| N.R.S...It so happens to be a dead ringer for my own '71 Sports, save for the Raleigh Chopper-type braceless chainwheel. Other then that, it's identical, right down to the twist-grip shifter and frame pump pegs.|
In all other respects, it's identical. Mine has had the misfortion of having it's fenders and Prestube rack disposed of.
I must say, even though it's not the least bit "understated", like a good English bike should be, I find that yellow (bronze yellow, perhaps?) to be absolutely stunning, although you must admit that it's hue is as subtle as a marching band through Main Street.
I find this particular model to be very interesting - there are no brazed-on frame tabs for the chainguard, rather, it mounts to a clamp that secures to the frame. The chainguard itself I believe was only used for this particular color/equipment combo, which I know precious little.
The gear cable is completely enclosed without a fulcrum clamp or a pulley, and runs down the down tube (a feature more common of the mid-'70s models), like most American-built 3 speeds w/SA components.
Anyone know if this gold/white setup was some type of special edition done on the Sports for '71 and '72, or a different model altogether? Or was it a U.K./Europe model?
I'm not sure if it was a special edition per se, but these gold/white sports were offered around 1972 here in the USA. My mom had a ladies model, equipped exactely like the one in the auction.
They come up from time to time. I love the gold color myself, but I can understand that it would not be for everyone. Those white Brooks saddles are great looking, but none too comfortable as far as I can remember.
This would definitely be my favorite 70's Raleigh.
| Just wanted to give you folks an update on the progress of the Sports ID project.|
For those of you who may not have the link:
So far, the equipment chart has been compiled to the point where I am happy with the setup and the particular subjects I have added to the chart. Since last time, I added a category for the lugwork. The chart still has obvious gaps in it, but that should not take too long to complete (except for the S-A shifters, year-for-year, that I believe will take some time). You might notice that a few items are linked to a page with a photo and information about that particular change or detail, this will be added to most all of the changes each year - after all, a picture is worth a thousand words.
You may find some pictures not to be functioning correctly - I have not applied for permission to use these photos as of current. Once I recieve permission, I will put them up.
Not that most Raleigh collectors would confuse a Sports sans-cut lugs to be from the 1970's, I put it in mostly so this chart would be somewhat foolproof against the "serial number folks."
However, I would like to draw attention to the final, and probably the most valuable section of the Identification project, the Specific Year Detail list, featuring each model year down to their (as you may expect) details.
So far, I have partially compiled the 1972 and 1973 model years, and have almost finished with 1974. I also have all the information I require to complete 1975, 1976 and 1977 (thanks to Sheldon's catalogues).
Some may ask why I started with the 1970s, the downfall of the Raleigh models. I can answer that easily. First, the bulk of my knowledge is of the 1970s models. I could have started with 1950, however, it would be quite difficult to try and fill a page with information you do not know.
However, the earlier years will come in due time, do not worry.
I would appriciate any feedback on the Project, and if you may have any information, scanned Raleigh catalogs from 1965-1980 (I currently have 1974-1977, I could benifit greatly from having 1973 and 1972), happen to own a Raleigh Sports from 1970 to 1980, and if you could provide me any reference photos (looking for a photo of an braced Raleigh chainwheel, as used pre-1973, NOT mounted on the bike especially), please post a reply here with your email address, or send me an email at email@example.com.
I do apologize for any 'spelting' errors - writing fast when tired is not a good combination!
All the best,
| I have a 3 speed woman's BSA bicycle that was purchased in the late 1960's.It is in excellent condition. Is this worth anything?|
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| Lady Lake? That on the east or west coast?|
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Just recently bought what seems to be 1980 Raleigh Sports.
The 1980 catalog lists Humber Blue as a color choice but doesn't show it.
Any websites where I might see one to compare colors, make sure I'm right.
It's pretty dark but not that you'd mistake it for black like some older British bikes I've seen.
Intended to match blue of British flag?
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