Although the Sports Model was the original backbone of the range, it was the Raleigh 20 which really set the sales records. Slightly cruder than the original Nottingham version, the 20 was nevertheless a sturdy machine which suffered very few problems over its long production life. It was made of local steel, and the main tube was of slightly smaller diameter than the original. In another departure, the bracing tubes from the main tube to the bottom bracket were missing. This last feature allowed the production of a fully detachable version which was, I think, unique to NZ. The bike originally came fitted with the usual Raleigh equipment: Also fitted was a wiring system for dynamo lights, which ran through the main tube and through copper contact plates at the shotgun style joint.

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Frame Dating The easier you make it for folk to help you, the more likely they are to try. The easiest way to date a Holdsworth, Claud or Grubb is to start with the frame number. This can give a very good indication of when the frameset was made and sometimes much more. Knowing the year made narrows the field enormously when trying to ID the model.

Given the obvious duplication of serials with bikes produced prior to , we suggest that you use the frame’s decals as a supplimentary era guide – please visit our Raleigh Sports Visual ID page for this purpose. Please understand that this particular chart is a rough draft.

Buyer Feedback Welcome, jerks. Yeah, I got the fever. Three or four years ago, a rabid, red-eyed zombie sank its rotten teeth into my arm and thus I was infected with a peculiar strain of irrational obsession. Since then I have breathed, eaten, and slept bikes and almost nothing else. Maybe a vaccine will be invented, or maybe it’ll simply pass, but until then I’m a slave to my compulsion to buy, transport, take apart, degrease, scour, lube, polish, assemble, tune, tighten, align, wax, buff, and yes, ride, ride, ride these magical two-wheeled machines.

So, the idea is, on this page I’m going to post pictures and perhaps stories of bikes that I’ve refurbished and ridden or ones that are in the process or recently completed. Maybe it’ll expand from there. We’ll see, I guess. What an odd bird it is: Even compared to the Specialized Expedition, another made-for-three-years model, the Portage seems to be a hen’s tooth in a haystack. That one had the extra long chainstays that I had heard about and associated with the model.

This month I found another in Vallejo, CA. This time, again, I emailed the seller within a couple of hours of posting and, again, the seller made no secret of the fact that, to his bewilderment, there were already many potential buyers.

Raleigh Caprice: Bikes

Victorian Bicycles Within a decade, Mr. Bowden grew his company into the largest manufacturer of 3-speed, utility roadster bicycles worldwide. With the rapid growth, increased production and technical industry advances, the Raleigh Cycle Company showed 23 designs at the Stanley Cycle Show in

The Raleigh Bicycle Company began life in , when Richard Woodhead and Paul Angois set up a small bicycle workshop in Raleigh Street, Nottingham.

Brakes Older Raleigh-made brakes used special cables with moulded ends on both ends of the cables, as shown. These cables are no longer available. They were supplied in different configurations for front, gent’s rear and lady’s rear applications. The cable came with the adjusting barrel. To replace the cable assembly, you would unbolt the adjusting barrel from the caliper. These cables can often be revived by dripping oil into them and working them back and forth. Later Raleigh-made brakes used standard cables with conventional anchor bolts.

Chainguard Braze-ons Older models had a braze-on with a tapped hole on the right chain stay , behind the chainwheel , to secure a full chaincase. Some later models had simple braze-ons on the seat tube and down tube to secure a “hockey-stick” chainguard. Fork Ends Older models had forged front fork ends , which are 3-dimensional, and are round where they fit into the end of the fork blade.

Gay Raleigh, North Carolina Chat Rooms & Dating

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Generally the year and month of build was stamped as the first part of the serial number. The first number 6 relates to the year — It is assumed that the G is the production number. There were a few variations on this type of serial number, but usually they were pretty easy to work out. I spent quite a bit of time looking into these numbers on a few of my bikes as well as checking against other Mongoose BMX owners to see if my serial number crack was right.

It seems to hold up and here it is. Mongoose serial numbers are usually found stamped on the bottom of the bottom bracket. This is not always the case and there will be some bikes that do not fit into this formula. The 3rd letter corresponds to the year of manufacture. The 4th letter corresponds to the year of manufacture and follows on from the mid-school serial numbers.

P is the year , J is the month Oct Please note:


Seat lug serial number, mens’ Seat lug serial number, ladies’ Dropout serial number, Super Course and Grand Prix Alternate serial system shown Serial convention: At present, I have insufficent information about the serial numbers from this era to construct a definite chart of every example used during this time period. At least 4 or 5 different systems were used.

I have uncovered two of them to a reasonable extent; both of which ran concurrently to each other during this time period: This system showed its face in I have named it accordingly , and was phased out in mid Evidence indicates that a handful of ‘ ’71 frames – or their lugs, depending on when the stamping was done – may not have been released from the factory until , and were consequently decaled as models.

Dating Your Raleigh 3-speed Bicycle If your bicycle has a Sturmey-Archer hub (cs), it should have on the hub a date of manufacture, which would normally also be the cycle’s date of manufacture.

Not being a Raleigh expert, I checked on the Internet to try and find out a little more about this new bike of mine. I discovered my Raleigh ‘Tourist’ is a bit of a mystery. Also, the chain guard, which is closed by the way, clearly reads ‘Tourist’. It also has self-adjusting wire-operated brakes see image on the right , instead of rod-operated brakes which I believe are standard on Raleigh Tourists from the ’70s.

In short, my Raleigh Tourist looks nothing like the Raleigh DL-1 ‘bobby bike’ from the ’70s that is generally called ‘Tourist’. If anyone has any hints or tips or knows anything interesting to tell, please do not hesitate to contact me at raleigh at de-flux. Shortly after building this website I got some clues from various people regarding this particular Raleigh model.

Date of Manufacture of Bicycle Components can be used to date a bike: component dating

However, using those characteristics can be horribly misleading. In other words, this article will act as a guide, rather than a map, revealing land marks, rather than sign posts. You might not find the correct house, but you will at least end up in the right neighbourhood. Let’s assume, for the moment, that cutting edge Velo technology is reserved for top of the line, or close to it, models. And, let’s also assume that, sooner or later, the top end technology will trickle down to lesser steeds.

Assuming that to be true, one must understand that the trickle down system, spans both years and, often times, decades.

Trek owner Larry Osborn made this observation, and suggested this as a supplementary way of dating a Trek (and other bikes as well). Fueled by this first realization, and with the help of other bike folks, Larry and I have sorted out other codes (a project still ongoing).

The author has been writing thoroughly researched books on the history of bicycle technology since His primary concern has always been for accuracy, not for financial gain. He has therefore always made it a practice to publish, free of charge, update sheets including additional information and corrections. Below is the first such update sheet for this book.

Additional information and corrections Page 8, column 3, line 8: Page 12, column 2, line Although transcriptions of the census e. Page 13, column 3, paragraph 2, last line: We now know from contemporary press advertising that the company was operational by May Since the book was published, Colin Kirsch has acquired a Raleigh that slightly pre-dates the Brooklands machine.

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The History of the Folding Bike

Some bike parts have a date code cast or stamped into the piece. This clearly is when the component was made and not when the bike was made, but unless the component or bike manufacturer had lots of stock lying around in inventory, the date should be a fairly good indication of the year of the bike. At least it would be the earliest date that the bike could have been made.

Of course, all this assumes the bike has the original component.

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US Raleighs from the East: Raleigh USA There was a time in America when all Raleighs – except specially ordered Team Replicas not to be confused with the Team USA, an mid-level marketing tool which now exists in the present day to amuse greedy internet “antique” dealers and Craigslisters – were made in Japan or Taiwan. In comparison to their English counterparts of the time – which were often brazed together with all the loving care of a British Leyland unionist – the Raleighs from the East were a notable step up, if a bit soulless behind the handlebar though a highly subjective point.

Unfortunately, the Raleigh USA venture will forever be known as having been a venture involving the management of the subsidiary by the American bicycle manufacturer, Huffy. If you’ve ever been within 20 feet of an average Huffy, you’ll need not have to ask why this fact continues to tarnish the image and aura surrounding the marquee. But for whatever these bikes lacked in soul or exalted managerial history, they made up for in sheer flashiness. Though the American lineup had been completely transitioned to Raleigh USA by , it wasn’t until that Raleigh USA’s top four roadbike offerings excluding the Team Replicas took on a look that defies all visions of “British restraint.

The brand gradually transitioned into Technium bonded aluminum frames, and thus traditional lugged steel frames died their first death under the Raleigh badge. The Raleigh Competition white and Super Course blue shown here are not quite representative of their as-delivered, factory appearance. Both have had their groupsets replaced with more exiting – or stylistically complementary – fare. There are minor frame production differences between early models and later models, including the seattube band colors and blank fork crowns vs.

These production variances are even visible above; the Competition being the earlier ’84, and the Super Course the later.

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