Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 09-19-06, 06:22 AM   #1
Python
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Wiltshire, England, UK
Bikes: Vintage Raleigh Ladies Racer
Posts: 103
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Anyone Know what Model This Is?

It's a Raleigh Ladies Racer and has 5 gears. I would like to know what the model name is and also approximate year of manufacture. If anyone knows anything about this bike, I'd be grateful for information about it. It is a lovely bike to ride and even though the gears aren't working properly (it's stuck in 1st gear), it still goes like the wind with the minimum of pedalling. I bought it second-hand at the weekend in our local indoor market (there is a stall there that sells second-hand bikes). Once I'd cleaned it up, it looks as if it may have been an unwanted gift and been languishing in someone's shed or garage for years. I doubt if it's been used much if at all. I think I got a really good bargain



Python is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-06, 07:38 AM   #2
Bikedued
Senior Member
 
Bikedued's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 10,886
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 111 Post(s)
Nice shape bike. The mixte style frame screams 80's. I'm not sure when mixte frames stopped being made, though. Funny thing is I have seen ALL brands of bikes with them, and the frames look exactly the same. I guess they were made by one manufacturer? I mean EVERY brand bike. Huffy's, Azuki's, Raleighs, just to name a few.,,,,BD
__________________
So many bikes, so little dime.
Bikedued is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-06, 09:17 AM   #3
East Hill
Lanky Lass
 
East Hill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Take a deep breath, and ask--What would Sheldon do?
Bikes: Nishiki Nut! International, Pro, Olympic 12, Sport mixte, and others too numerous to mention.
Posts: 21,455
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Rivendell still make a mixte, for one. I would suspect there are others. I saw a new mixte for sale at the LBS just yesterday but did not pay attention to the brand. Not Rivendell, though.

Python--that is lovely. Interesting style of reflectors on the spokes. Much nicer than the ones to be found in the U.S.

East Hill
East Hill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-06, 09:37 AM   #4
Mhendricks
Senior Member
 
Mhendricks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: San Jose, ca.
Bikes: 2006 Orbea Volata, 84 Trek 760, 83 Trek 720,
Posts: 1,326
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Nice Raleigh mixte there. As for the date, probably early 80's but if there are Suntour Derailleurs on it, you can easily narrow it down. On the back of the derailleurs you'll find a 2-letter code (e.g. VC) then take that code and compare it to the dates on this link:

http://www.vintage-trek.com/component_dates.htm#suntour


If the bike has Huret components, I might be at a loss. However, here's a link that dates Raleighs by serial numbers:

http://www.retroraleighs.com/dating.html

If all fails, just send it to me and I'lll make sure it gets a good home.
__________________
They call me "Mr. Mixte"
Mhendricks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-06, 09:48 AM   #5
Python
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Wiltshire, England, UK
Bikes: Vintage Raleigh Ladies Racer
Posts: 103
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mhendricks

If all fails, just send it to me and I'lll make sure it gets a good home.
LOL This bike has found it's loving home

I never thought I could fall in with a bicycle

Just checked. She's got Huret gears but I've found the serial number so I'll see what I can find out.
Python is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-06, 04:07 PM   #6
roccobike
Bike Junkie
 
roccobike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: South of Raleigh, North of New Hill, East of Harris Lake, NC
Bikes: Specialized Tarmac, Speialized Roubaix, Giant OCR-C, Specialized Stumpjumper FSR, Stumpjumper Comp, 88 & 92Nishiki Ariel, 01 Bianchi Campione, 87 Centurion Ironman, 92 Paramount
Posts: 9,447
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
To be sure, Raleigh marketed Mixte's in the 70's. The 1978 catalogue lists several including a Grand Prix! The Huret gears says early 70's (my 72 Record has a Huret set-up). You might try PMing cudak888, (Kurt) he is one of the local Raleigh experts and is responsible for establishing RetroRaleighs, a website dedicated to old Raleigh bikes, with excerpts from catalogues.
__________________
Roccobike BF Official Thread Terminator
roccobike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-06, 05:21 PM   #7
cudak888 
www.theheadbadge.com
 
cudak888's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Southern Florida
Bikes: http://www.theheadbadge.com
Posts: 22,746
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by roccobike
You might try PMing cudak888, (Kurt) he is one of the local Raleigh experts and is responsible for establishing RetroRaleighs, a website dedicated to old Raleigh bikes, with excerpts from catalogues.
Raleigh expert, yes, but I did not have any involvement in Retro Raleighs - rather, The Headbadge. (P.S.: Still haven't gotten off my behind to get that '78 catalogue up)

As for this particular Raleigh mixte, I have NEVER seen anything like it. The lugs and decals don't resemble anything from Nottingham from the pre-'82 era, and neither do they appear to be Raleigh USA.

It does have the look of a mid to late '80s machine though, and the "Raleigh" font screams late '80s/early '90s, although I doubt that it is '90s.

Could you get us a photo of the badge up front? I have a suspicion that it'll be a post-1982 Nottingham badge, which would indicate that this bike was, in fact made in Nottingham, but exclusively for the UK market.

Take care,

-Kurt
__________________
cudak888 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:47 AM.