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Old 07-17-12, 03:38 PM   #1
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An 'atypical' raleigh Folder?

This probably should be in the Folding Bikes Forum but since it's C & V in my mind, I thought I would post it here.

Wanted a Raleigh Folder forever, and this one popped up on the local CL:



After reading Sheldon Brown's and John Allen's webpages on the subject, I went into the deal expecting a long
term project but found this when I got there:




SR Idol cotterless crank set, S/A 3 speed AW hub date stamped 1980, Dia Compe sidepulls with D/C Tourist levers,
Araya 16 x 1.75" ALLOY rims, a stem that appears to have an expander bolt, alloy fenders AND a more modern fork!

Head badge says "The Raleigh", but the Nottingham designation is absent.

My question is this... was the Folder produced somewhere other than the UK, and what did I stumble onto here?
My guess is that it's a Taiwan production bike based on the crank, brakes and fork.



Hoping 65'er or other folder aficionados will pipe in with their insights, and yes, I know about that seat... I wish I had a
Ford 8N to mount it on!

Thanks for looking!

I don't know why when you edit photos in PB they don't post the way you edited them... sorry 'bout that!
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Old 07-17-12, 05:38 PM   #2
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After a little more research here on BF I guess this one is the 'undesirable' one. Oh well...

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I wouldn't call it undesirable, but it ain't a Twenty.

I have a couple of Dahon Classic III's that are a contemporaries of your bike. They have their issues but are still fun to ride.

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Old 07-17-12, 06:29 PM   #4
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That's way too many standard threaded parts to be a "real" raleigh But I'd trade a twenty for it, they are pretty common in Kitchener for some reason or another.
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