80's Raleigh Gran Prix
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    80's Raleigh Gran Prix

    Okay...so I'm thinking about getting into cycling because I found this 85 or so Raleigh Gran Prix at a thrift store for 20 bucks...I knew it was a good deal, just cause the bike seemed light . I've done some research (Sheldon Brown and here) and it seems like this might be a good choice to get me started. Bike is 100% original in great shape...replaced the Look pedals it had with some regular w/toe clips. So I think I'm off to a good start....now the question is tho...since I've not regularly ridden a bike in ages (47 atm)...is an older bike like this a good choice (i.e. shifters are on the down tube) or should I use this as a trade in to get a lower end new road bike?


    From the Sheldon Brown website..here's the specs:
    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/retroral...grandprix.html

    Thanks in advance!

    David

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    Welcome...My vote is keep the Raleigh...As long as it's working properly, keep riding it..After you have some more experience under your belt, get a newer bike.....
    Dave Hickey/ Fort Worth

    My 3Rensho Blog: http://vintage3rensholove.blogspot.com/

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    I second Dave's motion.....it's a lot nicer than the 1970's Grand Prix......

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