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Old 06-23-05, 09:59 AM   #1
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"James" by Raleigh?

http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/bik/80296602.html


Tell me what this is......
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Old 06-23-05, 10:57 AM   #2
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Thats a hyperlink ;D

seriously, though... The bike looks like one of the many 3-speeds Raleigh built for other makers, including Huffy, higgens, Robin Hood, etc who wanted in on the 3-speed british market.

Its not got the cache that the Raleigh name has, but its the same good looking quality bike they built at that time. I have a Huffy Sportster and a JC Higgins of about the same vintage.
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I have heard that if you could buy 100 bicycles, Raleigh would call them whatever you wanted.
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I think that's one of the marques that Raleigh took over. The James or "Famous James" line went back to 1885 (Birmingham). They built a variety of bikes. I'd love to find a late '40s or early '50s track racer. My dad has a '47 James motorcycle in about a million pieces that would be fun to build back up as a pacer cycle.

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So how much does he want for it?
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You can see from this link that James was building their own bikes *way* before Raleigh took over the name (and I'm assuminging Raleigh did that -- they did just about everyone else's). Also, the date was 1880 -- I was off a bit.:

http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~pa...cc/arc0225.htm

I wonder if that '47 Autocycle is what my Dad's is supposed to look like. I haven't see it in 20 years or more and then it was in several boxes and just a lot of oily parts and primered parts.

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$65 I think...sorry, long weekend. A Sports came onto the market, too. I might pick that up.
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in 1953 James was owned by the B.C.C. (Phillips) this is way before the B.C.C. bought Raleigh and let them take over their other brands of bikes.
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