Raleigh serial number dating

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That is not what a Raleigh Sports was about...these were designed to provide solid, dependable transportation for the British public, at a time when only the upper classes had motorcars.

These bikes were built to last 100 years, with reasonable care.

They continued to be built in Nottingham until the mid-1970's, when the glamour of the 10-speed fad pushed them out of favor with the rising baby boom generation.

Raleigh 3-speed bicycles were introduced around the turn of the century, and kept improving in technology over the years, reaching a peak in quality probably in the mid-to-late 1950s.

Modern steel rims, cranks, etc are of low quality, because they are aimed at the cheapest possible price point.

From the mid 19th century, well into the 20th, the word "steel" was magic in Britain.

Dull-center rims; BB oiler left side, spring/ball cap. Later Raleigh-made brakes used standard cables with conventional anchor bolts. ) even though the bikes came with a "hockey-stick" chainguard.

Older models had a braze-on with a tapped hole on the right chain stay, behind the chainwheel, to secure a full chaincase. Some later models had simple braze-ons on the seat tube and down tube to secure a "hockey-stick" chainguard.

hub (c1903-1990s), it should have on the hub a date of manufacture, which would normally also be the cycle's date of manufacture. "6" for "1936." After that, they started using two-digit date stamps.

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