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1970"s Schwinn Raleigh Nottingham

Old 10-12-14, 07:56 PM
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1970"s Schwinn Raleigh Nottingham

..Ok Please redirect me if Im doing this wrong, but I'm new to this group. I was down in my inlaws basement and found my mother inlaw's Schwinn. Its a Schwinn Raleigh Nottigham on it....It looks like it has a 4 digit number on a sticker on it. Its from the very early 70's and its a 3 speed I believe. Where do I find a serial # or other important info on this?
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Old 10-12-14, 07:59 PM
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No such thing. It ccould be a Raleigh with a Schwinn saddle on it. Take it outdoors and shoot some photos from the right side. Post to a photo host and post the links here.
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Old 10-12-14, 08:07 PM
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oddjob2..I will have to take it outside this week....Could it be just a Schwinn Raleigh? Its green and looks to be in pretty good condition besides the dry rotted tires. Is there a place to look for a serial number or a more specific model #?
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Old 10-12-14, 08:51 PM
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No; it couldn't be a Schwinn Raleigh. Schwinn's history is as a Chicago headquartered American company and Raleigh is a British company, so it's one or the other. Schwinn never had a Raleigh model.

Post some detailed photos so we can help you figure out what you've got.
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A Schwinn Raleigh bike would be the equivalent of a Ford Chevy car.
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"...It could be a Raleigh with a Schwinn saddle on it..."

That is my guess, because the original poster read "Nottingham" on it.
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Old 11-02-14, 08:24 PM
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..Ok...after much ado...here is some photo's of the bike I'm speaking of.....maybe someone will be able to identify it more
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That is a Raleigh that was purchased at a Schwinn dealership.
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Originally Posted by Kactus View Post
That is a Raleigh that was purchased at a Schwinn dealership.
...which is kinda interesting, because back in the day, Schwinn was pretty dictatorial about their dealers selling other marques.

I'm not sure when that changed, or if it only applied to certain dealerships. Nice step through Raleigh Sports.....shiny.
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Looks like a Sports model.

Retro Raleighs: The Sports and Superbe
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It could a Raleigh taken in trade on a new Schwinn and resold by the Fairfield Schwinn dealer, but it's definitely a Raleigh.
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Originally Posted by Scooper View Post
It could a Raleigh taken in trade on a new Schwinn and resold by the Fairfield Schwinn dealer, but it's definitely a Raleigh.
A very nice looking Raleigh Sports...with a very nicely patina'ed Brooks saddle!
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Originally Posted by 3alarmer View Post
...which is kinda interesting, because back in the day, Schwinn was pretty dictatorial about their dealers selling other marques.
I'm not sure when that changed, or if it only applied to certain dealerships.
All that Chicago cared about was the number & mix of units that moved through a dealership, especially during the "boom" years when demand exceeded supply.
A small town shop may have had to toe the Schwinn line but big full-line dealers maintained a close relationship with Chicago but ran their business as they saw fit.

The same shop sticker was on all of the Schwinn Pixies, Raleigh Sports or Motobecane Mirages that we sold.

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I think Were gonna bring it to the local bike shop and see if its worth anything to them...Otherwise its just going to stay in the inlaws basement
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You can put on craigslist and probably ask $175 for it.
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Originally Posted by 3alarmer View Post
...which is kinda interesting, because back in the day, Schwinn was pretty dictatorial about their dealers selling other marques.

I'm not sure when that changed, or if it only applied to certain dealerships. Nice step through Raleigh Sports.....shiny.
Most Schwinn stores were single line but not all. The local shop in the 60's -80's , W.L.A. Bike & Hobby sold Peugeot, Volks Cycle and later a BMX brand. The majority of the floor was Schwinn though. Another local shop did lose their franchise because they did not order enough adult Schwinns and probably did not keep their floor percentage high enough.
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With a handle orangetractor, unlikely in NYC. But the Brooks saddle is easily worth a Grant portrait on its own.
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Originally Posted by oddjob2 View Post
You can put on craigslist and probably ask $175 for it.
+1, that's what I would do.

The LBS is either not going to want it, or will offer you very little money for it (and then probably discard it except for the saddle).
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You can put on craigslist and probably ask $175 for it.
Or more, depending on where you are and the condition of the bike. My LBS sells reconditioned Sports models for $500. Of course, a bike shop deserves more than a private seller, because of overhead and liability.
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You can put on craigslist and probably ask $175 for it.
Really? It took me forever to sell a men's Sports, fully refurbished for 115.
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A 115 would still be more than what a local bike shop would give.
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