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06-25-11, 03:21 PM
Like the title says. Had a customer bring this thing in for work. I'm going to restore it but wanted to see if I couldn't find some info on it. I'm thinking it's a Raleigh from the 60-70's but not for sure. Has oil ports on the BB as well as the SA 3spd hub and Dynamo front hub. Serial number is right next to the seat clamp. Can't quite make out the number but it looks like "90772 P" Original color was a aqua blue color under all the rattle can yellow.
Thanks for any help.
06-25-11, 04:13 PM
It beats me! It appears to be Dutch? The stays spoons are indication that it could be Dutch as well as the chain skirts. It was a basic three speed? commuter bike made for the masses back in the early 60's maybe late 50's. The rack is aftermarket...duh! Warning, having never seen one of those before I could be completely wrong about the Dutch thing.
06-25-11, 06:03 PM
Maybe. After trying to find out if the serial number matched the Raleigh list I've found online, it doesn't seem to match any of the years. The fork just looks like an old Raleigh Superbe. The oil port on the BB is on the left side if that helps anybody. The chain gaurd also has ports on it. I'm assuming to oil the chain? Very cool.
06-25-11, 06:17 PM
forgot to mention, tires/wheels are 26 1 3/8
06-26-11, 02:16 AM
From the pic the serial number looks more like it starts with a 3 than a 9, other than that can't be of much help. Good luck figuring stuff out about it!
06-26-11, 10:04 PM
Ok, I think your original thought of the Superbe may be correct. I found some photos of these and clicked through the various years and saw some with the exact same fork with the round knobby thing on top. Probably a 1960 to 62 and probably closer to a 60. http://oldbike.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/1960sraleigh7.jpg
Really cool but whoever did that paint should be slapped. :D
06-27-11, 09:47 AM
Thanks rekmeyata. I know it's a Raleigh now after disassembly. The Chainring had the Raleigh trademark bird heads. Also the BB was about the only thing not spray painted so I could find the Raleigh stamp on the sprindle. I was told I could find the date from a stamp on the Dynohub but after cleaning the hub, I couldn't find a stamp anywhere on it. The rear SA hub has the stamp 74 on it but I know this bike is older than 74 so it must have been replaced at some point. The BB oil port tells me its 50's or 60's.
The Serial number is 90772 p. After cleaning the frame a little with a wire brush I could read it well. Doesn't match anything I've found on Raleigh dating so far but it says in the 60's dating was all over the place.
It doesn't have a locking fork so it might not be a Superbe but a Sports Deluxe (DL 22) instead. The chain case throws me off though because I have yet to see a sports model with a chain case.
06-27-11, 11:32 AM
According to this site.. http://sheldonbrown.com/raleigh.html
The chart list 55' BB oil port on left side and in 56' it list it being on the right side. So I'm going to assume it's a 1949-1955. Says the sports had Dynohub and gear case so I think mystery is solved.
1949-1955 Raleigh Sports Deluxe it will be called. Wished I could get an exact year but it will work.
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