| I recall good interest in Capos on this list. Item # 320174279136 is a Campagnolo model that's been out in the salt air of California a little too long. It has an interesting adjustable but non-Major-Taylor stem. IMHO the starting price of $300 is steep for a bike in its condition, but who knows?|
| I recently picked up this "Beauty" (it's in the eye of the beholder right?) -- and now I'm obsessed with finding out more information -- specifically when/where it was built.|
Here's what I can tell you:
Frame is lugged steel, 23", green, with white head tube and white panel on seat tube.
Derailleurs are Hurret Allvit with stem mounted shifters.
Brakes are side pull Altenburger Syncron.
Front fork has the "thimble" (round tube) crown, and DOES NOT have chrome tips.
The serial number is stamped on the seat tube/top tube lug and reads (as far as I can tell) 3320984
The wheels appear to not match (maybe one or both have been replaced). The rear is an Atom hub on a Rigida rim and the front is a high flange New-Star hub on an Araya rim (both hubs are made in France). The front hub is secured with large Hurret wing nuts.
I've tried all of the sheldon brown and vintage raleigh links I can find without success. It appears to be between the late 1960s and early 1970's but I'd really like to nail it down.
So far, it's cleaning up nice and I can tell it's going to be fun to ride -- but I want to know more about this bike!
Anything you can add would be appreciated. I'll try to post pics later.
| Try 1970, reads as if both wheels are replacements, typical was a 3 pc. hub, steel center alloy flanges, some rear wheels were even "flip flop" where there is threading on both sides.|
| Thanks John, that seems pretty close but there are a few differences when looking at the 1970 catalog: Mine has side pull brakes (compared to centerpulls that are shown). Mine has the "thimble" (tubular) fork crown compared to a more traditional lugged crown. Also, although terribly weathered and destroyed, the rear tire is a "Raleigh" (compared with the Dunlap stated in the catalog But this could be a replacement tire as well).|
Thanks for the information on the hubs. The front does appear to be 3-piece construction -- steel center with alloy flanges.
I hope to continue gathering more information on this bike.
| I was wandering what year this bike would be? serial # DL543025 was taken from neck? Thanks for any help!|
| April, 1975|
the chart's on this site
| I recently purchased a bike that I believe is an early 50's Raleigh Clubman. This is an interesting bike because the frame has been covered with "plastic" wood grain vendor and all of the joints are covered with brass plating. It is so well done that it must have been done by a professional you can't see the joints and it looks like actual wood. It appears to be done a very long time ago probably 30 years or so. The bike is "racing" style bike with drop handle bars and a Sturmey AW '52 Rear hub with 3 more gears on the outside with a early Campy gran sport derallier. The bike also has a campy shifter lever and cable stays. The rims are Dunolp Lightweight rims and the brakes are center pull. The bike is very nice shape and gets alot of attention. I was wondering if anyone has ever heard of this kind of bike or any other info. Thanks alot |
| That sounds interesting -- you will need to post pictures! I suspect the centerpull brakes are aftermarket, since they were introduced in the very late 1950s. |
The 3x3 hybrid gear setup is slick; I wish I had not given my 3x4 (also with a Campag. Gran Sport, after I gave up on the original Cyclo bandspring piece of junk) to a friend. What are the tooth counts on the cogset?
| How can you tell it's a Clubman if the markings are covered up? Raleigh made a few other Club-style bikes in that era, particularly the Lenton. Pics would help.|
| I have 2 Mohawk BMA/6 3 speed bicyles. One boys and one girls. These bikes were made by the H P Snyder Mfg Co., Little Falls NY. I can only find a serial # GR263LL,it's on the girls bike. Can you give me any information concerning these. like age and if they have any value?|
| Ken, Thanks for your e-mail regarding the 3 speed hub on my Mohawk bike. There was not a name on the hub, only 3.3.3. y, Three Speed Hubf, the pat.#3021728, and a small slanted "s.a." close to the 3.3.3.y. I have looked everywhere I could think of for any information regarding this bike, and have been unable to find anything.|