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Old 02-18-16, 08:35 PM
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Raleigh seat tube bands / stripes

This is probably a stupid question, but bear with my ignorance of the brand. I'm digging using forum search and Google search and not turning up an answer (maybe that's a hint). I did find BF member Kurt's page of decals, which was actually pretty cool for those who haven't seen it, but that's another story.

What - if any - is the significance of the bands on the seat tubes of Raleighs?

It seems like a lot of middle-ish range bikes have a single 4cm band above/below the large middle band, and the mid-or-high-ish (ex: Professional) bikes have 2 of those bands above and below the large middle band, and the really high end (ex: Record) have 3 bands above and below. As someone who knows almost nothing about the brand, it's almost like more bands = higher end.

Is there any rhyme or reason to it all? It'd be nice to be able to look at a crappy Craigslist picture and, based on the bands, be able to ballpark what model I'm looking at.
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Old 02-18-16, 09:00 PM
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I'd guess those are just aesthetic (or maybe random) choices. No real significance.
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