Raleigh RSP Travelogue 708

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Re: Raleigh RSP Travelogue 708

Postby NATURAL ANKLING » 9 May 2020, 3:35pm

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Re: Raleigh RSP Travelogue 708

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Re: Raleigh RSP Travelogue 708

Postby 3speednut » 10 May 2020, 12:56pm

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This is my 1997 Raleigh Ranndoneur with the 708 frame when I did the Morecambe Bay Cycle way, i have since put flat bars on it, increasingly not liking drop bars as I get older.

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Re: Raleigh RSP Travelogue 708

Postby markjohnobrien » 11 May 2020, 8:04pm

NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Hi,



Nice one: thanks for sharing.

Always good to see the original catalogue/information/primary source documentation.

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Re: Raleigh RSP Travelogue 708

Postby NATURAL ANKLING » 11 May 2020, 10:18pm

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markjohnobrien wrote:
NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Hi,



Nice one: thanks for sharing.

Always good to see the original catalogue/information/primary source documentation.

Found several links recently and blow if I can find them now, raleigh catalogs in pdf?

There does not appear to be one universal site for raleighs catalogs?
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Re: Raleigh RSP Travelogue 708

Postby markjohnobrien » 11 May 2020, 10:37pm

Retro bike forum has a few, mainly Dynatech and MTB.

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Re: Raleigh RSP Travelogue 708

Postby markjohnobrien » 21 Jun 2020, 10:58pm

3speednut wrote:IMG_20190506_084656.jpgIMG_20190829_163706.jpg
This is my 1997 Raleigh Ranndoneur with the 708 frame when I did the Morecambe Bay Cycle way, i have since put flat bars on it, increasingly not liking drop bars as I get older.


Very nice: I love the colour.

On all of the RSP’s bikes, I find the paintwork is of a higher quality than many modern bikes and lots more durable with a harder finish. This softer paintwork on some bikes, I’ve read was due to EU regulations removing certain chemicals from paint.

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Re: Raleigh RSP Travelogue 708

Postby Sweep » 22 Jun 2020, 5:55am

markjohnobrien wrote:On all of the RSP’s bikes, I find the paintwork is of a higher quality than many modern bikes and lots more durable with a harder finish. This softer paintwork on some bikes, I’ve read was due to EU regulations removing certain chemicals from paint.

Yes, the paint on my old ridgebacks is vastly superior to that on my newer bikes. I too understood that it was because of safety regs. Anyone know what these evil substances were? Couldn't the production staff be protected from them?
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Re: Raleigh RSP Travelogue 708

Postby peetee » 22 Jun 2020, 7:22am

I believe the changes were due to national and international environmental concerns rather than Health and Safety measures.
The paint on my Raleigh 708 is thin but incredibly tough. It will scratch rather than chip. The edges of the damage are not brittle and corrosion doesn’t creep and lift the paint.
So many modern paint finishes have a thick, toffee-apple-like consistency which I do not like. If the days of the thin, durable, lug-compatible paint job are over it’s a very sad thing.
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Re: Raleigh RSP Travelogue 708

Postby markjohnobrien » 22 Jun 2020, 12:24pm

I agree: if it is the case, it is a very sad thing. But, it makes me like my Raleigh’s (or Ridgebacks for other people) even more.

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Re: Raleigh RSP Travelogue 708

Postby markjohnobrien » 22 Jun 2020, 12:30pm

Peetee- your comment about how corrosion doesn’t creep or lift the edges (or rather the paint is resistant to this) is very interesting as I believe Raleigh were one of the first cycle manufacturers to invest in zinc phosphate dipping of their frames (as happens to car bodies). Maybe this, in addition, to the excellent paint helps.