AGE / VALUE:   How old is the Grand Dame posted by: Edmo on 9/8/2008 at 9:46:51 AM
I have recently acuired a Womens Raleigh 3 speed.

It has The oldest design is the quadrant shifter, a very simple top-tube mounted lever with a spring-loaded pin that fitted into different holes along its side, according to the gear selected. Moving the lever to the right pulled the pin out of the hole, and allowed the lever to move. These are mostly seen on bikes from the '30s and earlier (as copied fomr Sheldon Browns site)

The Serial number is AJ26XXX found on the seat post, that would be 2 letters followed by 5 digits. Any help here?

AGE / VALUE:    posted by: S.H. on 9/8/2008 at 7:24:44 AM
There is hope yet!Today we (my long suffering wife and I)went to Addlestone (our nearest town) and lo and behold,old bikes in daily use!Spotted 3 oldish (60,s)raleighs,1 hercules,1 Pashley adult trike,looked ancient,and a old fold up bike.They are still out there!Also spotted a new bike made by Land Rover would you believe!For our British followers have you seen the old rod brake bike,painted white on a choccy television advert? dont know what it is,one for you Matthew I think!

   RE:AGE / VALUE: posted by Matthew on 9/8/2008 at 9:33:29 AM
Hi Stephen,

The TV advert will be lost on me, no TV. However I will do my best to try to see it at some point.

The Landrover bike is a Pashley Product.

Good to hear that you have seen plenty of proper bikes. I saw a young chap on a Superbe the other day, casually pedalling along, tweed jacket and flannels looking like a snap shot from the fifties. I imagine he was a student at the UEA wearing the shabby chic look. His Raleigh was in good condition and all there, cahinguard, rack dyno hub etc. A joy to behold.

Matthew - on the look out.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 9/9/2008 at 1:53:23 AM
Hmmm.... pondering the "Roadster Spotting" events described herein....

Aside from my machines... I very seldom see any Brit steel rolling this side of the pond.

It's no wonder I draw stares whilst riding... or I end up with a collection of slack-jawed gawkers gathered 'round my machine(s) at the bike rack.

Particularly the DL-1. Folks just marvel over the braking system on it.


Larry "Boneman" Bone - Always looking

AGE / VALUE:    posted by: S.H. on 9/7/2008 at 12:46:34 PM
Went to Scout jumble sale yesterday,usually A hot spot for old bikes,but again only a few mountain bikes!Went to see mother in law today(120 miles away)and managed to get to local car boot sale,still nothing,but if you dont keep looking you wont find anything!Cant do any spraying on the Phillips, too wet,all masked up and waiting for a dry day! Yours s.h.

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   model posted by: Rob on 9/6/2008 at 8:35:04 PM
hi i have an not so old Raleigh tourer not sure of model its a Carlton built 531 st frame with canti lugs which i put v brakes on very nice old frame has 105 6 speed sis and a triple off a mountain bike as i just got frame and few bits ive taken a few liberties with build up
any info on model welcome

Cheers Rob

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   model posted by Kevin on 9/7/2008 at 2:57:00 AM
You probably would do better by posting this under "lightweights."

MISC:   Different "Mattress" Saddle posted by: Larry "Boneman" Bone on 9/5/2008 at 8:00:47 AM
Pursuant to the dubious issue with my saddle on the Sprite... I once again, picked up the saddle that I pulled off the 61 Armstrong. It's a "Wrights" saddle... and yes... red and white vinyl covering.... and horsehair underpadding.

Looking it over... it is actually in pretty darn good shape. Aside from being somewhat... "aged" looking colourwise... and I'll call that "Patina" at this point.... the covering and padding is tear free.

The frame underneath... is actually SILVER PAINTED... and a bit rusty.

Looks to be that it would be pretty easy to remove the covering and padding... which would allow for very easily cleaning up and re-spraying the frame silver.

A little careful stitching replacement and a goodly cleaning... maybe a touch of Nu-Vinyl on the coverings...

I bet it would come back to life quite nicely.

I think I'll GO for it! Re-install on the Armstrong. That will free up the Brooks leater saddle I stuck on there for fun.


Larry "Boneman" Bone - Saddle resurrection.. who knew!