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1960's? The Raleigh Colt 3 speed, sturmey archer

Old 11-19-12, 04:39 PM
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1960's? The Raleigh Colt 3 speed, sturmey archer

I bought this at a garage sale for $40, Cleaned it up a wee bit and made it rideable. So I know the hubset alone is worth around $80 but im curious how much the complete bike is worth. Am i correct that it is from the 60's?

cranks, front brake, and stem - Raleigh
saddle - Troxell
hubs - Sturmey archer
rims - Supraseal 26in.

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The Raleigh lettering on the chainguard looks to be the post-1972 script. Is there a date on the Sturmey-Archer 3-speed hub? It would probably be a two sets of numbers, this is usually month and year. (i.e.: 6 74 would be June 1974)

It's pretty rusty- is that all just surface rust? Is the paint really shot? How is the chrome? I'm guessing that the chain needs replacing and all bearings will want servicing.
It could be a good rider overall, but will need a lot of elbow grease to be pretty.
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Eighty dollars is extremely optimistic for an old sturmey archer three speed hub, esp. given rust issues. Five to ten is about right on a local sale for an SA hub, unless the hub is very early or one of the various sturmey variants, like the fixed gear version or a five speed version. The bike is pretty rough. It appears the fork may be from another bike (? can't tell, but the paint looks a lot better on the fork, and this green was a common colour), which might suggest frame damage and at least deserves investigation.

It is likely a fine rider, but not worth that much. Here, any sale price over fifty would be unlikely, except at the start of the fall term.

Ride it and enjoy it.

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