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1977 Raleigh Grand Prix Porteur

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Raleigh Grand Prix



27x 1 1/8 stock

27x 1 1/8 stock


Brooks B17

Picked up this '77 ('76?) Grand Prix on Craigslist for thirty dollars from the original owner. He stopped riding it back in the late eighties and has been sitting in his garage since. Overall in good condition, but there was so much dirt and grime that I figured a full cleaning and renovation would be in order.

This was my first renovation, so I ended up buying Zin's road bike maintenance book and just learning while I took it apart, de-rusted (steel wool and oil on all the parts), re-greased, re-packed the bearings, etc... The frame had plenty of nicks and scratches which rusted through but thankfully, the steel was in good condition, so I removed the decals (painful to see but it had to be done), and stripped the paint. Because of budget, I decided to paint the frame, add pinstripes, gold lug outlining, and clear coat myself.

The head badge was also in bad condition, so I shined it up, which stripped the color, but I think the gold matches the pin stripes and painted lug outlines. To reattach it, I used clear silicone and soldered the rivet holes. I also added velo orange 45mm steel fenders (pre-drilled). For the rack, I took inspiration from "steppinthefunk's" Wald rack modification. Panniers were too expensive, so it was off to the army/navy surplus store for some bags, which were purchased in military olive for ten dollars each. These were bleached and surprisingly ended up matching the shellacked grips and pale yellow color scheme.

It's my new baby, but the 3-speed is still the apple of my eye. Check out the full renovation at:

People who friended this bike desarro, Brett Kuck, sibkis, northweststray, vincent, solofe, floggingdavy, EastsidePride, the fumingator, buildFinch, toofsy, cobrabyte, van, Crank Pedaler, OZYMANDIAzzz, swardenh, tomtom1230, blakesmith, mantonio1433, Main Mill Valley, flyingrobots, campystamp, markinlouisville, achtundzwanzig, axe_somebody, GGB, ituchbikes


very nice!
ugly to pretty

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