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1952 Raleigh Sports? Tourer?

Old 02-11-15, 07:07 AM
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1952 Raleigh Sports? Tourer?

So, we've had this little beauty at the coop for a few months, we decided to put it up on ebay, but I wanted to see if I could get a little more info,
1952 Raleigh, barn fresh as received by us. Dust has been wiped off somewhat. Various nicks and dings as shown in photos. Rust on frame, rims and chrome. Woods tire valves. Some white paint spots on the frame. Decals mostly gone. Seat post and stem are not frozen. Red plastic grips look “space age.” Pedals appear to be original and show a lot of wear. Three speed Sturmey Archer rear hub marked “52 7 DYNO-THREE”. The oil cap on the rear hub has been replaced with a bolt. We will send a NOS oil port with this bike.

the Dyno hub is what throws me, i'm not sure if they came standard on the sports or a different model, does this make it a superbe? i'll try to get more photos of the bike , but for now here is what i have.

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Old 02-11-15, 07:16 AM
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Plenty of Raleigh catalogs online:

Raleigh Archives - Three Speed Hub
Retro Raleighs
Veteran-Cycle Club Online Library
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Why eBay? Seems like a lot of hassle for a bike that isn't worth that much.
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The Dyno-3-three hub on yours may have been an option added for the original purchaser, but not listed in the catalog. It's always been common for bike shops to swap around components to suit the customer. Kopps bike shop in Princeton still has boxes of Raleigh wheels from the 50's, with dynohubs, ready to be swapped onto new bikes should the customer request one.
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The full chaincase suggests this was not a US market model. The dynamo rear hub suggests it further, though maybe they were offered here. It has 26" wheels (right?) and caliper brakes, so it's a Sports, not a Tourist.
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i was thinking raleigh dawn tourist
Retro Raleighs-1951 Raleigh Catalogue Page 16 Superbe Dawn
which came with caliper brakes, i know raleigh threw around the tourist name alot.

the raleigh Sports superbe tourist was another variation see below:
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i was thinking raleigh dawn tourist
Retro Raleighs-1951 Raleigh Catalogue Page 16 Superbe Dawn
which came with caliper brakes, i know raleigh threw around the tourist name alot.

the raleigh Sports superbe tourist was another variation see below:
You have to distinguish between what's easily changed, and what's pretty fundamental. Dawn Tourist has rod brakes mounted directly to the frame and fork and handlebar; not easily changed. The Raleigh Sports Superbe Tourist in your link, for example, has a fork lock, which is really part of the frame assembly. Not like a wheel or something that's easily added or removed. If yours doesn't have a fork lock, it's not that model.
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just confirmed that it does have the fork lock.. so that would make it the superbe sports tourist i guess
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Sweet! Keys are available on ebay. I don't see any lights. The Superbe did have a lighting system and it is a Superbe because you have the fork lock. There was an option for a battery case so the lights would stay on when you came to a stop. The correct saddle is a Brooks B72, B66 or similar.

Fixed up properly these bikes can be quite charming and addicting. My Superbe gets more complements than all my other bikes put together.
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