| Saw this on ebay today:|
is this a raleigh?---sam
| Looks very much like a Raleigh re brand from the mid 60's with the twist grip.|
Could this be a USA manufactured bicycle? The type sold by some shops (stores) such as Sears?
Matthew - its a wild guess.
| Hi I am looking for a pair of old stock white "DARE" grips; A working sturmey archer DBU (Dry Battery Unit); A original pump that matches a bronze green bike, and a Brooks Honey B66 saddle. Trying to fix up an older Superbe, if anyone has these parts and wouldn't mind selling them I'd be more than happy to take them off your hands. Thanks.|
| Hello. I saw 3 DBUs on e-bay two days ago. The BRooks are still being made, you can still buy new 'cause I'm buying the same one on payday. [tommorow] It's 155.00 Canadian. For a beautiful new Brooks It'll last a life-time. Cheers! SS|
| I have for sale Brooks B72 for your postal money order $35.00 nice condition (no clamps), you pay postage. I ship promptly but to lower 48 states only! paul|
| Do you still have that B-72?|
| I'd be interested to know when S/A changed from threaded sprockets? I've got one on an AW from Sept' '51. Is this around about as late as they occur?|
| Speaking of threaded S-A sprockets, I'm looking for one for a Sturmey Archer AM hub. If you have one for sale or trade, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.|
| I recently finished scanning a 1939 Rudge catalog that came in a pile of "Schwinn manuals and stuff" that a former '70s era Schwinn dealer sent me for my Schwinn Lightweight website. I thought you all might be interested. Feel free to use the images from it if you like, but give me credit for the scans (don't go printing up copies and selling them on eBay or anything). It's hosted on a GeoCities free site, so may have bandwidth issues. Keep trying. (I'll probably be sending the images to www.bulgier.net/pics/bike/catalogs/ soon to remedy the bandwidth problem)|
Keeper of the Schwinn Lightweight Data Book (1960-1979)
| I've just purchased a (mens) Raleigh Colt off Ebay. The seller didn't know much about the bike but it looked all original from the pictures. I was hoping it had a Sturmey-Archer hub so I could date it, but instead it came with a Perry B-100 coaster brake hub. Once I cleaned off the grease and grime all I found on the hub was "40-14" (is this some sort of date code?). Were these hubs installed as original equipment or was this most likely a replacement wheel? The front rim has the Raleigh logo stamped on it and it has the oil lubrication port with a metal slide cover on it. The tires installed on both the front and rear wheels are Michelin Zigzag 37-590 tires and are marked with the code 33 28G Z to fit BS Rims EA3 E3 F4. The bike has more original equipment on it than my first Raleigh Colt from 1956. It has a different type of serial number than my other Colt. It's 1112018....my other Colt is 0178416L. Any information at all would be a great help.|
| Hi Brad,|
Check your numbers against the serial number chart on this website - that'll make your head spin. Or hope that Kurt reads your message, he's clued up on these things. Coaster hubs are almost (though not entirely) a USA thing. I have never got the hang of them and would prefer to remain ignorant on the subject. P.C. Kohler is a great source for dating by model etc, let's hope he's reading this?
Matthew - "She asked me for a date so I said 'July the 4th' "
| I have a Wheel with a 40-14 Perry coaster hub from a circa 1959 Hercules.Pretty sure the 40 is the spoke count.Tried to figure the 14 as a demension but couldn't make it match anything. Axle didn't seem heavy enough to be 14 MM.|
| Matthew & Spike,|
Thank you for your input. I've been comparing the frames on both of my Colts and noticed that the new bike did not come with a lubrication oil port above the cottered bottom bracket shaft (not sure of the proper nomenclature) both of my other two Raleighs have the oil port. The bike also has a 1950 Amityville, Long Island, NY Bicycle License sticker on the rear fender (kind of strange, I really don't think this bike is that old) A dealer sticker is still visible just below the seat post from a Bike shop in Massapequa, LI.
One last thing, I cleaned up the grease from underneath the bottom brack where the serial number is stamped and found a very faint but readable "38" directly under the serial number "1112018" The serial number seems to be one digit longer that the number on this website, and there is no letter after the serial number either.
So far my best guess on the year seems to be Spikes suggestion on being a 1959 model due to simularities with the rear hub.
| I've post some photos of my Raleighs, they may be viewed at:|
| Hello Brad,|
Is there a numbewr stamped on the seat clamp just under the saddle on either of your Colts? That's the usual place for serial numbers (see note on chart) I recall a thread from years ago which eventually showed that the stamped numbers on bottom brackets weren't serial numbers and didn't seem to make much sense. this could be why your numbers don't match the chart & don't have letters.
By the way I think its great that you have owned one of your Colts for 3o plus years.
Matthew - time for tea!
I've looked very closly with a small maglight and a magnifying glass at the area of the seat clamp and didn't see any other numbers (my 63 Raleigh Sports has the s/n stamped there) It seems that once again I have a Raleigh Colt that I cannot identify the date on. (if I could go back in time and tell myself not to trash the old Sturmey-Archer rim that came on the bike I'd know the date) I was thrilled to find another Colt as I've had my first one for 32 years. I'll keep them both though, I like having a matched set. Now if I can convince my wife to ride the 63 Sports along with me I'll be in great shape.
I was reading through some of the other posts and noticed a reference to bottom bracket oil ports. It mentioned that BB oil ports stopped in 1964 and that older BB oil ports prior to 1961 were made of steel and newer ones were plastic. That being the case, I've been estimating my dates incorrectly. My original Raleigh Colt has a plastic oil port, would that make it a 1961-1963 model? My 1963 Sports also has a plastic oil port. The Raleigh Colt I just purchased off Ebay has no oil port at all. Should I assume that it is at least a 1964 model or maybe even newer then? Let me know what you think? I have photos posted showing the oil ports on all three bikes.
| >Or hope that Kurt reads your message, he's clued up on these things.|
Unfortunatly, Matthew, I have yet to examine post-'55 serials.
>I recall a thread from years ago which eventually showed that the stamped numbers on bottom brackets weren't serial numbers and didn't seem to make much sense.
Not true! Depends on the year and model. The early '50s Raleighs could have them on either the seat tube lug or bottom bracket shell.
I've seen Sports, DL-1s, and Lenton Grand Prix models exhibit the serial on the lug, but I also have record of a few '48 Clubmans with confirmed serials stamped on the BB.
| Kurt & Brad,|
Thank you. This is the very essence of why I read and contribute to this discussion board. I learn more than I contribute. Could it be that the Colt with its stylish 'bent' top tube was a USA only model? I am happy that our discussions fetch such a pool of knowledge together. Thanks especially to the folks from Old Roads, for putting up with us and hosting this board for so long.
Matthew - grateful.
| I have restored and been riding a twenty six inch single speed bicycle-has a Perry coaster brake-------head badge is a cluster of roses--inscribed in large the words New York----inscribed in small the words -wild rose. I am guessing that the bicycle is about vintage 1960-------------can anyone tell me what company made this bicycle ?|
| Help, I just found a Raleigh Colt bicycle when cleaning up at my Dad's farm. What are these bicyles worth?|