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Old 01-29-15, 07:24 AM
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One week, one day...and this lovely bike comes to Alpharetta! Wow! Yes, I broke down and looked at the pictures...oh my gosh...this will proudly be part of my stable!!!! Scott...your work is outstanding...I knew that from the Sports Tourer...but...this Royale may go even beyond that!!!!


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So...one thing I would love to have clear out of this thread...

(1) 1964 (ish) (from the saddle date codes)
(2) Originally from England (not just produced, but sold there)...took this from the catalog...and the fact that neither Scott nor I could find reference to a Royale in any US based Raleigh catalog

Anyone correct me if I am wrong in my interpretation of the information from this thread...and...yes, when I receive the bike, I will continue to document its history...as it gets ridden...
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B.15 saddle, Raleigh Royale.

It's not at all unusual to find those split leather 'underskins' fitted to B.15 saddles - indeed, it's my impression that it's more common than otherwise. If someone had the time and inclination to monitor the eBay sales of these things over a period of, say, twelve months I'd be surprised if that impression wasn't confirmed - bearing in mind that the 'underskins' do sometimes become detached over a period of time but usually leave some traces of their existence.

Generally speaking, they were fitted to Brooks' 'inferior' models (B.15s and their 'Lycett' and 'Wright' clones) rather than the B.17s, but I've certainly seen a few very robust B.17s so fitted as well.

Canvas was also used instead of leather at various times (especially mid/late 'sixties, in my experience) and, if part of the purpose of these things was to help to inhibit the stretching of the leather tops, it was probably more successful - provided, of course, that it was fitted 'square' with the warp and weft and not 'on the bias' as was often the case.

I don't think that Brooks, or any other British manufacturer, used cardboard for these 'underskins' but it's not uncommon to find it on French saddles of a certain age, commonly presenting a 'waffle' or honeycomb appearance - even high quality Ideale saddles such as #60 can usually be found with them. Synthetic 'underskins' were often fitted to Mansfield and Middlemore 'sports' saddles, and to other makes no doubt.

'D64' = Oct./Dec. 1964. B.15 saddles were commonly factory-fitted to better quality Raleigh 'sports' cycles of the 'fifties/'sixties (e.g. Lentons and the 'Humber' and 'Rudge' clones).
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Got to meet [MENTION=190292]daf1009[/MENTION] (Duane) and deliver his bike. He was very busy with travel for his job, so our time was short. Hopefully next time...more time to visit.

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Great job,you really did an amazing job.Beautiful bike.
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Originally Posted by Dale Alan
Great job,you really did an amazing job.Beautiful bike.
You should see it in person! Scott does an OUTSTANDING job of "refurbishing"...great, clean, gorgeous...
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