I just picked this one up today, I almost passed because of the condition and size, but I figured there were enough cool things to buy it. I'm pretty sure it is pre-Raleigh because of the chain ring, the 1958 date stamp and the Birmingham England decals.
There are a few bummers about it, this is the second darned SW hub I have gotten....why can't I seem to find an AW? I think the fork may be bent back a little, the mattress saddle has seen better days, and it seems small. The north road bars seem to be narrow, but they were on my Norman 3 speed too, do these three speeds just seem small because of the wheel size?
The main reasons I bought it were the phillips chain ring, the wing nuts on the axles and the general 3 speed coolness.... and because I seem to feel bad for these beat up old bikes..
Well here it is, inner tube wrapped around the saddle and all. I would like some opinions on the fork specifically please.
Edit: This thing smells like cat pee....yuck