Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Florence, KY
Bikes: Mostly English - predominantly Raleighs
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Not your imagination. The bike boom was one factor. People wanted 10-speeds in the mid-late 70's so who knows who was building 3-speed models then. I'm pretty sure the emphasis had shifter significantly from "quality" to "volume" by then also. I have a 1974 Raleigh Superbe, and even though it is a solid and sturdy bike, the build quality when it comes to the little details is shamefully poor.
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