This is my main commuter bike, Gentle Reader. I noticed quite a few hits on my Raleigh Marathon. And then a few on my earlier Raleigh Super Grand Prix post--you can read the bike's colorful history there, should you have time to kill. I thought it would be nice to post some better images of this bike, which my father bought for me new in 1977, at Vendables Bicycles in Tulsa, Oklahoma, when I was still in High School.
The bike is all original except for the saddle--which is now a Brooks B-17. I still have the original saddle but it was just tourture as it was so freakin' hard! The back wheel I had to replace after a crash years ago. I put the fenders back on recently as the rains will be here soon. They're the very light German-made -- and kind of tricky to get right without rubbing.
SPD pedals replaced the old stirrup clips--and those Italian shoes. They had little clips in them, more like slots--since the intructions were not in English, I'm not sure I ever figured out if I had them on right, They were dangerous to wear on the pavement as the soles and the cleat were like walking on ice. I recall several times back in the day when I stopped at a light, put my foot down only to have my foot slip out from under me--and I'd smack down on the road with a thud...
Better view of the Dragon emblem.
Made in Japan, not England.
30 year old componets have worked perfectly.
Decals are a bit faded. All the components are Sun Tour.
An awesome bike. Right now she's the main commuter bike, and had been my back up bike for brevets. I rode a 300 Km brevet in pouring rain on this bike because it had fenders--and I stayed a lot dryer and more comfortable than my mates. This is a perfect brevet bike--if only I was the perfect randonneur!
1977 Raleigh Super Grand Prix. My attempt as making things look a bit more interesting. This is a sturdy bike and I have the thicker tires on the wheels. Part of my commute home was at one time about six miles of jeep road through the desert.