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With certain model Raleighs from the '70's - my '72 SuperCourse being an example - you might have headset/fork threading issues. While the bb was standard BSC, the fork used the proprietary Raleigh threading and the headset was trashed. Sheldon bailed me out. The upper half of the headset (that with the threads) is essentially bulletproof. Even the chrome was in good shape. It's the lower cup and race that takes the beating. I used the lower cup and race from a $10 beach cruiser headset, packed it with loose balls, and that sucker is darn near as smooth as a CK.

Sheldon was.....actually, still is the MAN!
 
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