Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: NJ, NYC, LI
Bikes: 1940s Fothergill, 1959 Allegro Special, 1963? Claud Butler Olympic Sprint, Lambert 'Clubman', 1974 Fuji "the Ace", 1976 Holdsworth 650b conversion rando bike, 1983 Trek 720 tourer, 1984 Counterpoint Opus II, 1993 Basso Gap, 2010 Downtube 8h, and...
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Look at the old price lists sometime; they're posted at Retroraleighs.com, or some such. The RSW-16 deluxe (that's what you have) was one of Raleigh's most expensive bikes at the time-- up there with the Super Course and Superbe.
Re the lights, you just gotta love 'em. The front mudguard is specially shaped to accept the headlight; headlight and taillight are solidly attached, with internally run wires. The wires for the taillight run through a plastic tube with a piece of spring steel that presses it up against the underside of the mudguard; clever and effective design.
Is there any way to fix the rear mudguard and put that tail light back where it belongs? Properly mounted at the rear, it looks very cool.
My wife has one, which I maintain for her of course. I wired a bridge rectifier into the headlight, and replaced the little incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs, for vastly improved light.
Another nice feature --lost on yours, I'm afraid-- was the way the rear rack and mudguard were integrated. A tartan shoulder bag clipped onto the rack with another clever (and practically invisible) mechanism. The shoulder bags haven't fared well....