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Old 10-27-09, 08:08 AM   #1
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ISO: rack and lights for Raleigh Sport

As per subject -- I'm looking for an appropriate rear rack and headlight/tail light for a Raleigh Sport 3-speed I picked up for my wife. I have an extra Dynohub I can build into a wheel, but the lamp bracket is just crying out for a chrome teardrop headlight. The rear rack wouldn't have to be an official Raleigh rack; just something that would fit the bike and not look too outrageously out of place.
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I'm curious to see what kind of styles are suggested for the rack for an old Raleigh 3-speed. I'm looking at giving my old Triumph (owned by Raleigh) a bigger share of commuter duty, and my modern clip on battery powered light and messenger bag just look out of place - which has me thinking about better looking lights and a rack.

Not to highjack too much, for that same project I have an old non-functional bottle-generator powered headlight and taillight that I'm thinking of going LED-crazy with and converting to a vintage-looking, modern-function set of lights.
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Any rack made for hybrids will work for a Raleigh Sports.
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As per subject -- I'm looking for an appropriate rear rack and headlight/tail light for a Raleigh Sport 3-speed I picked up for my wife. I have an extra Dynohub I can build into a wheel, but the lamp bracket is just crying out for a chrome teardrop headlight. The rear rack wouldn't have to be an official Raleigh rack; just something that would fit the bike and not look too outrageously out of place.
I went with the classic Pletscher rack on our Sports:







It's not the best rack, but it looks good. I bought from Niagara, through Amazon, I think.

I mounted PlanetBike Blinkies to the rear rack with the mounting adaptor.
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I have a Raleigh rack. It's unpainted though. PM if you're interested.
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Old 10-27-09, 09:28 AM   #6
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+1 on the Pletscher.
I wonder if the ones they are selling now are NOS from back in the day?
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The Raleigh Sports were originally equipped with the Pletscher racks. You can easily find these on e-Bay and actually buy new from Pletscher. Do a little searching on line to find other suitable sources.

The Superbes had the Raleigh tubular racks painted to match the frame color. If you plan on building a wheel around your dynohub, the Raleigh rack would be a better alternative, IMO.
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My 1972 Sports came with a Pletscher and as best I can tell it is the same as the ones they make today. If you want a decent light that puts out some light but looks retro get the B&M Retro. It is what I am using on my Twenty at the moment. Puts out a good bit more light than the OEM Raleigh lights.

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