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Old 07-28-09, 10:42 PM   #1
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Raleigh folders, possible rsw 16?

I was wondering if someone could help me identify my Raleigh folders. I don't know much about them but what I have googled or found in this forum. From what I have found they seem to be RSW 16s but i thought those were made in the 60s... This bike was manufactured in Japan and from what I have read Raleigh of England only manufactured some of their high end bicycles there in the 80s when Raleigh USA was created... So if anyone has some information that would be great.

They have 16 in tires and fold in the middle. Most of the parts seem to be original and they came with 3 speed sturley archers. Thanks

I can take another picture if it will help.

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Those are what I know as a Raleigh Shopper, they are a newer version of the 16" wheeled bike. The original Compact RSW folds at the bottom bracket.

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but if i am not mistaken, (please correct me), didn't the shoppers include baskets?
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but if i am not mistaken, (please correct me), didn't the shoppers include baskets?
Usually removable, the bikes you have may have a different name. The Compact came with a rack bag, but you seldom see them.

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i guess that is true, but these were my grandfather's and to my knowledge they did not include them

but thank you for the information. No one seems to have much information on the japanese made bikes, or any of the 16 inch ones, I have yet to see another one.
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Those are some cute little bikes!
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i guess that is true, but these were my grandfather's and to my knowledge they did not include them

but thank you for the information. No one seems to have much information on the japanese made bikes, or any of the 16 inch ones, I have yet to see another one.
I have seen those for sale on ebay, but that is about it. I wonder if they were a clone of one of the other Japanese folders of the day, that is a fairly common style of small folder from the 80's. I have some catalogs that are in storage, when I get the chance I will take a look at them and see if those bikes are in there.

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I cleaned the rear hubs up a bit better, one was marked 80 and the other 81, i just wonder what they were called, if you find out anything, please, let me know.
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