This is a really great, modern, high quality, good spec hybrid / road bike from one of the best names in British cycling, Raleigh. It is absolutely like NEW CONDITION, UNUSED! It has been stored in the dry since purchase. I have fully serviced and cleaned it and can guarantee that it is like a NEW BIKE! It has not done any miles since new, is very comfortable and rides really well, with a surprisingly soft ride quality. It is in excellent condition, perfectly clean and correctly lubricated. This is not an “old vintage bike”, it’s a modern version of a classic bike and has great modern touches such as 700c tyres on aluminum wheels. The mechanics of the bike show little or no wear throughout. In particular, the Shimano gearing shifts really smoothly between the 15 gears, enough for any terrain.
The frame is not made from basic cheap steel like on most bikes at this price, but is made from a “CROMOLY” steel alloy (same as Reynolds 500/501 tubing) (see photo). This means the bike is lighter weight than most comparable bikes.
You can tell that the bike has not been ridden extensively from the fact the tyres are in immaculate condition. These combine with the cantilever brakes to give a really safe ride.
The mudguards are something you will be really thankful of if you ever get caught in the rain. The kickstand is also something you will find surprisingly useful, as is the rack over the rear wheel (which is impressively sturdy). The front basket is really useful and is easy to remove and then reinstall in a moment. The paint finish is a lovely metallic red and is really attractive in sunlight.
As part of my family's clear out, this lovely bike is looking for a new home. It will fit the majority of average height/tall women given the wide range of adjustment of the saddle. The frame measures 21 inches (from the bottom bracket to the top of the seat tube), so I would imagine anyone over 5' 5" should fit it nicely. (There is no (unnecessary, heavy) suspension saddle post like on some hybrids, so this frame size equates to about a 48cm frame with suspension saddle post).
This would make a great commuter for trips around town or further afield, or even on light trails / towpaths.
It’s “Made in England” by Raleigh which is a very famous, high quality, British brand. All the components are original and unworn, and not cheap substitutes:
• Very good quality, lightweight CROMO frame (no rust anywhere, not even on bolt heads!)
• Comfy Selle Royal saddle
• 700 x 38C tyres for good stability
• 15 smooth Shimano SIS gears, with shifters conveniently located by handlebar grips
• Good cantilever brakes, recently adjusted (like on a touring bike)
• Kickstand to avoid parking problems
• Additional features over original spec include:-
- Full length modern plastic mudguards (even clean on the underside!)
- Good quality, large basket on a solid bracket (easily removed if required)
I may be able to deliver in Cambridge city or surrounding areas if it helps the buyer.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, I will be happy to help. I have more photos if required. Thanks for looking.