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1973? Raleigh Sprite 27
« on: July 13, 2021, 07:57:40 AM »
Hey,
Picked this Raleigh up last week from my travels for work - after much research best dating puts it at a 1973.
This sprite has been heavily modified with some quality components.
Fenders, bars, side pull brakes, pedals, and  saddle  all gone.
The 5 speed derailleur is a shimano 600 long cage, shifter huret with a campy cover.
The wheels are true and beautiful - has a unique oil port on the hub....never seen that before.
Anyway the yellow is got to be the ugliest attempt at yellow ever conceived!
Also the spring top tube cable clamps (first picture) moved and scratched the paint further....that's out!

I'm going to call this bike "X" Factor as that's what's stamped on the BB....when I was looking for the serial number.

Going to powder coat it in the vintage Raleigh green and use the upside down Velo bars, and put on velo black hammer tone aluminum full fenders on it kind of a rat rod look.

Anyway check it out.
Steel is Real = Steel Frame Bicycles

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1980 Suburban Sky Blue FFS No2 Fav
1978 Motobecane Nomade Grn silver mist Suntour
1977 Motobecane Nomade Grn silver mist Huret No. 3 fav
1974 Motobecane Mirage Metallic Blue
1974 Continental Chestnut Brown
1974 Suburban - Frankenstein - Sold
1970 Suburban - 5 Speed "Dearly De-Parted"
2005 Mongoose full suspension converted 1500 watt Ebike
1973 Raleigh Sprite X Factor
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Offline rickpaulos

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Re: 1973? Raleigh Sprite 27
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2021, 09:59:08 AM »
You might think Raleigh would have a specific name for that color.  So many bike and car companies come up with names to make the colors sound cooler or more exclusive.  But not this one.  "Yellow".  And it isn't even yellow.  I agree it's a butt ugly look. How ever of all the Sprites in this color, yours has to be in the best condition I've ever seen. Most are oxidized and faded and scratched all over.  Yellow (and white) show all the flaws and damage.   So many old Raleigh paint jobs have oxidized and look very flat.  A good polish and wax will bring them back to the original.  Raleigh used to hand dip the frames in a large vat of paint.  No spray or brush painting. Dip and put them on a hook for the excess to run off and dry.  Black enamel was used on so many. It is the easiest color to touch up and polish.   The green Raleighs were gloss when new.  The green oxidizes too.

You can see the dip at 7:00 in this Raleigh factory film.

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Re: 1973? Raleigh Sprite 27
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2021, 10:49:51 AM »
I've got two of them in that color!

Not my favorite, mind you, just not what I normally see around here.

Tad
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Re: 1973? Raleigh Sprite 27
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2021, 11:04:27 AM »
Rick,
Great Video.

Tad,
Wish the chain guard wasn't all bent up on mine....I prefer the look with it. Yours are nice.
Are your top tube cable clamp "spring clips"? Just wondering if that was a original "bad" Idea??



Ill post a update once I modify it to the rat rod.
Steel is Real = Steel Frame Bicycles

1983? World Sport (Panasonic Giant??) Red - Sold
1980 Suburban Sky Blue FFS No2 Fav
1978 Motobecane Nomade Grn silver mist Suntour
1977 Motobecane Nomade Grn silver mist Huret No. 3 fav
1974 Motobecane Mirage Metallic Blue
1974 Continental Chestnut Brown
1974 Suburban - Frankenstein - Sold
1970 Suburban - 5 Speed "Dearly De-Parted"
2005 Mongoose full suspension converted 1500 watt Ebike
1973 Raleigh Sprite X Factor
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Re: 1973? Raleigh Sprite 27
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2021, 11:59:00 AM »
Anyway the yellow is got to be the ugliest attempt at yellow ever conceived!

"Colman's Mustard"?  :)

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Re: 1973? Raleigh Sprite 27
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2021, 12:47:06 PM »
Anyway the yellow is got to be the ugliest attempt at yellow ever conceived!

"Colman's Mustard"?  :)

You may have nailed it Andy!

Great mustard in any event!  ;)

Tad
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Re: 1973? Raleigh Sprite 27
« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2021, 06:22:19 PM »
Tad,
Are your top tube cable clamp "spring clips"? Just wondering if that was a original "bad" Idea??

Yes they are!

Tad
1959 Radiant Green Tiger, 1961 Radiant Blue Varsity, 1966 Violet Super Sport, 1967 Sky Blue Paramount P13, 1971 Burgundy Super Sport, 1972 Flamboyant Red Paramount Tandem, 1972 Opaque Green Super Sport, 1972 Kool Lemon Sports Tourer, 1973 Opaque Blue Continental, 1973 Opaque Blue Super Sport, 1986 Scarlet/Black Super Sport, 1987 Ice Pink Prelude, 1989 RWB Prelude, 1991/92 Serotta Colorado LT, 1993 Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra, 2008 Opaque Blue Madison, 2017 Eddy Merckx Sallanches 64

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Re: 1973? Raleigh Sprite 27
« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2021, 10:43:24 PM »






3 more on ebay now.   Guess the color isn't so rare.

I wonder if we will be seeing some of that English mustard at the ABCE.

Birmingham Alabama $150 & $125ship
https://www.ebay.com/itm/324496775054


Peoria Illinois $165 local pickup
https://www.ebay.com/itm/164787542314


Elkton Maryland $62.99 local pickup
https://www.ebay.com/itm/373137198206






"We shows girls love on Valentine's Day, and they let us blow things up on the Fourth of July. I just pray they never fall on the same day."  HS.

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Re: 1973? Raleigh Sprite 27
« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2021, 11:04:08 AM »
Wish I had those fenders.

Alright - I hate to say it but rode it again today, rides decent after a tune up for a  short trip to the store.
The yellow is so bad …."It's Good!"

Rethinking the re-paint.
Steel is Real = Steel Frame Bicycles

1983? World Sport (Panasonic Giant??) Red - Sold
1980 Suburban Sky Blue FFS No2 Fav
1978 Motobecane Nomade Grn silver mist Suntour
1977 Motobecane Nomade Grn silver mist Huret No. 3 fav
1974 Motobecane Mirage Metallic Blue
1974 Continental Chestnut Brown
1974 Suburban - Frankenstein - Sold
1970 Suburban - 5 Speed "Dearly De-Parted"
2005 Mongoose full suspension converted 1500 watt Ebike
1973 Raleigh Sprite X Factor
2015 Trek Steel District - No.1 Fav

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Re: 1973? Raleigh Sprite 27
« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2021, 12:43:36 PM »
I wonder about the color.  For decades, most Raleighs were black or green, or some other toned down colors.  Perhaps this low cost upright bike was intended for commuters who wanted more visibility on the road long before the era of orange safety vests with reflective stripes.
"We shows girls love on Valentine's Day, and they let us blow things up on the Fourth of July. I just pray they never fall on the same day."  HS.

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Re: 1973? Raleigh Sprite 27
« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2021, 06:41:41 PM »
The last bike I bought and reconditioned before my life went to hell in 2015 was this 1974 5 speed Carmine Red Sprite, which is a duplicate of a 10 speed one I had back in 1975-'76 in high school that my Dad forced me to sell because he said I did not need to have two 10 speed bikes. Sprites are a more nimble and responsive handling bike than the Schwinn Suburban was, it's direct American competitor.

Jim.
Still me after all these years. Just older, grayer and saggier.