Re: Scored an english armstrong
Would the 'N' be in fact a '2' ? - That Sturmey-Archer AW hub should be a three speed, but if the cable isn't adjusted correctly you won't get second gear. The '53' does indeed mean that it's a 1953 bike and by this time 'Armstrong' was a house brand belonging to Raleigh in Nottingham. The quality will indeed be very good however and if kept properly oiled those ball races will last just about forever. I own a 1947 Ladies Sports Raleigh bicycle and it is my favourite bike for local trips around town.