Just curious, but what did you guys call Raleigh 3 speeds in the 50's.
The most memorable bike I ever saw was a 3 speed "English Racer." It was about 1955-I was 4 yo-in Philadelphia. An older kid down the block parked his new black 3 speed Raleigh on the sidewalk, and we all gathered around to gawk. Seems odd now, but seeing a multispeed bike with skinny tires was like seeing a fighter jet-F-104 fly over. It was like something from the future-the levers on the handlebars, skinny tires , etc were really exotic back then.
Everyone called those 3 speed Raleighs-English Racers.Funny, they weren't race bikes, but they looked like it to us. I didn't see any 10 speed until maybe 1964-in Sears probably-maybe just in the catalogue.There weren't any other brands of 3 speeds-just the Raleighs, and they were always black-not the green ones I remember from later on.
Just curious-was anyone else struck by them back then.Normal bikes had one coaster brake, and fattish tires-frequently 24" tires, not 26 or 27, and sure as heck not 700c. A lot of grocery,pharmacy delivery was done by guys on small front wheel, normal rear wheel bikes with huge front baskets-they were really common.