Wow, what a ride! At this point Greg, I’d forget the drops and opt for some ape-hangers instead.
As I was sitting in a hotel for a few weeks in Minneapolis I was itching for a bike ride over the Memorial Day Weekend (05/10). That is when I found this wonderful mid 80′s Raleigh Marathon that had been hanging in a divorce’s garage (for a few years by the look of it). $60, a bit of air in the tires and a minor seat adjustment entertained me for just under fifty miles around the Minneapolis Greenways that afternoon. I started out just looking for something I could discard after the end of my summer deployment (survey in Alaska). $60 is right in that price range, but I like this bike so much, I went out and bought a few necessary accessories (lock, tool kit, helmet, and lights), and am sure that I will find it difficult to part with at the summer’s end. The frame is pretty tall. There is a 61 stamped on the steering head. I suppose this means 61 cm. As I am 6 foot, it is just a bit tall for me, but it feels really good. I like the geometry. You can see by the photos that I have the seat in the lowest position and the previous owner had replaced the dropped bars for a straight bar. Perhaps I will replace the dropped bar if I decide to keep it.