[CR]The hardest 1970's Raleigh parts to find ...

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From: Donald Gillies <gillies@cs.ubc.ca>
Date: Thu, 7 Oct 2004 10:59:54 -0700 (PDT)
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]The hardest 1970's Raleigh parts to find ...

Non-campagnolo parts :

1. Christophe old-logo toe clips, medium, large, extra large.

2. Christophe leather straps in cool colors, such as red. I got one set from http://www.bikecult.com.

3. TA seatpost binder bolts w/o centerpull hanger. I have seen only one set for sale on ebay in two years.

4. Huret jubilee front and rear derailleurs. I think these actually look more cool than campagnolo, especially on a black bike like a competition. These are not rare per se, however, they are freaken expensive - about twice as much as a campagnolo derailleur set of the same era (> $100 per set, in good condition.)

5. Cool simplex stuff. For example, original SLJ 4000 derailleurs and original retrofriction shifters, such as those found on an RRA 1973 model. When you find them, they are invariably anodized in gold, which makes them useless for an accurate restoration. Simplex made 1 billion SLJ front mechs, all slightly different.

6. Atom / Maillard skewers. I don't know why you see campy skewers listed once a day on ebay, and Atom / Maillard skewers with metal dome nuts listed once a quarter.

7. Normandy sport hubs with oval holes. These cheapo hubs can actually be polished up to a beautiful shine and are freaken light, they fit campy axles, and i don't know why "they don't get no respect !!" One solution is to buy some peugeot or motobecane hubs and mix in some schwinn wheels/hubs - for the skewers.

8. Weinmann alesa rims. There is actually a pair on ebay right now, if i am correct (These are the dimpled rims with a shoulder) - please don't bid against me for these ... *sniff* ...

9. Raleigh Gransport bikes / frames. These show up maybe 3-4 times a year - they are as rare as a team pro. Either they didn't sell well, or they are very much beloved by their present owners. I have one, now, finally, I think it's the latter...

- Don Gillies
San Diego, CA