Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MkII Restoration - I Love Chrome Stays!!

This is Marc's 1974 (I believe) Raleigh Super Course MKII.  Mark had one as a kid just like it and recently found this one.  I really like the Super Course, I believe it is one of the more underrated bicycles and can be restored as original or used as a black canvas for some really nice builds.  I am also a sucker for chrome chain and seat stays which was not available long after this one.

This Super Course does not have the original drive train, it has Shimano 600 through out.  I really like the Shimano 600 build as the black canvas route.  Marc did a wonderful job finding original components so the Super Course will be going back to the beautiful original look which I think will be beautiful once the ruby ready paint is polished out.

The Super Course is in pretty good starting shape.  The ruby red paint is dull and dirty but should come back nicely.  Marc found the original Stronlight style crank, original brake levers and derailleurs that will cleaned and polished.  New handlebar tape and cable housings will also be installed.  I look very very forward to seeing the results!

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Bicycle Before

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Bicycle Before - Handlebars

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Bicycle Before - Head Tube

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Bicycle Before - Front Brake 

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Bicycle Before - Front Wheel Hub

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Bicycle Before - Front Wheel Rim

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Bicycle Before - Stem

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Bicycle Before - Head Tube

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Bicycle Before - Top Tube

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Bicycle Before - Shift Levers

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Bicycle Before - Down Tube

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Bicycle Before - Reynolds Decal

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Bicycle Before - Seat Tube

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Bicycle Before - Bottom Bracket

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Bicycle Before - Crank

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Bicycle Before - Front Derailleur

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Bicycle Before - Rear Brake

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Bicycle Before - Chain Stays

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Bicycle Before - Rear Derailleur

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Bicycle Before - Rear Wheel Hub

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Bicycle Before - Rear Wheel Rim
With the frame stripped of the components the frame has a few rough spots and a lot of grime and dullness but it should clean and polish very nice.  The tubing decal below the seat lug might be replaced.

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Before

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Before - Head Tube

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Before - Head Tube

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Before - Top Tube

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Before - Down Tube

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Before - Down Tube

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Before - Down Tube

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Before - Seat Lug

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Before - Seat Lug Decal

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Before - Seat Tube

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Before - Bottom Bracket

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Before - Bottom Bracket

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Before - Bottom Bracket

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Before - Seat Stays

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Before - Seat Stays

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Before - Chain Stays

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Before - Stays

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Before - Drop Outs

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Before

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Before - Fork

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Before - Fork Crown

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Before - Fork Crown

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Before - Fork Crown


Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Before - Fork Blades

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Before - Fork Drop Outs
I gave the frame and fork a deep cleaning and then worked through the polishing grits.  The paint polished beautifully!  The photos do not do justice showing how deep the paint looks.  The white head tube looks so nice after a deep cleaning and a slight paint cut.  The white panels where the decal go also cleaned and polished beautifully.  Best of all the chrome stays polished beautifully!  I am very pleased with the results of the frame!

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Polished

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Polished - Head Tube

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Polished - Head Tube

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Polished - Head Tube


Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Polished - Top Tube

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Polished - Down Tube

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Polished - Down Tube

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Polished - Seat Lug

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Polished - Seat Tube

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Polished - Bottom Bracket

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Polished - Bottom Bracket

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Polished - Bottom Bracket

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Polished - Seat Lug

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Polished - Seat Stays

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Polished - Chain Stays

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Polished - Stays

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Polished - Drop Outs

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Polished - Fork

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Polished - Fork Corwn

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Polished - Fork Crown

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Frame Polished - Fork Blades

I started with the wheels next.  The wheels are in descent starting shape.  The old grease and bearings where very nasty but that is not a problem.  I cleaned and polished the wheel hubs and rims and they turned out beautifully.  I am currently working on the axle pieces.  

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Front Wheel Before

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Front Wheel Hub Before

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Front Wheel Rim Before

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Front Wheel Hub Old Grease


Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Front Wheel Hub Polished

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Front Wheel Rim Polished

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Rear Wheel Before

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Rear Wheel Hub Before

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Rear Wheel Hub Before

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Rear Wheel Rim Before

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Rear Wheel Hub Old Grease

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Rear Wheel Hub Polished

Marc's Raleigh Super Course MKII Restoration
Rear Wheel Rim Polished

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