First of all, I must apologize for the lack of pictures. I really am sorry. There are two reasons for my failure to provide pics; first, I only had my cell phone camera and there wasn't enough light, and second, the owner of the Raleigh in question was already starting to look a little nervous and edge away from me...
I was at The Good Life bike co-op today, attempting to rehab a horrible mountain bike for one of my Pathfinders (I tried to talk her out of it... it's a Huffy and basically qualifies as a boat anchor, in my opinion. Even calling it a bike-shaped object is a bit of a stretch. But she loves it so I promised I'd get it running. 4 hours, 4 new cables, 2 new sets of V-brakes, a new derailleur, and a lot of very un-Guiderly language later, it's running about as well as it's ever going to and probably better than when it started its life).
So I was not exactly very focused on my own project, and then this fellow trundles in with a GORGEOUS old Raleigh. It was rather rusty but had beautiful lines. Then I noticed something odd.
It had push-rod brakes. And a Nottingham headbadge.
Didn't Nottingham stop making rod brakes about 50 years ago?!? I know they are still used in China and someone else said Raleighs in Argentina had them, but this was definitely an English-made bike.
Other details I noticed were a chainring that had 3 crane silhouettes, and a truly venerable Brooks saddle. I think it was a single speed freewheel, didn't actually get to play with it to find out; the hub looked too skinny to have internal gearing.
Yes, I had fun today