Below is a photobucket link to 68 pics I'd like to share with you of my recently acquired 1946 Raleigh Lenton Sports. I took them before I did any cleaning up/polishing, and of course the pics don't do the bike justice - but I did the best I could to represent it fully. But first a little backround: I bought the bike last week for $250 in Boston from a man in his 90's who lives with his wife of 57 years. He spent most of life working as an engineer, working for corporations which primarily developed technology for the US military complex. To put himself through Grad school he built bicycles. He bought the Lenton in 1947 while in Grad school from the original owner, who had bought it new a year before. Once out of school, his wife told him it wasn't dignified to ride around on 'that thing' anymore... so he's kept it indoors ever since. I've never seen someone so robust at his age - he offered to drive me downtown with the bikes(I also bought a truly unused, perfect, all original, complete, 1970 Ladies Raleigh Sports for $125). Before I could even act he had popped the hatchback open and lifted the '70 Sports effortlessly and carefully placed it into the car, and after helping me get the Lenton in we were off. He also offered me three NOS Endrick rims for $50 - two are complete front wheels and one is 40 hole rear rim only - is this a good deal?
He's retired now but builds and rebuilds old English inspired American clocks using machinery he builds himself- he wrote a book about them in the 80's.
So needless to say - this bike has been tuned and serviced to perfection! WOW, what an amazing ride!
Everything is original except the rear Michelin tire which was changed in 1948. Unfortunatley it's missing the saddlebag(I believe they all came with one when new). I have written descriptions under every photo. I would love to hear all comments, suggestions, questions and any feedback you can give.
I hope you enjoy the pics, -Specter
ps. The main album title on photobucket mistakenly says '1945 Raleigh Lenton Sports" which I corrected to 1946 on the individual pic titles.