Dating raleigh tip
They continued to be built in Nottingham until the mid-1970's, when the glamour of the 10-speed fad pushed them out of favor with the rising baby boom generation.When a modern company sets out to build a bicycle, what they really build is the frame (if that.) They buy sets of tubing from a tubing company, cut and weld them together into a frame, paint it and install parts which they buy different specialized parts companies."All they wanted to do was cuddle and walk on the beach," Berry said."If that's all I wanted to do, I'd get a dog and a metal detector." The line killed. Modern steel rims, cranks, etc are of low quality, because they are aimed at the cheapest possible price point.From the mid 19th century, well into the 20th, the word "steel" was magic in Britain.That is not what a Raleigh Sports was about...these were designed to provide solid, dependable transportation for the British public, at a time when only the upper classes had motorcars.
This table is focussed on the mainline Raleigh/Rudge/Humber "Sports" model.It may also be possible to date your frame by its serial number.Note that the serial number information below is fragmentary and incomplete, and many bikes have proven to be much newer than the serial numbers would suggest.For many years, in many parts of the world, the Raleigh "Sports" three-speed bicycle was considered the ultimate in human-powered transportation.
These bicycles were not toys, and, despite the model name, they were not sporting equipment..were serious vehicles.
The men and women who built them, by and large, also rode them, as their primary means of transportation.