Newbie alert!

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Craigus Farticus, 23 Jan 2018.

  1. Craigus Farticus

    Craigus Farticus New Member

    I have recently purchased a late 1980s Raleigh Equipe. I've been riding a modern Carrera Gryphon hybrid to work which is a 35.5 mile round trip. I run the Gryphon on 23mm tyres, so I'm not too slow but wanted to see if I get to work faster on an old drop bar racer.
    I'm trying to keep the Equipe period correct. What tyres should I be fitting? Brown walled??

    Any advice gratefully received. :smile:


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  2. welsh dragon

    welsh dragon a permanent vacancy now exists

    Hello and welcome :welcome:
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    Craigus Farticus

    Craigus Farticus New Member

    Thank you Welsh Dragon. :smile:
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  4. roadrash

    roadrash cycle chatterer

    owdo :bicycle:I do seem to remember the equipe with tanwall tyres
  5. Specialeyes

    Specialeyes Über Member

    Hi there from the diagonally opposite side of Essex and :welcome:

    I used to have an Equipe just like that and tan-walled tyres looked great. It also had just about the most satisfying freewheel 'thok' sound of any bike I've ever owned :smile:
  6. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

    On 3 Wheels
    Why keep it 'period correct' they're only a pretty basic bike from Raleigh but do ride nicely, this is mine.


    Although it is a 'Super Equipe' from 85 (red and white paint job) the frame will be pretty much the same, as you can see very little is original but every component change was an 'upgrade' on what was fitted, even the hubs which actually date from 78 and 79.
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  7. phantasmagoriana

    phantasmagoriana Über Member

    Here's a pic from the catalogue showing the original setup: yes, tan-walled tyres.

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  8. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

    On 3 Wheels
    Mine as it would have originally looked (and a photo I've nicked before to post on here seemingly)

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  9. buzzy-beans

    buzzy-beans Senior Member

    Hello and welcome @Cariagus Farticus to this amazing place to do with all things cycling. I agree with you with regards to keeping a classic bike looking as it should do.
    By the sound of it and by looking at your user name, surely if you modified your cycling shorts ate a suitably explosive diet and rode constantly with your hands on the drops, your Raleigh Equipe might just become rocket powered!!
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  10. Fonze

    Fonze Totally obsessive , cool by nature

    Hello there .. :bicycle:
  11. ADarkDraconis

    ADarkDraconis Cardinal Member

    Ohio, USA
    Hey there! I know nothing of road bikes but just wanted to say :welcome: My brother works at the LBS, if you'd like I can ask what ge recommends. (He also likes tan-walled tires, I am personally not a fan for anyone under 65.)
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