1955-64? Raleigh Sports :: Dump Find

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  1. solokumba

    solokumba New Member

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    Found a very rusty Raleigh leaning up next to a dumpster near the airport today. I haven't been able to pinpoint what year yet, but it was made in Nottingham. The front rim is original, but the back hub has been replaced, so no date help there. Looked in the other usual places for S# but no luck. Maybe I'll find something when I get it out into the daylight and start to break her down. She does have a perfect V frame, but it will have to be sandblasted. I may be able to spare the fenders, but I'm not planning to use them. Who knows? Looks like another project for me. I'd post some pictures but my wife is on holiday with the camera... and not me. :)
     
  2. Goat Herder

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    Very Kewl Solo!
     
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    Very cool. My MB is built on an 50's Humber. I'll be interested to see photos of your find!
     
  4. solokumba

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    Some Pics b4 breakdown

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    See the rest of the photos here >Raleigh Photos

    Hopefully I will find a SN when I start breaking her down.
     
  5. David D.

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    Hey! I've got the mate to that bike .....a woman's about the same year i think... pretty complete, and probably has the rear wheel you need..... pm me if you need some parts.... David
     

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    msrfan Well-Known Member

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    Those fenders are cool. A drive chain may clear without notching.
     
  7. Build-a-beast workshop

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    nice three speeds. my favorite type of bicycle-shifting-mechanism, forget about derailleurs, 3 speeds look so much cleaner/are simpler/stronger. the women's frame has a built-in coaster brake to. i'd estimate its from the late 70's, i know how fun dating bikes can be(it rolled off the line on someone's B-day, maybe it's yours...like the atari woody i found in april, didn't work, when i took it apart,found it was made on april 1). sturdy,well made high-end bikes. (i would keep her hideous but thats just me...)
     
  8. solokumba

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    Let me think on that. Originally I was just going to turn her into a 1 speed with no fenders. Does your's have a SN on the hub? I've broken this one down and still haven't found one. : (
     
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    Jeebus. This thing took a better part of the afternoon to break down. Good thing I oiled it up the night before.
     
  10. David D.

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    well no, just some patent #s and what looks like a date code of 73 8 ...says sturmey archer s3c found nothing else on the bike so far....fairly complete missing the rear reflector, stem bolt, and front brake, the rest is there...chrome is good on the rear hub and the cranks will clean up as would the paint i believe, but not the wheels.... anyway if you want it it will be cheap... some guy came in needing some parts for his 2 stroke and i traded for it...really just felt sorry for him but now i own it :) David
     
  11. Nashville Kat

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    I was just going to say I think the bike is newer than 55-64- in that day, the frame decal would've been different and in a script similar to the head plate on the steer tube- judging by the decal I would say about mid-70's so the '73 thing might be accurate-

    I worked in a bike shop in the summers of '73 and '74 that sold Raleighs and that frame decal and paint color looks that period to me. In the '60s three speed "English Racers" as we called them, were most often painted black. They typically had a really ornate frame decal- almost Victorian.
     
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  12. solokumba

    solokumba New Member

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    Thanks Kat.

    Cool beans.
     
  13. solokumba

    solokumba New Member

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    After sandblasting the frame my son has warmed up the the old Raleigh and wants to use it for his next build. I think he likes the fact that there will be no engine/frame work. Pretty much just mount and go. He's gonna paint it and turn it into a one speed.

    I, on the other hand, just picked up another vintage one on CL for $20. It's complete and has been garage kept.

    Doesn't look bad... for $20...

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