A Ride With The Raleigh Technium

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I love riding old frames.

For one, you are riding a bike that was, at some point, some athlete’s dream bike. There was an era when someone was saving up every penny — or pulling out their credit card — to buy that same bike that you just purchased for $20 at a garage sale.

You also have a lot of cool elements of style that simply aren’t used anymore. Sometimes these are frame lugs that are more ornate. Or you get a hand-welded frame that you know some employee labored over with great care.

It’s a level of care and design that you simply don’t see today.

Finally, you have the benefit of driving a high-dollar frame that you know the value of, but that looks like junk to the general populace. Thieves are more likely to skip over your bike when they have bolt cutters in hand. So I can drive my prized jewel around with fewer concerns about bike theft.

The Raleigh Technium

This was a pretty decent frame. The 6013 t6 aluminum main frame was designed to cut weight, making this one of the lighter weight bikes for its day.

However, you still have to contend with the harsh ride quality of aluminum. So they tacked on rear steel stays and a front fork to help cut down on the road vibration.

This made it a tad heavier than a pure aluminum bike but helped create a better ride.

There are a couple of fun design elements. The lugs aren’t extremely ornate, but add a certain pizzazz that modern bikes don’t have. The cable routing inside the frame gives you nice, clean lines (although you might curse a little when it’s your turn to rerun cables.)

Drawback

My big concern with this bike is the seat tube bolt. This appears to be a very unique-sized bolt, and I’m not sure you would be able to find a replacement if this one is rusted or seized.

You will have to loosen this bolt to adjust the seat, so it’s one of those things to double check, especially if you are spending more than $30 on the bike.

Economy Model?

There isn’t a lot of information on this model, but best I could gather, it is a more entry-level model. Possibly from the late 1980’s and produced as a licensing deal between Raleigh and Huffy.

However, if your bike is in good condition, it could have a lot of value on the resale market. The frame has long rear dropouts which is essential for a college kid who wants to convert it into a fixie.

Which means that in addition to the vintage resale market, the frame has additional value to fixie fanatics.

Overall, this could be a great bike for commuting around town. Who knows? You could probably pay for it with a paper route.

(With any luck, your bike will still remember the route from when it used to run it 30 years ago. )

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