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    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.

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    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

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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
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    Here's a picture of Ringo on an RSW16 folder:
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    Last edited by randya; 04-23-06 at 11:54 AM.

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

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    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.

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    Quote 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?

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    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

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    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/exec/obidos/tg...goods&v=glance
    http://doityourself.com/store/6910863.htm
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    Thanks for the tips! I'll check them out.
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    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?

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    Quote 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 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.

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