This is a c1985 Raleigh Marathon in Teal with a Quicksilver head tube and White decals. It is a 21.5″ /  55cm / Medium (center of bottom bracket to top of seat tube) lugged Cro-Mo Steel frame with a steel fork. The stand over height is 31.5″ directly in front of the saddle. 

There are 12 speeds available through the alloy Sakae Ringyo Custom two ring (52/42t) alloy chainrings with 170mm alloy crank arms and the Suntour Perfect 6 gear freewheel. 

The rear derailleur is a Shimano Tourney and the front is a Suntour 7.  Shifting is through stem mounted Suntour Friction Shifters.

Both wheels are chrome rims drilled for Schrader valves laced to alloy hubs. The front is quick release and the rear is nutted. Both wheels have 27″ x 1 1/4″ gum wall tires.

Braking is handled by Dia Compe side pulls. The brake levers are alloy Dia Compe levers with safety levers. 

The original black Raleigh vinyl saddle is mounted to a flutes alloy seat post that moves freely in the seat tube. 

Alloy handlebars are mounted to an alloy stem. The stem is not frozen in the steering tube.

There is a bottle cage on the down tube and eyelets for front and rear fenders. It has a kickstand as well as the original quickstand.

The bicycle rides, turns, stops and shifts through all of the gears and rings as it should.

This is one of my favorite Raleigh colors. It looks dark green in the shade and metallic teal in the sun. It is a classy looking bike and the teal color is accentuated by the white decals and gum wall tires. The Marathon, at a claimed 27lbs was second in the Sport Touring lineup behind the Olympian and was meant to ‘combine the high performance of a racing bike with the comfort of a touring bike’.  Probably best suited for a rider 5’6″-5’9″.

For less than the price of a generic Bike Shaped Object that anyone might buy online or from a store that sells bicycles in the Toy Department, you could be riding this vintage bicycle with quality components. The fact that it is still rolling down the road is a testament to how well it was built.

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