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Raleigh Redux on Rainier

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1983 Raleigh Super Course, Japanese, Raleigh 555 SL, top tube replaced with 531, S&S coupled and resprayed by Troy Courtney

Raleigh with no-name 90 degree stem


Mavic with Shimano RX-100, butted Wheelsmith spokes

Mavic with Shimano RX-100, butted Wheelsmith spokes

Recycled arabesque Shimano 600, Shimano sealed BB

Selle Italia Rolls

eBay special touring SPD's -- Purple!

recycled 8-speed mid-90's Shimano 600, 12-25 cluster, arabesque Shimano 600 front derailleur

This is the first good road bike, and the first nice thing of any kind, that I ever bought for myself. I bought it new in 1983, for 0.00 earned with 162 hours of flipping burgers at McDonald's in Fox Lake, IL, for .45 an hour. Since then I've ridden it on six continents, more than 10,000 miles worth. After all those years and miles it had taken a beating. I finally decided to fix it up and found Troy Courtney in Geneva IL, near Chicago ( He did a fantastic job replacing the damaged top tube, installing S&S couplings ( and respraying the bike. It was originally black metalflake with gold decals but I wanted to invoke Washington State with the respray. I was in the air force for six years there and fell in love with the state. The main color is Dark Emerald Pearl, a Honda color, for the Washington forests, accented by a bright silver for the clouds, white decals and white and bright blue accent stripes for the mountain peaks, the sky and Puget Sound. Its coming out party was held on Mount Rainier in July. The breakdown, travel and reassembly went fantastic, the riding and companionship were magical and I couldn't be happier with the whole project. The old Raleigh has just begun its second life.

People who friended this bike zoovegroover, soundsgreen, sambaus, jbailie, hippodrome, theflyingdutchman, phillyc71

What's the deal with this bike?

I had purchased the exact same Super Course off CL a couple of months back. Do you recall this bicycle being a type of anniversary model, or was it a one year change-up on the construction of the Super Course?

What is interesting is that this particular Super Course is built to compete with higher-end Raleighs of the time, such as the Racing USA line (Grand Prix, Super Course, Competition): all were made from Raleigh 555sl. I'm not sure about components, but I did a comparison between the '83 Super Course in question with a Team USA of around the same era. What I found funny was our Super Course had a superior derailleurs, as well as superior Dia-Compe G side-pull brakes. wouldn't happen to have the Dia-Compe brake calipers or the Suntour ARX derailleurs laying around still, would you?

Anyhow, nice bike!

I love it

the photograph is spectacular as well ;>)

Very nice Raleigh !

My first "real" bike was also a Raleigh, took its first ride in Herrin, Ill.

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Muy Guapa!!

Hola amigo. Raleigh, bonita bicicleta de los 80’s. Salud y bicicleta.
Hello friend. Raleigh, pretty bicycle of the 80' s. Health and bicycle

Gracias Amigo!

Los bicicletas Viejas son las mas hermosas. And they ride very nicely too. Gracias por las palabras.

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