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    Raleigh 40th Anniversary 'Racer'

    Now I'm no bike expert but this looks incredibly expensive at £2500, especially as you have to self-build it and there's a fair few negative comments.

    https://www.raleigh.co.uk/gb/en/ti-r...SAAEgLQK_D_BwE

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    There's a ''It's a piece of art'' in the description which probably explains the price.

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    Well yes, itís lovely to look at but itís a bike!
    Quote Originally Posted by PawG View Post
    There's a ''It's a piece of art'' in the description which probably explains the price.

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    £2.5k is reasonable these days...most bikes that are delivered need some assembly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TaketheCannoli View Post
    Well yes, itís lovely to look at but itís a bike!
    Same things can be said about watches :-)


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    Nice looking - tick
    An overt display of a bit of class - tick
    Modern version of something with historic value - tick
    More effective modern technologies available - tick
    Shiny - tick
    Carefully chosen expensive price point - tick

    Is it a Moonwatch?
    Quote Originally Posted by TaketheCannoli View Post
    Well yes, itís lovely to look at but itís a bike!
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    Yes with good-old Joop Zoetemelk (Vuelta 79, TdF 80 and WC 85) on the bike!

    Joop is an icon over here!

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    Looks great, and if your were to build one up from Vintage / reproduction parts youíd easily spend £2500

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    For that money you could get an original one with a full restoration.

    This is for the more money than sense nostalgia brigade.

    Itís a decent bike mind ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Steve View Post
    £2.5k is reasonable these days...most bikes that are delivered need some assembly.

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    Don't I know it

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    Just get Halfords to do it

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    Don't I know it

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    For some of us of a certain age, that is what a bicycle is supposed to look like. Out of my price range, otherwise I may be tempted.

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    I always wanted the TI, but ended up with thisÖ



    I loved it though Ė those were the days #nostalgia

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    My journey to the Arena was via the Striker with the pedal-back brake and Grifter....








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    Quote Originally Posted by TaketheCannoli View Post
    My journey to the Arena was via the Striker with the pedal-back brake and Grifter....
    Oh my goodness, the Grifter! That takes me back. I remember folding the end of the mudguard over so that it caught on the tyre and 'sounded like a motorbike'. I don't know what motorbikes we'd been listening to...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TaketheCannoli View Post
    My journey to the Arena was via the Striker with the pedal-back brake and Grifter....

    I forgot about the Arena and the pump on the crossbar

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornholio View Post
    Oh my goodness, the Grifter! That takes me back. I remember folding the end of the mudguard over so that it caught on the tyre and 'sounded like a motorbike'. I don't know what motorbikes we'd been listening to...
    We used to jam a wooden lolly stick in the rear brake caliper so that it trailed in the spokes

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    Quote Originally Posted by trident-7 View Post
    We used to jam a wooden lolly stick in the rear brake caliper so that it trailed in the spokes
    We used to experiment with various things and found that if you get just the right thickness of cardboard you could achieve a good motorbike sound. For about a minute until it disintegrated of course.....


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    For £2500 thats definitely style over substance but then again, I'd say something like the Moonwatch is exactly the same.

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    Oooh, controversial

    Quote Originally Posted by Christian View Post
    For £2500 thats definitely style over substance but then again, I'd say something like the Moonwatch is exactly the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TaketheCannoli View Post
    Oooh, controversial
    How so? I remember buying a Moonwatch in the 90's for £1300 retail, it was an old design then, and the same watch now is what, £3500?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vampire View Post
    How so? I remember buying a Moonwatch in the 90's for £1300 retail, it was an old design then, and the same watch now is what, £3500?
    Yes, I like the Moonwatch, but I bought my first one brand new from a dealer for £1000 in 2000. Seeing that exact same watch, unchanged 20 years later for £4260 is 2.5x that price after having taken inflation into account. It's a nice design, but it's pretty basic compared to other offerings in that price range. Any other model in that range would certainly not have that basic a movement or a hesalite crystal. Just like the bike, I feel there's a huge proportion of the price being paid for aesthetics/romanticism/marketing rather than quality of product you get for your money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Steve View Post
    £2.5k is reasonable these days...most bikes that are delivered need some assembly.

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    Indeed - you can easily spend £4k just on a pair of wheels for a roadbike

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    Are bike clips and a yellow cape included?
    Cuidich 'n Righ

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornholio View Post
    Oh my goodness, the Grifter! That takes me back. I remember folding the end of the mudguard over so that it caught on the tyre and 'sounded like a motorbike'. I don't know what motorbikes we'd been listening to...
    Until the flap melted through and fell off!

    Next came taking all the mudguards off to make it BMX-like, then pulling the gear cable mega tight to get ultra low first to aid in wheelies... "Hey did ya see that twelve cranker!".

    Happy days

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velorum View Post
    Chopper!

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    Probably worth millions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TaketheCannoli View Post
    My journey to the Arena was via the Striker with the pedal-back brake and Grifter....







    My first 3 bikes were the same! My Grifter was metallic red though


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    Quote Originally Posted by spud767 View Post


    Probably worth millions.
    If that is yours you might be surprised at what someone will pay for it, the decent Raleighs with Reynold frames are desirable, there is a high demand from middle aged plus blokes wanting to revisit the bikes of their youth that they either owned or lusted after.

    My LBS specialises in restoring such bikes and it's a big part of their business.

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    Thereís a guy on YouTube called Guy Kestavan who does bike/bike kit reviews and he loves it to bits, actually has done a full ride review.

    Personally I like it from a retro/modern bike point of view.

    As a youth I used to have a Raleigh Record Sprint and loved it to bits, black and gold, very stylish. Lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonH View Post
    If that is yours you might be surprised at what someone will pay for it, the decent Raleighs with Reynold frames are desirable, there is a high demand from middle aged plus blokes wanting to revisit the bikes of their youth that they either owned or lusted after.

    My LBS specialises in restoring such bikes and it's a big part of their business.
    Yes it's mine and in the loft. Got it for Christmas in '85 I think. Still using the wooden bike stand I made at school.

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