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Old 10-19-12, 10:00 AM
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A mystery Raleigh 3 speed

I have the opportunity to purchase a mystery Raleigh which may be a marriage of parts. All, save the saddle, are Raleigh branded. I have taken pictures, but can't get them to upload. The serial number on the seat tube is 68132 with the letter "T" below it. It is green in color, but more forestry than the green of a newer Sports. "THE ALL STEEL BICYCLE" appears in block letters on the down tube. It has a full chain case, rod brakes, a black rubber reflector, Raleigh head badge, and heron decals on the front and rear fender. There is no white paint at the bottom of the rear fender. The chainring herons have "eye" details and the pedals have "RALEIGH" imprinted on the somewhat worn blocks. The front fork has a lock and the wheels are 26 inch Raleigh branded stainless. The AW rear hub has no date and a plastic oil port. The front wheel, bearing the same serial number has a metal clip which I think covers the port. The front spokes are stainless, but the rear seem to be plain steel. I would describe the frame as having a more slack geometry than a Sports. I just noticed a small white decal bearing the image of Sir Walter with a "- 28" next to him and above the words "HIGH TENSILE STEEL TUBING". The chrome, with minimal cleaning, seems to be in good condition.

My woman's intuition leads me to believe the rear hub is newer since the original shifter is no longer with us. I know pictures would help, but do you have any ideas you would like to share?

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Old 10-19-12, 10:38 AM
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An undated AW often means 1936, the first year of AW production. But if the original wheel isn't original, that's not much help. What does the shifter look like? If it were original and 1930s, it would be on the top tube (or you might see evidence that it had been clamped to the top tube at some point). Lack of white tail might mean WWII vintage and a UK-produced model.
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An undated AW often means 1936, the first year of AW production. But if the original wheel isn't original, that's not much help. What does the shifter look like? If it were original and 1930s, it would be on the top tube (or you might see evidence that it had been clamped to the top tube at some point). Lack of white tail might mean WWII vintage and a UK-produced model.
The hub is chrome if that helps with the date. The shifter is a new plastic one, but the cable and housing are older with the housing being of the white fluted type. I don't believe the shifter was ever mounted on the top tube. I just examined the bottom bracket and it, too, has a metal capped oil port. The rear hub, unlike the front, has a plastic port cover.

Even the very sturdy kickstand is branded with the Raleigh logo. Since it does not function well with the current wheels I think it would work properly with larger wheels and the "- 28" on what's left of the seat tube decal indicates a 28 inch wheel.

I know a picture would help and I thank you for your understanding.

The black grips are in excellent condition and have the Raleigh emblem at their ends. Raleigh appears on all the parts, but the bicycle has no model name anywhere on the frame.

This appears to have been a very utilitarian bicycle. I'll jump over to appraisals now to ask about value. I fear it may be worth more as parts than as its current state whole.
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