and inexpensive today . I still think they looked good , worked well , and were fairly light and strong too ! Just nice !
Another big help in establishing a date would be a Nervar steel cotterless crankset . They didn't make those for very long at all .
Were Nervar and Campagnolo the only two companies to make steel cotterless cranks ? Am I forgetting somebody obvious ?
For protection for the steel frame and fork , while keeping the original paint , never forget the strong protective powers of layer of good , high-quality , WAX !!
Go to a good store , with a good selection of autoparts , and buy a nice tub of wax . If you're going to strip off the parts for an overhaul , or re-build , perfect . If not , just work around them . Use plenty of warm water and detergent . Give the frame a good gentle bath . No high-pressure sprays . Dry it off very thoroughly . Use good wax . Do NOT allow it to dry HARD before buffing it off with a very clean very soft cloth . If you allow the wax to dry rock-hard , it's tough to get the excess off , especially out of the tight corners . Give it another coat of wax , the next day .
Is it a machine for transportation ? Don't forget about basic things like oil and grease . If you can live with the look , simply wiping things down with a clean ( not gritty ) cloth with some fresh grease on it will work wonders !
Oh ! And buy some of that Weigle Frame-Saver spray , for the inside of the frame !
> Hi all,
> A few years ago while still working at a shop, I managed to get my hands on
> a Raleigh Super Course Mk II. It was in pretty bad shape at the time, and
> while it would have been nice to try and keep it original, the main
> motivation was to get it up and running for my dad to ride. This involved
> rebuilding the wheels with new rims and spokes and a new front hub, brake
> levers and pads, cables, crankset, front derailleur, stem, bars, tyres and
> saddle. Where possible, I tried to keep to things that at least looked the
> part - and of course I've not thrown away any bits that came with the bike
> as I got it.
> The frame is still in fairly nice shape, despite a few rust spots here and
> there showing through the paint. I believe the three main tubes are 531, and
> it's painted in a fairly bright emerald green with cream panels and gold
> My dad has now got more into cycling and is buying himself a bit more modern
> and user friendly steed - having not ridden a bike regularly for over 35
> years, and never having been a 'cyclist' that's fine by me. My question then
> is to try and get a bit more background on this bike, when it would have
> been built, what the original components might have been, and whether it is
> something 'worth' trying to restore to original condition. Otherwise, I'm
> thinking it would make a very nice winter/fixed gear bike. Also, short of a
> complete re-spray (which I don't want to do because I really like the paint
> job) what is the best way to prevent the rust from spreading and to maintain
> or enhance the existing paintwork.
> Many thanks for any info, links, pics of similar bikes, or anything else
> Sam Alison
> Prague, CZ