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HMikes 05-28-05 07:28 AM

Questions on Raleigh RSW 16 Shopper?
 
I have just signed on to this list and am looking for some info on two bikes I have. I think from the info I've seen in this forum they are RSW 16 Shoppers. For a general discription they have 3 speed SA hubs with "66" stamped, fold vertically along the central boom, have a twist grip shifter, and a shopping basket that attaches to the luggage rack by a spring bar. The handle bars fold down by pivoting at the stem, with a bolt-wedge to lock them in position. Thanks for any info anyone can provide.

Mike

randya 05-30-05 01:39 PM

I've got one of those too. Sounds like you've got the folding model. I 've got one of the rigid frames, it came with the shopping basket. Here's couple of good resources:

http://retroraleighs.com/rsw.html
http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~hadland/raleigh.htm

pinerider 05-31-05 06:02 AM

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Here's a pic of mine, it is also a 1966, but a non-folder.
I also have a newer Raleigh "Biancha", which looks to be the same thing but looks to be a mid 80's version of the RSW-16
You'll find a general Raleigh folder discussion on this Raleigh folder thread

randya 05-31-05 11:51 AM

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Here's a picture of Ringo on an RSW16 folder:

andygates 06-02-05 07:23 AM

Ahh, the Raleigh Small Wheel 16, Nottingham's Moulton-killer. Cheaper to produce as there's no suspension.

HMikes 06-04-05 09:04 AM

Thanks all for the info. I think this confirms my bikes are Folding RSW 16 Shopper's. Specially thanks for the photos. My bikes look just like the one Ringo is riding.

Mike

LittlePixel 06-06-05 10:57 AM

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Originally Posted by randya
Here's a picture of Ringo on an RSW16 folder:

That picture of Ringo has made my day...
Anyone else got any good pictures of celebrities on folders?
;)

chrisbhall 08-18-05 12:02 PM

Speaking of this bike, I have one that belonged to my mother and sat in a garage for the last 30 years. I brought it in to a local bike shop here in the U.S. for a tune-up, and they were recommending new tires but they didn't have any that were at all similar to the off-white Dunlop balloon tires that came with it. Does anyone know if such tires would still be available anywhere, or will I be forced to add some black tires that don't really suit the style of the bike? Thanks, Chris

randya 08-20-05 05:09 AM

If you want road tread, black tires are probably your only choice. If you don't mind knobby tread, you should be able to get MX-3 style 16" tires in white, look for them somewhere that sells lots of kids bikes. My bike came with the original white Dunlops, but I replaced them with black tires (over the objections of my wife) after one of the Dunlops 'sploded on me.

MX-3 tread pattern: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/ima...sporting-goods

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...goods&v=glance
http://doityourself.com/store/6910863.htm

chrisbhall 08-22-05 12:49 PM

Thanks for the tips! I'll check them out.
Chris

rhm 12-13-06 12:16 PM

I'd love to hear more remarks on the RSW16 (regardless whether folding or not), esp from people who own other folders.
Has anyone tried to update / customize one, a la Raleigh Twenty?
What's the weight difference between an RSW16 and a Twenty?

wahoonc 12-18-06 09:20 AM

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Originally Posted by rhm
I'd love to hear more remarks on the RSW16 (regardless whether folding or not), esp from people who own other folders.
Has anyone tried to update / customize one, a la Raleigh Twenty?
What's the weight difference between an RSW16 and a Twenty?

I have owned other folders and will be buying more in the future:p currently the only one I have is the Compact RSW. I don't think there is much weight difference between the RSW and the Twenty in stock form. I think upgrading the RSW is probably not very cost effective, it is not a very compact fold and a lot of the stuff on it, like the handlebars do not lend themselves to an easy upgrade. One of these days when I get the chance I will work up a spread sheet on the weight vs cost savings that various upgrades would provide. So far the only "upgrade" on mine was a Kalloy 350mm seat post and a leather Brooks saddle. It was a necessity due to my height. The stock seatpost was too short for comfortable riding. I suspect the cost of upgrading wheels and the like are going to be cost prohibitive compared to buying a different style of folder. I have been looking at the Bromptons and probably will get one in the near future, although the Dahon Piccolo is on the short list.

Aaron:)


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