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Old 06-15-09, 03:22 PM
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help identify this Raleigh crankset?

Hello,

Just picked this up used for a budget rebuild of a Raleigh Record and was wondering if anyone could help figure out what it might have come from ...



the crank has a small Raleigh logo ...

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Old 06-15-09, 03:30 PM
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It's a Raleigh. I bet they made it in their bicycle factory.
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thanks.

I was just curious if it came from a specific model or year ...
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I believe that what you are looking at is a Raleigh Record from around 1969. I remember that the chainwheels were almost identical in size (40 and 48 T ?). Could be off by a few years, earlier.
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jacksbike, that's plausible, because the look of the crank predates my "day" which is from the early or mid 70's through the early 80's. But the weird thing is the Raleigh font on the frame looks like mid 70's. Did they use that font back in 1969?
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That is a very good point. I think that they used that font later on in the 70's. On the flip side, I cannot imagine anyone in their right mind removing such an old cottered crankset and putting it on a newer frame. However, stranger things have occurred.
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The OP said he added it to the Record frame. It didnt come on it. At least that's how I read it.

It looks like it came off of some 3 speed setup from Raleigh.
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I think that's from a 50's or early 60's bike - either from a 3 speed or a 5 speed would be my guess.
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No, it's a double chainring crank, so it's not from a three speed or five speed.
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Those cranksets were used on the early '60s lightweight Raleigh models such as the Blue Streak, 10-speed Super Course, Gran Sport, and Sprite (10-speed variant).

In addition, I believe they were fitted to the 10-speed Raleigh Choppers as well. Not sure if the crankarm length on the Chopper variants were shorter or not, but I do know that the VLW models with these arms are often cannibalized to satisfy the occasional Raleigh Chopper fan.

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I believe that what you are looking at is a Raleigh Record from around 1969. I remember that the chainwheels were almost identical in size (40 and 48 T ?). Could be off by a few years, earlier.
The chain rings are for half-step gearing, 50-47 with a two-step freewheel (14-16-18-20-22). I distinctly remember that gearing on an old school buddy's early or mid '60s Raleigh that was built very much like a bike-boom Grand Prix.
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Nice crank, anyway!
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Here's the crankset that was on my '61 Raleigh Lenton Grand Prix. Chainrings were 49/46. I read somewhere that these were made by Williams, but I can't verify.



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No, it's a double chainring crank, so it's not from a three speed or five speed.
Yeah - didn't see the second ring hiding back there.
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hey thanks very much guys, my curiosity is satisfied.
The gearing on mine is also 49/46.

Just to clarify, When I acquired the frame it was missing all original chain rings. So I visited a LBS where I like to sift through old used parts and came across this, and thought it might be a nice replacement for a super cheap rebuild. I know it's just a Record, and maybe pointless to put any work into it, but I figured hey what the hell ...

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Not pointless if you're having fun.

I'm having a heck of a fun time restoring bikes lately. Now my daughter is joining me. It's great to work together. She's 17.
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