|I found this at a car show of all places. It's a 1982 ladies' tall frame Dutch Raleigh Cameo. It has stainless rims, Schwalbe tyres with funny Woods valves, a locking fork, rear wheel lock, skirt guards, bottle generator lighting, chrome rear carrier, a bell, and a loop spring vinyl Brooks saddle. I've never seen one before.|
|Locking fork with Dutch decal|
| Trelock, this is a later version wearing the later day Raleigh logo.|
|First time I've seen stainless rims.|
|Made in England:|
| I am confused by what seems to be two distinct styles of the Raleigh DL-1 handlebars. One type appears "flatter" and rises only at the ends; the other is more like the Superbe type handlebars, rising higher. Was one type early and one later?|
Many thanks, Mike
| The Brown Brothers bicycle shop dealer "wish book" that the shops ordered out of had three pages full of rod brake handlebars. Different patterns, some with long stems, some flat type like the have popular in Mexico, some like the North Road Raised type, all made at the same time.|
Handlebars for cable operated brakes came in even more wide of a offering. Steel and alloy, all kinds of bends for racing and touring. Pages and pages of handlebars.
| Typed in vickers air raid shelters then when to first site,Subbteranea Brittanica etc etc.|
| Now if you lot really want a challenge,read on! Wife is watching programme about child birth,yuk!So turned on computer.Now mother in law worked at Vickers during the war,and was bombed,she described what had happened and how she had to run to the air raid shelter.So i thought have a look and see if they were still there(on the computer) and sure enough there they where! When I clicked onto the last set of pictures there was a Ladies bike (no wheels or pedals)Now can you identify this!You would have to be a genius!|
| Like you, I would rather stare at a piece of scrap metal than watch child birth !|
My wife was watching the same programme !
I haven't got a clue what make it is, I noticed the cable brake calipers and pump holders and that was about it.
| Bad enough trying to identify the 2 wheeled artefacts in my own shed yet alone that relic.|
Surely there must be a pint or two on successful identification!
But who would judge the winner?
Over to you Matthew for enlightenment.
Pete.....still saving for a Dursley,ordinary and Sunbeam,AJS,Norton etc
| Save the picture to your desktop and zoom onto the callipers, am I seeing things or does that look like BSA centre pulls?|
| Well.... I was there for all three births of our children and I wouldn't have missed them for the world. However this isn't the National Childbirth Trust DB so back to bikes.|
I'm going for it being a BSA, the Resillion brakes are very unusual for a ladies bike. The fork tops appear to be BSA as do the drop outs.
Matthew - what ever next
| Hi every one i have recently gotten into bike restoration, my first was an 81 ladies Free Spirit 1 speed ( for my girlfriend)which turned out very nice, and i have just come into possession of a 1957 Robin Hood 3 speed at least thats what the Sturmey Archer rear hub tells me which is a SW model. if anyone has advice or tips (schematic diagrams would be great) it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks and happy cycling.|
| The SW may give out on you...weak pinion springs I believe. A faulty design. It's very easy to have the rear wheel rebuilt with a '50's AW that will prove to be bombproof. Test the hub carefully and don't standup and sprint on the pedals...ever.|
Otherwise a great bike worth restoring. Schematics are widely available although new parts less so.
| Good advice, Rapid wear of the gear ring dogs as well.|
I got a early Robin Hood away from a Schwinn Collector in trade and it was really beautiful, marvelous colors. I have not seen one as nice since.... The wheel rims were shot but it had never been assembled and still wore the paper wrappings it was hidden under a stairwell in an old shop and I re- did the wheels with original rims and I kept it and like a fool I later gifted it a New York pal of mine for his daughter Nina, and what did the schmuck do? "Sold it in the city" He sold everything I sent along to him and soon, I stopped sending him stuff completely. We had a lot of fun, I'd call and tell him about my adventures and he encouraged and taught me along the way, and it was all very fun.
When I got into the really good stuff, he'd get quiet and ask "Where are you getting this stuff!!!!"
What color is this bike?
| Yes, don't stand up on the pedals and sprint with any sturmey- Archer hub. In case it goes out of adjustment it free wheels around and you can come crashing down onto the top bar and injure your bits. We are serrious!|
| Absolutely right. These old three-speeds should come with seat belts. |