Ok, so I’ve already awarded George’s GS the “nicest of the week” award, so in fairness, Kevin J’s Raleigh Super Course deserves some distinction. I suppose this is the “most unique Raleigh of the week”. Aluminum tubing bonded to steel lugs will certainly help earn such a distinction. I’m sure there is a story of catastrophic failure or some other ve(lo(re)) attributed to this frame, perhaps one of you Nottingheads can fill us in.
For your consideration is a late 1980’s Raleigh USA Super Course. I found it in the basement of Reverend Johnston Bike shop in Bowerston, Oh. He has no apparition of old ten speeds and gave it to me. It is a combination of Chrome Moly and Aluminum bonded together. The original fork had been replace with chrome Tange fork that looked totally out of place. I replace the fork with a threaded carbon fiber fork. Now it spans three generations of bicycle manufacture. Steel, Aluminum and Carbon fiber. Most parts are original except for the headset, and a NOS set of brakes.
PS. Should add that Reverend Johnson is a really wonderful guy who loves old bikes and restores old old Schwins and also referusih bikes a gives them to local Kids.