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1948 Raleigh Super Sports - early post-war 531 machine

Old 07-20-10, 09:03 PM
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Originally Posted by greengage
I now own three Raleighs with beautiful Dynohub-powered lights and so far none of them is functional.
Did you check the Dynohubs with a multimeter? Are they putting out power? If so, are the lights wired correctly? Is the bulb the correct voltage and wattage - and, if so, has it been burnt out or not?

FYI, the front light on the '48 is working once again - turns out the lamp was shorting out on the long circuit board bolt leads just behind it. A bit of cardboard and foam in the gap did the trick, from what I hear. Perhaps backing out the bolts and inserting them on the reverse of the board might do the trick - without the kludge - as well.

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I know this post is rather old, but im trying to see some pics of the bike, as I aparently bought a 1948 Super Sports with some mods on!!! Thanx a lot!
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Originally Posted by Docbilly
I know this post is rather old, but im trying to see some pics of the bike, as I aparently bought a 1948 Super Sports with some mods on!!! Thanx a lot!
Pictures fixed. Enjoy.

Might even be the same bike. The fellow who owned it is a compulsive flipper.

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Thanx a lot!!! Some parts look alike, and some parts look different, like the front hub. This is my bike. Its also got a repaint, and handlebar changed. Everything else seems to be original.

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Hi,

I am new to this forum. I'm in the process of restoring a 1948 Raleigh Supersports which was my Dad's. I first got hold of it about 20 odd years ago when I was a teenager and I sprayed it some horrible colour. I'm trying to return it to it's original colours but need a bit of information on the stripes that run down the seat post next to the super sports lettering. I was going to do the inner one black and the outer one gold with a black border. Is this correct?
Any help would be appreciated.

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Alastair, any chance that (like many teenagers would) you left the original paint under your overspray? If so, careful work with a solvent such as naphtha may work wonders.
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Yes, I did leave much of the original colour and this enabled me to match the paint colour but unfortunately the graphics are long gone.
I'm hoping that someone with an original can tell me the colours for these. I have worked out the style, size and spacing and have a reasonable idea about the colours But it is the thin stripes that I' m unsure about. Many thanks.

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I'm afraid I can't help you. Are you aware of this shop:

https://www.hlloydcycles.com/
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I didn't know about the shop. Thankyou. I'll contact them and see if they can help.

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Muy linda, que formato de Numero de Serie tiene este modelo? ya que tengo una parecida que dice 5776 AN, quisiera saber si es similar. Gracias!
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Originally Posted by cuerviten
Muy linda, que formato de Numero de Serie tiene este modelo? ya que tengo una parecida que dice 5776 AN, quisiera saber si es similar. Gracias!
Hi, which is the serial number format of this bike? I own one of these raleigh´s and seems to be 5776 AN, it is correct? Thanks!
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Originally Posted by repechage
Long ago, that Reynolds transfer meant that THAT tube was 531, not the three main tubes, just that TUBE, hey they even used creative marketing back then...
Really??
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Originally Posted by Road Fan
Really??
Yes.
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I feel I have an enthusiasm in vintage bikes. Thanks for sharing your bike picture (I like the black one in the background).
Actually I was looking for info on an old bike that I want to buy, and came across this forum.

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Originally Posted by repechage
Yes.
I guess it's not an April Fool's joke, it's a little late for that, even for the C&V crowd!

I'm not surprised about creative marketing in general, since the old Raleigh crew were pretty smart, IMHO. I am surprised about single tubes. But, it makes sense for a Scrooge-like CEO to assert "We're only giving them the good stuff where it's really needed! I'm not here to throw away money, you know!" I have had bosses like that.

I suppose seat tubes could be the most highly stressed of the long tubes ...

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Would like to see the source for this - not that I doubt it happened in the past, but I'd like to know where that information came from in the first place.

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Originally Posted by nlerner
Hah! Just for that, here's a shot of my 1949 Raleigh Clubman. I do wonder what the paint would have looked like originally:



Neal
Just for fun, here's my 1952 Rudge Aero Special:



Rudge Aero Special more or less as received. Pedals and chain have been removed, but now it's in teardown anyway.

This bike has a sticker which says all tubes, fork blades and stays are 531, but straight guage, not butted. The seat tube is 28.6 OD and 25.4 ID, so the frame might not be the lightest straight guage which could have been had. Based on these numbers the wall might be 1.6 mm thick. Even if this is a correct estimation, it doesn't say anything about TT and DT tubes.
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