Discussion in 'Vintage and Classic Bikes' started by SkipdiverJohn, 22 Jan 2018.
I'd love to post the Raleigh advertisement poster I have but I'd get castigated by the 'PC' brigade,
It is a lovely steel bike though
753 and Campagnolo
EDIT BTW if this gets deleted I won't be surprised.
They were fun, but clearly look like shoot.
The problem lies with the beholder. Unable to see beauty in great design or simple smooth lines, they impose a model of the past - no matter how flawed - usually from their teens or twenties, as what was right and therefore beautiful.
I think it’s sad.
If you took away the branding, it would be beautiful.
Agree completely. It's a hideous looking bike. In fact I'd hesitate to even call it a bike at all. Up until now I have regarded the Giant Trinity as the Holy Grail of carbon fibre ugliness, now it has some serious competition. Maybe we need a Poll to decide the winner of the Pukeworthy Cup?
if you took away the branding the poor girl would freeze to death!
I'd be happy with one of those, except for the worry that people might mistake me for a triathlete. These days I barely get close to monathlete
There's differences but I think some new bikes look absolutely fine. I usually ride a 1986 Raleigh Criterium at this time of year: -
But I also have a Merida Scultura as a fun bike in better weather. Much stiffer when I want to put some power down but reasonably similar comfort wise. Oh, and about 3kg lighter. I think it looks pretty good myself: -
Extremely unlikely it is 3Kg's lighter mcshroom, in any case when that ugly plastic frame is twisting and writhing between your thighs on the downhill you will more than lose any marginal gains. Also "stiff" does not mean more power layed down . You get your power back in a nice gentle progressive fashion from a spring. . .
Glad you put a smilie in there I thought you were being serious.
I think it probably is a good 3kg lighter - Criterium must be 11+kilos, especially with the guards. Scultura - 8kg?
Edit: in fact I just weighed my Pro Race [pretty much same frame as the Crit] and it's more like 12kg with its guards!
There could be something in the spring effect though:
The Crit's a 501 so a bit heavier than a true lightweight. With guards it comes to around 12kg all in. The Scultura comes in a little under 9kg. In fact I'm currently using a dynamo light and a Carradice Bagman on the Criterium. I can probably get the bike over 13kg with that set up.
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